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Paisley’s MSP Calls On Tory MSP’s Representing The West Of Scotland To Condemn Family Cap And Rape Clause

Paisley’s MSP, George Adam has called on Maurice Corry, Maurice Golden and Jamie Greene Tory MSPs for the West of Scotland to stop acting as mere mouthpieces for the UK government and oppose the shocking and inhumane two child limit and rape clause.   

 

 

The family cap limits tax credits to only two children per family – unless the mother can prove that a third child was conceived as a result of rape or during an abusive relationship.

 

The Tories railroaded through these policies without a parliamentary debate or vote – leaving many outstanding questions with regards to womens’ rights, the impact on child poverty, as well as how the hundreds of thousands of healthcare professionals will be trained to assess evidence of rape.  

 

Many sexual violence support charities such as Rape Crisis Scotland and Scottish Women’s Aid have said they will refuse to act as third party verifiers for the UK government, not least due to the trauma and stigma that the rape assessment process will cause both survivors and children of rape.

 

SNP MP Alison Thewliss has led the campaign to scrap the grotesque two child policy and rape clause.

 

 

Paisley’s MSP, George said:George outside Paisley Museum

“The Tory policy that has become known as the rape clause, requiring women to disclose deeply personal information and prove that a third or subsequent child was conceived as a result of rape in order to claim tax credits, is both disgraceful and disgusting.

 

“Ruth Davidson and the Scottish Tories should be thoroughly ashamed of their party but instead they are defending the indefensible welfare cuts coming from Westminster.

 

“The two child policy will mean a loss of up to £2,800 every year per child for hardworking families – driving up child poverty after the UK government scrapped their child poverty targets.

 

“I will continue to fight these heartless policies and I would like to believe that the Conservative MSP’s for the West of Scotland will join me with opposing the two child limit and rape clause. By doing so, I am asking them to stand up for the dignity and human rights of Women in Scotland and condemn these utterly appalling Tory Government policies.”

 

 

 

 

 

Labour PFI School Shame As Renfrewshire Council Counts Cost

£425 Million To Be Paid Out This Year Across Scotland – Robbing Money From Vital Services

 

Labour’s disastrous PFI schools scheme continues to cost Renfrewshire council millions of pounds every year, analysis by the Scottish Parliament Information Centre has revealed – proving they are a party which cannot be trusted to manage vital public services.

 

The duff deals made by Labour during their time in power at Holyrood will cost local authorities across £426.8 million in this financial year – with Renfrewshire Council facing a £16.4 Million bill, demonstrating Labour’s short-term thinking and profligate use of public money.


George Serious Paisley Town Hall

Paisley’s MSP, George Adam, has slammed Labour’s toxic legacy, which continues to rob our local authority of vital funding for education and other public services. The total nationwide cost of the toxic PFI legacy across all projects topped £1 billion in 2015/16, with this figure continuing to rise.

 

Commenting, George, said:

 

“The toxic legacy that Labour’s PFI deals have left our schools and Renfrewshire Council continues to cost millions of pounds every year – and proves once again that only the SNP can be trusted to deliver on education and local funding.

 

“While Labour carp from the sidelines about the SNP’s record, it is increasingly clear that we are still paying for the mess that Labour left over a decade ago – with payments in 2017/18 to be as high as £426.8 million across all our council areas, and Renfrewshire Council facing a bill of £16.4 Million.

 

“Labour’s spendthrift and reckless handling of our public finances continues to rob Renfrewshire of funds which could be put towards delivering better local services. And let’s not forget the potential consequences of Labour’s dodgy deals on jerry-built schools across Edinburgh – forced to close for nearly 500 days because of fundamental safety concerns.  

 

“It’s high time that Labour apologised for this toxic legacy that they’ve left for our schools, Renfrewshire Council and local authorities across the country.”

 

School Spending Boost For Renfrewshire

                                                                                                               Council Benefits From £4.7 Billion National Investment

 

Renfrewshire council benefitted from a nationwide increase of 2.7% in education spending last year – thanks to Scottish Government efforts to close the attainment gap and provide local authorities with a fair funding deal.

