I HAVE recently tried to assist two disabled friends who live in Glasgow to apply for a blue badge and housing benefit for a pensioner.

Despite there being legislation that ensures the right to paperwork in an accessible format the council has refused to provide paper copies of application forms. The lady requiring a blue badge has been told she has to ask a friend to use their internet to apply online and that friend will have to do the application as she is not digitally able to do it herself.

The second lady has been told she cannot have a paper form to apply for housing benefit but has been offered a phone appointment.

This is in my experience illegal as it discriminates against those not able to access or use the digital services, both ladies have to pay council tax yet are refused access to services because they cannot use the internet. Why in one of the poorest cities does the council advocate digital exclusion?

Sarah Nicolson 


AS this red herring is now being raised again, could I ask if any accurate studies have been made as to how an independent Scotland would finance itself?

We are told that the UK Government subsidises Scotland to a higher degree per capita than the rest of the UK, and Scotland provides more free public services than the UK, so how would Scotland cope without the financial assistance it presently receives?

It appears to me that Sturgeon has bribed the population with all these freebies in order to gain votes for independence; a veritable one trick pony. Independence is a romantic notion, and in the years when we had substantial industry sectors that have now disappeared, may have been a realistic goal, however it is now a pipe dream. Sturgeon should get back to the real problems facing the country, of which there are many.

Mungo Conner


TIME for all supermarkets to donate to the food banks, even better, create a fairer system for all, increase the living wage as well as create more jobs, training and apprenticeships.

Anything less than £12 an hour these days is slave labour, facts!

Stefan J Donald


TAXI drivers were amazing on Wednesday for the annual trip to Troon. 

I was there with my wee grandson and daughter. The taxis all had food and toys and kids also got backpacks full of stuff. 

When they got to Troon the whole of Troon was out waving and clapping when they went by.

What an amazing day, thank you so much Glasgow Taxis you put a lot of smiles on the kids’ faces as well as the parents.

Margo Mc