Paisley to host the Scottish Parliament for the day

Credit: Scottish Parliament Website 

People in Paisley will have the opportunity to have their democratic voice heard as the Scottish Parliament comes to Paisley Town Hall for the day on Monday 21 September.

Holyrood’s Parliament Day initiative, introduced by the Presiding Officer the Rt Hon Tricia Marwick MSP, takes the Parliament out into communities around Scotland, encouraging local people to take an interest in and engage directly with the Parliament and its work.

As part of Parliament Day Paisley, MSPs on the Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee will meet with local people to hear about how their working lives have changed since the 2008 recession. This session will inform an inquiry the Committee is undertaking on the issue of ‘work, wages and wellbeing.’

In the evening, local people are also invited to an informal Q&A session, hosted by the Presiding Officer, where they can quiz MSPs about how their Parliament works for them.

Members of the local community are invited to come along and find out more, with refreshments available.George Town Hall

The Presiding Officer said:
“The Scottish Parliament is there to represent all of Scotland’s communities and it’s important we hear directly from local people about the issues affecting their daily lives. I’m sure the people of Paisley will take this opportunity to make their voice heard and engage with their Parliament.

“I would encourage everyone who can to come along to the Town Hall to chat to me, my fellow MSPs and Parliament staff and find out more about politics and the Parliament. We want to hear from you.”

George Adam, MSP for Paisley said:
“One of the most important aspects of our modern parliament is its ability to engage with people across Scotland. Paisley is a great town with great people and a tremendous history. This is easily observed just walking through the centre of the town with our Abbey, which is over 850 years old, and the civic buildings created by the Victorian cotton mill owners.

“This visit by the Parliament to Paisley is about engagement. Towns like Paisley have their issues like unemployment and the need to reinvigorate town centres. These are challenges that must be tackled head on and the Parliament coming to Paisley is part of a process that should be welcomed, ensuring greater transparency for policies and decisions at parliamentary level.

“This visit also highlights that it is up to all of us to play our part in ensuring that our town is the type of place we wish to live and work.”

Parliament Day Paisley will be held in Paisley Town Hall, Abbey Close, Paisley PA1 1JF. The informal Q&A session with the Presiding Officer is open to all from 5:30pm.

Launched in November 2012, the Parliament Day initiative is all about taking the Parliament out of Edinburgh and into communities across Scotland. Parliament Days allow people to see the Parliament at work – both official parliamentary business such as committee meetings, and on a less formal level by meeting local MSPs and Parliament staff.

Eleven Parliament Days have been held across Scotland from Orkney to Hawick, and from Stornoway to Arbroath.
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George Condemns 11% Pay Rise

George Adam MSP

George Adam MSP

Paisley’s MSP George Adam has joined First Minister Alex Salmond in condemning reports that MPs are to receive an 11% pay rise following the 2015 General Election. The Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (Ipsa) who set MPs pay is expected to declare the rise in basic salaries to £74,000. As a result, MSP salaries would also rise as they are set at 87.5% of MP salaries.

Speaking on the reports, George said, “To quote the First Minister, this is ludicrous. In last week’s Autumn statement, George Osborne announced that there would be a cap on the amount paid in benefits each year. This does not take into account the amount of people needing benefits due to ill health, just simply we’re only spending this amount and if any more is needed, too bad. This is at the same time as reports are coming out that MPs are about to receive a 11% pay increase. What has George Osborne done to deserve a pay rise? What has your mum, dad or friend done to deserve having their benefits capped when their condition has not improved or even gotten worse?

‘Thankfully, the First Minister has come out stating his opposition to this, commenting that it is ludicrous to suggest parliamentarians should be given anything beyond the norms, especially in a time when public sector workers are having to deal with much lower pay increases. It is also very positive to see that the Presiding Officer, Tricia Marwick has released information stating how the Scottish Parliament is to break the link between MSP and MP salaries, putting future increases in MSPs pay on equal footing with those in the public sector in Scotland.

‘At a time when public sector workers are receiving a 1% pay rise, should Westminster millionaires be receiving 11%? A poll of MPs published last January showed that more than two thirds thought they were underpaid, while further research showed that on average, Tories thought they should be paid £96,740 a year, £20,000 more than the proposed increase. I think this shows just how out of touch Westminster really is.”