George and Fraser Campbell

Fraser has Great Week with Paisley office

Recently, Fraser Campbell joined the team at the Paisley’s Parliamentary Office for his work experience. Fraser, a fourth year pupil at Johnstone High School, has always had an interest in politics and current affairs. This made the Paisley office the perfect place to spend his work experience.George and Fraser Campbell

Speaking of his time with his with the team based on Johnston Street Fraser said, “I was looking forward to this work placement for weeks! I have always had an interest in politics so I was delighted to have the chance to work with George and the rest of the office here. The team of George, Matthew, Dave, Tom and Cathy were all really friendly and helpful. They made sure I was confident in what I was doing at all times”

“On the Wednesday I was given the opportunity to visit the Scottish Parliament for the first time. Once we got to the Parliament, I had the chance to meet Stacey, George’s wife who is really kind and friendly. Matthew gave me a fantastic tour of the building and I got the chance to have lunch amongst all the MSP’s! The icing on the cake was the chance to view a debate on fracking. This was very intriguing. I finished off the week by accompanying George to a radio interview. Unexpectedly, I ended up speaking on the radio myself. All in all it’s been a fantastic week.”

Speaking of this experience George said, “It was brilliant to have Fraser in the office with us this week. He was helpful and polite and showed a good understanding of politics and the job he was doing, I hope he can carry what he has learned into the future. Fraser has been a pleasure to work with and I wish him all the best for the future.”

George in Paisley Town Centre

George Encourages Local Group to Apply to CashBack for Communities

George in Paisley Town CentrePaisley’s MSP George Adam has today encouraged local groups across Paisley to apply for a new funding through the CashBack for Communities programme – after a £17m funding boost for the scheme was announced by the Scottish Government.

CashBack for Communities is a Scottish Government programme which takes funds recovered from the proceeds of crime and invests them into free activities and programmes for young people across Scotland.

Since 2008/09 CashBack has committed over £75 million to projects and organisations who work with young people, delivering more than 1.8 million activities and opportunities throughout the country.

Commenting, George said:

“This new funding for CashBack for Communities is very welcome – and offers a real opportunity which community groups across Paisley should not pass up.

“CashBack for Communities offers every young person, regardless of their background, the opportunity to get involved in positive activities in their communities – and this new round of funding will focus on improving the attainment, ambition and aspirations of the most disadvantaged young people in Paisley and right across the country.

“Paisley is privileged to have so many wonderful community groups working so hard to improve our communities. This new funding is a fantastic opportunity for many of them to build on the positive work they already do – and I’d urge community groups across Paisley to apply.”

 

 

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George Welcomes 41 Year Crime Low

Most adults experienced no crime in 2014/15 and both the overall number of crimes and the risk of being a victim of crime have continued the decreasing trend seen in recent years.

Scotland’s Chief Statistician this week released the Scottish Crime and Justice Survey (SCJS) 2014-15: Main Findings. The figures show that the estimated number of crimes in 2014/15 (688,000) has fallen by around a sixth (16 per cent) since the 815,000 crimes estimated in 2012/13, and, by around a third (34 per cent) since the 1,045,000 crimes estimated in 2008/09.George

Welcoming these figure, Paisley’s MSP George Adam commented, “9 out of 10 Scots are happy with local policing, new statistics show, with 89% agreeing that police were doing a good job in their area. I am not complacent to think that crime is not an issue, but it is very positive to read that the amount of recorded crime in Scotland continues to fall and is at a 41 year low.

‘It is also very encouraging to see that so many Scots are happy with local policing. Not only does this show that people feel our officers are doing a good job, but is a welcome statement to our officers that they are valued by the communities they serve. I regularly engage with our local police force and I am proud of the job serving our town.

“This reduction in crime levels is supported by our promise to deliver 1,000 more officers, than in 2007 – a commitment we remain dedicated to and continue to deliver upon. This approach is clearly paying off, with confidence in local policing strong and fear of crime falling.

“If re-elected the SNP are committed to protecting the police budget in real terms, ensuring that our police officers can get on with the job of making Scotland safer.”