 

Net spending on education by local authorities across Scotland rose to £4.7 billion last year – the biggest spending area of the total £10.1 billion service expenditure in 2015-16, proving once again the SNP’s commitment to improving Scotland’s education system.

 

Last week’s budget saw local authorities benefit from £160 million of additional funding to help with service provision at a local level, as well as seeing £4,248,000  given to schools in Renfrewshire earlier this month as part of the national attainment fund.

Lochfield Primary Visiting George Adam MSP at The Scottish Parliament

Lochfield Primary School, Visiting George Adam, MSP For Paisley, at The Scottish Parliament.

 

Commenting, Paisley’s MSP, George Adam said:

 

“These latest local authority stats prove once again that the SNP Government is providing a strong funding deal for Renfrewshire – and is doing all it can to help close the attainment gap and improve the education system in Renfrewshire.

 

“Last week’s budget saw additional funding for Renfrewshire council to help with service provision at a local level – building on the excellent funding package for local services revealed in these figures.

 

“The Scottish Government has consistently said that education is its number one priority, and it is heartening to see that action is being taken to support Renfrewshire schools – through a 2.7% increase in funding last year and with the effective action taken in the budget this year.

 

“The £4,248,000 provided to schools across Renfrewshire through the Scottish Attainment Fund further proves the Scottish Government’s commitment to improving our education system – and action will continue to be taken by the SNP to make sure that every child, no matter their background, gets an equal chance in life.”

 

Paisley’s MSP Welcomes £4,248,000 Boost For Renfrewshire Schools

Schools in Renfrewshire will benefit from a £4,248,000 funding boost as part of the Scottish Government’s drive to improve standards in schools, it has been revealed.

 

The share each school is due to receive from the Scottish Government’s new £120 million Pupil Equity Fund has been revealed by Deputy First Minister John Swinney.

 

49 primaries and 11 secondaries across Renfrewshire are set to receive additional support worth thousands of pounds. It will be up to teachers and school leaders to decide the best way of using the funding to close the poverty related attainment gap in their schools.

 

russell instituteWelcoming the announcement, Paisley’s MSP, George Adam said:


“Every child in Scotland should have the best possible start in life, and it is unacceptable for children from the poorest backgrounds to have their chances limited by circumstances outside their control.

 

“The SNP in government has made closing the poverty-related attainment gap our number one priority, and our new £120 million Pupil Equity Fund is aimed at doing just that – supporting 49 primaries and 11 secondaries in Renfrewshire.

 

“This new announcement will let parents, teachers and school leaders in Renfrewshire see how much funding they can expect to drive up standards and tackle the inter-generational cycle of deprivation in their school.”

 

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Paisley’s MSP Calls On Local Organisations To Adopt The New £8.45 Living Wage

Paisley’s MSP, George Adam, today welcomed the new Scottish Living Wage rate of £8.45 an hour and encouraged more employers in Paisley to sign up as Accredited Living Wage Employers.

The Scottish Living Wage, calculated to meet the cost of living, is reviewed every year based on living standards.

The rise of 20 pence per hour will benefit thousands of workers at Living Wage across Scotland, including many in Paisley.

George town hall landscape George said:

“The new Living Wage of £8.45 will be a welcome pay rise for thousands of workers across Scotland and in Paisley , ensuring that people’s basic wage continues to meet the real costs of living.

“I would encourage all businesses in Paisley to consider becoming Scottish Living Wage employers. For business, paying the Living Wage makes sense – it’s an investment in people and all the evidence shows it leads to increased productivity and reduced staff absence and turnover, while sending a strong signal to customers about fairness.

“With millions of workers worse off as a result of the UK Government’s welfare cuts, and low pay one of the main drivers of in-work poverty, employers can make a real difference by choosing to pay the real Living Wage.

