Homeless people attend Glasgow hustings ahead of General Election

Glasgow City MissionHomeless people are being urged to vote in next month’s General Election after years of feeling under-represented by the political process.

While being homeless isn’t a barrier to registering for a vote, many people don’t bother if they don’t have a fixed address.

Candidates standing in a Glasgow constituency held a hustings at Glasgow City Mission on Wednesday afternoon.

All five candidates for the Glasgow Central seat at Westminster took part in the event. They heard the issues closest to the hearts of Glasgow’s homeless.

Tony Boyle, one of the service users at the mission, said: “I want to ask what proposals they are going to add to get the fix odds terminals (FOBs) banned because there has been an influx of these machines in bookies in socially deprived areas.

“They target the vulnerable - compulsive addictive personalities.”

Topics discussed also included jobs and benefits.

Glasgow City Mission provides practical care to over 200 homeless and marginalised adults every day, offering food, advice and a range of courses and workshops to help people move forwards.

Staff stressed that being homeless, doesn’t mean you can’t vote on May 7.

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