George Welcomes Scottish Apprenticeship Week

Scottish Apprenticeship Week is the nationwide campaign aimed at encouraging more employers to take on apprentices, and the campaign theme for 2018 is
‘Apprenticeships are the Business’.



George said,


‘I wholeheartedly support this scheme and agree that Apprenticeships really are the business. It’s vitally important that young people are given opportunities to learn and improve their practical skills, and apprenticeships are the perfect way to do both simultaneously.’


Organised by Skills Development Scotland, Scottish Apprenticeship Week highlights the commitment of businesses that invest in the skills of their workforce, and shows the success of apprentices who have chosen work-based learning to get qualified to develop their careers.


‘Business that take on apprentices and truly invest in their employees are what we want to see more of in today’s market so I was delighted to see the great scheme at St. Mirren first hand.’


‘Both boys, Conor McBrearty and Matthew Reilly, who are apprentice players at the club, spoke very highly of their apprenticeship and are very enthusiastic about the doors this will open for them in the future.’


‘The boys are very driven and seem to be throwing themselves into everything the apprenticeship has to offer. It’s great to see a big local name supporting local boys to reach their potential.’

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SNP Budget Brings Funding Boost For Paisley.

More Cash For Local Services Thanks To Progressive Reforms


Renfrewshire Council is set to receive a significant funding boost as a result of this year’s SNP Scottish Government budget – with local services in Renfrewshire benefiting from an extra £8.823 million.


The SNP’s progressive reforms – which will see 55% of taxpayers pay less in income tax than if they lived in the rest of the UK – guarantee a 2.83% increase rise in Renfrewshire council’s resource budget, providing extra funding for schools, roads and housing. The budget will also see Renfrewshire schools benefit from £4,272,240 million as part of the Pupil Equity Fund, helping to tackle the attainment gap.


The Scottish Budget also provides additional spending on our NHS – which will see an extra £400 million in funding to help protect our health service from Tory austerity.


Commenting, Paisleys MSP, George Adam said:George high street


“This extra funding for Renfrewshire council – an additional £8.823 million for the coming year – is a great settlement for our communities.


“The SNP’s progressive reforms on income tax, seeing 70% of people pay less than they did last year, and 55% pay less than they would if they lived south of the border, are vital for allowing this funding increase despite continued austerity being imposed by the Tories at Westminster.


“And it takes the total resource budget for our council’s services – such as schools, roads and housing – to £311.453 million for the coming year, an increase of 2.83% when compared with last year.


“This progressive budget also provides extra funding for our NHS, education and broadband, and more money for our economy, research and our environment too – as well as protecting free university tuition, free personal care for the elderly, free school meals and free prescriptions.


“While the Tories propose cutting over £556 million from public services in order to pay for their tax cuts for the wealthiest – the SNP Government delivers for our councils and protects the vital local services in Paisley that we all hold dear.”

George and Nicola outside Paisley Abbey

Tourism Boom For Greater Glasgow and Clyde As Attractions Record Over 30 Million Visits

Year Of History, Heritage And Archaeology Brings Visitors To Greater Glasgow and Clyde.

Scottish tourist attractions had more visitors than ever before in 2017 – with over 30 million visitors passing through their doors throughout the Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology.


The latest figures from the Association of Scottish Visitors Attractions show 77% of visitor sites reporting an increase in the number of visits – helping support the local tourist economy across Greater Glasgow and Clyde.


An increase in tourism has also helped create a booming accommodation market with a 7.1% increase of visitors staying in Self-Catered Accommodation in Greater Glasgow and Clyde since last year.


Commenting, Paisley’s MSP, George Adam said:


“These latest figures are great to see – and show that Greater Glasgow and Clyde and Scotland remain favourite destinations for tourists, with our world leading attractions seeing over 30 million visitors during the Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology.


“The £4.6bn being spent on tourist day trips annually is a brilliant contribution to the Scottish economy that we should continue to encourage – while the increase in people staying overnight in our local hotels and guest houses boosts our local economy in Greater Glasgow and Clyde.


“Tourists boost our restaurants, pubs and cafes by spending around £995 million on food and drink annually while visiting Scotland – and the whole tourist industry is worth over £6 billion to Scotland, supporting jobs and livelihoods across Greater Glasgow and Clyde.


“It’s no surprise that visitor numbers continue to rise across Greater Glasgow and Clyde and Scotland – attractions such as, The Paisley Abbey (Paisley Renfrewshire), Castle Semple (Lochwinnoch, Renfrewshire) and The Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum (Glasgow), will always bring people from far and wide to this corner of the country, and these figures are something for all of us to celebrate.”

George outside Paisley Town Hall

£5.233 Million Budget Boost For Renfrewshire

Renfrewshire Council will receive an extra £5.233 Million funding under the revised budget proposals unveiled by Finance Secretary Derek Mackay.


