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George with his wife Stacey

#DisabledAccessDay

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.

George with his wife StaceySupporting 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.”

George Lends his Support to the Great Daffodil Appeal

Paisley’s MSP George Adam got behind the daffodil to lend his support to the Great Daffodil Appeal at the Scottish Parliament recently.

George met staff and heard about the work of the charity that last year provided care and support for more than 7,400 people living with a terminal illness in Scotland. George also got to catch up with local fundraisers Julie McGuire, Jayne Cumming, Norma Lawrie and Lynn Wilson who were through at the Scottish Parliament to celebrate the charity’s 30th year.

Great Daffodil Appeal Marie CurieThe Great Daffodil Appeal is Marie Curie’s biggest fundraising campaign which takes place throughout March. The charity asks people to make a donation in return for a daffodil pin. All funds raised help Marie Curie Nurses provide care and support to people living with a terminal illness and their loved ones, in their own homes or at the charities two Scottish hospices in Edinburgh and Glasgow.

Speaking on the Great Daffodil Appeal, George said, “Marie Curie provides a fantastic service to people during their time of need. Every year, I wear my daffodil with pride and feel really moved by the job Marie Curie and it volunteers carry out to raise funds and support people with terminal illnesses. I had the pleasure of welcoming 4 local volunteers through to parliament, Julie McGuire, Jayne Cumming, Norma Lawrie and Lynn Wilson.

‘Over the past 4 years their group has raised around £75,000 for Marie Curie which is an incredible achievement. One of their fundraising events is a firewalk, which I have taken part in the last 2 years. This year’s event takes place on Friday 30th September , at the Ogilvie Club in Paisley. The previous 2 walks have raised £22,000 , and all the money raised stays locally. Anyone wanting to take part can email Julie McGuire on julesthelegend@hotmail.com.”Great Daffodil Appeal Marie Curie Julie Jayne

Richard Meade, Marie Curie Head of Policy and Public Affairs Scotland said: “We’re calling on everyone in Scotland get behind the daffodil and join George supporting people living with a terminal illness by donating and wearing a daffodil pin. Your support will help us provide more free hands-on care and emotional support to people living with a terminal illness and their families.”

To support the Great Daffodil Appeal call 0845 601 3107 (local rate) or pledge £5 by texting DAFF to 70111*. Visit www.mariecurie.org.uk/daffodil.

The Great Daffodil Appeal

The Great Daffodil Appeal is Marie Curie’s biggest annual fundraising campaign and encourages everyone to give a donation in return for a daffodil pin during March. This year is the 30th anniversary of the launch, which first took place in 1986. Money raised helps Marie Curie Nurses provide care and support to people living with a terminal illness and their families. Daffodil pins will be available from our volunteers across the country, Superdrug and WHSmiths shops, and Wyevale garden centres. For more information call 0845 601 3107 (*local rate) or visit www.mariecurie.org.uk/daffodil #getbehindthedaff

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Scottish Government Funding Brings Paisley Town Centre Back to Life

Paisley’s MSP George Adam has hailed the Scottish Government’s latest investment in Paisley Town Centre as the iconic Russell Institute is returned to its former glory. £2m of government money has helped support the restoration currently in progress. The Russell Institute, was donated by to Paisley by Agnes Russell and built in memorial to her two brothers.IMG_2717

Commenting on the restoration, George said, “The Russell Institute is one of Paisley’s finest and most iconic buildings. It is very important that we do not lose buildings like this and that is why it was so important that the Scottish Government provided £2m in funding to help with the restoration. In fact, it was a good number of years ago that working in partnership with the Paisley Development Trust, we came up with plans for the future of the building and undertook a feasibility study, investigating how we could give this building a new lease of life.

“After the renovation, the Scottish Government agency Skills Development Scotland will be the anchor tenant. This has been a massive undertaking by everyone involved and a massive thanks must go to all, but especially the Paisley Development Trust for having the drive and foresight to not allow this building to become another historic building lying empty for years.

“At the same time as the restoration of the Russell Institute, we see another £1.83m of Scottish Government money being used to restore the Arrnots building, while Scottish Government money has been provided to build the new flats on the same site. And just announced today, all 32 of Scotland’s councils will share £406 million in grant subsidy in 2016/17 to deliver more affordable homes, over £100 million more than last years’ allocation. This can only bode well for the our town and I hope the local authority does it upmost to secure as mush funding as possible for Paisley.”

