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The Child Poverty Delivery Plan

                                                                                George Adam Welcomes Child Poverty Delivery Plan


Paisleys MSP, George Adam, has welcomed a range of Scottish Government proposals to tackle child poverty – including plans for a new income supplement, which will provide financial support to families who need it most.

Increasing family incomes and reducing living costs are prioritised in the Tackling Child Poverty Delivery Plan, which sets out how the Scottish Government will meet ambitious legal targets to tackle child poverty.

Actions include a new £12 million employment support fund will help parents in work progress their careers and support unemployed parents into work.

Other initiatives include a new national entitlement for the School Clothing Grant, to help with the costs of uniforms and sports kits, and new support for after-school and holiday childcare, helping parents work more flexibly and increase their incomes.

The report comes after independent analysis found that, if the Scottish Government did nothing, Tory welfare cuts would mean 38% of Scottish children would be in relative poverty by 2030/31.

Commenting, George said:

“In a country as prosperous as Scotland no child should have their chances limited by poverty.

“I’m delighted that this ambitious plan includes a range of actions to support families in Paisley with the cost of living and direct financial support.

“And the ambitious proposal for a new, targeted income supplement show that, when we have the power, the SNP will take action to make Scotland a fairer, stronger country.

“Under Tory cuts, money being is taken from the pockets of low income families, pushing them into crisis, debt, and poverty, with our public services and emergency aid responding as best they can.

“That is why the SNP in government will take action to increase household incomes and reduce costs, supporting children and families here and now.”

                   

 

 


 

Scottish Budget Stage 3

SNP Budget Will Give Scots Best Deal In UK

 

Pay Rise For Public Sector Workers And Lower Taxes For 70% Of Scots

 

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 as Stage 3 of the Budget (Scotland) (No.2) Bill is laid before the Scottish Parliament.

 

The budget delivers progressive reforms to Scotland’s income tax system, with modest increases on higher earners, while 70% of taxpayers will pay less than they did last year and 55% will pay less than the rest of the UK. Opinion polling found that Scots back the SNP’s tax plans by 2 to 1.

 

The Budget will also deliver an additional £400 million for 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 the NHS and protection for low and middle income earners.

 

“The Scottish Government is delivering lower income tax for 70% 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 to NHS Scotland, 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 massive Westminster cuts, ongoing Tory austerity and a damaging hard Brexit – this budget provides investment to seize the opportunities of tomorrow.”

A Year to Go – Countdown to a Fairer Scotland

George AdamA Yes vote a year today will mean Scotland’s future will always be in Scotland’s hands – that was the resounding message in the Scottish Parliament today (18/9/13).

In a debate on Scotland’s Future, SNP MSPs described why voting Yes is the best option for Scotland, including:
• Scotland can more than afford to be independent and is one of the wealthiest countries per head in the world.
• Scotland will always get the government we elect.
• It is better for decisions about Scotland’s future are taken here in Scotland.
• With the full powers of independence we will be able to create a more prosperous and fairer country.

Paisley’s MSP George Adam, who spoke during the debate, said:

“This is a very exciting point in the debate, marking a year to go before the people of Scotland are given the biggest opportunity we have ever had.

“A Yes vote will allow the people of Scotland to build a more prosperous and fairer country, with the Governments we always choose and a society that reflects their values, their aspirations and their principles of economic and social justice.

“The choice is clear – Scotland can have good government with independence where policies reflect the wishes of the people of Scotland, or government from Westminster which gives us policies we reject.

“It means having the best of both worlds with an independent parliament and a relationship of equality with our friends and neighbours in the rest of the UK and these islands.

“It means Scotland will make the decisions on tax, welfare and economic policy – tools that will allow us to create a fairer and more prosperous country.

“More and more people are moving towards a Yes vote as evidence reveals the gains for people, families and communities when decisions are taken in Scotland.

“I believe people will grasp this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and give ourselves the powers to build a better country, a more prosperous country and a fairer country.”