George Town Hall

Paisley to host the Scottish Parliament for the day

Credit: Scottish Parliament Website 

People in Paisley will have the opportunity to have their democratic voice heard as the Scottish Parliament comes to Paisley Town Hall for the day on Monday 21 September.

Holyrood’s Parliament Day initiative, introduced by the Presiding Officer the Rt Hon Tricia Marwick MSP, takes the Parliament out into communities around Scotland, encouraging local people to take an interest in and engage directly with the Parliament and its work.

As part of Parliament Day Paisley, MSPs on the Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee will meet with local people to hear about how their working lives have changed since the 2008 recession. This session will inform an inquiry the Committee is undertaking on the issue of ‘work, wages and wellbeing.’

In the evening, local people are also invited to an informal Q&A session, hosted by the Presiding Officer, where they can quiz MSPs about how their Parliament works for them.

Members of the local community are invited to come along and find out more, with refreshments available.George Town Hall

The Presiding Officer said:
“The Scottish Parliament is there to represent all of Scotland’s communities and it’s important we hear directly from local people about the issues affecting their daily lives. I’m sure the people of Paisley will take this opportunity to make their voice heard and engage with their Parliament.

“I would encourage everyone who can to come along to the Town Hall to chat to me, my fellow MSPs and Parliament staff and find out more about politics and the Parliament. We want to hear from you.”

George Adam, MSP for Paisley said:
“One of the most important aspects of our modern parliament is its ability to engage with people across Scotland. Paisley is a great town with great people and a tremendous history. This is easily observed just walking through the centre of the town with our Abbey, which is over 850 years old, and the civic buildings created by the Victorian cotton mill owners.

“This visit by the Parliament to Paisley is about engagement. Towns like Paisley have their issues like unemployment and the need to reinvigorate town centres. These are challenges that must be tackled head on and the Parliament coming to Paisley is part of a process that should be welcomed, ensuring greater transparency for policies and decisions at parliamentary level.

“This visit also highlights that it is up to all of us to play our part in ensuring that our town is the type of place we wish to live and work.”
Background

Parliament Day Paisley will be held in Paisley Town Hall, Abbey Close, Paisley PA1 1JF. The informal Q&A session with the Presiding Officer is open to all from 5:30pm.

Launched in November 2012, the Parliament Day initiative is all about taking the Parliament out of Edinburgh and into communities across Scotland. Parliament Days allow people to see the Parliament at work – both official parliamentary business such as committee meetings, and on a less formal level by meeting local MSPs and Parliament staff.

Eleven Parliament Days have been held across Scotland from Orkney to Hawick, and from Stornoway to Arbroath.
– See more at: http://www.scottish.parliament.uk/newsandmediacentre/91544.aspx#sthash.Qnu0lT5H.dpuf

George, the new PLO to the Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning

Paisley Schools Awarded Attainment Fund

Paisley’s MSP is today welcoming the extension of the Scottish Government’s Attainment Fund.Paisley's MSP George Adam

 

Underlining the party’s unwavering commitment to improving education in Scotland, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has today announced that the fund will be extended to help 57 more schools in another 14 local authority areas – taking the number of schools benefiting from the fund to more than 300.

 

The fund – launched in February this year – focuses on improving literacy, numeracy, health and wellbeing in primary schools in these areas, with the clear objective being to give all primary-school age pupils – regardless of background – the best start in life.

 

The First Minister also announced the creation of the Aspirations Package for schools, which will be delivered with organisations like Speakers for Schools and Children’s University as well as local employers and entrepreneurs to ensure young people can access the experience, knowledge and networks they need to help them succeed.

 

SNP MSP George Adam, who sits on the Education Committee, said:

 

“The extension of the Attainment Fund to benefit 57 more schools in another 14 local authority areas is very welcome indeed. Scotland’s children must be given everything they need to fulfil their full potential in life and the Attainment Fund is an important step in the right direction.

 

“Since coming to office in 2007 the SNP has worked tirelessly to improve education – pre-school age children now benefit from 600 hours of free childcare, compared to only 412 in 2007 – and we have rebuilt or refurbished 520 schools in the last eight years.

 

“Our primary one children are in smaller classes, more student teachers find permanent employment and more of our young people than ever now leave school and go into work, training or continue with their education.

