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Paisley’s MSP George Adam, Calls On Constituents To Have Say On Bottle Deposit Return Plans

Zero Waste Scotland Holding Events To Gather Public Views

Paisley’s MSP, George Adam, has called on people across Paisley to get involved with the latest series of events to gather views on the proposed bottle deposit return scheme.

 

The Scottish Government is currently consulting on the scope of a deposit return scheme, to boost recycling and cut plastic waste – with the proposal being that customers would pay a deposit when they purchase a product, which would be refunded when the item is recycled. The scheme already operates in many other parts of Europe.

 

Zero Waste Scotland is now hosting a series of events across the country, including in Glasgow, to give people across Scotland the chance to put forward their views on the scheme.

 

Commenting, George said:

 

“A deposit return scheme has huge potential to help us meet our recycling goals, as well as tackling the scourge of plastic litter and waste on our landscape.

 

“The issue of plastic pollution, particularly in our water, has become well known in recent months, as the impact of the problem was brought to light by Blue Planet last year.

 

“And it is of course an issue that affects us right here in Paisley – and the deposit return scheme can make a real difference.

 

“Zero Waste Scotland’s events across the country give us all a chance to give our views on the scheme, how it could work and how it can be implemented.

 

“We all have a stake in protecting and preserving our planet – and the bottle deposit return scheme is one small step we can take in the fight against plastic pollution.”

George and Nicola outside Paisley Abbey

Tourism Boom For Greater Glasgow and Clyde As Attractions Record Over 30 Million Visits

Year Of History, Heritage And Archaeology Brings Visitors To Greater Glasgow and Clyde.

Scottish tourist attractions had more visitors than ever before in 2017 – with over 30 million visitors passing through their doors throughout the Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology.

 

The latest figures from the Association of Scottish Visitors Attractions show 77% of visitor sites reporting an increase in the number of visits – helping support the local tourist economy across Greater Glasgow and Clyde.

 

An increase in tourism has also helped create a booming accommodation market with a 7.1% increase of visitors staying in Self-Catered Accommodation in Greater Glasgow and Clyde since last year.

 

Commenting, Paisley’s MSP, George Adam said:

 

“These latest figures are great to see – and show that Greater Glasgow and Clyde and Scotland remain favourite destinations for tourists, with our world leading attractions seeing over 30 million visitors during the Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology.

 

“The £4.6bn being spent on tourist day trips annually is a brilliant contribution to the Scottish economy that we should continue to encourage – while the increase in people staying overnight in our local hotels and guest houses boosts our local economy in Greater Glasgow and Clyde.

 

“Tourists boost our restaurants, pubs and cafes by spending around £995 million on food and drink annually while visiting Scotland – and the whole tourist industry is worth over £6 billion to Scotland, supporting jobs and livelihoods across Greater Glasgow and Clyde.

 

“It’s no surprise that visitor numbers continue to rise across Greater Glasgow and Clyde and Scotland – attractions such as, The Paisley Abbey (Paisley Renfrewshire), Castle Semple (Lochwinnoch, Renfrewshire) and The Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum (Glasgow), will always bring people from far and wide to this corner of the country, and these figures are something for all of us to celebrate.”

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.”

Analysis Shows Single Market Essential For Paisley

Cost Of A Hard Tory Brexit: £2,300 Loss Per Person.

 

New economic impact analysis by the Scottish Government has confirmed that the best way to protect the local economy and household incomes in Paisley is through Scotland remaining in the Single Market and Customs Union.

Tom Arthur MSP, Derek MacKay MSP, George Adam MSP & Gavin Newlands MP

Failure by the Tory government to secure a Brexit deal would see Scotland take a £12.7 billion economic hit, equivalent to £2,300 per year for each person in Paisley. The analysis also shows that a ‘Canada-type’ deal with the EU, with limited access to the Single Market, would still leave people in Paisley £1,610 worse off per head.

 

Other key findings show that remaining in the Single Market could create new opportunities for the local economy in Paisley to flourish, and that continued freedom of movement is required to support economic growth. Local industries such as our NHS is dependent upon free movement. Figures show that EU citizens currently working in Paisley currently contribute an average of £10,400 in tax revenues.