George Celebrates 40th Anniversary of Youth Charity

Paisley’s MSP joined The Prince’s Trust Scotland to celebrate the youth charity’s 40th anniversary at a Parliamentary Reception on Tuesday 25th February.

Set up by His Royal Highness The Duke of Rothesay Prince Charles in 1976, the charity has helped more than 150,000 vulnerable young people across Scotland to turn their lives around and achieve success in work, education or set up in business.

Hosted by George Adam MSP and Iain Gray MSP, over 150 guests attended the event. Young people who have been supported into employment or training by The Trust took centre-stage, leading presentations on the reality of being young and sharing their thoughts on the most pressing issues in 2016.

During the event, guests had the opportunity to show their support by taking a photograph with a giant pledge 40th birthday card.

While youth unemployment in Scotland has fallen in the last year, the unemployment rate for young people is still almost four times higher than that for adults . Recent research from The Prince’s Trust also shows that working class young people are three times more likely not to be in education, training or employment (NEET) than those from middle-class backgrounds.

The youth charity runs a range of programmes to help disadvantaged young people gain the skills and confidence they need to find work. The charity has supported 825,000 young people across the UK since 1976 and this year will support over 100 more each day.

Princes Trust Scottish Parliament Event, 23/02/2016. Photography for Indigo PR from:  Colin Hattersley Photography - colinhattersley@btinternet.com - www.colinhattersley.com - 07974 957 388

George Adam MSP, said:

“I was delighted to be asked to host this parliamentary event for such a worthwhile charity. Ensuring every child has the best chance at life is at the heart of the Scottish Government’s programme and the Princes Trust deserves much credit for the way it has changed so many lives over the past 40 years. Matthew who works in my constituency office used to volunteer with the Trust and told me many stories of the young people who benefited from development awards, one example from a range of support the Trust offers, to help them into training. I would like to wish the Trust well for the next 40 years.”

Allan Watt, The Prince’s Trust Scotland Director, added: “During the last four decades, The Prince’s Trust has been there to support Scotland’s young people through turbulent times in our economy and in their own lives. We are extremely grateful to our supporters in Scottish Government and the business community for enabling us to be there for the young people who need us most.”

The Trust works with unemployed and disadvantaged young people across Scotland, with three in four young people we support going into work or education, or setting up their own business.

About The Prince’s Trust

Youth charity The Prince’s Trust helps disadvantaged young people to get their lives on track. Founded by HRH The Prince of Wales in 1976, this year the charity is celebrating 40 years of supporting 13 to 30 year-olds who are unemployed and those struggling at school and at risk of exclusion.

Many of the young people helped by The Prince’s Trust are in or leaving care, facing issues such as homelessness or mental health problems, or they have been in trouble with the law. The Trust’s programmes give vulnerable young people the practical and financial support needed to stabilise their lives, helping develop self-esteem and skills for work. Three in four young people supported by The Prince’s Trust move into work, education or training.

SNP Maintains Lead in the Polls

Two new polls have shown the SNP retaining a huge lead over Labour – as people in Scotland continue to back the party’s positive vision for Scotland’s future.

A poll by TNS shows support for the SNP on the constituency vote has grown to 60 per cent – 39 points ahead of Labour on 21 per cent – while support on the regional list has grown to 55 per cent.

Another new poll by Survation, shows SNP support has grown to 54 per cent on the constituency vote – while Labour’s has fallen to 21 per cent, giving the SNP a 33 point lead. On the regional vote, SNP support stands at 43 per cent, compared to only 19 per cent for Labour.

The Survation poll also shows that Labour’s policy of shifting the burden of austerity onto working people by hiking the basic rate of income tax is being completely rejected – with 41 per cent of respondents favouring no change to the basic rate and only 24 per cent backing a tax rise.

George with members of #TeamPaisley

George with members of #TeamPaisley

Commenting on the recent polls, Paisley’s MSP George Adam said, “These polls are extremely positive and highlight the continued confidence the majority of the electoral has in the SNP Government. In Paisley over the last 5 years, we have seen more people than ever before supporting the SNP, and long may that continue.

‘I was the first SNP representative ever elected in Renfrewshire, shortly followed by Derek MacKay and more recently by MPs Gavin Newlands and Mhairi Black. We are all working hard for this town and will be out chapping doors and engaging with the people hoping that they bestow their trust in us once again. We will never be complacent and take this support for granted. It has been the pleasure of a lifetime representing the good people of Paisley.”

