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Schools In Paisley Get Funding Boost

George Adam MSP

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.

 

 

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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.”

 

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Paisley’s MSP – Taking Action on Hearing Loss

GEORGE ADAM MSP BACK CHARITY’S CALL ON BUDDIES TO MAKE SMALL CHANGES FOR A BIG DEAF AWARENESS IMPACT

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Liz Donaghy from Action on Hearing Loss joined by Paisley’s MSP, George Adam

George Adam MSP is backing Action on Hearing Loss Scotland’s call urging Paisley Buddies to make small changes to meet the communication needs of people who are Deaf or have hearing loss, which can have a big impact on their everyday lives.

 

During Deaf Awareness Week (15th-21st May 2017), the charity is highlighting the importance of good communication to ensure people who are Deaf or have hearing don’t experience exclusion in the workplace, when accessing services, socialising or chatting with family and friends.

 

George Adam, MSP for Paisley, said: “Deaf Awareness Week is the ideal time to celebrate the valuable contributions which Deaf people and British Sign Language users make to society; and gives us the opportunity to consider how everyone can take small steps to improve communication with people who are deaf or hard of hearing.

 

“I’m delighted to support Action on Hearing Loss Scotland’s deaf awareness tips which can help ensure deaf family, friends or colleagues can follow and contribute to everyday conversations.”

 

Liz Donaghy, an Action on Hearing Loss Scotland volunteer from Paisley, said: “As a deaf person myself, I appreciate it when people check about the best way to communicate with me as it can often be difficult to follow conversations when speaking with, for example, strangers in the street or staff in shops who are not deaf aware. “Making just a few adjustments to how you can communicate with deaf people can be the difference between someone feeling included in discussions and conversations or experiencing social isolation.”

 

Action on Hearing Loss Scotland is encouraging people in Paisley to follow the following deaf awareness tips:

 

  • Learn some basic British Sign Language (BSL) and fingerspelling to communicate with Deaf people whose first language may not be English.
  • If someone is working with a BSL interpreter, always remember to talk directly to the Deaf person, not the interpreter.
  • Face the person you’re talking to and check they are following the conversation. Use plain language and don’t waffle.
  • If someone doesn’t understand what you’ve said, try saying it in a different way.
  • To make it easier to lipread, don’t cover your mouth and speak in a place with good lighting.
  • Speak clearly but not too slowly, and don’t exaggerate your lip movements.
  • Don’t shout. It can be uncomfortable for hearing aid users and looks aggressive.

 

For more information about Deaf Awareness Week, visit www.actiononhearingloss.org.uk/daw and use #DeafAwarenessWeek on twitter

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Paisley’s MSP Calls On Tory MSP’s Representing The West Of Scotland To Condemn Family Cap And Rape Clause

Paisley’s MSP, George Adam has called on Maurice Corry, Maurice Golden and Jamie Greene Tory MSPs for the West of Scotland to stop acting as mere mouthpieces for the UK government and oppose the shocking and inhumane two child limit and rape clause.   

 

 

The family cap limits tax credits to only two children per family – unless the mother can prove that a third child was conceived as a result of rape or during an abusive relationship.

 

The Tories railroaded through these policies without a parliamentary debate or vote – leaving many outstanding questions with regards to womens’ rights, the impact on child poverty, as well as how the hundreds of thousands of healthcare professionals will be trained to assess evidence of rape.  

 

Many sexual violence support charities such as Rape Crisis Scotland and Scottish Women’s Aid have said they will refuse to act as third party verifiers for the UK government, not least due to the trauma and stigma that the rape assessment process will cause both survivors and children of rape.

 

SNP MP Alison Thewliss has led the campaign to scrap the grotesque two child policy and rape clause.

 

 

Paisley’s MSP, George said:George outside Paisley Museum

“The Tory policy that has become known as the rape clause, requiring women to disclose deeply personal information and prove that a third or subsequent child was conceived as a result of rape in order to claim tax credits, is both disgraceful and disgusting.

 

“Ruth Davidson and the Scottish Tories should be thoroughly ashamed of their party but instead they are defending the indefensible welfare cuts coming from Westminster.

 

“The two child policy will mean a loss of up to £2,800 every year per child for hardworking families – driving up child poverty after the UK government scrapped their child poverty targets.

 

“I will continue to fight these heartless policies and I would like to believe that the Conservative MSP’s for the West of Scotland will join me with opposing the two child limit and rape clause. By doing so, I am asking them to stand up for the dignity and human rights of Women in Scotland and condemn these utterly appalling Tory Government policies.”

