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George outside Paisley Town Hall

£5.233 Million Budget Boost For Renfrewshire

Renfrewshire Council will receive an extra £5.233 Million funding under the revised budget proposals unveiled by Finance Secretary Derek Mackay.

 

The budget boost comes as the Scottish Government confirmed that all local authorities will receive an above inflation increase in resource funding.

 

The SNP budget will give Scots the best deal in the UK – with investment in public services and a tax cut for lower earners.

 

Under the progressive tax reforms 70% of taxpayers will pay less than last year, while higher earners will face a modest increase.

 

These tax changes will allow the Scottish Government to increase health spending by £400 million to £13.6 billion, lift the public sector pay cap and provide a package of investment in the economy.

 

Commenting, Paisleys MSP, George Adam said:George outside Paisley Town Hall

 

“The draft budget shows that where Scotland has the power, the SNP will take a different, fairer approach – and give Scots the best deal in the UK.

 

“Thanks to the decisions made by the Scottish Government, Renfrewshire will see a rise in their revenue funding – with an extra £5.233 Million to spend on local services.

 

“That’s a good deal for taxpayers and for public services in Paisley – and is only possible because of the SNP’s progressive tax reforms, that are backed by the public by 2 to 1.

 

“In the face of massive Westminster cuts, the Scottish Government is using its powers progressively to invest in our schools and our hospitals – and in communities across Paisley.”

SNP Budget Protects Public Services

Pay Rise For Public Sector Workers – And Lower Taxes For Many

The Scottish Government’s budget protects low and middle income earners and delivers for public services and public sector workers, Paisley’s MSP, George Adam has said – after Finance Secretary Derek Mackay laid his plans before the Scottish Parliament.

The budget delivers progressive reforms to Scotland’s income tax system, with modest increases on high earners while a majority of taxpayers will pay less than in the rest of the UK. Polling has found that most Scots back an increase in income tax for those who can afford it.

Mr Mackay also outlined plans to spend an additional £400 million on the NHS, an expansion in childcare, more spending on broadband, extra funding for our police and fire services – and a pay rise for hard-working public sector employees.

Commenting, George said:

“This is a budget for a stronger economy and a fairer society – with increased funding for our NHS and protection for low and middle income earners.

“The Scottish Government is delivering lower income tax for the vast majority of Scots, with every worker earning less than £33,000 paying less in tax next year – while protecting public services across Paisley that we all hold dear.

“This budget brings an additional £400 million for our NHS, delivers a pay rise for public sector workers, £756 million for affordable homes, additional funding for the arts and culture sector, a £4 billion investment in infrastructure, including in superfast broadband – as well as significant investments in research, education and childcare.

“In the face of the challenges presented by a cut to Scottish Government funding, ongoing Tory austerity, and their extreme Brexit – this budget provides the investment we need to meet these challenges and seize the opportunities of tomorrow.”

MSP Votes To Back Scotland’s Place In Europe

Paisley’s Decision To Remain Must Be Respected

Tom Arthur MSP, Derek MacKay MSP, George Adam MSP & Gavin Newlands MP

Tom Arthur MSP, Derek MacKay MSP, George Adam MSP & Gavin Newlands MP

 

Paisley’s MSP has joined with colleagues from across the Scottish Parliament in uniting behind the First Minister’s efforts to keep Scotland in the European Union – voting to give the Scottish Government a mandate to commence discussions with EU institutions and members states.

 

At Decision Time on Tuesday, MSPs voted overwhelmingly by 92 votes to 0 in favour of a Scottish Government motion in favour of exploring options to protect Scotland’s EU membership – with only the Scottish Tories withholding support.

 

Commenting, George said:

 

“Last week, the people of Paisley made their voice heard in no uncertain terms – and I was proud to join MSPs across the parties to cast my vote in the Scottish Parliament to make clear that their decision should be respected.

 

“That Ruth Davidson and the Tories could not find it within themselves to back this common-sense position in unison with the rest of the Parliament shows just how far they are willing to go to defend their colleagues in the UK Government – throwing Scotland under the bus in the process.

 

“Over the last few days, Nicola Sturgeon is the only politician in the UK who has shown any leadership whatsoever – and it is entirely right that MSPs have given her this overwhelming mandate to make Scotland’s case directly to EU institutions and member states.

 

Our national Parliament spoke with a strong and united voice – making absolutely clear that Paisley’s vote must be respected and Scotland’s place in Europe must be protected.

 

“In doing so, the First Minister has made clear that no option is off the table – and the SNP in government will do everything we can to ensure that Scotland maintains its place in the European family of nations, rather than being dragged out against our will by a right-wing Tory party which now finds itself in complete disarray.”

George Speaks to EU Nationals in Paisley: You’re Welcome Here

Paisleys MSP has told EU nationals in Paisley that “you remain welcome here” after Scotland voted overwhelmingly to stay in the European Union.