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George Welcomes “Bold Agenda” For Scotland

George town hall landscapePaisley’s MSP George Adam has welcomed a series of policy announcements made by the First Minister Nicola Sturgeon at the SNP Spring Conference in Glasgow.

The First Minister confirmed that a re-elected SNP government will:
• Increase Maternity Grants for the birth of a first child; reintroduce payments for subsequent children; and introduce payments for children beginning nursery and starting school.
• Extend free school meals to all 2, 3 and 4 year olds in our nurseries.
• Invest an extra £750 million over the next Parliament, partly paid for by making the Council Tax fairer, to tackle raise the attainment of the most disadvantaged young people.
Protect NHS funding in every year of the next Parliament and invest an additional £50 million in cancer treatment.
• Extend superfast broadband to every community in Scotland.

Commenting, George said:

“At the SNP Conference last weekend the First Minister set out a number of policies that I will be proud to take to people in Paisley in the Scottish Parliament election in May.

“The SNP already has record to be proud of: crime is at a 41 year low; Council Tax bills have been frozen for nine years; more school leavers are in work, education or training than ever before; the health budget has reached a record £13 billion; and we have full mitigated the Bedroom Tax.

“In Paisley, the Scottish Government has provided millions for the refurbishment of the Russell Institute, the old Arrnott’s building, electrification of the Paisley Canal line and to build a new school at St Fergus’ Primary to name but a few projects.

“The bold agenda set out by the First Minister will build on this record of achievement – to deliver a fairer, more prosperous and confident country.

“It is clear that the only way to secure this progressive vision for Scotland is to vote both votes SNP and re-elect a strong SNP government led by Nicola Sturgeon as First Minister.”

George with his wife Stacey

#DisabledAccessDay

Disabled Access Day is back for its second year, and is even bigger and better that last year’s great success. Disabled Access Day, supported by Euan’s Guide, the a listing and review site that helps disabled people and their families know which venues are truly accessible, came about after Paul Ralph, a powerchair user and Euan’s Guide supporter, went to a ‘try it out day’ at his local bus company. Through his experience, being shown how accessible buses could be for people with a disability, he is now a frequent bus user. This prompted the idea for Disabled Access Day.

George with his wife StaceySupporting Disabled Access Day, Paisley MSP and SDEF (Scottish Disability Equality Forum) Patron George Adam said, “Disabled Access Day is a fantastic chance for people with a disability to get out and try something new. Often, people with a disability fell that they are unable to uses public transport or access buildings, shops and restaurants due to the lack of disabled access. As many of you may know my wife Stacey is a wheelchair user and gaining access even to a local shop can be difficult. However, as Paul has shown, if you engage with, in his case the local bus company, you might be pleasantly surprised.

‘The day is also about raising awareness amongst the general public and businesses that we need to do more to support disabled access. Far too often people with disabilities face far too many obstacles when getting about and this needs to change. Disabled Access Day is also a great opportunity to share your experiences on Euan’s Guide, www.euansguide.com.

‘The Scottish Parliament is also getting involved today by launching its new accessible toilet sign on Disabled Access Day, designed by 10-year-old Grace Warnock, a student at Prestonpans in East Lothian. If you are only able to do one thing tomorrow, tweet #DisabledAccessDay and show your support.”

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George Lends his Support to the Great Daffodil Appeal

Paisley’s MSP George Adam got behind the daffodil to lend his support to the Great Daffodil Appeal at the Scottish Parliament recently.

George met staff and heard about the work of the charity that last year provided care and support for more than 7,400 people living with a terminal illness in Scotland. George also got to catch up with local fundraisers Julie McGuire, Jayne Cumming, Norma Lawrie and Lynn Wilson who were through at the Scottish Parliament to celebrate the charity’s 30th year.

Great Daffodil Appeal Marie CurieThe Great Daffodil Appeal is Marie Curie’s biggest fundraising campaign which takes place throughout March. The charity asks people to make a donation in return for a daffodil pin. All funds raised help Marie Curie Nurses provide care and support to people living with a terminal illness and their loved ones, in their own homes or at the charities two Scottish hospices in Edinburgh and Glasgow.