 

Commenting, George Adam, Paisleys MSP said:

 

“The best way to protect the economy and jobs in Paisley is to ensure that Scotland remains within the European Single Market and Customs Union.

 

“This latest analysis by the Scottish Government shows just how important that is for people living in Paisley – who would be left £2,300 worse off in the result of a hard Brexit scenario that the Tories seem to be on course for.

 

“People in Paisley voted decisively to remain in the European Union. We’re almost two years on from the vote and they UK government has failed to provide certainty for businesses and our public services which rely on free trade and free movement with the rest of the EU.

 

“The decisions taken over the coming months will be absolutely vital for jobs and the future of the local economy in Paisley. Failing to back Scotland’s continued place in Europe would have serious consequences and would be an absolute tragedy for future generations.”

 

SNP Budget Protects Public Services

Pay Rise For Public Sector Workers – And Lower Taxes For Many

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 – after Finance Secretary Derek Mackay laid his plans before the Scottish Parliament.

The budget delivers progressive reforms to Scotland’s income tax system, with modest increases on high earners while a majority of taxpayers will pay less than in the rest of the UK. Polling has found that most Scots back an increase in income tax for those who can afford it.

Mr Mackay also outlined plans to spend an additional £400 million on 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 our NHS and protection for low and middle income earners.

“The Scottish Government is delivering lower income tax for the vast majority 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 for our NHS, 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 the challenges presented by a cut to Scottish Government funding, ongoing Tory austerity, and their extreme Brexit – this budget provides the investment we need to meet these challenges and seize the opportunities of tomorrow.”

Operators had to call taxis when buses broke down – Ewan Fergus Reporter – Evening Times

George Adam MSPTRANSPORT bosses have admitted that a failing bus fleet used to provide a lifeline to elderly and disabled people was so unreliable it had to use taxis.

Keith Brown, right, Jonathan Findlay and passengers Hilda McCartney and Jacqueline Thomson launch online booking

The Evening Times revealed on February 9 that Strathclyde Partnership for Transport agreed to pay £1.1million to replace the “extremely unreliable” bus fleet after just five years of service.

Now we can reveal bus firms that operated the MyBus scheme had to use taxis.

And although SPT said bus operators would have covered the cost of the taxis, Paisley MSP George Adam says he believes that, ultimately, the taxpayer will have footed the bill.

An SPT spokeswoman said: “Given that MyBus is a lifeline service for many vulnerable people, SPT’s conditions of contract state that in the event of a breakdown, the bus operator contracted to supply the service must provide a replacement vehicle.

“Taxis are used only in an emergency and when a replacement bus is unavailable. The cost is met by the operator, not SPT.

“SPT’s Partnership body recently approved the purchase of new replacement buses. These will only meet the growing demand for these services and will also help further reduce operating costs and provide more reliable vehicles.”

Mr Adam, however, said the fact taxis had to be used is a “concerning revelation”.

He said: “I pushed for better scrutiny of the Dial A Bus scheme, which became MyBus in a rebranding.

“I urged them to use taxis in the first instance, rather than the bus system because the taxis already have the infrastructure in place, call centres, management. But SPT set up its own system.

“MyBus seems to suffer from more of the same problems of Dial A Bus.

“I would be amazed if bus operators were handing cash over to taxi firms, their direct competition, without seeking to recover that from SPT and, ultimately, taxpayers.

“I would find that extremely strange. I think it would certainly come back to the taxpayer footing the bill. The bus companies would say to SPT ,’You provided the buses, they don’t work, you pay for the taxis’.

“I will be writing to SPT to express my concerns.”

SPT said it did not keep records of how many times bus operating companies had called taxis to replace broken down vehicles from the MyBus fleet.

The MyBus and MyBus Rural are bookable bus services for anyone aged over 80, or who has mobility difficulties, or who lives in rural areas.

As well as Glasgow, services run in Renfrewshire, Lanarkshire, Inverclyde, Ayrshire and Dunbartonshire.

