First of all, let me express my thanks to all of the community groups in Wards 14 and 13 that have stepped up to the plate and done a great job protecting the most vulnerable in our society.

It is quite clear that Covid-19 has changed the way society operates – and that is why it is so important that we make sure frontline services and staff receive all the help they need to keep frontline services in operation.

On another point, I have written to the Health Minister with regards to community facilities staying open.

These facilities play a big part in our community and, given the fact that people’s mental health and physical health issues are on the rise due to Covid-19, without these facilities being open, I fear there could be an increase in those challenges to come.

Glasgow Life can only open 61 of 171 facilities in our city. That, to me, makes it quite clear that Glasgow Life is at a crisis point. Therefore, it is important that the government steps in and assists Glasgow City Council to protect theses services and to save hundreds of jobs.

On another matter, I have also asked the government to help the after-school service.

This provision is an absolutely crucial service that we must get up and running. It plays a big part in getting people back to work.

Furthermore, your readers will be aware of the disgraceful amount of tyres that were dumped in Drumchapel recently. This was an outrageous act of vandalism to the environment. I have arranged for the tyres to be cleared and I am pushing for the maximum penalty for whoever did this.

Finally, I would like to make this crystal clear to the council and to Glasgow Life. The community in Drumchapel and Anniesland will not accept the closure of our community facilities; that option has never been on the table, nor, as far as I am concerned or the community groups are concerned, will it ever be on the table.