Carrick Gazette letters

living wage

What are they trying to hide?

What are the anti-independence coalition, currently administering South Ayrshire Council, trying to hide?

On 25th September I wrote to the 3 Ayrshire Local Authorities, on behalf of the Ayrshire Green Party, asking the following questions.

Do all your employees receive at least the Living Wage as opposed to the Minimum Wage?

Do you require all contractors of outsourced services to pay their employees, at least, the Living Wage?

How many full time equivalents does your Authority currently employ?

How many full time equivalent employees were transferred with services outsourced in the last 10 years?

(For information, the living wage is £7.65per hour compared to the £6.31per hour minimum wage).

I duly received replies from East and North Ayrshire within the 20 days required by the Freedom of Information Act. As yet, despite a reminder, I have still not had a reply from South Ayrshire Council.

Andy McAdam


Toy raffle

One last push

The support given to this year’s ‘MAGIC of CHRISTMAS TOY RAFFLE’ by local businesses, shopkeepers, local groups and indeed the whole community has simply been outstanding.

This support has, to date, resulted in excess of £800 being donated and 94 toys being placed in Santa’s Sack. The wish list includes, 4 bicycles, 2 scooters and some of this year’s must have toys such as; Flipper Scooter, Furby Boom, Robosapian, Teksta Electronic Dog and a large toy horse.

This year’s toys are on display in the window of Girvan Community Centre

In addition to ensuring that Girvan is on Santa’s satnav on Christmas night the raffle also provides the whole community with a unique opportunity to make Girvan extra special on the lead up to Christmas. All money raised from the raffle is donated to the local Christmas Street Party committee and helps pay for appearance of the reindeers and the special team of children entertainers etc, making the Street Party something special for all local children and families. Those buying a raffle ticket also have the option for their prize to be donated to a local child in need, very much a’ win win’ situation as the £1 ticket will help the Street party and the donated prize will ensure that some young child will have a magical Christmas.

Girvan Youth Trust fully appreciates that times are hard for everyone especially at this time of year however you simply cannot buy the feel good factor of seeing a child’s eyes light up as they are mesmerised at the Christmas Street Party or on opening that surprise present on Christmas Morning. Donating a ‘new ‘ toy or buying a £1 raffle ticket will make so much difference to everyone but especially local children.


Raffle Tickets are on sale at the following outlets:

Dunlop’s Newsagents / The Papershop / Indulgence / Girvan Community Centre, Barrhill Store, Z1 Youth Bar and GYT staff and AND BEYONDERS. Tickets will also be on sale at the Christmas Street party. There is still time for local businesses, shops and groups to donate to this great community project. Please contact Girvan Youth Trust on 01465 714729 or e-mail Girvanyouthtrusst or contact us on facebook.

Girvan Youth Trust