George says ‘Let’s all be positive about Paisley’

George Adam, Paisley’s Member of the Scottish Parliament, has today commented on two recent articles in the Daily Record and Scotsman respectively.

George said, “Both of these articles have painted a very bleak picture of the Paisley High Street. Both included pictures of what the Scotsman called fake shops. While this is not a time to argue over who is right and who is wrong because we all want our High Street to thrive, I was disappointed by the negativity in both articles.

‘Not mentioned were the tireless efforts of the Renfrewshire Council, especially the Council leader Brian Lawson, who are constantly looking at ways to improve Paisley Town Centre. Groups like the Paisley Development Trust and Paisley.org day in, day out are trying to promote Paisley to attract all kinds of people.

‘While the Town Centre is clearly not as attractive to shoppers as it once was, events are happening to try and attract people into Paisley, who in turn maybe become aware of a shop they never knew was there. The massive success of the Christmas lights turn on, when 37,500 people were in the centre of Paisley may go some way to doing that.

‘To pick up on the so called ‘fake shops’, the use of these signs was a concerted and imaginative effort to try and attract shops to Paisley, and signs are that this may be working. If we look at the Piazza, this is a really success story, through good management and a varied mix of shops, Paisley Buddies seem to really enjoy using this once maligned resource.

‘Essentially, I challenge everyone in Paisley and beyond to be as positive about our town as possible, it may not be easy and there will always be some one trying to put Paisley down, but a positive approach and outlook to Paisley will hopefully change this town’s fortunes and encourage Buddies, shoppers and shops to come to our great and historic town.”

Link to the Scotsman Story

Link to the Daily Record Story

George Praises ‘Paisley on the Web’

George Adam, Paisley’s Member of the Scottish Parliament, recently visited the offices of Paisley.org in the High Street in Paisley, responsible for ‘Paisley on the Web’. The organisation was established by Brian McGuire to promote community groups and other organisations to show the best of Paisley, its facilities, businesses and events. The group also offers website design, marketing, photography and IT support for organisations and businesses throughout Paisley.

Speaking on his visit, George said:

‘I am delighted to visit the offices of Paisley.org, another example of the
spirit in Paisley, determined to make a difference in the town in a positive way. Many people forget what the town has to offer, with great buildings and architecture, combined with the history of the town and the commercial opportunities available.

‘I have been keeping track of Paisley.org and I can’t help but be impressed with the positive vision and promotion of Paisley that this website provides. For an organisation of volunteers to work positively for Paisley shows the pride that Buddies have for the town. This demonstrates a truly different attitude and work ethic, to do something for the town, when others find it too easy to sit back and criticise, with no solutions to the challenges we all face. Paisley.org truly is Paisley on the web.

‘I would also like to draw everyone’s attention to Paisley.org’s application for funding through the RBS Community Force fund. You can vote for ‘Paisley on the Web’ at http://communityforce.rbs.co.uk/project/208.

Paisley.org – www.paisley.org.uk

Fuel Poverty Boost as Boiler Scrappage Scheme is Extended!

George Adam, Paisley’s Member of the Scottish Parliament, has welcomed the news of a record 35% increase of funding to target fuel poverty and energy efficiency.

George said, “By 2015, the Scottish Government will be spending £66.25million to help fight fuel poverty and increase energy efficiency. At this time of year, heating our homes becomes far too costly for many in our town. This is not helped by rising costs which the main energy companies are charging every one of us.

’While the UK Government continues to dilly-dally over what to do to, the Scottish Government is taking decisive action to help the people of Paisley and Scotland. In addition, there will is a £5million boost for the Energy Assistance Package scheme will also provide vital additional help through the forthcoming months, helping replace inefficient central heating systems – and with £1.5million more going towards the successful Boiler Scrappage Scheme, this will help target private landlords .

’If this announcement wasn’t good enough, everyone in receipt of Carers Allowance is eligible for the Energy Assistance Package scheme – this will mean an extra 7,000 people across the country in line for help heating their homes.

’I believe whole-heartedly that the Scottish Government is and will continue to act on the issues which affect the people of Paisley.”

Additional Information

Fuel poverty is defined as spending 10 per cent or more of household income on domestic fuel bills.