Speaking on the Great Daffodil Appeal, George said, “Marie Curie provides a fantastic service to people during their time of need. Every year, I wear my daffodil with pride and feel really moved by the job Marie Curie and it volunteers carry out to raise funds and support people with terminal illnesses. I had the pleasure of welcoming 4 local volunteers through to parliament, Julie McGuire, Jayne Cumming, Norma Lawrie and Lynn Wilson.

‘Over the past 4 years their group has raised around £75,000 for Marie Curie which is an incredible achievement. One of their fundraising events is a firewalk, which I have taken part in the last 2 years. This year’s event takes place on Friday 30th September , at the Ogilvie Club in Paisley. The previous 2 walks have raised £22,000 , and all the money raised stays locally. Anyone wanting to take part can email Julie McGuire on julesthelegend@hotmail.com.”Great Daffodil Appeal Marie Curie Julie Jayne

Richard Meade, Marie Curie Head of Policy and Public Affairs Scotland said: “We’re calling on everyone in Scotland get behind the daffodil and join George supporting people living with a terminal illness by donating and wearing a daffodil pin. Your support will help us provide more free hands-on care and emotional support to people living with a terminal illness and their families.”

To support the Great Daffodil Appeal call 0845 601 3107 (local rate) or pledge £5 by texting DAFF to 70111*. Visit www.mariecurie.org.uk/daffodil.

The Great Daffodil Appeal

The Great Daffodil Appeal is Marie Curie’s biggest annual fundraising campaign and encourages everyone to give a donation in return for a daffodil pin during March. This year is the 30th anniversary of the launch, which first took place in 1986. Money raised helps Marie Curie Nurses provide care and support to people living with a terminal illness and their families. Daffodil pins will be available from our volunteers across the country, Superdrug and WHSmiths shops, and Wyevale garden centres. For more information call 0845 601 3107 (*local rate) or visit www.mariecurie.org.uk/daffodil #getbehindthedaff

Marie Curie Support Line 0800 090 2309*
If you’ve got questions about terminal illness or simply want someone to talk to, call the Marie Curie Support Line for free confidential support and practical information on all aspects of terminal illness. *Calls are free from landlines and mobile phones.

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Scottish Government Funding Brings Paisley Town Centre Back to Life

Paisley’s MSP George Adam has hailed the Scottish Government’s latest investment in Paisley Town Centre as the iconic Russell Institute is returned to its former glory. £2m of government money has helped support the restoration currently in progress. The Russell Institute, was donated by to Paisley by Agnes Russell and built in memorial to her two brothers.IMG_2717

Commenting on the restoration, George said, “The Russell Institute is one of Paisley’s finest and most iconic buildings. It is very important that we do not lose buildings like this and that is why it was so important that the Scottish Government provided £2m in funding to help with the restoration. In fact, it was a good number of years ago that working in partnership with the Paisley Development Trust, we came up with plans for the future of the building and undertook a feasibility study, investigating how we could give this building a new lease of life.

“After the renovation, the Scottish Government agency Skills Development Scotland will be the anchor tenant. This has been a massive undertaking by everyone involved and a massive thanks must go to all, but especially the Paisley Development Trust for having the drive and foresight to not allow this building to become another historic building lying empty for years.

“At the same time as the restoration of the Russell Institute, we see another £1.83m of Scottish Government money being used to restore the Arrnots building, while Scottish Government money has been provided to build the new flats on the same site. And just announced today, all 32 of Scotland’s councils will share £406 million in grant subsidy in 2016/17 to deliver more affordable homes, over £100 million more than last years’ allocation. This can only bode well for the our town and I hope the local authority does it upmost to secure as mush funding as possible for Paisley.”

Princes Trust Scottish Parliament Event, 23/02/2016.
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George Celebrates 40th Anniversary of Youth Charity

Paisley’s MSP joined The Prince’s Trust Scotland to celebrate the youth charity’s 40th anniversary at a Parliamentary Reception on Tuesday 25th February.

Set up by His Royal Highness The Duke of Rothesay Prince Charles in 1976, the charity has helped more than 150,000 vulnerable young people across Scotland to turn their lives around and achieve success in work, education or set up in business.

