The Opposition leader of Labour’s “monolithic” Glasgow fiefdom has spoken out against the city council’s decision to exit the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (CoSLA). Councillor Susan Aitken, the SNP group leader at Glasgow City Council, accused Labour of forcing…
The third sector in Scotland – including dozens of charities and voluntary organisations – has income of more than £4bn a year and plays an increasingly vital role in providing support services across society.
John Downie, SCVO
John Downie, SCVO
Scottish Council of Voluntary Organisations (SCVO) Director of Public Affairs John Downie says the referendum campaign in Scotland has changed the nature of Scottish politics, and that his member organisations have played a part in the resulting debate about what makes a better society.
“It’s about social justice, prosperity, participation, it’s all about people more than politics,” observes Downie during an interview with Derek Bateman. The SCVO wants businesses who provide services to the public sector to shun zero-hours contracts and pay the “Living Wage”.
He describes the organisation’s relationship to government as that of “a critical friend”, at a time when ordinary people and communities are coping with austerity budgets and restricted public spending.
“Every person and every family is helped by the third sector at some stage of their lives. We are part of public seervice to an extent. In future when you get to a certain age and need care, you will have the power to decide who provides that care. That presents challenges to many third sector organisations,” added Downie.
He described the Department of Work and Pension’s welfare reform scheme as being “about welfare cuts” and criticised its sanctioning of people on trivial grounds.
Leading Scottish cultural historian and commentator Billy Kay says he’s still grieving for September 18 2014 – referendum day – and its aftermath.
Jamie Kerr, immigration lawyer and a leading figure in the in-party grouping Labour for Scotland, tells Bateman Broadcasting about his hopes for Scottish politics, post referendum. Jamie, a Labour Party member who campaigned for a Yes vote, was a prominent…
Glasgow’s appalling health record is the result of poverty, lack of drive and a feeling of uselessness amongst working-class areas of the city, according to Scotland’s leading public health expert Sir Harry Burns. Sir Harry, who previously held senior public…
Best-selling author Peter May is rapidly becoming a Scottish crime writing institution.
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Happy New Year! This episode invited two well known members of the SNP and Scottish Greens to share their view of the political situation in 2015 and how they expect things to unfold in the run-up to the UK general election in May.
Top Scottish academic Professor Mike Danson has criticised the UK for failing to enact a proper energy policy, and living as a consequence with the booms and busts of the free market.
During 2014, the Scottish artist Ruth Nicol embarked on a personal and political journey that paralleled the referendum. As Scotland pondered her destiny, Ruth was completing an art project inspired by some of our greatest poets.