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Sharp Fall In Vandalism Over Last Decade

SNP Tackling Crime In Renfrewshire

Cases of vandalism across Renfrewshire have fallen sharply since the SNP came to power in 2007, latest figures have revealed – proving that the SNP’s approach to crime and justice in the community is working.

 

In 2007/08, there was 199 instances of vandalism per 10,000 of the population in Renfrewshire – which has fallen sharply to 86 by 2016/17, a drop of 57%.

 

The latest figures back up Tory Justice Minister Rory Stewart’s comments that the rest of the UK “has a lot to learn from Scotland”.

 

Commenting, Paisley’s MSP, George Adam said:

 

“This is welcome news – and proves that the SNP’s approach to justice is paying dividends for our communities across Renfrewshire.

 

“Thanks to our approach to justice and well-supported police in our communities there has been a marked drop in the rate of vandalism across Renfrewshire – meaning everyone can enjoy living here more safely, without damage to property.

 

“Given this sharp drop in cases of vandalism – 57% since 2007 – it is no wonder that the Tory UK government are looking to Scotland for answers on how to tackle crime, acknowledging that they have ‘a lot to learn from Scotland’.

 

“The SNP has made justice one of its top priorities since coming to power in 2007 – putting more police on the streets and taking decisive action to reduce reoffending, meaning crime is at its lowest level in over 40 years and our communities are as safe as ever before.”

5621 Baby Boxes Delivered In Greater Glasgow and Clyde In First Six Months of Scheme

 

 

Latest figures from the Scottish Government have revealed that the transformative Baby Box policy has already benefitted 5621 newborns across Greater Glasgow and Clyde since they were introduced last year – and over 22,000 across Scotland.

 

The Baby Box is a key part of the Scottish Government’s commitment to making Scotland the very best place in the world to grow up – and contains important items for parents and babies alike, such as baby clothes, a digital ear thermometer, a bath towel, a changing mat and books.

 

The box itself also doubles as a bed for a newborn, containing a mattress, mattress protector and fitted sheet – providing a safe and warm place for babies to sleep.

 

Paisley’s MSP, George Adam, said:

 

“It is excellent to see so many families across Paisley and Greater Glasgow and Clyde benefitting from the Baby Box.

 

“The Boxes are a really positive Scottish Government initiative providing parents with many of the essentials they need to care for their child.

 

“From thermometers to towels, changing mats to clothes – the boxes are a fantastic way of giving children in Paisley the very best start in life.

 

“That 5621 boxes have already been provided to parents across Greater Glasgow & Clyde, part of a total of over 22,000 across Scotland, shows how popular they are proving with parents in every corner of the country – and given how beneficial they are to parents and newborns, long may that continue.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Minimum Unit Pricing

Paisley’s MSP, George Adam, Welcomes Supreme Court Minimum Price Ruling

Policy Will Help Improve Scotland’s Relationship With Alcohol

 

Paisley’s MSP, George Adam, has welcomed the UK Supreme Court’s ruling that the Scottish Government’s minimum unit pricing policy is legal, allowing the legislation to proceed as part of efforts to improve Scotland’s damaging relationship with alcohol.

 

The policy was passed by the Scottish Parliament in 2012, but has been delayed due to a long-running legal challenge. Today’s ruling allows it to go ahead, setting a minimum unit price on alcohol of 50 pence.

 

Minimum unit pricing is backed by academic research, which suggests that the policy will cut alcohol-related deaths and reduce hospital admissions linked to alcohol misuse, which costs Scotland £3.6 billion every year.

 

  

Commenting, George said:

 

“This is excellent news, and a clear vindication of the Scottish Government’s policy.

 

“This ruling now allows us to go ahead with the policy that was overwhelmingly backed by the Scottish Parliament five years ago and take the action that is needed to cut alcohol-related deaths and reduce hospital admissions

 

“The health and wellbeing of people across Scotland is absolutely paramount – and the fact that alcohol misuse costs Scotland £3.6 billion every year shows how damaging our relationship with alcohol is.

 

“Given the clear and proven link between consumption and harm, minimum pricing is the most effective and efficient way to tackle the cheap, high strength alcohol that causes so much damage to so many families.

 

“We will continue to support the whisky industry and work alongside them to ensure their economic success, while maintaining our commitment to promote safe and responsible alcohol consumption.

 

“Scotland is the first country in the world to implement such a policy – and we should be proud of our pioneering approach that will benefit Paisley and Scotland for generations.”

 

SNP Scraps Pay Cap For Nurses & Teachers In Paisley

Tories Must Deliver On Public Sector Pay

 

Paisleys MSP, George Adam,  is calling on the UK Government to stop flip-flopping on public sector pay and endorse the SNP’s policy to end the pay cap.

 

Finance Secretary Derek Mackay told the Scottish Parliament last week that the “time was up” for the annual 1%  limit on public sector pay.