Hosted by George Adam MSP and Iain Gray MSP, over 150 guests attended the event. Young people who have been supported into employment or training by The Trust took centre-stage, leading presentations on the reality of being young and sharing their thoughts on the most pressing issues in 2016.

During the event, guests had the opportunity to show their support by taking a photograph with a giant pledge 40th birthday card.

While youth unemployment in Scotland has fallen in the last year, the unemployment rate for young people is still almost four times higher than that for adults . Recent research from The Prince’s Trust also shows that working class young people are three times more likely not to be in education, training or employment (NEET) than those from middle-class backgrounds.

The youth charity runs a range of programmes to help disadvantaged young people gain the skills and confidence they need to find work. The charity has supported 825,000 young people across the UK since 1976 and this year will support over 100 more each day.

Princes Trust Scottish Parliament Event, 23/02/2016. Photography for Indigo PR from:  Colin Hattersley Photography - colinhattersley@btinternet.com - www.colinhattersley.com - 07974 957 388

George Adam MSP, said:

“I was delighted to be asked to host this parliamentary event for such a worthwhile charity. Ensuring every child has the best chance at life is at the heart of the Scottish Government’s programme and the Princes Trust deserves much credit for the way it has changed so many lives over the past 40 years. Matthew who works in my constituency office used to volunteer with the Trust and told me many stories of the young people who benefited from development awards, one example from a range of support the Trust offers, to help them into training. I would like to wish the Trust well for the next 40 years.”

Allan Watt, The Prince’s Trust Scotland Director, added: “During the last four decades, The Prince’s Trust has been there to support Scotland’s young people through turbulent times in our economy and in their own lives. We are extremely grateful to our supporters in Scottish Government and the business community for enabling us to be there for the young people who need us most.”

The Trust works with unemployed and disadvantaged young people across Scotland, with three in four young people we support going into work or education, or setting up their own business.

About The Prince’s Trust

Youth charity The Prince’s Trust helps disadvantaged young people to get their lives on track. Founded by HRH The Prince of Wales in 1976, this year the charity is celebrating 40 years of supporting 13 to 30 year-olds who are unemployed and those struggling at school and at risk of exclusion.

Many of the young people helped by The Prince’s Trust are in or leaving care, facing issues such as homelessness or mental health problems, or they have been in trouble with the law. The Trust’s programmes give vulnerable young people the practical and financial support needed to stabilise their lives, helping develop self-esteem and skills for work. Three in four young people supported by The Prince’s Trust move into work, education or training.

George with members of #TeamPaisley

SNP Maintains Lead in the Polls

Two new polls have shown the SNP retaining a huge lead over Labour – as people in Scotland continue to back the party’s positive vision for Scotland’s future.

A poll by TNS shows support for the SNP on the constituency vote has grown to 60 per cent – 39 points ahead of Labour on 21 per cent – while support on the regional list has grown to 55 per cent.

Another new poll by Survation, shows SNP support has grown to 54 per cent on the constituency vote – while Labour’s has fallen to 21 per cent, giving the SNP a 33 point lead. On the regional vote, SNP support stands at 43 per cent, compared to only 19 per cent for Labour.

The Survation poll also shows that Labour’s policy of shifting the burden of austerity onto working people by hiking the basic rate of income tax is being completely rejected – with 41 per cent of respondents favouring no change to the basic rate and only 24 per cent backing a tax rise.

George with members of #TeamPaisley

George with members of #TeamPaisley

Commenting on the recent polls, Paisley’s MSP George Adam said, “These polls are extremely positive and highlight the continued confidence the majority of the electoral has in the SNP Government. In Paisley over the last 5 years, we have seen more people than ever before supporting the SNP, and long may that continue.

‘I was the first SNP representative ever elected in Renfrewshire, shortly followed by Derek MacKay and more recently by MPs Gavin Newlands and Mhairi Black. We are all working hard for this town and will be out chapping doors and engaging with the people hoping that they bestow their trust in us once again. We will never be complacent and take this support for granted. It has been the pleasure of a lifetime representing the good people of Paisley.”