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Paisley’s MSP, George Adam, Backs Huge Expansion Of Free Childcare

 

Childcare Spending To Double To £840 Million A Year

 

Paisley’s MSP, George Adam, has welcomed the First Minister’s announcement that childcare spending will double to £840 million a year – signalling a huge expansion in free early learning and childcare provision across Scotland.

 

The move reaffirms the SNP Government’s commitment to making Scotland the best place in the world to grow up, and is part of efforts to nearly double free childcare entitlement to 1140 hours from August 2020 – and it is expected to save parents around £350 per child, per month.

 

The SNP Scottish Government has also taken positive action by providing the innovative baby box to all expectant parents in Scotland – as well as providing 100% business rates relief for all nursery premises.

 

 

Commenting, George said:

 

“This expansion of childcare and early learning will help transform young people’s lives in Paisley.

 

“We know that some parents continue to struggle with childcare costs to allow them to work – and this expansion will change that.

 

“Delivering 30 hours a week of free childcare for every three and four year old in Scotland, as well as eligible two year olds will give children across Paisley the very best start in life and play a vital role in our efforts to make Scotland the best place in the world to grow up.

 

“The fact that this announcement comes hot on the heels of the recently launched Scottish baby box and the decision to remove nursery premises from business rates altogether proves the SNP’s commitment to our young people in Paisley.

 

“The move will help parents back into work, as well as saving them around £350 per child, per month, on childcare costs. This doubling of our investment, from £420 million to £840 million every year by 2021-22 is exactly the kind of support and progressive action that the SNP Government continues to deliver for Scotland.”

 

Paisley’s MSP Welcomes Fall in Number of Teenage Pregnacies

Drop in Renfrewshire Part of Nationwide PictureGeorge in Paisley Town Centre

 

Paisley’s MSP, George Adam, has welcomed the fall in the number of teenage pregnancies across Renfrewshire, following the release of latest figures by the Information Services Division.

 

The number of people under 16 who became pregnant in Renfrewshire between 2012 and 2014 has dropped from 39 to 34.

 

Commenting on the figures, George said: “These latest figures show a welcome drop in the number of teens becoming pregnant across Renfrewshire – and reflect the dedicated work of education, health and community services.

 

“The Scottish Government published its ‘pregnancy and parenthood in young people’ strategy in March, aimed at addressing the fundamental causes of pregnancy in young people by considering wider factors that are central in supporting young people – such as education, attainment, training and employment.

 

“This work will continue – with a focus on ensuring services are putting young people at the centre of decision making and helping them to reach their potential as individuals, and where appropriate, as parents.”

Kids can help win the drugs and booze war, says MSP

George Adam has warned families they cannot “shirk away” from the drink problems that blight thousands of lives across the area

By Chris Taylor, Daily Record 19th November 2013

 

Children hold the answer to winning Paisley’s battle with alcohol and drug abuse, says the town’s MSP.

George Adam has warned families they cannot “shirk away” from the drink problems that blight thousands of lives across the area.

The SNP man believes school lessons warning youngsters of the dangers of over consumption is the best way to win the against the booze.

He told the Paisley Daily Express: “Education is a key factor and I am pleased to see schools actively discussing these issues, so that children have all the facts before misusing alcohol.

“This is what we need to do to tackle the culture of youth drinking within our society which leads to so many problems within adults life.

“It is a problem that we cannot shirk away from, as this not only affects the health of people, but the family and friends around them.

“I am pleased that steps are being taken to look at prevention and the new curriculum for excellence is taking a strong focus on prevention in relation to drugs and alcohol.”

Mr Adam hopes new Holyrood rules placing a minimum 50p cost on each unit of alcohol sold will help, but admits more must be done.

He said: “This is not a silver bullet, it is just one of many steps which are working towards cutting the amount of alcohol abuse in our society.”

As reported in the Paisley Daily Express earlier this month, 871 people were admitted to hospital with alcohol related injuries in the last three years – 26 per cent higher than the national average – with one adult in five downing more than their recommended daily limit.

Renfrewshire also has more than
2,000 drug addicts, according to the research, published by Renfrewshire Council.

Paisley and Renfrewshire South MP Douglas Alexander has called for a united front to help battle the drink and drug problem which costs Renfrewshire £72million every year.

“These are horrific figures and behind every statistic is a story of human misery,” explained Mr Alexander

“The Paisley Daily Express, as a campaigning local paper, has done a real service to our community by highlighting the scale of this issue and it’s financial and human impact in Renfrewshire.

“Not only can drink and drugs cause huge problems for individuals, but the effects on relatives and friends can be tragic, with families torn apart.

“As someone who grew up here in Renfrewshire, I know alcohol abuse has scarred our community over generations and I am particularly troubled these problems are so much higher here than the national average.

“All politicians need to work with local agencies and organisations to tackle this problem.”

Paisley-based West of Scotland MSP Neil Bibby said: “These figures are a stark reminder of the scale of the challenge we face in tackling the problem and I welcome the Paisley Daily Express looking at this important issue.

“All levels of governments and agencies need to work together to ensure we raise awareness about the devastating effects that drugs and alcohol can have and attempt to change attitudes in our society.”