New rules on EUWC lease
Edinburgh Unemployed Workers Centre’s ability to raise funds for its Broughton Street premises has been hampered by a Lothian Regional Council Social Work Committee decision to add a schedule of permitted uses to its lease. The addition states that the EUWC cannot use the building for any party political. commercial or fundraising (without written permission of the council) purpose, only “the provision of advice, support. counselling and training of unemployed persons’.
The EUWC has countered this in a
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statement saying that the centre does not support any political party but ‘we are involved in resistance to the attacks made on claimants by any political party or government‘. The statement goes on to call the council‘s restriction on fundraising ‘absurd' as ‘the Edinburgh Unemployed Workers Centre is a registered charity. and every charity in the country has to carry out fundraising on a regular basis‘.
Although the centre has suffered a total withdrawal of public funding and has still to recover equipment removed last year by a minority of members of its trustee board. it is open at 103 Broughton Street (557 ()718) on weekdays between noon and 4pm. Letters of support and donations should be sent to EUWC. c/o 1st Floor. 20 Melville Terrace, Edinburgh EH9 lCY. (AM)
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I Forth Bridge opposition: Environmental groups have joined together in their condemnation of plans to build a second road bridge across the River Forth at Queensferry. ‘Transport connections should be improved between Lothian and Fife by increasing the capacity of the existing rail network } as a matter of urgency.‘ argued a combination of thirteen conservation. amenity and transport organisations in a statement issued through the Cockbum Society. The statement went on to
support the reopening of Edinburgh’s south suburban line and criticise the bridge proposal for the environmental impacts that increased traffic would cause. Further meeting are planned.
I University launch boycott: The high- profrle launch next month of Glasgow Caledonian University could be marred 5 by a row over the grading of support staffjobs at the new institution. Glasgow Caledonian will officially be formed on 28 April with the merger of Queen‘s College and Glasgow Polytechnic, but more than 70 secretarial and clerical staff at the former have expressed a vote of no confidence in the new management’s handling of the transfer. Staff are complaining about a lack of consultation that has led to the downgrading of a number ofjobs and fears that conditions would not be protected in the long term. The university‘s management has stated, however, that the merger will involve no redundancies and no drop in salaries.
I Messiah anniversary: Over 400 adults and children in Scotland will
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take part this month in a nationwide celebration of the 250th anniversary of the first British performance of Handel‘s Messiah. The popular choral work was first performed here on 23 March 1743. and the strains of ‘Hallelujah‘ will be heard across the country between 19 and 28 March as over 500 choirs. choral societies and schools attempt to raise not only their voices. but £1 million for two charities: the Malcolm Sargent Cancer Fund for Children and the Thomas Coram Foundation for Children (formerly the Foundling Hospital). The events are being supported by Classic FM. who will choose twenty of the participating groups to take part in radio broadcasts. I Munro climb: The newly rediscovered popularity of Scotland's Munros could prove to be the first step in the uphill battle against cancer. Saturday I May sees the Great Scottish Climb. an event whose objective is to raise as much as possible for Cancer Research Campaign (Scotland) by having sponsored groups of at least three people scale all 277 Munros. The Scottish Youth Hostel Association have donated complimentary membership and overnight bed spaces on a first ' come first served basis for participants. a ’6 and so potential climbers should register as soon as possible by filling in the application forms available from
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I Lothian environment agenda: Lothian Regional Council has set out 66 environmental targets. many aimed at encouraging the public to be more environment-friendly. to be completed in twelve months time. The draft of the second Environment Action Plan follows on from Agenda 21. a major policy document signed at last year's Rio Earth Summit, which urged local authorities to consult with their communities over environmental activities. New targets include transport policies aimed at reducing trafﬁc pollution, work to promote cycling in the region and the finalising of a no smoking policy at work for council staff. Copies of the draft are available from Andrew Sneddon, Corporate Services. Lothian Regional Council. George [V Bridge. Edinburgh EH1 lUQ.