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Tue Mar 1 4:01 pm  #1

Govan & Glasgow News Today. . .

Taxi drivers to be given certificates allowing them to refuse to carry guide dogs

TAXI drivers could be handed certificates giving them the right to refuse to carry guide dogs on medical grounds. Currently all taxis and private hires in Glasgow must - according to the terms of their licence - carry guide dogs, hearing dogs or assistance dogs alongside disabled passengers.

Their licences states that they cannot charge extra money for this. Drivers can apply for dispensation from this condition if they have a medical illness which is aggravated by having a dog in the car.

Call for more affordable credit as interest paid out by people in Glasgow tops 20m

Interest payments to companies providing high interest loans cost people in Glasgow £20million every year, according to a taskforce set up to tackle the industry.

The Carnegie UK Trust’s Affordable Credit Working Group has spent a year analysing financial inequality and issued a series of demands at an event in the city yesterday. The group has called for increased investment in community finance, an option for workers to pay off debt through payroll and access to basic bank accounts for the poorest in society.

Couple launch legal fight against bus lane fine

A COUPLE has launched a landmark legal case to overturn controversial bus lane fines that could open the floodgates to hundreds of similar challenges.

Geoffrey and Dawn Bonelle are taking on Glasgow City Council over the camera in Nelson Mandela Place which has raked in £1.3m from motorists in a single year.

They claim the original £30 fine – imposed after Mr Bonelle, 67, drove through bus gate in October, 2014 – was unfair due to a lack signs illustrating the ban.The couple are among thousands of people caught out by the camera, which caught 50,000 drivers in six months.

Labour will double Sure Start maternity grant says Kezia Dugdale

NEW parents living in poverty will get extra cash to help with the costs of having a baby under new plans by Scottish Labour.Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale has set out four new policies on welfare ahead of the election campaign.

Following her plan to increase Scottish income tax by 1% to prevent cuts and spend more on public services Ms Dugdale set out areas where extra cash raised would be invested following what she called the first "tax and spend Scottish election".

In a speech in Glasgow she revealed plans for more cash for care leavers going into higher education, full abolition of the bedroom tax, an increase in carers allowance and more than doubling of the Sure Start Maternity Grant.


Louise Rennison, writer of Angus, Thongs And Full-Frontal Snogging, has died

The hugely popular author penned a number of titles featuring the character Georgia Nicolson, including It’s OK, I’m Wearing Really Big Knickers and Knocked Out By My Nunga-Nungas.

And in 2008 the first book in a series called Angus, Thongs And Full-Frontal Snogging, featuring the teenage character who keeps a diary – writing about the ups and downs of puberty – was adapted for the big screen and directed by Gurinder Chadha.

Figures from the literary world paid tribute to the wordsmith who was thought to be in her 60s.


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