Scottish government Fuel Poverty and Energy Efficiency programmes will receive £65million in 2012-13 and in 2013-14, rising to £66.25million in 2014-15, representing a 35 per cent increase on the original £48million budget in 2011-12. The £48million includes £12.5 million for the Universal Home Insulation Scheme, £2.5million for the boiler scrappage scheme and the balance for the Energy Assistance Package and Fuel Poverty measures.

MSP Delighted by the Local Uptake of the Small Business Bonus

George Adam, Paisley’s Member of the Scottish Parliament, has spoken about the many local businesses continuing to benefit from the Small Business Bonus (SBB). George said, “The Scottish Government has recently published figures showing the number of small to medium sized enterprises which are in receipt of the Small Business Bonus. This a scheme set up by the SNP to help give relief to these types of businesses in this economically harsh time.

‘The Scottish Government has made a huge effort to help small – not just through this scheme but also through making it much easier for small and medium sized firms to bid for public contracts – and simply underlines how much more we could do to help business if we had full economic powers.

‘In Renfrewshire, 2,258 companies are receiving the SBB, which in total equates to £4,009,937 in relief. These figures have steadily increased since the scheme was introduced in 2008, when 1,797 Renfrewshire companies first took up this offer. This scheme has proved to be very attractive to local businesses and it will continue under this SNP Government.

‘These figures are truly great news and I would urge any owner of a small to medium size business, which is not already in receipt of the SBB, to apply for it.”
You can get more factual info on the SBBS here

Paisley’s MSP Speaks for Looked after Children

George Adam, Paisley’s Member of the Scottish Parliament, spoke in a debate on looked after children recently in the Scottish Parliament. The debate centered on the ways in which the Scottish Parliament as a whole can work together to improve the lives of looked after children.

 George said, ‘On 31st October this year, Renfrewshire had 765 looked-after children, 321 of whom were in accommodation. It looks like we will face an on-going situation of looking for permanent families for 50 children at any given time. The problem is that it is difficult to get foster parents. No matter what local authorities do, it is difficult for them to get people involved in fostering. I believe that the best people to sell the idea of being a foster parent are foster parents, because they can tell others what they have gained from the experience.

 ‘Members of staff in Renfrewshire Council, who are ably led by the director of service, Peter MacLeod, are motivated to succeed in this area. In the first half of this year, the council managed to get 13 children adopted into a home—a significantly higher figure than the previous year.

 ‘One thing that has become clear is the tremendous work of people in social work departments across the country. They deal with difficult situations in their job and work with families to get the best for them. I am extremely pleased that we have had such an open debate, in which everyone has agreed that we have to deal with the situation.

 ‘It is important that we get this right and that we all take our role as corporate parents seriously. As corporate parents, we are not just the parents of our own flesh and blood, but the parents of every child in Scotland.  Much work has been completed, but we need to achieve much, much more. We all know the social benefits to our country of getting this right. If we do not, we will create future problems—and future debates—for ourselves. All strands of government can work together to ensure that we provide every child with a secure upbringing and a chance to prosper.”         

Link to George’s speech and a transcript of the whole debate

MSP Welcome Massive Boost to Scottish Infrastructure

George Adam, Paisley’s Member of the Scottish Parliament, has heralded the news of the massive investment to Scottish infrastructure announced today by Alex Neil, Cabinet Secretary for Infrastructure and Capital Investment.

 Mr Adam said, “The announcement today of £60billion of capital investment to drive growth in our country is tremendous news. Roads, rail, energy and Scotland’s next generation of broadband have all been given a massive boost. Paisley is already experiencing investment in the shape of the refurbishment to Gilmour Street Station and the improvements to our rail link with Glasgow.

 ‘As a country, we will all benefit from the Next Generation Broadband Action Plan which will deliver the next generation of broadband by 2020, ensuring future innovation in our digital economy and supporting businesses, ensuring they stay competitive in the global digital environment.  In addition, major investment will be undertaken to upgrade Scotland’s electricity grid, making sure we can deliver our energy potential, especially with our capacity to produce so much renewable energy.

 ‘We are investing in our water supply, with Scottish Water actively improving our drinking water. 55 schools will be replaced or refurbished to help our children learn in a more modern environment. On top of that, 30,000 affordable homes will be built over the five years of this parliament. All this points to one thing, this Government is working for Scotland; the people of Scotland; the future of Scotland.                                                      

 

SNP MSP Welcomes £30m Investment in Young Scots

George Adam, Paisley’s Member of the Scottish Parliament, has welcomed news Scotland will have a dedicated Youth Employment Minister and invest an extra £30million in young people.

