Recently in Gordon Matheson Category
THERE has been a lot in the news recently about childcare and the need for people, particularly women, to be able to access affordable services so that they can return to work.
At a time when many families are struggling with their budget this is all the more important.
It is also vital for our economy that women are working when they can and when they want to, and that there are no barriers to them accessing childcare.
In November, my administration announced we would give every 80-year-old and over who is on pension credit a £100 Affordable Warmth Dividend to help with this winter's heating bills.
Feedback from 11,000 of Glasgow's most vulnerable residents has been hugely positive.
However, we have been asked to do more in recognition of the needs of so many more of our citizens who are faced with the harsh realities of fuel poverty.
So I am delighted that we have taken the decision to extend the payments to all residents who are 80 or over.
AS the first snow of the winter falls on Glasgow, some of the most vulnerable members of our communities will be worrying about their heating bills and how they will keep themselves warm.
It is an unfortunate fact of life that fuel poverty is a harsh reality for many of our citizens - often due to factors outwith our control - but this does not mean that we should accept it and let it continue.
That is why I recently announced that the council will give a £100 "affordable warmth dividend" to every Glaswegian over 80 years old who is on Pension Credit. That's 11,000 of our most vulnerable citizens.
We are not prepared to see another winter of hardship for our elderly people.
No one week is ever the same, whether I am concentrating on making sure vital services are delivered to the people of Glasgow, standing up for the city on national issues or being out and about meeting people in their homes and workplaces.
This week my diary is as varied as any, but the focal point will be the city's economy and how we continue to create jobs and prosperity in Glasgow.