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George and Nicola outside Paisley Abbey

Make Sure You Have a Say in Your Country’s Future

Paisley’s MSP George Adam has today backed a new campaign encouraging voters missing from the electoral roll in Paisley to register to vote in time for the Scottish Parliament election.

A new campaign launched today by Shelter Scotland and the Electoral Commission is aimed at encouraging those living in rented or temporary accommodation and homeless people to sign up to vote.

Figures published by the Electoral Commission show that only 63.3% of people who rent from a private landlord were registered to vote in 2014, compared to 93.6% of those who own their home outright and 89.3% who own their home with a mortgage.

George and Nicola outside Paisley Abbey

Commenting, George said:

“This is a very welcome campaign and I commend Shelter Scotland and the Electoral Commission’s work – nobody in Paisley should find themselves disenfranchised simply because of their living situation and it’s important that we do everything we can to ensure as many people as possible are signed up to vote.

“One of the great successes of the independence referendum in Paisley was the level of engagement and voter participation that swept across our communities in the weeks and months before September 18th.

“Never before have so many people signed up to have their say in the democratic process in Scotland – it is vitally important that we aim to retain this level of voter participation as we move in to the Scottish Parliament election campaign.

“The Scottish Parliament election is about how we keep Paisley and Scotland moving forward and build on the progress we’ve made since 2007 – and it’s vitally important that everyone’s voice is heard as Scotland’s national debate takes place over the next 100 days.”
ENDS

Notes to editors

Further details of the campaign can be found by clicking here. 

The deadline to register to vote in time for the Scottish Parliament election is April 18th and the online link can be found by clicking here.

New St Fergus School

George outside Paisley Town Hall

Renfrewshire will receive a share of £230 million from the Scottish Government to replace St Fergus Primary school in the town’s Ferguslie Park.

The £230 million investment, part of the final phase of the £1.8 billion ‘Schools for the Future’ programme, will take the overall number of schools being delivered across Scotland to 112.

Since the Schools for the Future programme began it has created an estimated 11,000 construction jobs and 230 apprenticeships.

Paisley’s MSP, George Adam said:

“This SNP government is working hard to improve educational standards across the country to make sure that every child in Scotland has the ability to achieve their potential. Part of that is making sure children have the right physical environment to learn in.

“Today’s announcement is fantastic news for Renfrewshire. The new primary school will be a fantastic, modern building that pupils, teachers and the whole community will enjoy for generations to come.

“There were a lot scare stories and nonsense about the project but I’m sure everyone will get together to back the building of the school with funding from the Scottish Government.

“Since 2007, we have worked with local authorities to rebuild or refurbish 607 schools, resulting in the number of children educated in ‘poor’ or ‘bad’ condition schools falling by 60 per cent.

“In addition to the educational benefits of the new school, it will also provide a boost to the local economy, creating many construction jobs and apprenticeship opportunities.”