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George backs MND Scotland’s fight to Cure MND.

George - MND AwarenessIn advance of Global MND Awareness Day on 21st June Paisley’s MSP is asking his constituents to help Cure MND.

 

Motor Neurone Disease (MND) is a rapidly progressing terminal neurological condition which affects the signals from your brain reaching muscles, causing muscle weakness and wasting. It can affect the ability to eat, sleep, walk, talk and breathe unaided. Average life expectancy from diagnosis is just 14 months and it is not yet known what causes it.  There is no effective treatment or cure.

 

Funding MND research is a key priority for MND Scotland and during Awareness Week they will be highlighting what could be achieved with more funding.
Commenting George said:

“MND has affected people across my Constituency. MND Scotland provides care and support to people affected by the illness alongside cutting edge research to try and find a cure.

 

“Scotland is fast becoming one of the go to places to conduct MND research and MND Scotland’s Awareness Week campaign aims to raise £15,000 to invest in to further research projects.

 

“I am delighted to support MND Scotland and their Awareness Week goal of raising more money to invest in this critical research.”

 

MND Scotland Chief Executive Craig Stockton said:

“MND is a rapidly progressing terminal illness with no effective treatment and no cure. During MND Awareness Week 2016 we want to increase public awareness and understanding of MND. Funding for MND Research continues to be a priority for MND Scotland but with additional support we can do more! Text CUREMND to 70660 to donate £5 to MND Scotland.

 

“Join the MND fight today and help us create a world without MND tomorrow.”

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Scotland Exceeds 2020 Climate Targets Six Years Early

George cart landscapeMSP George Adam has welcomed news that Scotland has exceeded its world leading climate change targets – six years early.

 

New figures show that Scotland exceeded the 2020 target of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 42% in 2014.

 

Scotland continues to outperform the rest of the UK, with a 39.5% drop in Scottish source emissions between 1990 and 2014 compared to the UK’s 33% reduction over the same period. Scotland is one of the leading countries in Western Europe for reducing emissions.

 

The latest climate change statistics show Scotland’s emissions, for reporting against targets, have fallen by 12.5% year on year to 41.9 million tonnes carbon dioxide equivalent (MtCO2e) in 2014.

 

This is a reduction of 45.8% from the 1990 baseline.

 

Commenting, George said:

 

“Scotland is making outstanding progress in reducing greenhouse gas emissions. These statistics show that we not only met the annual 2014 emissions reduction target but also exceeded the level of our world-leading 2020 target for a 42% reduction, six years ahead of schedule.

 

“The reduction in residential emissions in 2014 may have been due to people turning down their heating. This underlines that the actions of someone in Paisley, if repeated on a large scale, can have a big impact in tackling climate change.

 

“With climate change one of the defining challenges of our time, there is a real need to cooperate with our neighbours and internationally – which is one of the reasons why Scotland and the UK are better off remaining in the European Union.”

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Scotland Leads Way in UK as Affordable Homes Target Exceeded by 10%

ThrushcraigsPaisley’s MSP has welcomed figures showing that the Scottish Government exceeded its affordable homes target by more than 10% – with Scotland outperforming the rest of the UK for all housebuilding.

 

Over the past parliamentary term the Scottish Government delivered 33,490 affordable homes – beating the target of 30,000. Of these, more than 22,500 were for social rent, including almost 6,000 council houses.

 

The SNP is committed to increasing the pace of affordable housebuilding, with a target of delivering at least 50,000 affordable homes by the end of this parliament – backed by more than £3 billion investment.

 

The rate of house building completions across all sectors puts Scotland ahead of every other country in the UK.

 

Commenting, George said:

 

“I’m delighted that the Scottish Government has exceeded ambitious targets for building new affordable homes – with families across Paisley and Scotland benefitting.

 

“Exceeding the target of building 30,000 affordable homes is no mean feat in a challenging financial environment. Investment of more than £1.7 billion, as well as the re-introduction of council house building, has meant high quality, energy efficient, affordable homes have been built the length and breadth of the country.

 

“Scotland is building homes at a rate faster than anywhere else in the UK, and in fact since 2007 we have built over 41,000 more homes than would have been built at England’s lower per-capita rate. That’s the equivalent of a new town the size of Paisley.

 

“Paisley has seen the construction of new affordable housing in Blackhall, Shortroods, the Town Centre and Neilston Road.

 

“Over the next five years the SNP will increase the pace of affordable home construction – delivering the homes communities in Paisley need. This is not just about counting bricks and mortar, but about providing people with high equality, energy efficient, affordable homes – improving their life chances, health and wellbeing.”