George Welcomes £103m Cash Boost

Paisley's MSP George AdamPaisley’s MSP George Adam has today welcomed the 5.2 per cent increase to the budget of NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Health Board. This takes NHSGGC’s budget to £2.08 billion.

Commenting on the funding increase, George said, “This funding increase yet again highlights this SNP government’s commitment to the health service. My fellow Buddies deserve a quality national health service and this funding boast will again help to support our doctors and nurses. And thankfully, we have more doctors and nurses than ever before as figures released today show that more staff than ever before are working in Scotland’s NHS.

As of 31 December 2015, 138,310 whole-time equivalent (WTE) staff were employed by NHS Scotland – a record high and an increase under the current government of over 11,248 WTE or 8.9 per cent. Under this government, there are now over 11,000 more staff working in our NHS and this number continues to rise. This reflects the record levels of investment in our health and care services – with next year’s NHS and social care budget recently confirmed to be over £13 billion for the first time ever.

‘We now need a commitment from the NHSGGC board, which has 7 Labour councillors on it, including Renfrewshire’s Council Leader, to stand up and be counted. They need to stop developing plans to close Ward 15 at the RAH and putting out scare stories about the RAH Maternity Unit closing when this simply isn’t true.

‘Scotland’s NHS is something to be proud of. Waiting times are improving, staff levels are up, funding is up and the commitment is there from the government to continue to improve this treasured service. Let’s work together to move forward and stop using the NHS as a political football.”

Labour MSPs Vote With Tories Against Care Workers Living Wage And Attainment Funding

Labour MSPs have faced criticism after joining with the Tories to vote against a Living Wage for care workers and increased investment in tackling the attainment gap in the Scottish Parliament this week.

At Stage 3 of the Budget (Scotland) Bill this week, Labour MSPs voted against the Scottish Government package – which will deliver an additional £80 million of funding available to raise attainment, provide funding to local authorities to pay the Living Wage to care workers and record funding for Scotland’s NHS.

George outside Paisley Abbey

George outside Paisley Abbey

Commenting, Paisley’s MSP George Adam said:

“This is a budget which delivers funding for Renfrewshire Council to deliver the Living Wage to local care workers and which invests even more in tackling the attainment gap between rich and poor in our schools – and the idea that Labour MSPs would join with the Tories to vote against these progressive measures simply beggars belief.

“With care workers and children from deprived backgrounds in Paisley set to benefit from this Budget – Labour MSPs will have to answer to people in Paisley for their decision.

“It’s clear that Labour aren’t remotely interested in doing what’s best for Paisley – they’re far more concerned with launching failing party political attacks against the SNP and trumpeting their unworkable, bag of a fag packet policies which they have absolutely no intention of delivering.

“In contrast, the SNP in government is getting on with the job of delivering for Scotland – with a budget protecting public services in the face of Tory austerity, making our country fairer by tackling the attainment gap, and delivering a pay-rise for low-paid workers rather than a tax-rise.

“With the election just weeks away, this is a Budget the SNP can be proud to stand on – and the Labour Party will have to explain its decision to once again stand side by side with the Tories.”

George at Glasgow Airport Amanda McMillan Alyn Smith MEP

Glasgow Airport Reports Busiest January On Record

George at Glasgow Airport Amanda McMillan Alyn Smith MEP

Paisley’s MSP George Adam today lodged the parliamentary motion below congratulating Glasgow Airport on yet another month of passeneger growth, in fact seeing its busiest month on record.

Speaking on the news, George said, “What a way to start of your 50th anniversary year. The airport goes from strength to strength each month which can only bode well for our local economy. As one of our towns biggest employers, I am always pleased to hear of Paisleys’ airport’s continued growth. Amanda McMillan and her team deserve praise for their hard work and dedication in ensuring the airport does not stand still, but continues to progress. I wish Amanda and her team all the best during the airport’s 50th anniversary year.”

Motion Number: S4M-15638
Lodged By: George Adam
Date Lodged: 11/02/2016

Title: Glasgow Airport Reports Busiest January on Record

Motion Text:
That the Parliament welcomes the continued growth of Glasgow Airport as it reports its busiest January on record, having welcomed 551,177 passengers through its doors in January 2016, representing an annual increase of 13.5%; notes that 2016 is the airport’s 50th anniversary year and considers that it has started off in the best possible way, carrying on from its success in 2015 when it was named one of Europe’s fastest growing airports; recognises that the airport announced a number of new routes in January including Thomson’s new route to Girona in summer 2016, Flybe beginning a new summer service to Newquay and Virgin Atlantic extending its Orlando service for winter 2016, and wishes the airport continued success.

