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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.”

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.”

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.”

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 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.”

 

George Welcomes 41 Year Crime Low

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.George

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.”

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George Welcomes “Bold Agenda” For Scotland

George town hall landscapePaisley’s MSP George Adam has welcomed a series of policy announcements made by the First Minister Nicola Sturgeon at the SNP Spring Conference in Glasgow.

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.”