Bookings to be picked up are preferred at least a day before, but can be made up to two hours before journeys.

In March 2012 an online booking service was launched by Scots Transport Minister Keith Brown and then SPT chairman Jonathan Findlay.

TRANSPORT bosses have admitted that a failing bus fleet used to provide a lifeline to elderly and disabled people was so unreliable it had to use taxis.

The Evening Times revealed on February 9 that Strathclyde Partnership for Transport agreed to pay £1.1million to replace the “extremely unreliable” bus fleet after just five years of service.

Now we can reveal bus firms that operated the MyBus scheme had to use taxis.

And although SPT said bus operators would have covered the cost of the taxis, Paisley MSP George Adam says he believes that, ultimately, the taxpayer will have footed the bill.

An SPT spokeswoman said: “Given that MyBus is a lifeline service for many vulnerable people, SPT’s conditions of contract state that in the event of a breakdown, the bus operator contracted to supply the service must provide a replacement vehicle.

“Taxis are used only in an emergency and when a replacement bus is unavailable. The cost is met by the operator, not SPT.

“SPT’s Partnership body recently approved the purchase of new replacement buses. These will only meet the growing demand for these services and will also help further reduce operating costs and provide more reliable vehicles.”

Mr Adam, however, said the fact taxis had to be used is a “concerning revelation”.

He said: “I pushed for better scrutiny of the Dial A Bus scheme, which became MyBus in a rebranding.

“I urged them to use taxis in the first instance, rather than the bus system because the taxis already have the infrastructure in place, call centres, management. But SPT set up its own system.

“MyBus seems to suffer from more of the same problems of Dial A Bus.

“I would be amazed if bus operators were handing cash over to taxi firms, their direct competition, without seeking to recover that from SPT and, ultimately, taxpayers.

“I would find that extremely strange. I think it would certainly come back to the taxpayer footing the bill. The bus companies would say to SPT ,’You provided the buses, they don’t work, you pay for the taxis’.

“I will be writing to SPT to express my concerns.”

SPT said it did not keep records of how many times bus operating companies had called taxis to replace broken down vehicles from the MyBus fleet.

HOW MYBUS WORKS –

The MyBus and MyBus Rural are bookable bus services for anyone aged over 80, or who has mobility difficulties, or who lives in rural areas.

As well as Glasgow, services run in Renfrewshire, Lanarkshire, Inverclyde, Ayrshire and Dunbartonshire.

Bookings to be picked up are preferred at least a day before, but can be made up to two hours before journeys.

In March 2012 an online booking service was launched by Scots Transport Minister Keith Brown and then SPT chairman Jonathan Findlay.

 

Full Story – http://www.eveningtimes.co.uk/news/operators-had-to-call-taxis-when-buses-broke-down-116694n.20297379

Gilmour Street Commitment from Transport Minister to Paisley’s MSP

George and KeithTimetable changes to trains from Glasgow to Ayr, passing through Paisley have been looked at again by the Transport Minister after George Adam intervened. Enhanced services introduced by Transport Scotland to improve the number of passengers moving between Glasgow and Ayrshire meant some trains would no longer stop at Paisley Gilmour Street. After talking to Keith Brown, the Transport Minister, George pointed out that Paisley, Scotland’s biggest town would miss out after these changes. This week George received assurances that services will be reintroduced before May of next year.

Speaking on the news, George said:

‘This is good news for Paisley. From May this year the weekend services that were changed will revert back to stopping at Gilmour Street and the Minister has reassured me that Transport Scotland is working right now with First ScotRail to solve this issue.
‘It would seem that some of the administrators involved in this decision just took their eye off the ball. No way should Paisley have been removed from the list of stops. I must say when I talked to the Transport Minister he understood straight away and worked with Transport Scotland and First ScotRail to explain to them the error of their ways.

‘I have now been assured that the enhanced services will be in place before May next year across the board. Working constructively with others always seems to me to be a better way to work that belligerent shouting from the sidelines.
‘I will be keeping up to date with future developments and will make sure every Buddie is kept informed.’

