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BAE Apprenticeships

There is some great news that more and more apprenticeships are opening up in the Northwest of Glasgow area. 

BAe systems are currently looking to employ a new round of appretices in Engineering and Steelwork. Please see here for details: http://www.baesystems.com/en/careers/careers-in-the-uk/apprenticeships/current-opportunities/glasgow

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 Anyone interested should apply before the end of January 2017!

Scottish Gov Exemption Scheme for Charities

For the attention of local charities

Water, sewerage and drainage charges are payable by occupiers of non-domestic premises which are connected to public networks (directly or indirectly. If you are a small charity registered with OSCR or a community amateur sports club then you can apply to the Exemption scheme for exemption or assistance with bills. You must apply by the 31st March 2017. 

  • Charities and CASCs with a gross income of less than or equal to £200,000 are eligible for a full exemption
  • Charities and CASCs with a gross income of less than £300,000 but more than £200,000 are eligible for a 50% discount on their wholesale charges.  
  • Income is determined by reference to accounts submiutted to OSCR. 
  • Following a public consultation the Scottish Governmnet concluded that charities and CASCs in possession of a permanent alcohol licence or operating a retail unit (including cafes open to the public) would not be eligible for the scheme. 

Charities and CASCs that meet one or more of the following conditions are not eligible:
 Possess a permanent alcohol licence under the Licensing (Scotland) Act 2005 or its predecessors (the possession of an occasional licence does not affect eligibility); or
 the premises is a charity shop or other premises used for purpose of retailing new or second hand merchandise; or
 the premises operates as a café which is open to the public and operated on a regular basis to generate income; or
 the organisation is a Local Authority or an Arms-Length External Organisation (ALEO).

Go to Scotland on Tap for more information. 

Christmas Meals for All- Drumchapel

TIS the season for good will and one Drumchapel charity is seeking to ensure everyone has a very Merry Christmas, by offering a traditional dinner to those planning on spending the day alone.

St Marks Church in Drumchapel

Drumhub is inviting guests to attend St Mark’s Church in Drumchapel where a free three-course meal will be served at 2.30pm on Christmas Day.

The charity is hoping to welcome in up to 65 Drumchapel residents to allow those without family or friends to mingle and enjoy the day together.

Funding donations were made from housing associations and Area Partnership, but the majority of work will come from volunteers, with everything from the soup to the mince pies to the service being offered by kind-hearted locals.

Alison, the event's organiser, said: “Some local people who have heard about it have phoned up and asked to help so that’s great.”

“I’ve told people it’s whatever they can afford, it all helps.

“One of our members has chosen to volunteer on the day although he lives alone so he could sit and have a meal himself he has chosen to help out.”

Anyone interested in the event can contact Alison on 0141 944 6156 to RSVP.

 Read more here.

Bill Kidd wants better outcome for workers at Scotstoun Yard

MSP Bill Kidd 'disappointed' recommendations from shipbuilding report could cost Scotstoun yard work

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ANNIESLAND MSP Bill Kidd is “disappointed” recommendations from a new Royal Navy shipbuilding review could cost the Clyde yards work.

The review is expected to recommend work on warships should be shared among companies across the UK, just weeks after Scotstoun shipbuilding giant BAE secured a deal to produce eight larger Type 26 frigates next summer.

But Sir John Parker, who carried out the review, has not confirmed where another eight smaller, general purpose Type 31 Frigates will be built there.

He told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “On the Type 31, the new frigate, we want to see that built in the most competitive way, and I think our investigation shows that probably the lowest cost and the fastest time of build can be done by building it in a distributed way across the country and also, of course, distribute prosperity and highly skilled jobs.”

He added that distributing work to several locations reduces the “cycle time of actual construction”.

SNP MSP Bill Kidd said: “While on behalf of the workforce, I think Sir John Parker’s statement that the Type 26 Class Frigates are to be built in what is acknowledged as the UK centre of excellence the River Clyde yards is no more than the workers deserve, I am disappointed the modular approach to the Type 31E will mean that in the longer term Westminster’s need to pander to political pressure could cost the Clyde yards, or even Rosyth for that matter, further security.”

Drumhub July 2016

Promoting Drumhub: A community Charity. 5th July 2016 at the Fountain of Love Church with support from COPE, Play on Pedals, 187th Clyde Drumchapel Scounting Group, and Axis Health Hubs. 

Bill Kidd MSP


Bill is MSP for Glasgow Anniesland. 

His major political interests are the development of policies to eradicate poverty, job creation, housing policy and an end to the nuclear power and weapons programmes of successive British Governments.

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