“I encourage all businesses in my constituency to recognise the benefits of paying the real Living Wage.”

Paisley MSP George Adam wrongly threatened with Sheriff Officers over unpaid bill mix-up

Mr Adam was accused of not paying a £400 levy

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Paisley MSP George Adam revealed he has been threatened with Sheriff Officers being sent to his town centre office.

The warning was issued by Renfrewshire Council on behalf of Paisley First amid claims he had failed to cough up a £400 levy — despite it being paid in May.

Mr Adam laughed off the threat regarding his Johnston Street office and said: “The letter has been signed by Alan Russell as director of finance and resources, and I know him well from my time at the council.

“He’s a good guy.

“I don’t know how this has happened. I have no idea, but I have received two letters saying I have not made payment of the required instalment for BID — Business Improvement District — with the second saying that unless payment was made within 14 days, then they will apply to Sheriff Officers for the recovery of any payments.

“My office manager, David McCartney, has been trying to sort this out, but nothing has been resolved.

“I find it all really funny.

“The bill was paid by the Scottish Parliament as a matter of course, because there are office expenses for the basics such as water, electricity, heating and this levy.

“So my office is basically a little piece of Parliament in Paisley.

“It is an extension of Parliament and non-political with no party posters, or anything like that.

“In fact, I wonder if it is actually legal for Sheriff Officers to carry out any action on Parliament. I must check that out.”

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MSP Encourages Constituents To Take Bowel Screening Tests This Month

Paisley’s MSP has called on his constituents to take the potentially life-saving bowel screening test this month – part of a nationwide drive to encourage people to return their test as soon as they receive it.

 

The Scottish Government drive comes as latest figures have shown that, on average, 43,500 bowel screening tests have been returned in August, but some people are still delaying doing their test as this is 8,500 fewer than the average for October.

George outside the A&E Dept at the RAH

George outside the A&E Dept at the RAH

 

All adults aged 50-74 are invited to take part in bowel screening every two years in Scotland. The test remains the best way of finding bowel cancer early, when survival is 14 times more likely. The number of participants between November 2013 and October 2015 was over one million.

 

Commenting, George said:

 

“The bowel screening test is the best way to catch bowel cancer early. I urge all constituents who have been sent a test to do it as soon as they receive it – with it being 14 times more likely to survive bowel cancer when it is caught early.

 

“Over a million people completed the test between November 2013 and October 2015, which is an uptake of 57.5%. Whilst this is positive, the Scottish Government will always work to try and secure greater and earlier uptake, to ensure we find even more cancers as early as possible.

 

“Returning the test early really could be a lifesaver.”

Cabinet Secretary Welcomes Paisley 2021 Bid

Fiona Hyslop MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Culture and External Affairs has today welcomes Paisley’s bid to become the UK City of Culture 2021. Having met with representatives of Renfrewshire Council on 27th October to discuss the bid, Ms Hyslop believes that there is a strong case for a Scottish bid winning and Paisley with it rich tradition and heritage in music and textiles to name but a few areas, it would be a great host of the UK City of Culture in 2021. She went onto to say that we must learn from the bid Dundee submitted to host the 2017 UK City of Culture, ultimately losing out to Hull. These comment speaks to the partnership and sharing of experiences Paisley’s MSP George Adam is keen to see during Paisley’s bid.# why i love paisley

Speaking on the Cabinet Secretary’s comments, George said, “I was pleased to hear the Cabinet Secretary welcome Paisley’s bid and I’m sure she will be keen to work with our town, giving us the best opportunity to win this coveted prize. I attend both the launch of the Paisley 2021 bid in the Abbey 2 weeks ago and also attended a meeting held by Paisley First giving local business people the chance to be introduced to the Paisley 2021 bid. At the meeting, Project Director Jean Cameron spoke of her vision for Paisley 2021 and how we can all work together to achieve a winning bid and I hope to meet her again to discuss this further in the coming weeks.

