Michael McEwan: Global radio should have consulted Scottish listeners before announcing cuts
Michael McEwan, CommonSpace columnist and chair of his local disability group, says that the decision to cut local radio stations in Scotland does not seem to have taken listeners like him into account
THE recent disappointing news that the company who owns Capital, Heart and Smooth radio stations, Global Radio, are set to drop local breakfast and drivetime shows broadcast from Scotland.
Global will broadcast national breakfast shows centralised from London.
Analysis: The grim plight of austerity in Moray Council could be just the start unless big change comes to Local Government soon
Moray Council’s long list of services to be cut this year is a grim tale of woe – but it could be just the start of the pain for places like Moray where demographics are changing but local funding isn’t
SNP-RUN Moray Council is facing a financial crisis, and has turned to the answer locals fear most: cuts. Big cuts.
Council leader Graham Leadbitter has said £7.3 million in savings needs to be found if it’s 2019-20 budget is going to be legally eligible. If it doesn’t make the cuts, the Council claims it will have to declare itself bankrupt.
Campaign to save Whitehill swimming pool ramps up ahead of community council meeting
Locals organise against potential closure as city council insists leaked list of potential cuts remains a "technical exercise"
- Campaigners and service users to attend emergency Dennistoun Community Council meeting on Thursday 17 January.
- Campaigners increase efforts to protect pool and other local facilities with street campaigning.
- Locals call on Glasgow City Council to consider health benefits.
'We won't accept community vs community': Glasgow East End residents defend pool threatened with closure
Organisers of campaign to save swimming club say they will not accept "community versus community argument"
A DEFIANT meeting of local residents and swimming club members have pledged to resist the closure of sports facilities threatened by Glasgow City Council cuts.
‘We want to see a fightback’: Protests greet Edinburgh Universal Credit roll-out
Universal Credit claimants in the capital won’t receive their first payment until the New Year, while the City of Edinburgh Council has already set aside £3m to mitigate the effects of the new system
UNIVERSAL CREDIT (UC), the widely criticised new system at the heart of Tory welfare reforms, began its roll-out in Edinburgh today [28 November], eliciting a storm of protest from opposition politicians and local activists.
Analysis: May vows ‘austerity is over’ – but should we believe her?
Ben Wray finds there’s good reasons not to believe the Prime Minister when she says ‘austerity is over’
PRIME MINISTER Theresa May has declared the end of austerity in her Tory party conference speech.
She told the party faithful that: “The British people need to know that the end is in sight…we get it…sound finances are essential, but they are not the limit of our ambition.
UK Government has caused a 'human catastrophe', says UN committee on disabled rights
The UK Government’s agenda of cuts and austerity has been condemned by a United Nations committee examining the implementation of the UN disability convention
THE UNITED NATIONS Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) has said that the UK Government’s austerity agenda is failing to protect the human rights of disabled people.
Explainer: How the UK Government’s new benefit cap will affect you
The UK Government’s new benefits cap is a big change to the benefits system that will hit 11,000 households in Scotland
THE UK Government has introduced its new benefits cap.
The cap is a major cut to welfare as part of the Conservative Governments £12bn cuts package announced in 2015 for the lifetime of the Westminster parliament.
CommonSpace looks at the scale of the cut and how it will affect ordinary Scots.
What are the origins of the benefit cap?
Scottish Labour blame Scottish Government for NHS "broken promises"
Labour leader steps up attack on “SNP cuts” to NHS services ahead of Holyrood debate
THE LABOUR PARTY has published a dossier outlining what they call a "list of broken promises" on NHS services by the Scottish Government.
It comes on the same day Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale, met local campaigners in Paisley at the Royal Alexandra hospital to highlight what she called the "effects of SNP cuts."