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Liz Donaghy and George Adam MSP 09 May 17 (cropped)

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

Liz Donaghy and George Adam MSP 09 May 17 (cropped)

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.”

 

 

 

 

 

George Serious Paisley Town Hall

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.”

 

George Adam MSP

Scottish Parliament Backs Giving Scotland Choice Over Future

Paisley’s MSP, George Adam, Says Tories Must Respect Holyrood’s Decision

 

Paisley’s MSP, George Adam, has said that the will of Scotland’s parliament must be respected by the UK government – after MSPs backed the Scottish Government’s plans to hold a referendum on independence after the terms of Brexit have become clear, but before it is too late for Scotland to choose a different future.

 

Scotland voted overwhelmingly to remain in the EU last June, with 64.8% of voters in Renfrewshire voting to Remain. Yesterday, the Scottish Parliament pledged its support to giving the people of Scotland the right to choose between either a damaging Tory hard Brexit or Scottish independence.

 

Commenting, George said:

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                      George Adam MSP

 

“The Scottish Parliament has voted in favour of holding an independence referendum, once the terms of Brexit are clear, to give people in Scotland a choice over their future. It is would be undemocratic, indefensible and completely unsustainable for the Tory government at Westminster to ignore the will of the Parliament and block a referendum.

 

“The Scottish Government has a cast-iron democratic mandate to bring forward a referendum on independence, giving the people of Scotland the right to choose a different future from the hard Brexit that the Tories are intent on delivering. The First Minister has set out a clear, fair timescale for a future vote – and it is up to the UK government to engage with the Scottish Government over this timing.

 

“The lack of respect afforded by the UK government to the Scottish Government’s compromise proposals sets a worrying precedent – and triggering Article 50 before securing the promised a UK-wide agreement proves that the Tory government has no interest in working with the other administrations across the UK.

 

“The Tories must not ride roughshod over the will of Scotland’s Parliament and drag Scotland out of the European single market against our will. To do so would be completely ignoring Scotland’s overwhelming vote to remain as part of the EU.

 

“The Scottish Government is committed to standing up for Scotland’s interests and giving the people of Scotland a choice on this country’s future. Anything else would be simply undemocratic, and the Tories will rue the day that they stood in the way of giving the people a choice over their future.”

 

Breakdown of EU Referendum vote for Renfrewshire:
 Remain: 57,119 (64.8%)
Leave: 31,010 (35.2%)

George alongside Eileen, Director of Action on Hearing Loss

Paisley’s MSP Welcomes Charities Social Advice Service

George Adam MSP is urging deaf in Paisley who have queries about benefits decisions to use a charity’s welfare rights advocacy service.

 

The service, which is run by the charity Action on Hearing Loss Scotland, can provide people who are Deaf or have hearing loss – including British Sign Language (BSL) users – with information, advice and, where possible, formal representation to challenge benefits decisions.

 

George Adam MSP said: “I’m pleased to support Action on Hearing Loss Scotland’s welfare rights advocacy service which provides valuable advice and reassurance for deaf or hard of hearing people who are concerned or confused about their social security benefits.

 

“I encourage people in Paisley who are Deaf or have hearing loss to contact the service if you would like to be better informed about the support you may be entitled to.”

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Eileen Clarkson, Director of Action on Hearing Loss Scotland and George Adam, Paisley’s MSP.

 

Delia Henry, Director of Action on Hearing Loss Scotland, said: “We’re delighted to have George Adam MSP’s backing for our welfare rights advocacy service which is making a real difference to the everyday lives of deaf people trying to access Personal Independence Payment (PIP) in particular.

 

“If you are Deaf or have hearing loss and need some help to understand letters you have received regarding your benefits, our Welfare Rights Officer would be delighted to help you make sense of it all.”

 

For information about Action on Hearing Loss Scotland’s social security advice service, call telephone: 0141 341 5346, textphone: 0141 341 5350, email: SocialSecurity@hearingloss.org.uk or visit www.hearingloss.org.uk/SocialSecurity.  British Sign Language users can contact via the ContactSCOTLAND-BSL service

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Shameless Dealer Claiming To Be A Doctor Is Peddling Drugs Online

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A shameless drug dealer claiming to be a doctor is offering potentially deadly prescription drugs for sale online.

 

The dodgy peddler posted on a popular Paisley Facebook group, offering up diazepam and other prescription tablets to shocked members.

 

 

 

Using the name “James Robbinson” the dealer tried to push his illegal product on users of the community-friendly page.

He wrote on the Paisley Legends Revived group claiming he could deliver diazepam, an addictive drug only available on prescription.

His Facebook profile is littered with images of prescription drugs boxes, including diazepam and Xanax and claims to deliver to “all destinations”.

Adding that he could, “render the service of a medical doctor to relief the people from certain trouble with a certain medication called diazepam,”

The post was quickly taken down from the usually good-natured site, but not before disturbed users spotted the outrageous message.

Robbinson, who claims to be from Paisley, took to the site to hawk his illicit stash on Friday morning,with administrations removing it soon after.

