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MORE CUTS TO DISABILITY BENEFITS “COMPLETELY UNACCEPTABLE”

Gavin Newlands MP

MP Gavin Newlands has described further cuts to disability benefits as “completely unacceptable” and called for an assurance from the UK government that disabled people will not be left with less financial support as a result of the proposals.

Gavin Newlands MP

The UK government has announced emergency legislation to change PIPs, which replaced Disability Living Allowance, and overturn two tribunal rulings last year which it claims would have added £3.7bn to the benefits bill by 2023.  The support is designed to help people cope with the extra costs of living with ill health or disability.

Tory MP and head of the Number 10 Policy Unit George Freeman, said the changes would ensure that benefits went to people who are “really disabled” rather than people “who suffer from anxiety”.  His comments have drawn criticism from opposition MPs and disability organisations.

Gavin Newlands, MP for Paisley and Renfrewshire North, said:

“For a Tory MP and one of Theresa May’s most senior advisers to suggest that people with a mental health disability are not “really disabled” is completely unacceptable and wrong – his words also highlight this Tory government’s total lack of understanding or compassion when it comes to providing for those who are less fortunate than others.

“The Tories said there would be no further cuts to disability support during this parliament but once again they have shown that the price of their failed austerity project is to be borne by those who can least able to bear it.

“The UK government must urgently clarify what these new proposals will mean for people who currently receive PIPs and give an assurance that any changes will not result in a reduction in financial support as the Tories promised.

“I have signed the “prayer” motion laid in the House of Commons to formally object to this legislation and I call on all MPs to unite in opposition against these changes by adding their signature too.”

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Could LEAP energy save your Business money on your Energy Bills

LEAP Energy is a newly established social enterprise venture which is part of the LEAP Charity (SC044019).  Having worked in the energy advice since 2010 we have seen an opportunity for Renfrewshire businesses to save money.  We are offering an exciting business switch programme to help save businesses money.

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What makes LEAP different from all the other energy companies on the market you find yourself thinking? Well, that is the fact that unlike a commercial broker our aim is to help reduce fuel poverty in Renfrewshire and money raised goes back into the organisation to help the local people and communities in Renfrewshire. So really it’s a win, win situation, while your business saves money on its overheads we are able to help more people within Renfrewshire. We believe that there is a strong market for business switching and a need for businesses to switch providers, by looking at the energy market it is clear many businesses are paying far too much for their gas or electricity. We therefore guarantee to give your business the best price in comparison to you going to the market yourself or through a commercial broker.

We have seen many businesses struggling to find the best deal often paying more than necessary, broker fees can often be hidden and inflated, brokers do not always check the breadth of the market and energy switching can be time consuming and frustrating. Yes, there are savings to be had but many businesses do not have time to spend searching for deals.

Helen from the board of Brookfield Village Council is a recent business customer who saved money by using our services.  Helen confirmed that LEAP had facilitated a new quote for their electricity supply.  The contract would save £357.66 per annum.  A similar review of Gas supplier was due to take effect in February with a further saving.

Now let’s think about how LEAP Energy can help with these problems your business might be facing: as we work with our Social Enterprise Partners we have access to a breadth of suppliers on the market, we therefore do all the hard work for you and find the best deal for you, which helps to relieve your stress and allow you to concentrate on more pressing business matters.

We contact your supplier for you to find out where you are in your contract and if it’s not the best deal we can often help you get out of poor contract deals. We are offering this service as we feel that businesses are being overcharged and getting a poor service, we are taking our place on the market to help your business.

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LEAP Energy do not claim to be able to predict the market, no one can! We simply find the best deal for you at the time you need it. We therefore believe the key benefit of using our business switch programme is that we provide an easy efficient solution to save money on your business overheads.

To find out how about a ‘brighter way to save time and money’ for your business please see contact us.

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Gavin Newlands MP celebrates the passing of a landmark law to tackle violence against women

Gavin Newlands, MP for Paisley and Renfrewshire North, has welcomed a landmark law to tackle violence against women which passed its Third Reading in the House of Commons on Friday with an overwhelming majority of 138 in favour to just 1 against.


Dr Eilidh Whiteford MP’s Preventing and Combating Violence Against Women and Domestic Violence (Ratification of Convention) Bill 2017, requires the UK government to ratify the Istanbul Convention – a far-reaching new law that puts legal obligations on the state to prevent violence against women, protect women and prosecute the perpetrators.


The Bill, which has been championed by women’s equality organisations including IC Change, Women’s Aid, Scottish Women’s Aid, Rape Crisis Scotland, White Ribbon, End Violence Against Women, Scottish Women’s convention, NUS, Girlguiding, and the Fawcett Society received cross-party support. The Bill also received strong support from the actor and UN Women Global Goodwill Ambassador, Emma Watson, who this week wrote to all MPs urging them to vote for the Bill.


