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Dental Register Filling Up Across Greater Glasgow & Clyde

 

Paisleys MSP, George Adam has welcomed the news that that dental registrations across Greater Glasgow and Clyde have increased in the last year, following new statistics from ISD Scotland.

 

The number of adults registered with dentists in Greater Glasgow and Clyde is up to 968,975, climbing from 939,837 – part of a national rise from 3,880,815 in 2015/16 to 4,004,645 in 2016/17.

The number of children registered across Greater Glasgow & Clyde also rose from 218,972 to 220,566 in the last year.

The number of adults registered with an NHS dentist across Scotland is at 91.1%, up from 45.6% since the SNP came to power.

The number of children registered has also increased from 66.6% under Labour to 94.1% under the SNP.

 

The total number of registered dental patients in Scotland is now at 4,975,850 – and the Scottish Government continues to take action to improve dental health across Scotland, including through the new Oral Health Improvement Plan and an investment of over £400 million in NHS dentists in the community. George has encouraged those who are not currently registered to sign up with their local dentist.

 

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“This is welcome news for Greater Glasgow & Clyde and shows that efforts to increase the number of people receiving regular dental check-ups is paying off, with 968,975 adults and 220,566 children now registered across Greater Glasgow and Clyde.

 

“It is a huge boost to see more and more people using the excellent dental services that we have in Greater Glasgow & Clyde– and by doing so we are able to prevent potentially more damaging and costly treatments in future.

 

“Those that aren’t registered should sign up with their local dental practice to get the dental treatment now and in the years to come.

 

“The SNP has a strong record on dental and oral health – increasing the number of adults registered with an NHS dentist in Scotland from 45.6% under Labour to 91.1% now, and the number of children registered has grown by 27.5% under the SNP.

 

“Scottish Government funding and commitments have been a key driver of these improvements, which is why we now have nearly 5 million registered dental patients across the country. The new Oral Health Improvement Plan will only boost this further still.

 

“Programmes such as ChildSmile have proven effective in getting children the dental treatment that they need – and with more adults registering with practices across Scotland, the SNP is making sure there is plenty to smile about across Scotland.”

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Call For Bus Users In Paisley To Give Their Views On Bus Services And Smart Ticketing

Paisley’s MSP, George Adam, has encouraged bus users across Paisley to get involved in two new public consultations that will help shape the future of bus services and smart ticketing in Scotland.

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Transport Scotland will conduct a number of events and stakeholder workshops to encourage participation in these consultations before they close on 5th December.

Commenting, George said:

“Although the number of bus users is falling, millions still use buses across Scotland every day, including in Paisley.

“Transport Scotland’s two new consultations offer the public and stakeholders in Paisley an important opportunity to have their say on how best to improve Scotland’s bus services.

“In order to develop an effective, joint up, Scotland-wide smart ticketing and payment service, it is important that as many transport operators, public bodies and users as possible are consulted.”

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20 Years On – Devolution Has Been Delivered For Paisley

George Adam MSP has praised the success of devolution twenty years on from the referendum on a Scottish Parliament.

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George outside University of the West of Scotland

79% of voters in Renfrewshire backed the plans in the 1997 referendum, which saw 74% of Scots vote for a devolved parliament. The Scottish Parliament was then reconvened in 1999.

Commenting, George said:

“Devolution has been an enormous success for Paisley and for Scotland.

“A whole generation of Scots has now grown up with a Scottish Parliament – and because of devolution those young people have votes at 16 for Scottish elections, the Educational Maintenance Allowance, free university tuition and one of the lowest youth unemployment rates in Europe.

“And whether it’s effectively ending the Bedroom Tax, providing free personal care for the elderly or having the best performing A&Es in the UK, devolution has benefited people across Scottish society.

“But we should always be restless in our ambition to make life better for the people who live here.  And the more powers our Parliament has, the more we can, collectively, do for Scotland.

“Over coming months the Scottish Government will bring forward proposals for further devolution of powers over employment, social security, immigration and trade.

“But the Tory Brexit plans threaten to undermine the very principle of devolution by reserving powers over areas such as agriculture, fishing and the environment as they return from Brussels.

“That would be an unacceptable power grab – and we shouldn’t stand for it.”

 

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8,646 Children Eligible For Free School Meals In Renfrewshire

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Paisley’s MSP, George Adam

With pupils across the country preparing to go back to school, 8,646 in Renfrewshire will be eligible for free school meals this year.

 

Throughout Scotland, over 250,000 pupils will be eligible for free school lunches – a figure that has doubled in the last three years.

 

Thanks to an SNP Government initiative in 2015, all primary 1-3 pupils are eligible for free school meals, which is of huge financial help to families.

