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Wage Rise for Care Workers and Continued Freeze on Council Tax

Paisley’s MSP George Adam has welcomed the decision of Renfrewshire Council to agree a funding deal that will deliver a wage rise for social care workers, the protection of the pupil-teacher ratio, action on education attainment and the continuation of the council tax freeze.

George Town Hall

Commenting, George said:

“This agreement will ensure that despite unprecedented pressure placed on the Scottish budget by Tory austerity cuts, the public’s priorities will continue to be delivered at a national and local level.

“The local government settlement will deliver a Living Wage for social care workers and will make additional funding available to support the biggest reform in our health service since 1948 by integrating health and social care.

“Additional funding will also be provided to Renfrewshire Council to improve educational attainment and to maintain the pupil-teacher ratio in our schools – ensuring that every child can reach their full potential.

“And with council tax bills frozen for a ninth consecutive year, meaning a total saving of more than £1,500 for the average band D household, this is a settlement that delivers a pay rise for people on low wages – not a tax rise.”

George Speaks in the Empty Property Relief Debate

George yesterday spoke on in the Local Government Debate on Empty Property Relief. Empty properties are a sight that blights our high street and George has and will work with any group to promote our town centre and make positive contributions in making this great town even better.

During the debate George commented: “There is potential to bring 5,500 properties back into use. The alternative is that, as Mr Brown (Conservative MSP) suggested, we do nothing and leave our town centres the way they are, with no hope or vision for the future. That is what the Tories constantly come up with. If we continue to do nothing, the cost and impact will be that, in 2012-13, £152 million will be used to subsidise empty shops. We will spend £152 million to keep shops and businesses closed. That is not right or correct in a modern and dynamic Scotland. What incentive does that give faceless absentee landlords on our high streets, who sit on properties while having no interest in town centre regeneration? Reform of empty property rates will revitalise our town centres and provide that incentive. It will work alongside other regeneration strategies and groups in our communities. It is important to our town centres and to our local economies, which work locally with the authorities and partner organisations to ensure that we can have vibrant and sustainable town centres.”

There are many positive groups in our town working to open up our town centre, injecting creativity and purpose which will benefit Paisley. If you wish to work with George in developing our town centre, do not hesitate to get in contact.

To view George’s full contribution to the debate and the full debate in its entirety, click here. George’s contribution is on page 10363.