Paisley’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.”
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.
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.”
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.
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.”
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.”
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.
Supporting 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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