Welfare reforms the topic at Probus

IN the absence of President Derek Murray, Vice-President John Sim welcomed members to the latest meeting of the Garioch Probus Club.

Peter Donaldson then introduced his guest speaker, Alan Grant, Chief Executive of Langstane Housing Association since 1999.

the first part of Alan’s talk to Probus took the form of his personal reflections and thoughts on electronic communications and in particular the frustrations and confusion that can arise during their use.

The main part of Alan’s talk was of a more ser8ious nature as he spoke of the Government’s proposed sweeping reforms of the Welfare and Benefits system and the in introduction of Universal Credits. His personal reservations and doubts on the proposed “reforms” were clearly expressed. He mentioned in particular the need to apply on-line, the requirement to have a bank account, and in particular, the removal of the human contact element from the system.

These, and other reservations on the proposed welfare changes, were clearly presented by the speaker, and provided an interesting, occasionally humorous, and thought provoking talk.