 

Commenting, Paisley’s MSP, George Adam said:

 

“It’s fantastic that 8,646 of school pupils in Renfrewshire are eligible for free school meals – an integral part of ensuring that every child gets the best start in life and as much as possible out of their time in the classroom each day.

 

“Guaranteeing our youngest pupils a healthy meal during the school day helps them to learn and can save families an estimated £380 a year.

 

“This is just one of the steps the SNP Scottish Government is taking to tackle child poverty and help household incomes – and is an essential part of our central ambition to drive up standards in Scottish schools.

 

“I wish teachers and pupils alike the best of luck as they start the new academic year.”

 P1-P3 pupils only1 All primary pupils (P1-P7) Number of secondary school pupils registered for free school meals by local authority, 2017 Number of special school pupils registered for free school meals by local authority, 2017
Local Authority Primary pupils on school roll Pupils registered for free meals Pupils on the school roll Pupils registered for free meals Secondary School roll Registered for free meals Pupils on School roll Registered for free meals Total number of pupils registered/eligible for free school meals
Renfrewshire 5,584 5,584 13,068 6,950 9,651 1,432 378 264 8,646
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Schools In Paisley Get Funding Boost

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George Adam MSP

A funding boost comes to Paisley as The Scottish Government announced this week that schools in Renfrewshire will receive £3,531,000 in 2017/18 to help close the poverty-related attainment gap.

 

More than £45 million of dedicated funding will be provided to primary and secondary schools across Scotland in 2017/18 to help pupils from low-income backgrounds succeed at school.

The Scottish Attainment Challenge is providing £750 million during the course of this Parliament to tackle the poverty related attainment gap. It prioritises improvements in literacy, numeracy, health and wellbeing of children adversely affected by poverty in Scotland’s Primary and Secondary schools. This funding takes the Challenge Authorities and Schools Programme into its third successive year.

Nine local authorities and an additional 72 individual schools have been allocated funding from the Scottish Attainment Challenge, for education initiatives and projects targeting Scotland’s most deprived children.

 

Paisley’s MSP, George Adam said:

“Improving the education and life chances of our children and young people is the defining mission of the SNP in government.

“The Scottish Government are providing £750 million during the course of this Parliament to tackle the poverty-related attainment gap – and schools in Renfrewshire will benefit to the tune of £3,531,000 this year through our Attainment

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“This latest round of funding will ensure that schools where the need is greatest have substantial additional funding for the coming year to improve literacy, numeracy and health and well-being.

“I’m delighted that schools in Renfrewshire are benefitting from this funding, which is targeted to improve the life chances of children and young people in Scotland.”

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Scottish Economic Growth Outstrips The UK

New GDP figures show that Scotland’s economy has grown 0.8% in the first quarter of 2017, four times the UK growth rate for the same quarter.

 

Production grew by 3.1%, accounting for most of the growth in Scotland, and the services industry grew by 0.3%.

 

Since 2007, productivity in Scotland – the key driver of economic performance  –  has grown by more than 7%. In the UK as a whole productivity growth has been close to zero (0.4%).

 

Commenting on the latest GDP figures, Paisley’s MSP, George Adam said:russell institute

 

“We are seeing an improving picture across Scotland – the economy is growing, the number of people in employment is rising and unemployment is at historic lows.

 

“Paisley has lots to be confident about. The SNP Scottish Government’s £6 billion infrastructure plan, £500 million Scottish Growth Scheme and record investment in Modern Apprenticeships and education will continue to support Paisley’s economy.

 

“However Brexit, and being removed from the world’s largest single market, poses the biggest threat to this progress and Scotland’s economy. A blind crusade towards a hard Brexit cliff edge could cost our economy around £11 billion a year by 2030 and result in 80,000 fewer jobs, and the fall in Sterling since the referendum is already pushing up prices and squeezing household incomes. This, accompanied by relentless Tory austerity, means we cannot be complacent.

 

“The SNP has a plan to grow our economy and we will continue to work hard to support it through difficult times ahead – determined to remain an open, European nation inside the world’s largest single market.”

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SNP Scraps Pay Cap For Nurses & Teachers In Paisley

Tories Must Deliver On Public Sector Pay

 

Paisleys MSP, George Adam,  is calling on the UK Government to stop flip-flopping on public sector pay and endorse the SNP’s policy to end the pay cap.

 

Finance Secretary Derek Mackay told the Scottish Parliament last week that the “time was up” for the annual 1%  limit on public sector pay.

 

The SNP Scottish Government is now engaging with trade unions ahead of the next Scottish budget to discuss a future public sector pay policy that recognises both rising living costs and the need for sustainable public finances in order to ensure fairer pay for nurses, teachers and all public sector workers in Paisley.

 

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“The SNP Scottish Government has listened to independent pay recommendations – showing the many nurses, doctors and police officers and more public sector workers in Paisley that their incredible service is valued and that they deserve pay that reflects real life circumstances.