Renfrewshire voted to Remain in the EU by 64.8% – alongside every other local authority area in Scotland.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has made clear that it would be a “democratic outrage” for Scotland to now be dragged out of the EU against its will.

The Scottish Government is now exploring all options to protect Scotland’s relationship with Europe.

George with his Renfrewshire Colleagues, Derek MacKay MSP, Gavin Newlands MP and Tom Arthur MSP

George with his Renfrewshire Colleagues,
Derek MacKay MSP, Gavin Newlands MP and Tom Arthur MSP

Commenting, George said:

“Paisley, like the rest of Scotland, voted to remain within the EU – a vote to protect our place in the world’s biggest single market and the jobs and investment that depend on it.

“It’s significant that the result in Scotland came after a campaign that was positive about the EU and the benefits of freedom of movement.

“As your MSP, I want to tell the citizens of other EU countries living in Paisley that you remain welcome here, Scotland is your home and your contribution is valued.

“The many EU citizens studying or working at Paisley University should also be reassured that the Scottish Government is doing everything possible to protect our membership of the EU.

“It’s deeply disappointing that the result in Scotland was not echoed across the whole of the UK – but Scotland has spoken decisively and we will make that voice heard.”

 

George Launches Campaign

Many new members of the SNP gathered with members of the public to launch the campaign for George Adam to be elected as Paisley’s member of the Scottish IMG_0984Parliament on Friday.  There was a festival atmosphere at the event and George was pleased that Derek Mackay MSP (Minister for Transport and the Islands), Mike Russell MSP, Mhairi Black MP and Gavin Newlands MP were also able to attend the event at St Peter’s in Glenburn with music from local band Clyde.  George was elected to the Scottish Parliament as the first MSP to represent Paisley as a whole.  Previously the town had been split in two covering other areas in Renfrewshire.

 

Speaking on the event George said;

 

‘It is a privilege to represent my home town at the parliament.  For me there is no better job than to represent the people of Paisley in every way I can.

 

‘Everyone faces challenges and some tough times in their life and to be able to help is one of the best aspects of my job.  There is another aspect to the job that I will continue to tackle.  Our town has been used as a political football for years now.  There are great aspects to this town along with people who want the best for Paisley.  For too long the town has been talked down.  I see the good things happening here and I will continue to promote the positive Paisley that I and many others see.  It is the only way that you encourage people and businesses to come to Paisley and being Paisley’s MSP gives me the ideal opportunity highlight the good work going on here.

 

‘I am delighted to have been reselected to stand in Paisley and I look forward to the campaign.

 

Mike Russell MSP, former Cabinet secretary for education had this to say about George on the night;

 

‘George Adam is a first class MSP who stands up for the people of Paisley with flair, ability and determination.  He is also a very effective support for the Education Secretary , acting as her Parliamentary Liaison Officer and helping to make education a priority for the Scottish Government and he did that wonderfully well for me as well.

 

‘George understands , as a former councillor in Paisley, how important party unity is to effective delivery of services He helps the SNP group in the Parliament to understand that issue and to fulfil its promises .

 

‘I greatly value George’s friendship and support in the Parliament and I am delighted to come to Paisley. To speak in his support and kick start his campaign for re-election.’

 

Support the Paisley BID

With voting ending on the 13th November in the ballot for the Paisley Business Improvement District, Paisley’s MSP has urged local businesses to vote Yes. Speaking in parliament George was keen to highlight the potential benefits which a BID could have for Paisley. Initially aided by £20,000 of grant support from the Scottish Government, the Paisley BID would be the 8th in Scotland.
George sma shot portrait

George said, “I have supported the BID right from the start, seeing the benefits it would have for our great town. With the closing date for voting less than a week away, I would urge anyone who hasn’t yet voted to mark a cross in the Yes box, which would see Paisley vote Yes for the second time this year.

‘In a recent speech at Holyrood, I spoke about the Scottish Government’s Town Centre Action Plan one year on from its launch. There has been many great initiatives developed, including the Town Centre First Principle which seeks to keep our public bodies like local authorities and health board using buildings in the centre of our towns. I believe this principle would have seen the Russell Institute remaining in use, instead of going through years of closure. Thankfully, thanks to the Paisley Development Trust and £2m of Scottish Government funding, it is to be brought back into use.

‘Another key theme of the Town Centre Action Plan is to build homes in our town centre. Again, Paisley has greatly benefitted from Scottish Government money as we see with the two development next to the Abbey. This all ties in with the BID. Local businessmen and women will be directing the agenda for business in Paisley. The people who know most about retail in our town, those who work in the sector, will help to shape the future direction of our town centre by being part of the BID.

‘Local Government Minister and Renfrewshire North MSP Derek MacKay who delivered the £20,000 grant support to the Paisley BID noted in parliament recently that the BID would offer support to the retail sector, promote art, cultural, historical, social and educational opportunities, bring more events to the town centre and ‘locate Paisley as a serious visitor destination.’ I would like to congratulate all those involved in the BID process and look forward to working with them all in the future.”