Paisley’s Welfare Penalty Discussed at Parliament

 George Adam MSP

The Scottish Parliament was the venue for the latest round in the debate of the welfare reforms coming from Westminster.  Today Paisley’s MSP, George Adam, highlighted how the reforms were hitting the most vulnerable in society, removing millions from the economy of Renfrewshire and showcased how people with long term conditions were being dis-proportionately targeted.


Speaking on the debate, George said:


‘It is really difficult to see constituents every day telling me about how these changes are damaging them.  The Bedroom Tax and changes to Disability Living Allowance are hammering those that need help.


‘It is an absolute disgrace that at this time when disabled people are being hit, millionaires are receiving a tax cut of over £100,000.


‘This is not the fair society I want;  this is what we currently have being part of the UK.  A government looking after the rich and to hell with the rest of us.


‘Nowhere is this felt more deeply than with those with long term conditions.  My wife Stacey has Multiple Sclerosis (MS) and I myself am a member of the MS Society.  I know the difficulties those with MS face every day.


‘MS Week will be launched in the Scottish Parliament next week when I host a reception on Wednesday on behalf of the MS Society.  This will highlight the challenges that those with MS have to deal with and now there is a new challenge.  Being targeted by a government that has little interest or knowledge about their condition or how to help.


‘There is only one way to get rid of these discriminatory practices and that is for the people of Scotland to have the government they vote for, not a government forced upon them looking after those with money. Thankfully we will have that opportunity on September 18th next year.’