 

“However, there is no room for complacency – and the extension of the Attainment Fund along with yesterday’s launch of the Read, Write, Count plan underlines the unwavering ambition of this SNP government to raise standards further.

 

“Five schools in Renfrewshire are benefitting from this fund, including St Fergus and Glencoats Primary schools in my own constituency.  It is important that a child can have the same chance of walking in to a top university or getting a leading employment position no matter their background or where they come from.  The Attainment Scotland Fund is one of the ways to ensure that this type of fairness and equality is realised.

 

“If re-elected in 2016, the SNP will continue to build on our strong record on education and will deliver in the face of harsh Westminster cuts.

 

“The SNP is committed to making Scotland the best place in the world to grow up – and today’s announcement will help make this a reality.”

George in Paisley Town Centre

George Welcome’s Development of Old St Mirren Ground

Paisley’s MSP George Adam has welcomed the sale of the former St Mirren ground to London and Scottish Investments (LSI) from Tesco. The Love Street site has lay empty since the final game was played at the ground in 2009. While LSI has not given concrete information regarding their plans for the site, Bryan Wilson, Group Development Director said in a letter to George that, “Our plans for the development of the site are still being developed with our architects and planning consultants and we hope to be able to share our ideas with you in the next couple of months. We also intend to consult with the local community”.George in Paisley Town Centre

Speaking on the sale, George said, “I am pleased to hear that Tesco have finally sold this land and there is positive movement with trying to develop the site. While we do not yet know what will be built on the site, I remain confident that this site can be brought back into use and once again have a meaningful purpose.

‘Since I was elected in 2011, I have written on numerous occasions to the management at Tesco putting the case forward that they needed to re-double their efforts in either developing the site themselves or finding a suitable buyer. We are finally at that juncture and I hope to work with LSI and the local community in ensuring this site is developed sooner rather than later.

‘This site is in a prime location, next to Scotland’s busiest airport, with great links to the M8 and our historic town centre is just a few minute walk away. Getting this site developed is just the next piece in the puzzle in bringing more jobs and prosperity to our town and I look forward to seeing plans in the coming months”.

Poll Shows Further Progress for the SNP

According to the most recent poll for voting intentions in the Holyrood elections the SNP has advanced to its highest ever levels.  The survey by TNS surveyed

George outside Paisley Town Hall

George outside Paisley Town Hall

1062 people and asked them their voting intentions in the constituency and list votes for next year’s election.  Support for the SNP in the constituency vote was recorded as 62%, some 44% above Labour.  In the list vote the SNP were at 54% compared to their nearest rivals again at 20%.

 

Speaking on the survey Paisley’s MSP, George Adam, said:

 

‘This is a positive poll for the SNP which seems to show that the progressive polices we are taking forward are the right way to go about things.

 

‘We must remember that these things are just a snap shot of opinion and as we have seen before the pollsters don’t always get it right.  The Scottish Government have a track record that has developed trust and with our new MPs we are leading the opposition against continued Tory cuts and austerity hitting those most in need.

 

‘We must continue to lead the way showing that to grow the economy you must invest or you will just strip bare any shoots of new growth.’

 

 

 

The Herald report on the poll is here: http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/13585130.Poll__landslide_Holyrood_victory_for_SNP_predicted_as_support_for_party_increases_to_62_/

 

 

George outside the A&E Dept at the RAH

George Praises A&E Staff

Paisley’s MSP George Adam has congratulated all A&E staff at the RAH for a dramatic improvement in waiting times at the Paisley hospital. Over the winter months, the RAH experienced difficulties, but due to continued efforts of hard-working staff, figures published today show the RAH A&E has made vast strides toward the national target.

George outside the A&E Dept at the RAH

George outside the A&E Dept at the RAH

Nationally, A&E figures show that the Scottish Government’s interim target of treating 95 per cent of patients within four hours has been exceeded – and is pledging to continue to work hard to further improve Scotland’s health service. The figures released today for the week ended July 12th show that 95.4 per cent of A&E patients were treated within four hours – the best performance levels since weekly reporting of figures began in February.

Commenting on the figures, George said, “These figures are very welcome, highlight the commitment and hard work of staff across A&E units in Scotland. At the RAH in Paisley, which seen some very difficult times during the cold winter months, 91.9 per cent of patients were seen within 4 hours for the week ended 12th July. While this in not yet the target 95 per cent, I think we must recognise the dramatic improvement in such a short time and praise all staff.