Commenting after the Bill passed its Third Reading, Gavin Newlands MP said:

“I am delighted that this landmark legislation to combat gender-based violence has received such overwhelming cross-party support and now looks set to be ratified.

“I am so proud of my colleague Eilidh Whiteford for the way in which she has skilfully steered this bill through the House of Commons.

“This is a huge and historic step forward in efforts to tackle violence against women and has the potential to transform the lives of thousands of women right across the country. I commend IC Change and other campaign groups who have worked on this issue for all their hard work.

“I have worked hard on this issue ever since my election, and over the course of the campaign we have sent letters, asked several parliamentary questions, submitted numerous EDM’s, held a roundtable event, and together with IC Change have built support across the House for ratification.

“The Istanbul Convention is the most comprehensive and far-reaching framework that exists to tackle violence against women in its many forms and manifestations, and critically, it provides the legal apparatus to hold governments accountable for their progress.

“Passing of this Bill sends a message of hope and solidarity throughout the country, to every refuge, to every woman living in fear of violence from their partner or ex-partner, to every child who witnesses their parent being abused. Let’ change that story, let’s end the violence.”

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Paisley Rugby Club Annual Ceilidh

Paisley Rugby Club will be having their annual ceilidh on Friday 31st March at Gleniffer Hotel, Paisley.

For tickets contact Ryan on 07551006667 or Grant 07535807038.

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KILMARNOCK STORM 2 PAISLEY PIRATES 11

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Paisley Pirates are a significant step closer to reaching the Scottish Cup Final for a second successive season after recording an 11-2 away win at Kilmarnock in the first leg of their semi-final tie.

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The visitors were on the offensive almost from the first whistle as Storm’s Maitland took an early penalty, but they had to wait until the seventh minute before they went ahead on the powerplay, and what a goal it was, as Campbell waltzed past the entire Storm team on the ice from his own defensive zone before knocking a back hander beyond Blackwell for the opener. The same player was first to a rebound before the halfway point to double the lead, but while both sides had chances, with Maitland proving to be troublesome to the visiting defence, the respective goals remained intact for the remainder of the session, sending Pirates in with a handy 2-0 lead after 20 minutes.

The visitors were further ahead after only four minutes of the middle period as Guy fired home his side’s third of the evening, and with Orr netting only three minutes later Pirates were already looking good for a win on the night. Storm did get one back as former Pirate Graeme Lester netted after a scramble in front of netminder Meechan, but within forty seconds his team’s deficit was back at four as Orr grabbed his second to ensure that Pirates were looking more than comfortable at 5-1 by the end of the session, with Blackwell in the home goal producing a string of superlative saves in the latter stages to just about keep a light flickering for Kilmarnock.

Storm came out for the final twenty minutes looking for a quick score to rekindle their hopes, but in fact two goals within seven seconds for Pirates before the 44th minutes put paid to any faint hopes remaining, with Campbell completing his hat trick, then Guy netted his second.to take the score to seven. With Meechan looking solid in the visitors’ goal Pirates continued to press, with the diminutive Haydn Bain scoring with a low drive only three minutes later, and before the hallway point in the session Martyn Guy duly completed his own treble, and his side’s 9th. The teams continued to exchange penalties until with under four minutes left the visitors hit their hosts with another quickfire double in twelve seconds as Orr netted for his hat trick, the third treble of the night, before skipper Mark Hassan fired past the unsighted Blackwell for number eleven. Robertson did pull a late goal back for Storm but by this time it was certainly much too little, too late.

The two teams now meet in the second leg next Sunday at Braehead Arena (face off 6.00pm) and while Pirates clearly have a massive advantage, coach Ian Turley will be reminding everyone in the camp that the job is only half done.

Scorers: Orr (3+2), Campbell & Guy (both 3+0), Hassan (1+1), Bain (1+0), Miller, Jordan & Turley (all 0+2)

Man of the Match: David Orr

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Learn Vintage Hair and Make-Up at WCS

Starting in March from our Clydebank and Greenock Campuses!  Learn how to create vintage styles, retro glamour and period looks using Hollywood and period inspiration! Apply NOW!

http://www.westcollegescotland.ac.uk/courses/course-directory/courses/make-up-artistry/vintage-hair-and-make-up-january-start

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Father of American Ornithology is honoured by his home town Paisley

ONE of Paisley’s famous sons who became known as the Father of American Ornithology has been honoured by his home town.

David Clugston, Honorary Librarian for the Scottish Ornithologists’ Club and Morag Macpherson, Renfrewshire Leisure’s Head of Cultural Services at the unveiling of Alexander Wilson plaque.


