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School Leavers Across Renfrewshire Heading For Work Or Study

Derek MacKay MSP, George Adam MSP, Gavin Newlands MP

More Young People Setting Up For Success After School

 

School leavers in Renfrewshire continue to go on to positive destinations after finishing secondary school – with the latest figures showing 92.8% of youngsters in Renfrewshire going into further or higher education, employment or training three months after leaving school.

 

The total across Scotland has risen from 93.3% last year to 93.7% this year – showing that even more young people are finding fulfilling opportunities after leaving school.

 

In Renfrewshire, the percentage of people going on to positive destinations has gone from 92.2% last year to 92.8% this year – and increased from 88.1% since 2011/12.

 

Of those in positive destinations, 45% are at University and 23% are at college, while 21% are in employment and 3% are in training.

 

Commenting on the latest stats, Paisley’s MSP, George Adam said:

 

“The Scottish Government continues to make education its priority this parliament – and these figures reflect just how important SNP action on education is for our young people.

 

“Being able to go on to a positive destination after leaving school – whether that is college, university, work or training – is a great boost for young people across Renfrewshire, improving their self-confidence and setting them up to make positive contributions to our communities as adults.

 

“That more young people across Renfrewshire are going on to positive destinations this year than previously – up from 88.1% to 92.8% over the last six years – is fantastic news for our local community.

 

“Our young people need fulfilling work, study or training after leaving school to help ensure they don’t get left behind – and these positive figures for Renfrewshire and across Scotland show that they are benefitting from exactly that.”

 

 

Renfrewshire Schools Receive £4,558,000 Attainment Funding Boost

Primary and secondary schools across Renfrewshire will receive £4,558,000 from the Scottish Attainment Challenge fund in 2018/19 to help boost the attainment levels of the most deprived pupils.

 

Nine local authorities in Scotland and an additional 74 individual schools will share £50 million funding from the Scottish Attainment Challenge fund for initiatives targeted at children living in communities affected by high levels of deprivation.

 

This brings the total Attainment Scotland Fund investment to £170 million this year – helping raise attainment in schools across the country.

 

Paisley’s MSP, George Adam said:

 

“The latest Scottish Government investment of £4,558,000 in Renfrewshire schools will help us significantly drive up standards in education and raise attainment in our schools.

 

“We want to ensure that every child in Scotland has the best possible start in life, no matter their background, and this investment will help us narrow the poverty-related attainment gap across Paisley.

 

“We now have hundreds more teachers in classrooms the length and breadth of Scotland as a direct result of the Attainment Scotland Fund – and the SNP Government’s £170 million investment this year will help us raise the bar higher still.”

 

George Adam MSP Back Charity’s Appeal For Paisley Buddies To Support Veterans With Hearing Loss

George Adam MSP is backing a charity’s call for Paisley Buddies to volunteer for a new service supporting older veterans whose lives have been distressed by hearing loss or tinnitus.

 

The MSP for Paisley found about Action on Hearing Loss Scotland’s Hearing Forces service and its need for more volunteers during the charity’s Deaf Awareness Week parliamentary reception on Tuesday 15 May.

 

Hearing Forces, which is part of the Unforgotten Forces consortium led by Poppyscotland, is looking for volunteers to give a few hours each month to provide veterans aged 65 or over, their families and carers with vital information and support to help them to cope with hearing loss or tinnitus.

 

The volunteers will be trained to clean, re-tube and adjust NHS hearing aids and provide vital information about ways to reduce the impacts of tinnitus and advice about assistive equipment, such as amplified telephones or personal listeners, which can make everyday life easier.

 

George Adam MSP said: “As a member of the Scottish Parliament’s Cross Party Group on Armed Forces and the Veterans Community, I’m always interested in finding out about the range of national or local support that is available for veterans living in Paisley.

 

“I’m delighted to discover that Action on Hearing Loss Scotland is working with 14 partners in the Unforgotten Forces consortium to provide holistic support for local older veterans and I encourage people in Paisley to come forward for the charity’s Hearing Forces service which aims to provide one-to-one support for those who are affected by hearing loss.”

 

Action on Hearing Loss Scotland’s Director, Teri Devine, said: “We appreciate George Adam MSP’s backing for our volunteers appeal for our new Hearing Forces service.

