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Paisley’s MSP, George Adam, Encourages Flu Jab Take Up

George Adam has urged all eligible adults in Paisley to take up the offer of a free flu vaccination.

Everyone aged 65 and over, pregnant women and people at most risk of serious illness are offered the flu vaccination on the NHS.

Flu rates in Scotland doubled in December with the most recent figures from Health Protection Scotland showing around 46 Scots in every 100,000 were suffering from the virus, comparing to 22 in every 100,000 for the same week in 2016.

George said:

“It’s not too late to get the flu jab – and if you’re eligible for vaccination on the NHS it’s important that you take that offer.

“Cases of flu were at double the rate in December as the previous year, and can be a serious illness that can make even healthy people very unwell.

“NHS staff in Renfrewshire are doing a tremendous job at a tough time of year, and we should all do our bit to not add unnecessary pressure on the health service.

“If you’re eligible, please make getting the vaccination a priority and book an appointment with your GP practice or health board as soon as possible.”

George Adam MSP Backs Disability Alliance’s Call For Measures To Reduce Stigma And Discrimination

 

 

George Adam MSP is backing Disability Agenda Scotland’s call to raise awareness about the positive contributions of disabled people and help to end the stigma and discrimination which are still experienced.

 

Following the publication of DAS’s Equal? Still not, why not?

 

Pic Greg Macvean - 23/11/2016 - 07971 826 457 Disability Agenda Scotland (DAS) event at the Scottish Parliament

Pic Greg Macvean – 23/11/2016 – 07971 826 457
Disability Agenda Scotland (DAS) event at the Scottish Parliament

report this week which details the experiences of more than 80 people who live with a variety of disabilities, the alliance is also calling for action to ensure greater support and opportunities for disabled people.

 

DAS wants to see a concerted effort by the Scottish Government, UK Government, local authorities and other bodies to reduce the disability employment gap by improving the ways employment services work, as well as effective coordination to ensure the new social security systems are underpinned by a commitment to human rights, dignity and respect.

 

Representatives from DAS, an alliance of Scotland’s six major disability charities Action on Hearing Loss Scotland, Capability Scotland, ENABLE Scotland, RNIB Scotland, SAMH and Sense Scotland; highlighted during an event in the Scottish Parliament that disabled people continue to feel they are not equal citizens in Scottish society and more needs to be done to improve their life opportunities.

 

George Adam MSP said: “I’m pleased to support DAS’s call for the many positive contributions of disabled people in our communities to be highlighted. I also want more to do be done to eradicate remaining barriers to enable people with a disability in Paisley to have equal access to all public transport, services and get any person-centred support that is needed to ensure they can take up everyday opportunities like everyone else.” Delia Henry, Chair of DAS, said: “We appreciate George Adam MSP’s support and recognition that more needs to be done to support disabled people to fulfil their personal career and life aspirations, reduce isolation and end the stigma of disability so that they begin to feel like equal members of society.”

 

For a copy of DAS’s Equal? Still not, why not? report, visit www.disabilityagenda.scot or email: layla@disabilityagenda.scot

UN to Investigate Bedroom Tax in Scotland

George outside Paisley Abbey

It has been revealed that the United Nations (UN) have launched a probe in to the Bedroom Tax due to concerns about human rights.  The tax which targets those on housing benefit affects over 80,000 households in Scotland, a huge proportion of which are homes with a person who has disabilities.

 

Speaking on the news, Paisley’s MSP, George Adam said:

 

‘I do not receive housing benefit but my wife Stacey is a wheelchair user.

 

‘I know the space her equipment takes up and this Bedroom Tax is a bare faced attack on the disabled.

 

‘The Tories want disabled people to move in to homes that cannot possibly store the equipment needed for them to have a relatively normal life.

 

‘They expect disabled people to live in homes that are 24hr obstacle courses for people with mobility problems.

 

‘No wonder the UN are investigating. 

 

‘This week Ed Milliband stated once again that Labour will not abolish the Bedroom Tax.

 

‘To my total disgust Labour MSP Iain Grey stated in Parliament this week that the reason there was a Scottish Parliament was to combat such policies at Westminster.

 

‘No Iain, the reason for the Scottish Parliament is to represent the people of Scotland and the nation’s best interests.  That is what we should be doing, not battling an uncaring Westminster that has no interest in Scotland or those in need.

 

‘If Better Together means turning the Parliament in to an organisation to protect Scotland against Westminster then Labour needs to have a hard look at itself.

 

‘Independence is the only way we can deliver for the people of Scotland without the need to protect ourselves from another parliament that in no way shows that we are better together.’

 

 

More information can be found here in the Guardian.

 

Amazing Demonstration by Canine Partners

George with Canine Partners An amazing display of how trained dogs can help those with disabilities was given to Paisley’s MSP last week.  Canine Partners is a charity which provides specially trained assistance dogs to those that need a bit of help in getting about and doing some things around the house.  The dogs are partnered with people to provide greater independence and quality of life to those that need a wee bit of help.

 

Speaking on the demonstration George said:

 

‘To say I was impressed with the display from the dogs of Canine Partners is an understatement.  I was amazed to see the dogs listen and react to commands, pick up objects that had been dropped, even taking jackets, gloves and socks off from their human partners.

 

‘The dogs are initially trained by Puppy Parents.  These individuals raise the dogs and train them in all the activities that they need to help their future disabled partners.  This includes things like opening doors – even emptying clothes from the washing machine.

 

‘When fully trained and partnered, the dogs also provide companionship and social interaction for some people that may not have many opportunities to get out and about.

 

‘The confidence that these dogs can provide is tremendous.  I was given lots of examples where people who hadn’t had the confidence or the opportunity to get out and about, who were given a boost to get them out meeting people again.

 

‘Canine Partners is a great idea, for trainers, the dogs and the eventual beneficiaries of the dogs.  It was a real pleasure seeing the dogs enjoying themselves by providing help and support’.

 

Bryony White trains the Puppy Parents to train the dogs in Renfrewshire for Canine Partners.  Speaking after George’s visit she said:

 

‘I was more than happy to demonstrate to George what Canine Partners can offer to our community.  There are over a million wheelchair users in the UK with very different and individual needs and trained assistance dogs can be a real help.  I train the Puppy Parents for the charity, making sure that the dogs get the necessary training to be a useful partner for someone with disabilities.  These dogs make such a difference to peoples lives and it is a real pleasure in seeing them develop from pups to being fully trained.

 

‘We believe that these dogs should be available to more people.  To do that we need to ensure that we have enough volunteers to take on the young dogs and train them before they move on to their disabled partners.  If anyone is interested in becoming a Puppy Parent they can contact me by email westscotland@caninepartners.org.uk or by phone on 07826 695210.  If you have the spare time and commitment I’m sure that you will find training these dogs amazingly rewarding’.

 

You can find out more about Canine Partners by visiting the website http://www.caninepartners.org.uk.