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GLASGOW COUNCIL LEADERS TURN THEIR BACKS ON DEDICATED CHARITY FOR ASBESTOS VICTIMS
On 13 January 2020
Important notice: Please be assured that Action on Asbestos (formerly Clydeside Action on Asbestos) will continue to provide its services to all those diagnosed with an asbestos-related condition, and any other industrial injury or accident throughout Scotland. The purpose of the press release regarding Glasgow City Council and our funding application was to ask that they reconsider accepting our application.
The future public funding from Glasgow City Council of Glasgow’s only specialist charity for victims of asbestos exposure and other industrial illnesses is in jeopardy thanks to the actions of the Council. Action on Asbestos (formerly known as Clydeside Action on Asbestos) has served the population of Scotland for over three decades and has had to continually fight for funding to meet the growing demand for the charity’s advice and support services. For the past decade, the charity was able to access funding from Glasgow City Council to help meet the costs of running the service. However, the Council are refusing to look at the charity’s funding application for the coming year.
Phyllis Craig, MBE, Manager of CAA:
“Funding from Glasgow City Council has been the charity’s only source of public funding for over the past decade and so we were very keen to submit a new application as normal. However, due to a small glitch in the application process that was quickly rectified by Action on Asbestos the Council is now refusing to accept our application. This will place a severe financial strain on the charity. We believe that this is a cynical attempt by the Council to reduce the numbers submitting applications for funding. We are greatly concerned and appalled that the Council are taking such an inflexible approach to this.”
Action on Asbestos has for decades supported the citizens of this great city who are dying due to the legacy of industrial disease. The victims and their families need to know that support will remain place. We are calling on Glasgow City Council to rethink their decision and accept our application. We make that call in the name of those who are living with and indeed dying of the legacy of widespread asbestos use in Glasgow.”
Thomas Mooney has mesothelioma and has been using the services of Action on Asbestos since he was diagnosed:
I am absolutely appalled that Glasgow City Council is using a very small human error as an excuse to reject Action on Asbestos application outright without even reading it or considering its merits. What kind of message do they think this sends to me and the hundreds of others that are living and dying of an asbestos-related condition in Glasgow? It tells me that the Councillors that are supposed to represent me really don’t care. They have the opportunity here to do the right thing. Accept the application, read it, grant the funding and serve the people of Glasgow who are stuck living with the consequences of the asbestos that they inhaled by going to work to support their family. Action on asbestos is a wonderful charity that has helped both me and my family. When you’re told you’re going to die from someone else’s negligence you feel you have nowhere to turn. Thankfully the medical professionals whom I attend knew that Action on Asbestos would be there to help me. I would ask Glasgow city council to accept this very much needed charity’s funding application.
Sandra White MSP is very supportive of the work of Action on Asbestos.
When people are first diagnosed with an asbestos-related disease, they are often shocked, they may be afraid of what the future will hold and don’t know where to turn. Action on Asbestos is the only call they have to make. The support and advice that the charity provides are incredible. Any threat to the services that Action on Asbestos provides must be resisted. Glasgow City Council need only make the gesture of allowing the application to be accepted and I am urging the Councillors to act to make this happen.
Gary Smith, treasurer of Action on Asbestos and GMB Scotland Secretary:
I really shouldn’t be in the position where I have to remind the Council that Action on Asbestos generates millions which are put back into the community. This money is generated by the benefit advice workers at Action on Asbestos who ensure that their clients receive their legal entitlement to benefits and government compensation schemes. We have all of the supporting information needed for the application to be accepted, we had it at the time, and it seems particularly rigid of the Council to not accept our application, or indeed the applications of the other agencies that we also know have also been caught out in this way. We demand that the Council reconsider their position.
Dave Moxham Deputy Secretary of the STUC:
It is appalling that this charity will lose out on the opportunity of receiving funding simply because of an administrative error. Action on Asbestos deal with hundreds of men and women who are diagnosed with a terminal condition caused by asbestos exposure every year and rely on this funding. It is shameful that this charity does not receive core funding, but to prevent their application from being assessed for funding will be detrimental for both the people and the economy in Glasgow.
This is terrible news! Only just seen it. Please let me know how I can help. You are a lifeline support service for so many families. Your work should be supported and amplified, not cut back!!
— Anas Sarwar (@AnasSarwar) January 13, 2020
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