 

“We’d welcome the opportunity to speak with people from Paisley interested in helping to ensure that older veterans as well as their families or carers who have hearing loss or tinnitus are supported to hear family, friends or neighbours and remain active in their community.”

 

For information about volunteering for Hearing Forces, email: hearing.forces@hearingloss.org.uk or telephone/text 07388 227407.

Paisley’s MSP, George Adam Supports #PROCESSIONS2018 on 10 June

 

George is supporting thousands of women and girls across the UK who will walk together as part of a mass participatory artwork to celebrate the centenary of women’s suffrage on Sunday 10 June. To mark this historic moment, they will wear either green, white or violet scarves – the colours of the suffrage movement, appearing as a flowing river of colour as they walk through the city streets.

 

PROCESSIONS takes place in the four UK political capitals (Edinburgh, Belfast, Cardiff and London) in the afternoon on Sunday 10 June.  To take part in this free event, sign-up at processions.co.uk

 

You can also download a toolkit from the website and make your own banner to bring along on the day.

 

Commenting George said:

I am delighted to support the women and girls from my constituency who have already signed up to take part in PROCESSIONS to mark this historic anniversary when the first women got the vote. I hope that many more will join them on Sunday 10 June to celebrate how much has been achieved for women, as well as to recognise how far there is still to go. It will be an amazing atmosphere and the type of event that everyone will look back on with pride in the future and say “I was there”.

 

For more information and to sign-up to take part in PROCESSIONS visit www.processions.co.uk

MS Awareness Week 2018

George Adam MSP, MS Week 2018 #kissgoodbyetoMS

MSPs kiss goodbye to MS during MS Awareness Week 2018.

 

On Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Awareness Week (23-29 April) MS Society Scotland were in the Scottish Parliament to raise awareness of the important role research plays in the lives of people affected by MS.

 

MS affects more than 11,000 people in Scotland and can cause problems with how we walk, move, see, think and feel. But the MS Society is driving research into more – and better – treatments. Kiss Goodbye to MS encourages people to give up their guilty pleasure this May to raise money for research.

 

Paisleys MSP, George Adam, pledged his support for MS Society Scotland’s Kiss Goodbye to MS campaign.

 

Keith From MS Society Scotland, Stacey Adam & George Adam MSP

George said,

 

“The MS Society is a charity close to my heart with my wife Stacey suffering from Multiple Sclerosis (MS). Their are many families in Scotland that are affected by this condition and I understand how hard it can be living a normal life, there are so many things that we take for granted one of the things being accessability to restaurants and shops. Although accessibility has improved and is continuing to improvie there are still a lot of places which do not have lifts or electric doors, these problems need to be looked into and addressed.

 

“The MS Society are a voice for those effected by MS and continue to work hard and raise awareness of the illness and the trouble it can cause, it is therefor vital for us to support them with the work and research they do.

 

Morna Simpkins, Director for MS Society Scotland said:

 

“On this MS Week we would like to highlight the importance of MS research. For more than 11,000 people in Scotland, living with MS is a daily reality. This is why the MS Society is driving cutting-edge research into more – and better treatments to ultimately stop MS.

 

“By joining a global group of fundraisers and taking part in Kiss Goodbye to MS, your small sacrifice could help us find new treatments for people living with MS and their loved ones.”

 

MS is an unpredictable condition that is different for everyone. It affects how a person thinks, feels and moves. For support and information, please contact the helpline on 0808 800 8000.

 

Sign up for Kiss Goodbye to MS on the MS Society website at www.mssociety.org.uk/kissgoodbyetoMS

 

 

 

About multiple sclerosis
MS affects more than 100,000 of us in the UK
MS is often painful and exhausting and can cause problems with how we walk, move, see, think and feel
It’s unpredictable and different for everyone

About the MS Society
The MS Society is here for people with MS, through the highs, lows and everything in between
They have a free helpline – 0808 800 8000 and information can be found on our website www.mssociety.org.uk

About Kiss Goodbye to MS
Give up your guilty pleasure this May to raise money for MS research
Whether it’s white wine or chocolate treats, you can help ‘Kiss Goodbye to MS’
The MS Society is driving cutting-edge research into more – and better – treatments
Sign up on the MS Society website at www.mssociety.org.uk/kissgoodbyetoMS
Together, we’re strong enough to stop MS
Join a global community of fundraisers working together to ‘Kiss Goodbye to MS’
Your small sacrifice could help us find new treatments for 100,000 people living with MS and their loved ones
Tell us your guilty pleasure using #KissGoodbyetoMS

 

George outside Paisley Museum

Tory Welfare Cuts Behind Rise In Food Bank Use

Paisleys MSP, George Adam, has criticised the UK government for “driving families to food banks” after new figures reveal the number of food parcels has increased over the past year.