 

The SNP Scottish Government is now engaging with trade unions ahead of the next Scottish budget to discuss a future public sector pay policy that recognises both rising living costs and the need for sustainable public finances in order to ensure fairer pay for nurses, teachers and all public sector workers in Paisley.

 

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“The SNP Scottish Government has listened to independent pay recommendations – showing the many nurses, doctors and police officers and more public sector workers in Paisley that their incredible service is valued and that they deserve pay that reflects real life circumstances.

 

“Indeed, showing public sector workers in Paisley how much we value their service is ever more pertinent as we face endless Brexit uncertainty that is driving inflation, forcing up living costs and intensifying recruitment problems – risking a Brexit brain drain.

 

“And with some public sector workers in Paisley still subject to UK wide pay policies – the Tories must act and act now to confirm that the pay cap will be scrapped.

 

“The clear message coming from Scotland to the Tory government is to end austerity, and end it now.“

 

Plans For Soft Opt-Out Organ Donation System Unveiled

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Paisley’s MSP, George Adam, has welcomed the Scottish Government’s decision to introduce legislation for a soft opt-out system of organ and tissue donation, which was backed by 82% of those who contributed to their consultation.

 

The 14-week consultation looked at various ways to increase the number of people being referred to the donation services in Scotland.

 

Currently in Scotland, organ and/or tissue donation after a person’s death only occurs if they have given advance authorisation or if their nearest relative authorises on their behalf.

 

A soft opt out, or deemed authorisation system, means that a donation can go ahead if the person has not opted out or told their family they do not wish to donate.

 

George said:

 

“Today’s decision to legislate for a soft opt-out system is great news for our health service.

 

“With the amazing help of donors and their families, NHS Scotland has already made great progress, including a 34% increase in donors this past year alone. Scotland now has the highest donor rate in the UK.

 

“However, we can do better and moving to a soft opt-out system is a really important step towards further reducing the number of people in Paisley waiting for transplants.

 

“We should always keep in mind the tragic circumstances that give rise to organ donation and forever appreciate the selfless acts of donors and their families that enable others to live. Organ and tissue donation saves lives and is one of the greatest gifts a person can give.”

 

 

New Poll: First Minister Highest Approval Of Any Leader

Davidson In Negative Figures & Far Less Popular Than Germany’s Angela Merkel

The First Minister is the only domestic politician with a positive approval rating in Scotland, according to a new poll by Lord Ashcroft.

The Scottish sample of 906 found that 53% of Scots viewed Nicola Sturgeon’s performance above the rating of 50 out of 100, giving the SNP leader an +11% net approval rating.

In contrast 54% placed Ruth Davidson below 50 out of 100 with 58% having a similar view of Theresa May’s performance. Germany”s Chancellor Angela Merkel also proved more popular with better results than any UK Tory as well as having positive ratings.

Commenting, SNP MSP George Adam said:BtEmnHCIYAA_Ifo

“This is an encouraging poll, that once again shows that people trust the strong leadership of Nicola Sturgeon – while all of the most senior Tories remain deeply unpopular in Scotland.

“Embarrassingly they also find themselves trailing behind a politician that isn’t even from the UK.

“People are now seeing the real Ruth Davidson who has completely sold out over our single market membership, despite saying it was her ‘overriding priority’. It’s no surprise that an outright majority of people in Scotland disapprove of born-again Brexiteer Ruth Davidson’s job performance – and the news is no better for senior Westminster Tories who are overwhelmingly viewed negatively.

“By unilaterally deciding to tear Scotland out of the single market, the Tories have put their own narrow party political interests ahead of the interests of the country.

“It’s vital that the people of Scotland are given a choice between a damaging hard Brexit and becoming an independent country. Something the Tories would deny them as the act like they can treat Scotland as they wish and get away with it.”

Results Were As Follows: –
On a scale from 0 to 100, how do you rate the performance of the following politicians, where zero means ‘terrible’ and 100 means ‘excellent’? If you have not heard of them or have no opinion, please say so. [Results for Scotland]

 

 

Above

50/100

Below

50/100

Not heard of /

no opinion

RATIO:

Below-Above

Nicola Sturgeon

53%

42% 4%

+11%

Angela Merkel

45%

38% 17%

+7%

Ruth Davidson

33%

54% 13%

-21%

Theresa May

35%

58% 6%

-23%

David Davis

14%

51% 34%

-37%

Kezia Dugdale

20%

61% 18%

-41%

Tim Farron

12%

54% 33%

-42%

Philip Hammond

17%

61% 22%

-44%

Jeremy Corbyn

20%

71% 8%

-51%

Boris Johnson

20%

72% 9%

-52%

Paul Nuttall

7%

63% 31%

-56%

Donald Trump

15%

80% 6%

-65%