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MSP Urges Local Groups To Apply For New Community Funding

George high streetPaisleys MSP, George Adam has urged community groups in Paisley to apply for a new £2 million fund to help local communities have a greater say in decision-making.

The Scottish Government’s Community Choices Fund will allow community groups to organise participatory budgeting events. These events give communities the opportunity to make decisions on how and where investment is spent in their area.

Participatory budgeting is recognised internationally as a way for local people to have a direct say in how, and where, public funds can be used to address local needs.

The Community Choices Fund is the latest step in the Scottish Government’s roll-out of participatory budgeting across Scotland.

Commenting, George said:

“Every community in Scotland has different needs and challenges. We want to see more decision-making handed to local people – especially in choosing local spending priorities – and groups in Paisley shouldn’t miss out.

“The new Community Choices Fund is a real opportunity for communities to vote on investment, shape services and address the issues that are important in their area.

“Participatory budgeting is gaining real ground in Scotland with a large number of councils taking the lead to date and helping to organise over 50 events this year. These events have included decisions on housing revenue, roads capital spending, and the procurement of a bus service.

“However, it’s important that community organisations and community councils are also able to take the lead and reach out to people in communities across Paisley and Scotland.

“The SNP want to give communities more control to shape their futures – and I hope there is a range of ideas and applications from organisations across Paisley.

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MSP Welcomes Growth in Modern Apprenticeships in Scotland

George Town HallPaisley’s MSP George Adam has welcomed new figures showing an increase in the number of Modern Apprenticeships in Scotland – as the SNP in government exceeds its overall target for the 5th year in a row.

 

The figures published this week show that the number of Modern Apprenticeships in training in Scotland has grown, as the national figure for apprentices has increased to 25,818.

 

The SNP in government has committed to boosting the number of Modern Apprentices across Scotland to 30,000 by 2020.

 

Commenting, George said:

 

“Modern Apprentices make a real contribution to the local and national economy – offering our young people better career prospects and having a positive impact on the businesses and industries which take them on.

 

“That is why I’m so pleased that the number of young people in Scotland are benefiting from these excellent opportunities has grown over the last year – and that the SNP Government has exceeded the national target for apprentices for the fifth year in a row.

 

“But there is clearly more work to do – and the SNP in government is committed to increasing opportunities for our young people by boosting the number of Modern Apprenticeships to 30,000 across Scotland by 2020.  And I’m looking forward to even more people across Scotland benefiting from this type of opportunity.”

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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.”

 

 

George outside the A&E Dept at the RAH

Bibby Slammed over RAH Scaremongering

West of Scotland MSP Neil Bibby has today been slammed by Paisley’s MSP George Adam and Cabinet Secretary for Health Shona Robison for his scaremongering over services at the RAH.  In the run up to the Scottish Parliament election on May 5th, Mr Bibby has used the RAH as a political football, misrepresenting a leaked discussion paper and sending misleading letters to Paisley Buddies.  During a heated parliamentary question session, Mrs Robison slammed Mr Bibby for his continued efforts to mislead the public.  She commented that the Scottish Government has received no requests from NHS GGC to change services at the RAH.

George outside the A&E Dept at the RAH

George outside the A&E Dept at the RAH

 

Commenting, Paisley’s MSP George Adam said, “I try to steer clear of talking about other politicians and focus on representing my constituents, but Mr Bibby has go too far with his scaremongering of the RAH.  You would think there was election coming up!  He knows as well as anyone that the Maternity Unit is not closing and that the Children’s Ward will continue to treat Paisley’s children.  I am meeting with the Chairman of NHS GGC John Brown tomorrow to further discuss the RAH, but we need to remember his statement from January 15th this year when he said, “None of the contents have been approved by the board or referred to the Scottish government for consideration.”

 

“I have found it curious right from the start of his campaign that he has not questioned the very people that leaked the NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde discussion paper he refers to,  the 7 Labour councillors who are on the NHS GGC board.  Why is he not questioning Renfrewshire Council Leader Mark McMillian who is one of the labour councillors on the board?  I am also very concerned that a letter being delivered to Paisley buddies is being delivered in an envelope designed to look like it is an official NHS communication.  These are appalling tactics and should be stopped immediately.

 

“While he has been drumming up scare stories in the local press, I have been engaging with NHS GGC and the Cabinet Secretary to ensure services are maintained at the RAH.  Please be assured that as long as I am Paisley’s MSP, I will always stand up for services at our local hospital.”