 

The Trussell Trust’s annual foodbank statistics show that the number of food parcels distributed in Scotland surged by 17% in 2017-18 to record levels – with Tory welfare policy remaining the main driver.

 

Benefit delays and sanctions are the primary reason for referrals, with the roll-out of universal credit a factor in the rise.

 

The SNP have called on the UK government to reverse the benefits freeze and introduce a real living wage to help ensure families have enough money to live on.

 

Commenting, George said:George outside Paisley Museum

 

“It’s a disgrace that families in Paisley and across Scotland are having to rely on emergency food parcels just to get by.

 

“Millions of families across the UK are suffering from a Tory pay cut – as rising prices, stagnant wages, and cuts to social security continue to squeeze living standards and push households into poverty, debt and crisis.

 

“These figures from the Trussell Trust show that the problem is getting worse – with food bank usage rising year on year. Tory policies are making it harder for families to cover even the basic costs of food, housing, and bills.

 

“Families cannot afford another year of Tory cuts. It is vital that the UK government finally takes meaningful action to boost incomes. This must include delivering a real living wage and reverse the benefits freeze to help ensure families have enough money to live on.”

Davidson Must Answer To Tory Links With Cambridge Analytica

SNP MSP George Adam has written to Ruth Davidson demanding that she explains whether reports linking the Tories and Cambridge Analytica are accurate – and confirm whether and when the UK party has met the firm and if Cambridge Analytica or SCL have done work for the UK Conservative party.

 

After the First Minister listed a series of well publicised and unchallenged links between the Tories and the controversial firm, Ruth Davidson dismissed them as “allegations”. Mr Adam has now challenged the Tory leader to set out which if any of these reports she disputes and on what basis.

 

In addition – the Conservative party continue to fail to answer questions on whether the party has met or worked with Cambridge Analytica or its parent company SCL at any point – the same questions the SNP has already answered.

 

The now former Cambridge Analytica CEO Alexander Nix told the Westminster Culture Committee in February that they had spoken with “every” political party in the UK, naming the Tories.

 

In a letter to Ms Davidson, Mr Adam wrote:

 

“At First Minister’s Questions, you dismissed links between Cambridge Analytica and your party as ‘allegations’.

 

“Cambridge Analytica have themselves confirmed that they have at least had conversations with the Conservative party – and we know that the UK government has given parent firm SCL public contracts.

 

“Given your apparently interest in transparency, can you tell me which if any of the following reports you dispute and the factual basis on which you dispute them and can you working with the Conservative party provide the answers to the questions about Conservative meetings with SCL and Cambridge Analytica that have so far gone unanswered.

 

“It is true that the UK government gave these contracts to SCL?

 

“Is it true that SCL Group was reportedly granted provisional ‘List X’ status by the Ministry of Defence granting access to secret documents until 2013?

 

“Is it true that SCL used to be run by a former chairman of Oxford Conservative Association?

 

“Is it true that SCL were founded by a former Tory MP, and that your party accepted over £700,000 in donations from an SCL director?

 

“Is it true that a Cambridge Analytica executive reportedly advised the Foreign Office on lessons gleaned from the Trump election?

 

“Do you agree that former Scottish Tory candidate and party vice-chairman Richard Cook who is the public face of the Constitutional Research Council, responsible for a £425,000 donation to the DUP’s Brexit campaign which was then partially spent on AggregateIQ, who are reportedly linked to Cambridge Analytica should reveal the source of this donation?

 

“And – crucially – is former Cambridge Analytica CEO Alexander Nix correct to have stated in a letter in 2010 that he had worked with the UK Conservative party?

 

“When Alexander Nix told the Westminster Culture Committee in February that they had spoken with ‘every’ political party in the UK, was he correct to name the Conservatives as on party they had spoken with?

 

“During First Minister’s Questions you very carefully qualified your claim that your party hadn’t had any communication with Cambridge Analytica – referring only to the Scottish Tories, rather than the parent organisation.