Bizarrely his profile, which has 74 friends, shows a number of images that appear to show doctors in white coats working in clinics in Africa.

And, at one point he even states he is part of a research team.

His post on Paisley Legends Revived began with the words “My Paisley people…” before going on to list the supposed benefits of diazepam, which appear to have been lifted direct from wikipedia.

Diazepam is prescribed for patients due to its calming affects and can be used to treat patients with anxiety.

The drug is also known to be used by drug addicts who use it to lessen the affects of a “come down”.

But used in the incorrect dosages it can be both dangerous and addictive.

 

 

A Police Scotland spokesman said: “Should anyone be concerned about potential criminality in their community, please contact local officers via 101.

“Alternatively contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 where information can be given anonymously.”

 

 

George Serious Paisley Town HallPaisley MSP George Adam said: “I am deeply troubled by the post on the facebook site. Let’s get this straight, the drug that was being offered is a controlled drug which is illegal to supply or receive without a prescription.

“It is good to hear that the administrator for the site removed the post. It can be hard to monitor all aspects of social media, especially a site dedicated to promoting the good and the nagging things about our town.

“This is no place for such posts. Anyone being offered these drugs without good reason, and a consultation from a doctor, should report this to the police. No one should be posting willy-nilly to people who might just fancy taking a controlled drug.

“Medically trained responsible individuals would never offer controlled drugs in such a way. I hope that the full details of this incident are released and investigated.

“I commend the Paisley Daily Express in exposing the dangers that we all face in this electronic age and ensuring that we are all more vigilant in what is posted.”

 

 

Paisley Daily Express – 21/3/17 – David Campbell

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Minister Denies Google Maps Jobcentres Bungle

A CABINET minister has denied that the DWP used google maps to identify jobcentres for closure in Glasgow, despite officials admitting it on more than one occasion.
Damian Green, work and Pensions Secretary told MP and MSPs that was not how the department operated and agreed it was not the right way to do business.

Mr Green was giving evidence to a special joint session of the Westminster and Holyrood Social Security committees in the House of Commons.

He was quizzed over the plans to shut half of Glasgow’s jobcentres and was asked about using google maps.

 

Damian Green being presented with a signed I, Daniel Blake book by George

Damian Green being presented with a signed I, Daniel Blake book by George

 

 

George Adam, Paisley SNP MSP asked about DWP officials using google maps to determine which offices should close and which remain open.

He said: “Surely that’s not the right way to do business?”

Mr Green replied: “It’s not and we don’t do it that way.”

 

 

However Denise Horsfall, Scotland work Director for the DWP who is in charge of the process to shut Jobcentres in Glasgow previously admitted they did.
She said in January in an interview with the Evening Times, when asked if the routes between centres had been tested by staff in person, Ms Horsfall said: “I would love to say I sent my team out but they have got other work to do. I did use maps and the traveline website.”

The House of Commons library also records Ms Horsfall and Neil Couling a fellow official in giving evidence to the Scottish Parliament social security committee stating: “In determining travelling distances, DWP had used Traveline and Google Maps.”

 

Mr Green was also challenged on the justifications given by the DWP for closing eight Jobcentres in the Glasgow area.JobCentre_778x436

Pauline McNeill, Glasgow Labour MSP, asked Mr Green about his comments that more people were using services online and told him that the situation in Glasgow was not the same as in other cities.

She said: “Glasgow is one of the poorest cities in the UK with huge pockets of deprivation.

“One in four people do not have access to the internet. You cannot compare Glasgow to cities like Leeds without looking at levels of poverty.”

Rutherglen SNP MP, Margaret Ferrier, had told the Secretary of State, that Glasgow was being treated disproportionately with 50% of centres being closed compared to 20% across the UK.

Mr Green said that there was too much unused space and the tax payer had to get better value for money.”

The plan is for seven of the 14 Glasogw Jobcentres to close and also for Cambuslang to shut and services moved to Rutherglen.

The Evening Times Hands off Our Jobcentres campaign has called for the plans to be halted and Jobcentres to be retained in the communities where they are needed most. the campaign has attracted widespread support across political parties and from churches and trade unions.

 

_92246155_cwvfyd4wiaafwduI, Daniel Blake film director, Ken Loach also supported our call to stop the closures.

Mr Green said that the proposals for Glasgow were still under consideration.

He said: There is a consultation going on. We haven’t yet come to a final conclusion of what we are going to do in Glasgow. I would ask everyone to be patient.”

 

Evening Times – 21/03/17 – Stewart Paterson, Political Correspondent

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Paisley’s MSP, George Adam, Says Scotland Must Have Choice Over Future

BySaElpIUAAx-qtHard Brexit Means Option Of Independence Must Be Offered

 

Paisley’s MSP, George Adam, has said that it is absolutely correct and appropriate for the people of Scotland to be offered a choice, once the options become clear, between a Tory hard Brexit and becoming an independent country, after the First Minister Nicola Sturgeon confirmed plans to seek parliamentary approval to begin discussions with the UK government to bring forward an independence vote.