SNP Retain Huge Poll Lead

Another poll showing the SNP’s strong lead over the opposition parties has been welcomed by Paisley’s MSP George Adam. The poll highlighted that people in Scotland are continuing to back our place in Europe while ‘comprehensively rejecting’ Labour’s planned tax hike on working people.

The poll by Ipsos-Mori for STV shows SNP support on the constituency ballot up by three points to 53 per cent – a total of 33 points ahead of Labour, who are locked in a battle for second place with the Tories. On the regional list, SNP support stands at 49 per cent – compared to 19 per cent for Labour and 15 per cent for the Tories.

Nicola Sturgeon remains by far the most popular politician in Scotland – with net approval ratings of +39, compared to -38 for David Cameron and -13 for Jeremy Corbyn.

The poll also shows that Labour’s planned tax hike on working people is being soundly rejected by people in Scotland – with 64 per cent of people against the plans, compared to only 30 per cent in favour.

On the EU referendum, today’s poll finds that 62 per cent of people in Scotland will support retaining our place in Europe, compared to only 26 per cent who would back leaving.

Ipsos Mori also found that if Scotland was dragged out of Europe against our will, 54 per cent would favour independence, compared to only 39 per cent who would be opposed – giving a result of 58 per cent backing independence once Don’t Knows are discounted. The poll also finds support for independence currently stands at 52 per cent, when Don’t Knows are removed.george and nicola

Commenting, George said:

“This is another very welcome poll showing people in Scotland are continuing to back the SNP’s record in government and our positive, ambitious vision for Scotland’s future – in contrast to a chaotic Labour Party which isn’t even regarded as a credible party of opposition, never mind a credible party of government.

“Locally, we have seen the SNP Scottish Government provide funding to refurbish the Russell Institute and to build a new St Fergus Primary in Ferguslie while funding housing on Lawn Street, Shortroods, Thrushcraigs and Barrhead Road. Over the past 5 years we have also seen the electrification of the Canal Street Line and a massive investment in Paisley Gilmour Street, Scotland’s 4th busiest train station. On top of this, the Scottish Government has match funded the UK Government to provide the City Deal which will bring £1bn of investment to Paisley and the surrounding areas.

“We could talk about the woes of the Labour party, but I prefer to put forward a positive case to re-elect a strong SNP Scottish Government. The SNP has a positive vision for Scotland and a strong record in government to stand on as we approach the election – with crime at a 41 year low, NHS budget and staffing at a record high, the target of 30,000 affordable homes exceeded, and pay rises for thousands of public sector workers about to be delivered.

“But of course, we do not take even a single vote for granted – and over the next three months we will be working harder than ever to maintain the trust of people in Scotland and secure the re-election of Nicola Sturgeon as First Minister and an SNP Government with a track record of delivering for Scotland.”

On the poll’s findings on the EU referendum, George added:

“It’s clear that the overwhelming majority of people in Scotland want to play a positive, constructive role alongside our friends and allies in Europe – and if we find ourselves dragged out of Europe against our will by the reckless actions of this Tory government, people in Scotland will very quickly come to the conclusion that Westminster is simply incapable of representing Scotland’s interests.”

Details of the poll can be found by clicking here.

Wage Rise for Care Workers and Continued Freeze on Council Tax

Paisley’s MSP George Adam has welcomed the decision of Renfrewshire Council to agree a funding deal that will deliver a wage rise for social care workers, the protection of the pupil-teacher ratio, action on education attainment and the continuation of the council tax freeze.

George Town Hall

Commenting, George said:

“This agreement will ensure that despite unprecedented pressure placed on the Scottish budget by Tory austerity cuts, the public’s priorities will continue to be delivered at a national and local level.

“The local government settlement will deliver a Living Wage for social care workers and will make additional funding available to support the biggest reform in our health service since 1948 by integrating health and social care.

“Additional funding will also be provided to Renfrewshire Council to improve educational attainment and to maintain the pupil-teacher ratio in our schools – ensuring that every child can reach their full potential.

“And with council tax bills frozen for a ninth consecutive year, meaning a total saving of more than £1,500 for the average band D household, this is a settlement that delivers a pay rise for people on low wages – not a tax rise.”