 

“As you have demanded transparency from others, will you now confirm whether the UK Tories – and not just the Edinburgh office – have met with Cambridge Analytica?”

Scotland Hits 95% Fibre Broadband Target

Paisleys MSP, George Adam has hailed the news that the SNP Government has already exceeded its Programme for Government pledge to deliver fibre broadband to more than 95% of premises in Scotland as a “landmark achievement.”

 

The Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband (DSSB) programme is being delivered through two projects – the first covering the Highlands and Islands and the second covering the rest of Scotland.

 

The project covering ‘the Rest of Scotland’ is valued at £264 million and led by the Scottish Government with funding from BT Group, local authorities, the EU via the European Regional Development Fund as well as the UK Government through Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK).

 

Paisleys MSP, George Adam.

Commenting, George said:

 

“It is a landmark achievement that we have already exceeded the SNP Programme for Government 2017-18 target of ensuring 95% of homes and businesses have access to fibre broadband.

 

“The DSSB project is the most ambitious fibre infrastructure programme in the whole of Europe that has already connected 890,000 premises in Scotland and without which, it is estimated only 66% of Scotland would be able to receive broadband.

 

“Fast and reliable internet is fundamental for the future economic and social success of Paisley and the SNP Government is setting its sights even higher pledging to deliver access speeds of at least 30Mbps to 100% of premises in Scotland by the end of 2021. We will not rest until that final 5% of households are connected.”

My Constituent Was Sanctioned For A Heart Attack!

DWP Boss Ignoring Real Life Impacts Of Tory Policies

DWP boss Esther McVey today struggled through a Holyrood committee meeting as the real life impact of Tory welfare policies was laid bare.

 

SNP MSP George Adam raised the case of a constituent who had been sanctioned after suffering a heart attack – but was met with a brick wall as Ms McVey insisted the system was working.

 

After Ms McVey said that Universal Credit was fit for purpose, Mr Adam told her “with the greatest respect, that’s completely devoid from the real world.”

 

He continued: “In my constituency, I’ve got people who’ve been suffering constantly because of the roll-out. We’re not even a full roll-out area.

 

“What about people like my constituent, who ended up getting sanctioned because he had a heart attack and was in the Royal Alexandria Hospital?”

 

Commenting, George Adam said:

 

“That was like speaking to a brick wall – despite the overwhelming evidence of the negative impact of the Tory welfare agenda, Esther McVey just insisted that all was well.

 

“The fact is, the botched Universal Credit roll-out is having a devastating impact on many across the country – and that’s just the latest in a long line of Tory welfare cuts.

 

“With our limited powers over welfare, we’re building a Scottish social security agency with dignity and respect at its heart – and we’ve refused to use the discredited sanctions regime in our new employability service.

 

“But the extent of Westminster cuts to the welfare state show why we need full powers over social security in Scotland – not in the hands of the Tories

Paisleys MSP, George Adam MSP Encourages Shoppers to Keep it Local

Paisleys MSP, George Adam, is encouraging consumers in Paisley to shop locally and support the 4,685 small businesses in the local economy.

 

 

The Scottish Government is committed to supporting businesses in Scotland, including retailers, providing the most competitive package of non-domestic rates reliefs anywhere in the UK in the 2018/19 budget. This includes the Small Business Bonus scheme that has already saved smaller firms £1.5bn, lifting 100,000 business premises out of rates altogether.

 

George commented:

 

“Shopping locally is good for communities, good for the environment and great for the local economy, supporting 28,430 workers in Renfrewshire in small businesses.

 

“Today’s market provides many new challenges for retailers, including the move to online shopping as well as Brexit-fuelled inflation and more expensive imports that translate into higher prices at the checkout. Brexit is the biggest threat facing the Scottish economy and the SNP will continue challenging the Tory government’s extreme Brexit plans and standing up for Scottish businesses and jobs.

 

“Given these challenges, wherever possible, we should all seek to support Paisley’s huge variety of brilliant independent, locally run businesses such as Zamboretto, Bianco Nero, The Mad Hatters, Helen’s Haberdashery, Kenneth Edwards, Finishing Touches & Little Potters. Each small business offers something unique and special, and it is important that we support them and help our local economy to thrive in a market that is increasingly dominated by the big players.”