 

“Indeed, showing public sector workers in Paisley how much we value their service is ever more pertinent as we face endless Brexit uncertainty that is driving inflation, forcing up living costs and intensifying recruitment problems – risking a Brexit brain drain.

 

“And with some public sector workers in Paisley still subject to UK wide pay policies – the Tories must act and act now to confirm that the pay cap will be scrapped.

 

“The clear message coming from Scotland to the Tory government is to end austerity, and end it now.“

 

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Plans For Soft Opt-Out Organ Donation System Unveiled

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Paisley’s MSP, George Adam, has welcomed the Scottish Government’s decision to introduce legislation for a soft opt-out system of organ and tissue donation, which was backed by 82% of those who contributed to their consultation.

 

The 14-week consultation looked at various ways to increase the number of people being referred to the donation services in Scotland.

 

Currently in Scotland, organ and/or tissue donation after a person’s death only occurs if they have given advance authorisation or if their nearest relative authorises on their behalf.

 

A soft opt out, or deemed authorisation system, means that a donation can go ahead if the person has not opted out or told their family they do not wish to donate.

 

George said:

 

“Today’s decision to legislate for a soft opt-out system is great news for our health service.

 

“With the amazing help of donors and their families, NHS Scotland has already made great progress, including a 34% increase in donors this past year alone. Scotland now has the highest donor rate in the UK.

 

“However, we can do better and moving to a soft opt-out system is a really important step towards further reducing the number of people in Paisley waiting for transplants.

 

“We should always keep in mind the tragic circumstances that give rise to organ donation and forever appreciate the selfless acts of donors and their families that enable others to live. Organ and tissue donation saves lives and is one of the greatest gifts a person can give.”

 

 

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George Adam MSP Urges Expectant Mothers In Paisley To Sign Up For Baby Box

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Paisley’s MSP, George Adam is encouraging all expectant mothers in Paisley, whose babies are due on or after 15 August 2017, to register for a baby box at their next midwife appointment.

 

These boxes, containing various essential items for a child’s first weeks and months, signal the SNP Government’s commitment to ensuring that every child in Scotland, regardless of their circumstances, should get the best start in life.

 

This comes on top of the SNP Government using new powers to create new Maternity and Early Years’ Allowances, the Best Start Grant, which provides expectant mothers on low incomes with £600 for their first child, £300 for second and subsequent children and a further £250 grant when their child starts nursery, and £250 again when they start school.

 

 

George and Nicola outside Paisley Abbey

George and Nicola outside Paisley Abbey

George said:

 

 “The Scottish Government is proudly gifting a Baby Box to every child in Scotland to help tackle deprivation, improve health and support parents – just one part of our determination to ensure that every child has an equal start in life.

 

“For mothers in Paisley looking forward to welcoming a new born into the world on or after 15th August this summer, all they need to do to be gifted a Baby Box is apply through their midwife in advance, supplying their preferred delivery address.

 

“The Baby Boxes are full of useful items such as books, clothes, blankets, a bath towel, a changing mat, a bib and a thermometer, while also providing a safe space for babies to sleep near their parents, to promote bonding and early attachment, and send a signal that every child, regardless their background, matters.

 

“And with the new powers coming to Scotland, the SNP Government will also provide targeted support of a significantly higher level than elsewhere in the UK, to help low income families via our new Maternity and Early Years’ Allowances- replacing the UK Sure Start grant with our Best Start Grant.

 

“The new Best Start Grant will be introduced in 2019.”

 

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Renfrewshire Receives Major Investment In Affordable Housing

Paisley’s MSP, George Adam has welcomed the announcement of a further £1.75 billion Scottish Government investment in affordable housing across Scotland, which includes a £46.244 million investment in Renfrewshire.
 

Councils and house-builders across Scotland’s 32 local authorities will have the opportunity to plan ahead with grant subsidies guaranteed, for the first time, for the next three years until 2021.
 

In 2018-19, £532 million will be shared amongst local authorities – rising to £591 million in 2019-20 and £630 million in 2020-21.

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George commented:

“The announcement that Renfrewshire will receive £46.244 million over the next three years provides the certainty that Paisley and the sector needs to keep progressing and ensures we keep up the momentum to reach the Scottish Government’s target of 50,000 new affordable homes by 2021.

“Increasing the supply of affordable homes is a key SNP commitment and plays a vital role in helping to tackle poverty and inequality in Paisley.

“Committing funding until the end of this parliament will help ensure that Scotland leads the way in building homes that are high-quality, efficient and affordable, and will strengthen our house-building sector and the estimated 14,000 jobs that the affordable housing supply programme supports each year.

“The SNP believes that everyone in Scotland deserves a warm, affordable home and with a huge number of affordable homes approved last year, we are making great progress towards that aim.”