“Paisley has too much to offer in terms of culture. We have a wealth of world renowned musicians from our great town including Gerry Rafferty and Paolo Nutini. We have great actors hailing from our town including David Tennant and Carmen Pieraccini. From a creative stand point, we have Steven Moffat who currently writes both Sherlock and Dr Who television shows. And in art, we have John Byrne and Her Majesty’s Sculptor in Ordinary in Scotland, Sandy Stoddard to name but a few.

“This is just some of the talent to hail from our town to achieve international acclaim. However, in Paisley any day of the week you will see culture all around our town, from the UK’s largest youth theatre group PACE, to the reading groups, open-mic nights and historical societies that meet in our pubs and café’s. We really do have so much to offer and this bid will simply add to what already is on offer in our historic town.”

2842 Referrals to Food Banks in Renfrewshire in Last Three Months

Reacting to new Trussell Trust figures on emergency food aid, Paisley’s MSP George Adam has expressed alarm that 2842 referrals were made to food banks in Renfrewshire between April and September this year. This included 724 referrals for children.

Overall, the number of food bank referrals in Scotland has increased to over 60,000 in the last quarter and 44 per cent of these were for benefit delays and cuts.George Serious Paisley Town Hall

Commenting, George said:

“These figures are absolutely scandalous! We live in a wealthy country, there is no need for anyone to go without food. 724 children in the last three months in our area have been referred to a food banks. How can children being referred to food banks be a thing in modern Scotland? One simple answer, David Cameron, George Osborne and Ian Duncan Smith. These figures sicken me.

“I have people coming to my office every week who cannot afford to eat, unable to heat their homes, unable to put clothes on their children. It is disgraceful that after 5 years of these draconian Tory welfare policies, when things are getting worse, the Tories chose to ignore the consequences of their actions.

“There have been 2842 occasions where people in Renfrewshire were in such dire straits that they could not afford to eat. The figures also show that UK Government benefit changes and delays continue to be the most common reason for people seeking emergency food aid. While Tory Ministers have their head in the sand on the issue, the Scottish Government recognises this link and is spending almost £300 million over three years to mitigate Tory social security cuts.

“That any government would consider further cuts to the incomes of the poorest families in our society in the face of such clear evidence of rising poverty is appalling – yet George Osborne is set to plough ahead with £12 billion more social security cuts.

“These new figures will put further pressure on George Osborne to scrap his planned cuts to Tax Credits – we will not let up on our opposition to these callous cuts. And if they do go ahead we stand ready to protect low income households in Scotland.”

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Cabinet Secretary Congratulates Hunterhill Care Home Campaigners

Alex Neil, while still in his post as Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing joined Paisley’s MSP George Adam in congratulating the campaigners who saved Hunterhill Care Home from closure. Speaking in parliament during Health and Wellbeing Questions, George asked the Cabinet Secretary about the importance of local authority care homes in the provision of caring for our older people. He then went on to ask the Cabinet Secretary his thoughts on Labour controlled Renfrewshire Council’s attempts to close Hunterhill Care Home with little consultation.George outside Paisley Museum

Commenting, George said, “As the Cabinet Secretary quite rightly said in his response to my question, I have sent a comment to the Paisley Daily Express. However this is not a comment for comments sake, we need to keep the pressure on Renfrewshire Council who have yet to guarantee the long-term future of Hunterhill Care Home. Mr Neil is clear that it is extremely important that in reshaping care for our elderly, we include care homes and that local authorities have an important role to play in this.

‘However, like me, he is keen to congratulate the campaigners who saved Hunterhill Care Home from closure. One of the most galling things to come out of the consultation process over the close of the care home was the distinct lack of consultation. Family, friends and staff all made me aware of the poor communication and consultation undertaken by the local authority. Then after performing a dramatic U-Turn, keeping the care home open and again allowing people waiting to move into the home, they extinguished the myth that there was not a need for these places.

‘I now call on Labour councillors to give us a cast iron guarantee that Hunterhill Care Home will remain open and residents will not again have their position in the home put in doubt.”