 “Set against the doom and gloom vision painted by Scottish Labour, the SNP is continuing to fight for the future of our young people. At present, we have higher employment rates than the rest of the UK, but we can and will do more.

‘The announcement of a dedicated Youth Employment Minister and an investment of and extra £30million in young people shows our commitment young Scots in this turbulent time. In parliament, I recently spoke in the debate on youth unemployment. While Labour continues to speak of this so called ‘lost generation’, I refuse to be drawn towards this negative language.

‘We are getting 16-19 back into education and work. The First Minister’s announcement will be welcomed by the people who care about the future of our youth. The First Minister rightly said no young person should go through school just to become an unemployment statistic at 16. Hence, the new Minister’s priority will be to promote skills and work for 16 to 24-year-olds and to ensure not a single school leaver becomes just an unemployment statistic. The SNP is securing a stronger workforce for the future.”

Official Opening of Paisley MSP’s Office.

The official opening of the office for Paisley’s MSP George Adam took place on Friday.  The office, which has been open for constituents for the past few months, received its official stamp of approval from the Deputy First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon MSP, along with one of George’s heroes Tony Fitzpatrick, the former St Mirren Captain and club legend.

Speaking on the opening, George said: ‘I was delighted that so many constituents and local groups turned up to the official opening of the constituency office, after all this is their office.  The doors have been open to constituents for a few months now but it was great to get Nicola and Tony along to ensure that as many people as possible know about the office, and where to come for their enquiries.

 ‘I have known Nicola for many years, indeed we were part of the same youth groups, and I was delighted that she was able to make the time to cut the ribbon for the office.

 ‘Tony is another person that has had a huge influence on me, we have known each other for a long period, primarily due to my support for St Mirren and Tony’s extremely high standing with the club.

 ‘I would like to thank all those that attended, and would remind everyone that my office door is always open, so please don’t hesitate to pay a visit to 4 Johnston Street.’

MSP Joins Movember, ‘Tony’ Style

MSP Joins Movember, ‘Tony’ Style

George Adam, Paisley’s Member of the Scottish Parliament, has put his charity promoting tactics where his mouth is, or rather on his top lip as he grows a moustache for Movember. Movember is a movement to promote mens’ health issues, specifically prostrate and testicular cancer.  During the month of November men around the world grow a moustache, sometimes sponsoring their facial hair growth to raise funds for health charities.

 Speaking on his Movember attempt, George said; ‘This is the first time that I have attempted to grow a moustache for Movember.  It is a great way to raise awareness and funds for health issues that affect many men.

 ‘I have also been spurned on by the top lip adornment which used to be sported by my St Mirren hero Tony Fitzpatrick, who is also joining in Movember this year.

 ‘I must pay tribute to Kenny Lang, a St Mirren Supporter, who came up with a team on the Movember website called ‘The Tony Fitzpatrick Tache Squad’ to encourage like minded people to take part in the event.

 ‘If anyone would like to donate to the Movember cause then you can go to the website http://uk.movember.com.  You can just give a donation to the charities involved or you can search for my name and sponsor my facial hair growth for the month.’

MSPs wear it pink to fund a cure for breast cancer

George Adam MSPGeorge Adam, Paisley’s Member of the Scottish Parliament, is joining forces with Breast Cancer Campaign to raise awareness of its award winning fundraising event, wear it pink day.

Mr Adam said ”On Friday 28 October 2011 supporters in schools, colleges and businesses throughout the country are encouraged to don an item of pink in support of Campaign and each donate £2 to fund innovative world-class breast cancer research.

’Last year hundreds of thousands people took part in wear it pink to help improve survival rates for the one in eight women who experience breast cancer during their lifetime.

’It is estimated that there are over 41,000 women and 150 men alive in Scotland who have been diagnosed with breast cancer. I know people who have lost friends and family members to the disease and would like to encourage everyone in Paisley and throughout the country to join me and my staff by wearing something pink on the 28th October to support wear it pink, to raise valuable funds for breast cancer research.

To take part in the UK’s original and best pink day visit http://www.wearitpink.co.uk and register to receive your free fundraising pack now. Wear it pink is supported by Vanish, which has committed to raising an incredible £250,000 for the charity this year.