 

 

 

 

 

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New Poll: First Minister Highest Approval Of Any Leader

Davidson In Negative Figures & Far Less Popular Than Germany’s Angela Merkel

The First Minister is the only domestic politician with a positive approval rating in Scotland, according to a new poll by Lord Ashcroft.

The Scottish sample of 906 found that 53% of Scots viewed Nicola Sturgeon’s performance above the rating of 50 out of 100, giving the SNP leader an +11% net approval rating.

In contrast 54% placed Ruth Davidson below 50 out of 100 with 58% having a similar view of Theresa May’s performance. Germany”s Chancellor Angela Merkel also proved more popular with better results than any UK Tory as well as having positive ratings.

Commenting, SNP MSP George Adam said:BtEmnHCIYAA_Ifo

“This is an encouraging poll, that once again shows that people trust the strong leadership of Nicola Sturgeon – while all of the most senior Tories remain deeply unpopular in Scotland.

“Embarrassingly they also find themselves trailing behind a politician that isn’t even from the UK.

“People are now seeing the real Ruth Davidson who has completely sold out over our single market membership, despite saying it was her ‘overriding priority’. It’s no surprise that an outright majority of people in Scotland disapprove of born-again Brexiteer Ruth Davidson’s job performance – and the news is no better for senior Westminster Tories who are overwhelmingly viewed negatively.

“By unilaterally deciding to tear Scotland out of the single market, the Tories have put their own narrow party political interests ahead of the interests of the country.

“It’s vital that the people of Scotland are given a choice between a damaging hard Brexit and becoming an independent country. Something the Tories would deny them as the act like they can treat Scotland as they wish and get away with it.”

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On a scale from 0 to 100, how do you rate the performance of the following politicians, where zero means ‘terrible’ and 100 means ‘excellent’? If you have not heard of them or have no opinion, please say so. [Results for Scotland]

 

 

Above

50/100

Below

50/100

Not heard of /

no opinion

RATIO:

Below-Above

Nicola Sturgeon

53%

42% 4%

+11%

Angela Merkel

45%

38% 17%

+7%

Ruth Davidson

33%

54% 13%

-21%

Theresa May

35%

58% 6%

-23%

David Davis

14%

51% 34%

-37%

Kezia Dugdale

20%

61% 18%

-41%

Tim Farron

12%

54% 33%

-42%

Philip Hammond

17%

61% 22%

-44%

Jeremy Corbyn

20%

71% 8%

-51%

Boris Johnson

20%

72% 9%

-52%

Paul Nuttall

7%

63% 31%

-56%

Donald Trump

15%

80% 6%

-65%

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Labour PFI School Shame As Renfrewshire Council Counts Cost

£425 Million To Be Paid Out This Year Across Scotland – Robbing Money From Vital Services

 

Labour’s disastrous PFI schools scheme continues to cost Renfrewshire council millions of pounds every year, analysis by the Scottish Parliament Information Centre has revealed – proving they are a party which cannot be trusted to manage vital public services.

 

The duff deals made by Labour during their time in power at Holyrood will cost local authorities across £426.8 million in this financial year – with Renfrewshire Council facing a £16.4 Million bill, demonstrating Labour’s short-term thinking and profligate use of public money.


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Paisley’s MSP, George Adam, has slammed Labour’s toxic legacy, which continues to rob our local authority of vital funding for education and other public services. The total nationwide cost of the toxic PFI legacy across all projects topped £1 billion in 2015/16, with this figure continuing to rise.

 

Commenting, George, said:

 

“The toxic legacy that Labour’s PFI deals have left our schools and Renfrewshire Council continues to cost millions of pounds every year – and proves once again that only the SNP can be trusted to deliver on education and local funding.

 

“While Labour carp from the sidelines about the SNP’s record, it is increasingly clear that we are still paying for the mess that Labour left over a decade ago – with payments in 2017/18 to be as high as £426.8 million across all our council areas, and Renfrewshire Council facing a bill of £16.4 Million.

 

“Labour’s spendthrift and reckless handling of our public finances continues to rob Renfrewshire of funds which could be put towards delivering better local services. And let’s not forget the potential consequences of Labour’s dodgy deals on jerry-built schools across Edinburgh – forced to close for nearly 500 days because of fundamental safety concerns.  

 

“It’s high time that Labour apologised for this toxic legacy that they’ve left for our schools, Renfrewshire Council and local authorities across the country.”