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.”

George outside the A&E Dept at the RAH

Paisley’s MSP Backs New Organ Donor Register Campaign, ‘We Need Everybody’

George outside the A&E Dept at the RAH

George outside the A&E Dept at the RAH

TV Advert Launched to Encourage People to Sign up to The Life-Saving Register


Paisley’s MSP, George Adam has called on constituents living in Paisley to join the NHS Organ Donor Register following the launch of a new TV publicity campaign by NHS Scotland.


The ‘We Need Everybody’ campaign is seeking to highlight that anyone can be an organ donor, and that by having more people on the Register, more lives can be saved across the country.


Currently less than one percent of deaths in Scotland occur when the person is able to donate their organs, which is why it is vital that more people sign up to the NHS register.


George commented: “This is an important campaign – one which will help save lives in Paisley and across Scotland.


“Signing up to the Organ Donor Register could not be easier – and I would encourage my constituents to spare the two minutes that it takes to sign up and join the 43% of Scots currently registered.


“The We Need Everybody campaign is about driving home the fact that everybody has it in them to save a life. The Organ Donor Register is a vital resource for our NHS – and with 540 people currently waiting for a life-saving transplant, it is as vital a time as ever to sign up and help save a life.”


People can sign up to the Organ Donor Register at


The full TV advert from the publicity campaign is available at

NHS Staff Number Reach New Record High Under SNP

Paisley’s MSP George Adam has welcomed new figures showing the level of staff in NHS Scotland has reached a new record high.

The figures published today show that under the SNP the number of Whole Time Equivalent (WTE) staff in the NHS has increased by 8.3%. The number of NHS nurses and midwives are also at a record high – with almost 2,400 WTE more since 2006.

George outside Paisley Town Hall

George outside Paisley Town Hall

Commenting, George said:

“We owe an enormous debt of gratitude to the dedicated men and women who deliver quality care in our NHS day in and day out.

“These figures showing NHS staffing is now at a record high are very welcome indeed. This has been delivered by an SNP government that values our NHS and values those who work in it. Last year I had cause to attend the RAH and can’t thank the staff enough who treated me, and for putting up with me.

“This year alone health resource spending will increase by £409 million – taking total health spending in Scotland to over £12 billion for the first time.

“And the SNP government has continued to protect the pay and conditions of NHS staff. Unlike the UK Government, the SNP continues to guarantee no compulsory redundancies; at least a Living Wage for all NHS staff; and the delivery of their recommended rise.

“This has all been delivered at a time of continued Tory austerity. We will continue to make the case for the UK Government to end austerity and increase investment in valued public services like the NHS.”