Somewhat unusually, this has been a good month for positive news stories.
First came the announcement that dementia sufferers in Clydebank will receive a better standard of care thanks to the ‘dementia champions’ drive set up by Health Secretary Nicola Sturgeon.
In line with the Scottish Government’s commitment to tackle this awful disease, the NHS and councils now work together to ensure sufferers and their families receive the best care possible during every stage of their illness.
Clydebank residents can also look forward to a warmer winter, thanks to £260,000 being made available by West Dunbartonshire Council’s Universal Home Insulation Scheme. This offers free cavity wall and loft insulation, which will save energy and reduce fuel poverty – a welcome boost indeed in these cash-strapped times.
The future looks bright too for Dalmuir Park, as work has begun on the £2 million facelift to restore the park to its former glory. I am a huge supporter of public parks and spaces where people of all ages can go to escape from the hustle and bustle of busy towns. I’m sure every Bankie will be looking forward to this welcome transformation.
Clydebank Asbestos Group is urging victims of asbestos exposure to claim the compensation they are due. The group represents many people who were exposed to the deadly dust through work in places like the shipyards.
In November last year an important victory for justice was won after a hard-fought battle with insurance companies. A vigorous campaign fought by the group and many supporters, including myself, won the day when the UK Supreme Court finally rejected the insurers’ attempts to avoid paying compensation.
The Supreme Court backed the Scottish Government and Scottish Parliament legislation which allowed victims to claim for their injuries. Now victims of the disease can get the money they deserve and Bill Dickie, the chairman of Clydebank Asbestos Group, will give people every assistance.
Finally, as I’m sure most people are aware by now, the council elections take place this Thursday (May 3). Whatever your choice of political party, please use your vote.
It is vital that you use your democratic right to elect the council, which will make major decisions that affect your everyday life. I often wonder how people who don’t vote reconcile the fact that they played no part in deciding who will shape their community. There will, of course, be winners and losers – but that is the way of democracy.
Since taking power, the Scottish Government has made it their policy to devolve more powers to local authorities, so you should have your say in who you think will best represent you.
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