‘Often, the NHS can be used as a political football, not taking into account the massive pressures our NHS can be put under, especially during winter months when more people are suffering from seasonal conditions, particularly our elderly. However, no matter the challenge, staff at our town’s hospital have risen to the challenge and should take great pride in their continued improvement.

“While these figures are welcome, there is always more which can be done – and staff and patients can rest assured that the SNP will be working harder than ever to further protect and improve our NHS and deliver the first-class health service people across Scotland deserve.

“The SNP’s commitment to our health service is second to none – investing an additional £383m in front line health spending in 2015/16, meaning Scottish health spending will now be above £12bn for the first time ever – and these figures show that this investment is delivering real results.”

George with SNP members on the night he was selected as the SNP Candidate for the forthcoming Scottish Parliament Election

George Is Paisley’s Candidate!

Paisley SNP Constituency Association has confirmed George Adam as its candidate for the forthcoming Scottish Parliament election. George, who has been Paisley’s MSP for the past 4 years will seek re-election to continue his work of representing his constituents and promoting our town locally and nationally. George, who is Paisley born and breed, lives in Paisley with his wife Stacey and is not only our local MSP, but chairman of the St Mirren Independent Supporters Association (SMiSA) and honorary president of Paisley Pirates Ice Hockey Club, to name but a few things George is involved with in our local community.

George and Nicola outside Paisley Abbey

George and Nicola outside Paisley Abbey

Speaking after his selection, George said, “It has been the privilege of a life time to spend the last 4 years representing my home town in the Scottish Parliament. When I was elected on 5th May 2011 in the wee hours of the morning, I made a commitment to the people of Paisley that I would stand up for everyone in my constituency, both those that voted for me and those that didn’t.

“I am here to represent you no matter your political affiliation. Since that night, I have worked every day to raise out towns profile and promote Paisley, highlighting everything it has to offer. It is a standing joke in the Scottish Parliament that I will mention Paisley, St Mirren, Paisley Buddies in every speech I make. Now my colleagues may find this amusing, but that’s what I’m there to do, talk up Paisley and bring attention to the numerous great people and places we have in this historic town.

George with SNP members on the night he was selected as the SNP Candidate for the forthcoming Scottish Parliament Election

George with SNP members on the night he was selected as the SNP Candidate for the forthcoming Scottish Parliament Election

“By seeking re-election, I ask the people of Paisley to again put their trust in me to effectively represent Paisley in our nation’s Parliament. Months of hard campaign are ahead and I relish the opportunity of speaking to as many of my constituents as possible, out and about in our town centre, on the doorstep and throughout our town, putting forward a positive message of how I will continue to promote our town and stand up for the people of Paisley.”

George town hall landscape

Paisley Sees Modern Apprenticeships Rise Since 2007

Paisley’s MSP George Adam is marking UN World Youth Skills Day by highlighting figures showing that the number of people on Modern Apprenticeships has grown by almost 60 per cent since the SNP came to office in 2007 – and repeating calls for powers over the minimum wage to be devolved to Scotland to allow action on fair pay for apprentices.George town hall landscape

An analysis of figures from Skills Development Scotland shows the number of Modern Apprenticeships in Scotland has risen from 15,803 in 2007/08 to 25,247 in 2014/15 – an increase of 59.7 per cent. The SNP in government has exceeded its target of 25,000 Modern Apprenticeships a year every year since 2011/12 – and has increased the target to 30,000 a year by 2020.

The current minimum wage for apprentices is £2.73 per hour – while under plans put forward by the SNP at the General Election, the rate would have risen to £6.86 by 2020.
Commenting, George said:

“These very welcome figures highlight a key success of the SNP in government – with the number of Modern Apprenticeships in Renfrewshire rising by almost 47.9 per cent since 2007/08 and more young people being given an opportunity to get into work, learn a skill and secure a better future.

“Apprenticeships are a key part of the SNP in government’s successful youth employment strategy – and the Scottish Government has exceeded its target of 25,000 Modern Apprenticeships a year every year since 2011/12. This target is set to increase to 30,000 by 2020.

“Over the past few years, I have met with many modern apprentices in Paisley who are really benefiting from learning while working and receiving a wage.

