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Renfrewshire Schools Receive £4,558,000 Attainment Funding Boost

Primary and secondary schools across Renfrewshire will receive £4,558,000 from the Scottish Attainment Challenge fund in 2018/19 to help boost the attainment levels of the most deprived pupils.

 

Nine local authorities in Scotland and an additional 74 individual schools will share £50 million funding from the Scottish Attainment Challenge fund for initiatives targeted at children living in communities affected by high levels of deprivation.

 

This brings the total Attainment Scotland Fund investment to £170 million this year – helping raise attainment in schools across the country.

 

Paisley’s MSP, George Adam said:

 

“The latest Scottish Government investment of £4,558,000 in Renfrewshire schools will help us significantly drive up standards in education and raise attainment in our schools.

 

“We want to ensure that every child in Scotland has the best possible start in life, no matter their background, and this investment will help us narrow the poverty-related attainment gap across Paisley.

 

“We now have hundreds more teachers in classrooms the length and breadth of Scotland as a direct result of the Attainment Scotland Fund – and the SNP Government’s £170 million investment this year will help us raise the bar higher still.”

 

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SNP Budget Brings Funding Boost For Paisley.

More Cash For Local Services Thanks To Progressive Reforms

 

Renfrewshire Council is set to receive a significant funding boost as a result of this year’s SNP Scottish Government budget – with local services in Renfrewshire benefiting from an extra £8.823 million.

 

The SNP’s progressive reforms – which will see 55% of taxpayers pay less in income tax than if they lived in the rest of the UK – guarantee a 2.83% increase rise in Renfrewshire council’s resource budget, providing extra funding for schools, roads and housing. The budget will also see Renfrewshire schools benefit from £4,272,240 million as part of the Pupil Equity Fund, helping to tackle the attainment gap.

 

The Scottish Budget also provides additional spending on our NHS – which will see an extra £400 million in funding to help protect our health service from Tory austerity.

 

Commenting, Paisleys MSP, George Adam said:George high street

 

“This extra funding for Renfrewshire council – an additional £8.823 million for the coming year – is a great settlement for our communities.

 

“The SNP’s progressive reforms on income tax, seeing 70% of people pay less than they did last year, and 55% pay less than they would if they lived south of the border, are vital for allowing this funding increase despite continued austerity being imposed by the Tories at Westminster.

 

“And it takes the total resource budget for our council’s services – such as schools, roads and housing – to £311.453 million for the coming year, an increase of 2.83% when compared with last year.

 

“This progressive budget also provides extra funding for our NHS, education and broadband, and more money for our economy, research and our environment too – as well as protecting free university tuition, free personal care for the elderly, free school meals and free prescriptions.

 

“While the Tories propose cutting over £556 million from public services in order to pay for their tax cuts for the wealthiest – the SNP Government delivers for our councils and protects the vital local services in Paisley that we all hold dear.”

Schools In Paisley Get Funding Boost

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George Adam MSP

A funding boost comes to Paisley as The Scottish Government announced this week that schools in Renfrewshire will receive £3,531,000 in 2017/18 to help close the poverty-related attainment gap.

 

More than £45 million of dedicated funding will be provided to primary and secondary schools across Scotland in 2017/18 to help pupils from low-income backgrounds succeed at school.

The Scottish Attainment Challenge is providing £750 million during the course of this Parliament to tackle the poverty related attainment gap. It prioritises improvements in literacy, numeracy, health and wellbeing of children adversely affected by poverty in Scotland’s Primary and Secondary schools. This funding takes the Challenge Authorities and Schools Programme into its third successive year.

Nine local authorities and an additional 72 individual schools have been allocated funding from the Scottish Attainment Challenge, for education initiatives and projects targeting Scotland’s most deprived children.

 

Paisley’s MSP, George Adam said:

“Improving the education and life chances of our children and young people is the defining mission of the SNP in government.

“The Scottish Government are providing £750 million during the course of this Parliament to tackle the poverty-related attainment gap – and schools in Renfrewshire will benefit to the tune of £3,531,000 this year through our Attainment

Challenge.

“This latest round of funding will ensure that schools where the need is greatest have substantial additional funding for the coming year to improve literacy, numeracy and health and well-being.

“I’m delighted that schools in Renfrewshire are benefitting from this funding, which is targeted to improve the life chances of children and young people in Scotland.”

Renfrewshire Weather Alert 5/12/13

I received this from the education department at Renfrewshire Council.

 

Subject: Fw: Schools/weather
Date: Thu, Dec 5, 2013 9:47 AM

 

Mr Adam,

Robert has passed me your email.  I can confirm that all schools in Renfrewshire are open this morning.  There has been some travel disruption and there is an issue with water in the Erskine area which Scottish Water are working on.  A number of parents have chosen not to send their children to school.

Please let me know if you require any further information.

Regards,

Gordon McKinlay
Head of Resource Services
Renfrewshire Council

 

Scottish Water have also issued this:

 

Customers in Renfrewshire experiencing disruption to supply. PA1, PA2, PA5, PA6, PA8, PA11, PA14, G60 and G81 https://www.scottishwater.co.uk/contact-us/current-service-updates …

 

STORM UPDATE

 

ScottishPower is currently responding to a number of weather related incidents across central and southern Scotland due to the severe gale force winds today. Wind speeds of over 85mph have been recorded in a number of areas. Currently around 20,000 homes are without power across the network area.