A commemorative plaque paying tribute to the life of Alexander Wilson – poet, artist, scientist, explorer and social commentator – was unveiled at Paisley Arts Centre.


And ironically, the Arts centre wall where the plaque is mounted is part of the former Laigh Kirk Church, where Wilson was baptised in 1766 by Rev John Witherspoon, signatory of the American Declaration of Independence.

Wilson rose to fame after he emigrated to America in 1794 and travelled 10,000 miles on foot across that country with the pioneering ambition of observing birds in their natural habitats, scrutinising behaviour, posture and habits and classifying the different species.

This culminated in the publication of nine volumes of the book American Ornithology featuring Wilson’s drawings, paintings and descriptions of more than 260 species of birds – with 25 species previously unknown – in North America.

By the time Wilson died of dysentery in 1813, seven volumes of American Ornithology had been published with the final two volumes produced posthumously.

Five species of bird have been named after Wilson – Wilson’s Storm-petrel; Wilson’s Plover; Wilson’s Snipe, Wilson’s Phalarope and Wilson’s Warbler.

This amazing feat of Wilson’s, which took six years to complete and earned him credit for establishing ornithology as a science in America, was a far cry from his early years in Paisley.

He left school at the age of ten after his mother died and started work, first as a cow herder and then as an apprentice weaver.

Wilson became a poet and was a contemporary of Robert Burns and like many weavers became well read and a radical on social issues.

Alexander Wilson portrait.

But he fell foul of the law over a satirical account of a local mill owner and was imprisoned as he faced charges of libel and blackmail. But after a second run-in with the law over the distribution of radical propaganda, Wilson decided to emigrate.

The Historic Environment Scotland commemorative plaque was unveiled by David Clugston, Honorary Librarian for the Scottish Ornithologists’ Club.

Morag Macpherson, Renfrewshire Leisure’s Head of Cultural Services said: “The countryside around Paisley became Alexander Wilson’s playground in his early years and that exposure to the world of nature would have a profound effect on his later life.

“Soon after he arrived in America, Wilson developed a passion for the study of birds and his truly scientific approach to ornithology made him a pioneer.
“This Commemorative Plaque Scheme celebrates the lives of people who have made a significant difference to Scotland and its people.
“Paisley’s own Alexander Wilson certainly merits this honour.”

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Renfrewshire Interfaith group backs the bid

Paisley’s bid to be UK City of Culture 2021 has been backed by members of a group designed to bring together all the area’s different faiths.

Members of the Renfrewshire Interfaith group gathered in Paisley Abbey to show their support for the Paisley 2021 bid, which is due to be lodged in April.

The group is one of the regional branches of Interfaith Scotland and has members from various Christian denominations, as well as the Sikh, Hindu, Muslim, Buddhist and pagan communities, plus many more.

Their aim is to work together to promote and foster unity between Renfrewshire’s different faith communities, and to build good relations between people of different beliefs.

Last year, the group was successful in a bid to host the launch of the Scotland-wide national interfaith week at Paisley Town Hall, which took place in November.

Stephen Haggerty, chair of Renfrewshire Interfaith Group, said: “Renfrewshire is a wonderfully unique, diverse and multi-cultural place, where people of many different faiths and beliefs all live and work side by side, that is something to be celebrated.

“An opportunity lies for us to work much closer together to build a society rooted in values we all treasure.

“For this, Interfaith dialogue becomes incredibly important – it provides us with a chance to find common ground, and foster mutual respect, openness, and understanding with others who have beliefs different from our own, and to build on our shared hopes and values for the benefit and betterment of society.

“We hope through Interfaith work and dialogue we can go some way to helping to achieve that goal.”

Paisley 2021 Bid Director Jean Cameron said: “Our various faith groups make up a really important part of Renfrewshire’s cultural fabric and we are thrilled to have the interfaith group on board with the bid.

“For the bid to be a success, it needs to be able to show support from throughout the local community, and we have been delighted by the way the people of Renfrewshire continue to come forward to be a part of what is happening.”

For more information on the Paisley 2021 bid, visit paisley2021.co.uk

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Diane Mitchell Music School opening in Barrhead

Diane Mitchell Music School are expanding, and opening a Saturday Music School in Barrhead.

Classes will start on April 22nd.  There will be a Musical Tots class from 9.30am to 10.20am, and a musicianship class from 10.30am to 11.30am.  There will also be limited spaces for individual tuition in guitar and piano.

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Celebrate Mother’s Day at la Rambla

Why not treat your mum to a fabulous meal at La Rambla this Mothering Sunday.

 

Booking is advised.  Please call 0141 849 0444 or call into La Rambla at 9-11 Renfrew Road, Paisley.