Patricia Ferguson MSP

Scotcash in north Glasgow


I was pleased to be able to take part in the recent launch of Scotcash in north Glasgow.  The organisation is a one-stop financial inclusion service offering affordable loans and access to basic bank accounts as well as high quality financial and energy advice.  The new North Glasgow Financial Inclusion in the Community Project will operate from four locations in the Maryhill & Springburn Constituency –

  • Hawthorn Housing Co-operative, 23A Finlas Street, Possilpark, G22 5DB;
  • NG Homes, Saracen House, 139 Saracen Street, Possipark, G22 5AZ;
  • Blochairn Housing Association, 1 Blochairn Road, Glasgow G21 2ED;
  • Spire View Housing Association, 43 Tharsis St, Glasgow G21 2JF.

I believe that services such as this are vital to help people in north Glasgow avoid pay day lenders and other high interest organisations and having Scotcash located in our communities will is a very welcome move.

Patricia Ferguson MSP

A Fair Day’s Pay For A Hard Day’s Work

Living Wage Week takes place each November to raise awareness of the living wage, to celebrate Living Wage Employers and to encourage others to follow suit.  2nd November marked the start of the 2014 week, and brought the welcome announcement of a rise in the living wage to £7.85 per hour. 


I have long supported the campaign to encourage employers to pay the living wage, and welcomed attempts earlier this year by Labour MSPs to encourage the Scottish Government to extend the payment of the living wage to all public sector contractors – that would mean a pay rise of over £2,600 to a full-time worker currently on the minimum wage.  Unfortunately the Scottish Government didn’t support this.


My Labour colleague James Kelly MSP took the opportunity of Living Wage Week to celebrate the benefits of the living wage, highlight the recent pledge from the Department of Energy and Climate Change that all of its staff, including sub-contracted staff, will be paid at least the living wage, and renew the call on the Scottish Government to do the same.  Disappointingly the SNP Government failed to support proposals to implement a strategy to encourage employers to pay the living wage, but I will continue to campaign for the living wage so that everyone gets a fair day’s pay for a hard day’s work.