The budget boost comes as the Scottish Government confirmed that all local authorities will receive an above inflation increase in resource funding.


The SNP budget will give Scots the best deal in the UK – with investment in public services and a tax cut for lower earners.


Under the progressive tax reforms 70% of taxpayers will pay less than last year, while higher earners will face a modest increase.


These tax changes will allow the Scottish Government to increase health spending by £400 million to £13.6 billion, lift the public sector pay cap and provide a package of investment in the economy.


Commenting, Paisleys MSP, George Adam said:George outside Paisley Town Hall


“The draft budget shows that where Scotland has the power, the SNP will take a different, fairer approach – and give Scots the best deal in the UK.


“Thanks to the decisions made by the Scottish Government, Renfrewshire will see a rise in their revenue funding – with an extra £5.233 Million to spend on local services.


“That’s a good deal for taxpayers and for public services in Paisley – and is only possible because of the SNP’s progressive tax reforms, that are backed by the public by 2 to 1.


“In the face of massive Westminster cuts, the Scottish Government is using its powers progressively to invest in our schools and our hospitals – and in communities across Paisley.”

Renfrewshire Schools To Benefit From The Pupil Equity Fund

Investments have been aimed at closing the poverty-related attainment gap.

Renfrewshire schools receive £4,272,240 boost from pupil equity fund.

A Scottish Government fund aimed at boosting the attainment levels of the most deprived pupils is set to pay out £4,272,240 to schools across Renfrewshire next year.


More than 2,300 schools across Scotland are set to benefit from the funding – including 62 in Renfrewshire. The significant investment gives money directly to headteachers, allowing them to spend the money on local initiatives that will close the poverty-related attainment gap.


Commenting, Paisleys MSP, George Adam said:


“The SNP has made closing the attainment gap our priority in this parliament – and the latest investment of £4,272,240 in our schools and our children across Paisley is a key part of that.


“Every child should have the best possible start in life, no matter their background – and the role that schools play in giving children the support they need is absolutely vital.


“That is why it is right that this significant investment to close the poverty-related attainment gap goes straight to headteachers – giving those with the most intimate knowledge of their schools the ability to develop initiatives to benefit children across Paisley


“And with a total of 62 schools benefiting in Renfrewshire, from this latest round of funding – following a similar significant investment last year – even more of our children are going to benefit from creative new initiatives that will help to tackle the attainment gap in our schools.”








Paisley Smiling As NHS Dentist Registrations Increase Again

Over 5 Million Now Registered Across Scotland – Nearly Double 2007 Levels


Paisleys MSP, George Adam has welcomed the latest figures that have shown NHS dentist registrations on the rise once again – with 1,115,693 people now registered across NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde and over 5 million registered across the country.


The national figure has nearly doubled since the SNP came to power in 2007 – after the previous Labour/Lib Dem administration oversaw a decline in registrations from just over 2.7 million in 2000 to just over 2.5 million in 2007, including over 40,000 fewer children registered.


The percentage of adults registered with a dentist in Greater Glasgow and Clyde has gone up from 94.8 % to 95.8 % during the last year, while the number of children registered has also risen, from 95.0 % to 96.1 %.


Commenting, Paisleys MSP, George Adam said:


“The latest dental registration statistics show the continued progress the SNP Scottish Government is making in improving oral health in Greater Glasgow and Clyde and across Scotland.


“Since the SNP came to power in 2007, the number of people registered with a dentist has nearly doubled across Scotland, sitting at over 5 million, following years of decline under Labour and the Lib Dems.


“And with nearly 1 million children now registered with an NHS dentist, it is clear that we are building the right attitudes to improve oral health for the next generation as well.


“People across Greater Glasgow and Clyde are benefitting from this improvement, with 1,115,693 people now registered with a dentist, including 209,611 children.


“The new oral health improvement plan will show how we intend to keep this good work going, and ensure that people are not only registering with a dentist, but also getting regular check-ups.


“Our oral health is vital for our wider health and wellbeing – and it is great to see people taking steps to ensure that they are able to access an NHS dentist in communities across Greater Glasgow and Clyde and throughout Scotland.”

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SNP Government Seeks Views To Shape Loneliness Strategy

Paisleys MSP, George Adam is calling on constituents in Paisley to contribute to the Scottish Government’s new consultation looking at the causes of social isolation and loneliness and how they can be addressed.

The consultation will run until 30 April and will thereafter feed into a new national strategy, one of the first in the world, to tackle loneliness and isolation. A national strategy to combat loneliness was a key ask of the Jo Cox Commission, which welcomed this announcement.

Views are also being sought on how communities can build on the work of the Scottish Government, and lead on ensuring those at risk of becoming lonely or isolated have access to the right support networks.

Commenting, George said:

“It’s important that voices from across Paisley get involved in the Scottish Government’s consultation to help shape the new loneliness and isolation strategy, especially since each and every one of us has a role to play in reducing loneliness in Scotland.