 

Ahead of the UK government’s triggering of Article 50 and the beginning of the process of leaving the EU, the First Minister said that the Westminster government has been guilty of complete intransigence in the face of Scottish Government attempts to find a compromise – and has continually acted against the best interests of Scotland, not least by ruling out membership of the single market without consulting the Scottish Government.
 

George Serious Paisley Town HallGeorge Adam, has said that it has become clear that the UK government has no intention of respecting Scotland’s 62% vote to remain in the EU and Renfrewshire’s 64% vote to remain in the EU.

Commenting, George Adam, said:

 

“Throughout the entire Brexit process to date, the Scottish Government has been consistent in its pursuit of a compromise with the UK government, putting forward substantial proposals for Scotland to remain in the single market – yet the UK government has rejected these and is pursuing an ever harder line.

 

“It is within this context, with the UK government intent on pursuing a damaging hard Brexit and set to trigger Article 50 without communicating with the devolved governments, that it has become ever clearer that the people of Scotland must be offered a choice over our future.

 

deputy-first-minister2 (1)“The SNP will always stand up for Scotland’s interests and we are intent on protecting Scotland’s place in the single market. The people of Scotland deserve to choose,  once the terms of Brexit are clear and before it is too late to decide our own path, honouring the manifesto pledge that we were elected on last year.


“Scotland now stands at a crossroads, and we cannot drift along for two years hoping for the best.  We face the real prospect of right-wing Tory governments until at least 2030 and being dragged out of the EU and Single Market with all the damage to our economy and society that will cause.” 

 

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8,162 Modern Apprenticeships In Renfrewshire In Ten Years

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The SNP has supported 8,162 Modern Apprenticeships in Renfrewshire in ten years of Government – with 37,000 young people currently going through an apprenticeship in Scotland.

 

Many areas in Scotland have experienced an increase in MA uptake of over 80% in the last 10 years – with 41.5 % more MA starts in Renfrewshire compared to 2007.

 

The SNP manifesto has committed to delivering 30,000 apprenticeships each year by 2020, up from 15,000 when we took office, targeting the additional places on higher level courses, including graduate-level apprenticeships.

 

BwCmzkXIAAATTnPNational Apprenticeship Week will take place from 6 to 10 March.

 

Commenting, Paisley’s MSP, George Adam said:

 

“I am delighted that as we celebrate this year’s Scottish Apprenticeship Week, the latest statistics show that the SNP Government has supported over 200,000 apprentices in 10 years.

 

“In Renfrewshire, we’ve seen huge growth in the number of apprenticeships since 2007 – increasing from 667 to 8,162 today. 

 

“The SNP’s extra investment and focus over the last decade has transformed apprenticeships – building bridges with industry, filling skills gaps and enhancing productivity, while giving our young people the skills they need to be at the forefront of our economy and our jobs market. 

 

“We delivered on our manifesto target of reaching 25,000 Modern Apprenticeships each year back in 2011-12 and we have now raised that target to 30,000 per year by 2020.

 

“This Modern Apprenticeship Week I would encourage all businesses to think about how their business could benefit from taking on an apprentice.”

 

Lochfield Primary Visiting George Adam MSP at The Scottish Parliament

School Spending Boost For Renfrewshire

                                                                                                               Council Benefits From £4.7 Billion National Investment

 

Renfrewshire council benefitted from a nationwide increase of 2.7% in education spending last year – thanks to Scottish Government efforts to close the attainment gap and provide local authorities with a fair funding deal.

 

Net spending on education by local authorities across Scotland rose to £4.7 billion last year – the biggest spending area of the total £10.1 billion service expenditure in 2015-16, proving once again the SNP’s commitment to improving Scotland’s education system.

 

Last week’s budget saw local authorities benefit from £160 million of additional funding to help with service provision at a local level, as well as seeing £4,248,000  given to schools in Renfrewshire earlier this month as part of the national attainment fund.

Lochfield Primary Visiting George Adam MSP at The Scottish Parliament

Lochfield Primary School, Visiting George Adam, MSP For Paisley, at The Scottish Parliament.

 

Commenting, Paisley’s MSP, George Adam said:

 

“These latest local authority stats prove once again that the SNP Government is providing a strong funding deal for Renfrewshire – and is doing all it can to help close the attainment gap and improve the education system in Renfrewshire.

 

“Last week’s budget saw additional funding for Renfrewshire council to help with service provision at a local level – building on the excellent funding package for local services revealed in these figures.

 

“The Scottish Government has consistently said that education is its number one priority, and it is heartening to see that action is being taken to support Renfrewshire schools – through a 2.7% increase in funding last year and with the effective action taken in the budget this year.

 

“The £4,248,000 provided to schools across Renfrewshire through the Scottish Attainment Fund further proves the Scottish Government’s commitment to improving our education system – and action will continue to be taken by the SNP to make sure that every child, no matter their background, gets an equal chance in life.”