Deputy First Minister Confirms Investment Zone Proposition for Renfrewshire in Parliament Today.

george-adam-abbey-bridge

A commitment from the Deputy First Minister was confirmed in the Scottish Parliament today to look at the potential for the creation of an Investment Zone for Renfrewshire. This commitment came about after Paisley’s MSP George Adam arranged a meeting with Nicola Sturgeon involving many of the main employers in Renfrewshire, the MSP has been made aware that this project is being worked on by Scottish Enterprise, Glasgow Airport, Renfrewshire Council as well as near neighbours Glasgow City Council.

Speaking on the announcement, George said;

“It appears that opposition MSP’s misunderstand exactly what Glasgow Airport, Scottish Enterprise and their business partners are trying to achieve with the proposed Glasgow Airport Investment Zone.

‘The Depute First Minister has provided us with an opportunity. All of the local companies involved are working together to ensure that we make the most of this chance.  As local politicians we too should work together to ensure we can achieve this for all the families of Paisley and Renfrewshire.

 ‘This is not the issue for political grandstanding. It is too important for any of that petty nonsense.  All the companies involved employ up to 15,000 people in Renfrewshire.  This is about jobs and investment in our infrastructure, ensuring our very successful business sector in Renfrewshire continues to be competitive and  I would ask all local politicians, regardless of political party, to work with me, Glasgow Airport, Scottish Enterprise and all the other companies involved in exciting new opportunity for our area.”

£12 million for New Paisley Train Line

Paisley’s MSP, George Adam, welcomed Keith Brown, Transport Minister for the Scottish Government, to Paisley to officially open the electrification of the Canal Street train line. The project involved a £12 million pound investment to electrify the 8 mile rail line between Paisley and Glasgow. This will ensure that the train system serving the town is now updated allowing new, cleaner more efficient electric trains to run on the line.

 

Speaking on the opening of the new line, George said;

 

‘This is a fantastic development for the transport infrastructure of Paisley, and indeed Renfrewshire. To see the completion of this £12 million project, on budget and on time is being promoted in wider transport circles as a prime example of how to execute such a major train line development.’

 

I was delighted to welcome Keith to my home town, show off the fantastic project and also show him the line that I use to get to the parliament during the week. I must congratulate all those involved in making this investment such a success.’

 

Keith Brown, Transport Secretary said;

 

‘This project is designed to improve efficiency and reliability on the route. Five miles of railway have been electrified between Paisley Canal and Corkerhill, and sections of track altered to allow modern electric trains to run on the line. By working closely with Scot Rail and Network Rail we have significantly reduced the cost of the project, which was originally estimated at £28m”.
 
“The SNP Government is totally committed to modernising and improving Scotland’s railway system”.

 

George Hits Out at Thieves

George AdamA £12 million electrification project of the Paisley Canal line has been disturbed due to a substantial amount of cable being stolen by thieves according to Network Rail. It is expected that some journeys will be disrupted, Network Rail have stated that the first electric trains to use the line will be on schedule.

Paisley’s MSP, George Adam, said;

‘This is disappointing. Paisley has benefited from this electrification project and the £9 million investment along the Gilmour Street line.

‘I have contacted Network Rail to confirm that the electrification will be completed on time despite this happening.

‘I use the Paisley Canal station every week to get to Parliament and I have been impressed with the revamp there and the installation of the accompanying electric lines for the trains. This is of benefit to everyone in Paisley, improving transport links not only for people going to work but also businesses who always need improved transport infrastructure.

‘I will be working with Network Rail to ensure that the full implementation of the line is completed on time.

A Network Rail spokesperson said;

‘Our engineers are working as quickly as possible to deliver the new infrastructure, but following the theft of a significant amount of cable from the line we have had no option but to slightly extend our engineering works.

“We remain confident that the project will be completed in time for the commencement of electric train services in December as planned.”

The temporary timetable put in place in September will now continue to apply until Monday, November 19.

This means there will be no services on Saturdays and early service closure Monday to Thursday.

A normal service timetable will operate on Friday, November 16.

ScotRail has arranged replacement bus services in both directions, calling at all stations, departing from Glasgow Central and Paisley Canal as timetabled.’