“Dealing with loneliness and isolation can be incredibly difficult, and by reaching out to our neighbours or anyone we think may be at risk of becoming isolated or lonely – by taking them out, doing a good deed or simply having a chat – we can all have a hugely positive impact.

Young or old – loneliness doesn’t discriminate and it is linked to both poor physical and mental health, and can have wide-ranging consequences on so many aspects of our lives.

“The SNP Government will be the first country in the UK and one of the first in the world to develop a national strategy to address loneliness and isolation, but this strategy needs our communities and society to lead the way in ensuring those at risk of loneliness get the support they need. I would encourage as many people as possible in Paisley to have a say on this very important issue by contributing to the consultation.”

Analysis Shows Single Market Essential For Paisley

Cost Of A Hard Tory Brexit: £2,300 Loss Per Person.


New economic impact analysis by the Scottish Government has confirmed that the best way to protect the local economy and household incomes in Paisley is through Scotland remaining in the Single Market and Customs Union.

Tom Arthur MSP, Derek MacKay MSP, George Adam MSP & Gavin Newlands MP

Failure by the Tory government to secure a Brexit deal would see Scotland take a £12.7 billion economic hit, equivalent to £2,300 per year for each person in Paisley. The analysis also shows that a ‘Canada-type’ deal with the EU, with limited access to the Single Market, would still leave people in Paisley £1,610 worse off per head.


Other key findings show that remaining in the Single Market could create new opportunities for the local economy in Paisley to flourish, and that continued freedom of movement is required to support economic growth. Local industries such as our NHS is dependent upon free movement. Figures show that EU citizens currently working in Paisley currently contribute an average of £10,400 in tax revenues.


Commenting, George Adam, Paisleys MSP said:


“The best way to protect the economy and jobs in Paisley is to ensure that Scotland remains within the European Single Market and Customs Union.


“This latest analysis by the Scottish Government shows just how important that is for people living in Paisley – who would be left £2,300 worse off in the result of a hard Brexit scenario that the Tories seem to be on course for.


“People in Paisley voted decisively to remain in the European Union. We’re almost two years on from the vote and they UK government has failed to provide certainty for businesses and our public services which rely on free trade and free movement with the rest of the EU.


“The decisions taken over the coming months will be absolutely vital for jobs and the future of the local economy in Paisley. Failing to back Scotland’s continued place in Europe would have serious consequences and would be an absolute tragedy for future generations.”


Tory Tax Plans Could Mean £111.9 Million Cut To NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde.


Tory tax proposals could mean cuts of up to £111.9 in NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde, according to new Scottish Government analysis.


With the Scottish Parliament set to vote on Stage 1 of the budget this month, the Tories are proposing tax cuts for high earners that would leave a £500 million hole in the budget.


With health receiving the largest share of devolved spending, a £500 million fall in available spending would see the NHS in the firing line – and NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde could lose up to 2680 nurses.

Commenting, Paisleys MSP, George Adam said:


“Under the SNP, the NHS has record staffing and record funding – and the draft budget would see that funding increased.


“But this investment is only possible because of the decisions taken by the Scottish Government, with progressive policies seeing higher earnings paying slightly more to support public services.


“The Tory tax plans would blow a £500 million hole in our budget – and that’s on top of a decade of UK government austerity.


“That would risk valuable public services in Greater Glasgow & Clyde, including the NHS – and would be equivalent to cutting 2680 nurses in the region – and the Tories should explain why they’d prefer to give a handout to millionaires than to fund our hospitals.”





5621 Baby Boxes Delivered In Greater Glasgow and Clyde In First Six Months of Scheme



Latest figures from the Scottish Government have revealed that the transformative Baby Box policy has already benefitted 5621 newborns across Greater Glasgow and Clyde since they were introduced last year – and over 22,000 across Scotland.


The Baby Box is a key part of the Scottish Government’s commitment to making Scotland the very best place in the world to grow up – and contains important items for parents and babies alike, such as baby clothes, a digital ear thermometer, a bath towel, a changing mat and books.


The box itself also doubles as a bed for a newborn, containing a mattress, mattress protector and fitted sheet – providing a safe and warm place for babies to sleep.


Paisley’s MSP, George Adam, said:


“It is excellent to see so many families across Paisley and Greater Glasgow and Clyde benefitting from the Baby Box.


“The Boxes are a really positive Scottish Government initiative providing parents with many of the essentials they need to care for their child.


“From thermometers to towels, changing mats to clothes – the boxes are a fantastic way of giving children in Paisley the very best start in life.


“That 5621 boxes have already been provided to parents across Greater Glasgow & Clyde, part of a total of over 22,000 across Scotland, shows how popular they are proving with parents in every corner of the country – and given how beneficial they are to parents and newborns, long may that continue.”