“However, it is simply wrong that due to the discriminatory regulations of the UK Government, many apprentices could find themselves earning less than £3 per hour. In the recent budget, we seen another attack on young people from the Westminster Government, removing the ability of anyone under the age of 21 from claim for housing benefit. How can you afford a flat if you are earning less than £3 an hour.

“It’s imperative that we can continue to attract more young people into the Modern Apprentice programme – and that they aren’t put off by the disincentive of low pay. That’s why it is absolutely vital that powers to tackle low pay are devolved to Scotland.

“The SNP’s record in supporting and empowering our young people is second to none – and with powers over the minimum wage in Scotland’s hands rather than in George Osborne’s we can take further action to deliver a fairer wage for apprentices and ensure that they have all the support they need to succeed.”

George Adam MSP and Delia Henry Subtitle It Jun 15

George Backs Action on Hearing Loss Scotland’s Subtitle It! Campaign

George Adam MSP is backing a new campaign by the charity Action on Hearing Loss Scotland which is calling for more subtitles for people who are deaf or have hearing loss.

Hearing loss affects an estimated one in six people in Paisley and accurate, timely subtitles are vital to help deaf or hard of hearing people follow what is being said on public information videos as well as television programmes and movies.George Adam MSP and Delia Henry Subtitle It Jun 15

The charity has launched its Subtitle It! campaign to achieve equal access to television and movies – whether through digital, on-demand or new media services – for viewers who are deaf or have hearing loss.

Delia Henry, Director of Action on Hearing Loss Scotland, said: “The lack of subtitles is one of the biggest issues we are contacted about by our members. As technology has advanced, the ways in which we watch television programmes has changed, but, unfortunately, people with hearing loss are being left behind.

“Just a fraction of on-demand content is currently subtitled and some local digital television channels don’t provide subtitles at all, so we want broadcasters and the video-on-demand industry to substantially improve their subtitles provision to enable people with hearing loss to have equal access to their favourite shows like everyone else.

“We’re delighted that George Adam MSP is behind our Subtitle It! campaign to stop the digital exclusion of people with hearing loss in Paisley.”

George Adam MSP said: “Access to TV programmes for people with hearing loss has vastly improved in recent years, however I was shocked to learn that more than 80 per cent of on-demand providers don’t offer any subtitles on their catch-up services and that digital channels in Scotland can do much better too.

Having spoken to Action on Hearing Loss Scotland campaigners, I’m aware of the understandable frustration that the lack of subtitles causes many who are deaf or hard of hearing – especially when programmes on catch-up services were originally broadcast with subtitles provided!

“I encourage all my constituents to support Action on Hearing Loss’s Subtitle It! campaign to encourage broadcasters and Video on Demand providers to ensure people who are deaf or hard of hearing can use accurate subtitles, which are synchronised with speech, on everything that they watch.”

For information about Action on Hearing Loss’s Subtitle It! campaign, visit www.actionhearingloss.org.uk/subtitleit

George outside the A&E Dept at the RAH

RAH Staff Praised in Parliament

The most recent figures produced by the Greater Glasgow and Clyde Health Board (GGCHB) have shown a marked improvement in the waiting times at the Royal Alexandra Hospital (RAH) in Paisley. Paisley’s MSP, George Adam, pressed the Health Secretary for further details on the current situation at the Accident and Emergency (A & E) department. Due to recent changes and the hard work of staff at the RAH 91.2% of patients are being seen within the four hour waiting time target. An expert support team joined the department for a two week stint in February after the busy winter period.

George outside the A&E Dept at the RAH

George outside the A&E Dept at the RAH

Shona Robison MSP, Cabinet secretary for Health and Wellbeing said:

‘The most recent figures ending on the 14th of June state 91.2% of patients were seen within 4 hours due to the hard work of staff within the hospital. We must sustain and improve that performance even further’.

Speaking on the issue, George said:

‘The A & E department at our hospital has been under pressure, this was evident after the usual winter pressures felt across the NHS. In February the support team entered the department and with the efforts of the staff there has been an improvement in waiting times from 84% to over 91%. The staff should be recognised for their hard work and we have more to do.

‘The Scottish Government have set a target of 95% of patients waiting less than four hours. These are tough targets but we should always be pushing to see progress. We should never find ourselves in a position being happy with our lot, unwilling to look for improvements. In everyday life we look to improve ourselves, our government should look to improve public services.

‘I would like to offer my thanks and support to staff at the RAH and look forward to further progress.’