 

The biggest issue affecting the electricity network has been uprooted trees and other debris blown on to overhead power lines, which has caused damage and brought down the power lines in some areas. While the wind speeds remain high, it is also difficult for engineers to work at height to fix overhead lines.

 

The areas worst affected by electricity supply problems currently are Lanarkshire, (over 7000) Ayrshire (over 3000) and the Lothians (over 3000).

 

ScottishPower has around 500 operational staff working to fix faults caused by the severe weather conditions. The company cancelled all non-essential maintenance work, and has drafted in extra engineers from England in order to help with the emergency response.

 

The company will do all that it can to restore supplies as quickly as possible. However, a number of roads and bridges have been blocked and closed by fallen trees which could restrict access in certain locations, and where wind speeds remain high engineers will not be able to climb poles and work at height.

 

 

EMERGENCY CONTACT

 

If any constituents wish to contact ScottishPower to report a fault please ask them to contact SP Energy Networks Emergency Customer Contact Number – 0845 27 27 999

 

If you have any specific concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me on 0141 566 4866 / 07753 622254 or my colleague Tom Williamson on 0141 614 2002 / 07921 897 883

 

 

Phil Henderson

Head of UK Government Affairs

 

Council Spends £15 million Every Year Maintaining PFI While Closing Schools

George Adam MSPThe Cabinet Secretary for Education, Mike Russell MSP, has confirmed that PFI payments have mortgaged the future of our children.  Answering a question in Parliament by George Adam – it was confirmed that this year alone Renfrewshire will make a PFI payment of £15 million, enough to build a brand new school every year.  This comes as a back drop of Renfrewshire Council’s plans to close schools throughout the local authority.

Speaking on the revelation, George said:

‘These payments that we as tax payers have to make are clearly not value for money.  You don’t have to take my word for it you can listen to the Treasury Committee of Westminster for confirmation.

‘This year alone a payment of £15 million will be made with this amount increasing every year, receiving nothing in return.

‘Excessive profits have been made by the private sector with PFI contracts, mistakes have been made.

‘I agree with the Cabinet Secretary that before closing schools in Renfrewshire the Convenor of Education in the council should ensure that parents are informed of the £15 million they spend getting absolutely nothing in return.  That’s £15 million every year for 30 years.  That’s a pay day loan on a level that is incomprehensible to most people.’

Renfrewshire Council SNP Group Leader Brian Lawson commented, ‘What makes matters worse is that some of these schools, built and run for profit by the private sector, each costing nearly a million pounds each and every year, are running at just over 50% capacity. Renfrewshire Labour are paying vast amounts of money for empty classrooms’.

 

Renfrewshire Council Must Follow Legal Standards

George Adam MSPThe re-organisation of school estates in Renfrewshire was discussed in the Scottish Parliament this week.  The Cabinet Secretary for education, Mike Russell MSP, was questioned by Paisley’s MSP about the proper process that should be followed when local authorities are reviewing educational facilities.

 After questioning the Cabinet secretary George said;

 ‘It is essential that full scrutiny and all relevant statutory processes are followed when reviewing local authorities educational estates.  The Cabinet Secretary agreed with me and I have voiced my concerns on the record in Parliament about what is happening within Renfrewshire Council.

 ‘The review and council consultation being undertaken by Labour in Renfrewshire must ensure that correct procedures are adhered to.  This is not only to ensure that parents and the children have full confidence in any of the proposed changes but to ensure that legal challenges do not emerge.

 ‘The information that I have had to gather myself from the council has raised some questions.

 ‘There are claims that shutting a school and moving the pupils to another school is not actually a school closure.

 ‘There are also concerns that the pupils being moved in to an existing school is not the model of shared campuses that we know.  Here in Renfrewshire purpose built schools were built to house shared campuses, differing educational facilities with other shared aspects.

 ‘These concerns are troubling.

 ‘We must ensure that any consultation is a real consultation, I would advise every parent to follow what is happening to their school, do not get caught out by changes that surprise you when the consultation process ends.’

Extract from the Scottish Parliament’s Official Report.

 

 School Estates

 

3. George Adam (Paisley) (SNP): To ask the Scottish Government what statutory duties local education authorities must consider when reorganising school estates. (S4O-02344)

 

The Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning (Michael Russell): Under the Education (Scotland) Act 1980, education authorities have a duty to ensure the

 

“adequate and efficient provision of school education”

 

in their area.

 

The Schools (Consultation) (Scotland) Act 2010 sets out the consultation process that an education authority must—and I stress “must”—follow when it is proposing changes to its school estate, such as school closures, relocations and changes to catchment areas.

 

George Adam: Does the cabinet secretary share my concern about the rationalisation of the school estate throughout the Renfrewshire Council area and the Labour-led council’s strategy to avoid statutory requirements? Is that not a prime example of how Labour is determined to make the closure of schools a much easier process?

 

Michael Russell: I understand that Renfrewshire Council plans to carry out a preliminary consultation on a range of options for reorganisation of its school estate. I encourage George Adam’s constituents to respond to the consultation so that their views can be taken into account.

 

Where a council decides to take forward a relevant proposal under the 2010 act to close or relocate a school, there must be no doubt that there is a clear statutory consultation process that it must—I repeat “must”—follow.

 

I expect Renfrewshire Council—and every council—to follow the law and engage in an open and honest discussion with the community that it serves about any school closure proposal. I also expect educational benefit for the affected children to be central to any and every such proposal.

 

Link – http://www.scottish.parliament.uk/parliamentarybusiness/28862.aspx?r=8467&mode=pdf