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George Secures Cabinet Secretary Visit to BASF Plant

George Adam MSP

George Secures Cabinet Secretary Visit to BASF Plant.

Today, 31st October, Paisley’s MSP George Adam has secured a visit to the BASF plant in Paisley by the Cabinet Secretary for Finance, John Swinney MSP.  George was asking a parliamentary question regarding the troubled plant and asked Mr Swinney to visit the plant along with him to discuss the future of the plant and its workforce with BASF management.

George Adam MSP

Speaking after his parliamentary question, George said, “I am delighted that the Cabinet Secretary has given the commitment to come to Paisley and meet with the management and workforce. This initial decision from BASF is disappointing but we need to do all we can to try and find a buyer for the plant or an alternative use for it.  Every effort should be made to save the jobs of the 141 workers and alternative uses for the site must be fully examined.

‘I was very heartened to hear the positive response given by the Cabinet Secretary on this very difficult matter affecting Paisley. The Scottish Government and Scottish Enterprise have been in regular contact with BASF and it is great to hear that the First Minister himself has spoken with a member of the board of directors at BASF.  He set out that Scottish Enterprise would continue to work with the plant to get the best possible outcome for the employees and that PACE assistance would be there for any affected workers.

‘While we are not taking anything for granted and a lot of work needs to be done, I along with my colleagues in government will do all we can to secure the plants future and the workers’ jobs.”

Courtesy of www.paisleysmsp.org

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Cabinet Secretary visits Reid Kerr

MSP George Adam

Cabinet Secretary visits Reid Kerr

Cabinet Secretary for Education, Mike Russell, visited Reid Kerr yesterday to see how the curriculum for excellence (CfE) was being put in to effect at the colleges Institute of Construction and Engineering. The visit was arranged after Paisley’s MSP, George Adam, paid the college a visit earlier this year and was impressed enough to tell the Cabinet Secretary all about it and encouraged him to see for himself what the students and staff were accomplishing. They both went to meet Senior lecturer Craig Stevenson in the Renewable and Sustainable Energy Department and some of the students.

Speaking on the visit, George said:

‘The curriculum for excellence recognises that learning continues throughout our lives. This means that we now look at learning as a continuous development of skills for life, learning and work.

‘When I first visited Craig at the Renewable and Sustainable Energy Department I was blown away by the enthusiasm for this new way of continuous learning. Craig explained to me that students at the course had used left over plumbing materials to design and create sculptures, recycling and using their creative skills to produce art in their own time.

‘I really wanted to show Mike Russell how the college was working with students showcasing one of the best examples of how the curriculum for excellence should work.

‘Students have produced a number of works and they were keen to discuss their sculptures to the Cabinet Secretary, detailing how each was constructed and how they got their ideas.

‘It was a real pleasure to meet the students and staff and it was a privilege to get Mike to meet them’.

Reid Kerr Principal, Audrey Cumberford, said:

‘For many of the students this course represented their first experience of college education. They have been encouraged to raise their own expectations and ambitions, build their confidence and develop a clearer understanding of how they can continue to explore opportunities whether within education or in work. Almost all of the students on this programme will now progress onto further study or apprenticeships and should be proud of what they have achieved during their time at the college’.
Mike Russell, the Cabinet Secretary added:

‘George has mentioned this college course numerous times to myself and indeed parliament. Listening to the students and their plans for the future was quite inspiring. Everyone at the college should be commended for their efforts and delivery of such an inspiring example of vocational education’.

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Crime at 39 Year Low.

Recorded crime is now at a 39 year low recent figures have revealed. These figures reveal that the last time that crime was this low Richard Nixon was President, Kojak was one of the top TV series and the Bay City Rollers were in the charts.

Speaking on the figures Paisley’s MSP, George Adam said:

Town Hall‘It was thought a few years ago that it would be difficult to reduce crime any further. These figures show how seriously crime is taken by the government.

‘In 2007 the SNP was elected with a pledge of 1000 extra police on the beat. It is no coincidence that crime has continued to fall since then. This increase not only gives peace of mind, it is a valuable presence which deters crime.

‘The SNP were the only party to make this proposal. The Labour party said it would take 13 years to implement. Well thank goodness we have an SNP government if that is Labour’s work rate, or were they just making claims that were less than accurate?

‘I’m sure that everyone will agree with me in congratulating our police service in this record reduction in crime and I’m sure all of us will help them in continuing this crime breaking trend.’
Commenting on the figures, Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill said:
‘Today’s statistics show that Scotland’s communities are becoming safer places to live, with recorded crime falling for the sixth year in a row to its lowest level for 39 years.
‘We are continuing to work tirelessly to reduce knife crime and violence in Scotland, and believe education and prevention are key to tackling the root causes of violence. That’s why we are investing in the No Knives, Better Lives initiative – now in 11 areas across Scotland – and why we work with other key partners like the Violence Reduction Unit and Medics Against Violence. Together, we are working hard to change attitudes to violence and knife crime – making it clear that it is never acceptable.
‘We are also taking a robust approach to enforcement –sentences for carrying a knife in Scotland are the toughest in the UK and our prosecutors are taking a zero tolerance approach. Today’s figures show these united efforts to tackle knife crime are beginning to pay off, but there will be no complacency.

‘While today’s overall statistics are encouraging, it is concerning to see that the number of sexual offences recorded by police have increased by five per cent. This may be down to increased reporting but the public should be assured that the Scottish Government, police and prosecutors take the investigation and prosecution of these traumatic crimes extremely seriously and are taking action to address them.

‘At a Government level, we have strengthened the law around sex crimes by bringing in the Sexual Offences (Scotland) Act 2009. We are also giving £3.6 million funding to support victims of rape from 2012-15. Just yesterday, I met with the Rape and Sexual Crime External Advisory Group which now operates across Police Scotland and works closely with police officers to help inform and improve rape investigations. Meanwhile, the Scottish Police Service has launched a new National Rape Taskforce to further improve the investigation of rape and other sexual crimes right across the country.’

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Renfrewshire Hit with £60 million Welfare Cuts

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Renfrewshire Hit with £60 million Welfare Cuts

Renfrewshire is going to be hit with £60 million of cuts through welfare reform each year.  This has been revealed from research carried out by Sheffield Hallam University, amounting to £530 for each and every adult in Renfrewshire.  This is a straight removal of money from the local economy.

Speaking on the newly revealed figures, Paisley’s MSP, George Adam, said:

‘This is a significant hit against those most in need in Renfrewshire.

‘Eight out of ten households affected by the bedroom tax are the homes of disabled people.

‘This is where we are, the most vulnerable in society being targeted, ‘Bedroom Tax’ being collected from the disabled.

‘We must remember that the UK is the 4th most unequal society in the developed world.  This is the current situation as part of the UK, the gap between rich and poor widening.

‘At the same time there has been a reduction in tax for millionaires, getting a tax cut of £100,000.

‘This is not the fairer society that we want to see.  Times are hard but seeing the disabled being crushed with millionaires getting hundreds of thousands of pounds turns my stomach.

‘I joined the SNP in the eighties after seeing injustice done in Scotland with industry being destroyed and the ‘Poll Tax’ inflicted on Scotland a year before the rest of the UK.

‘’With financial powers outwith our control Scotland is still being hit with policies that we did not vote for.

‘We must recognise that the Westminster Government’s own figures say that if Scotland had full control over finance every man, woman and child in Scotland would be £824 better off.

‘We have the chance to change this unfair society.  We must take it.’

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Paisley’s MSP pledges to back Prostate Cancer UK’s Quality Checklist

Paisley’s MSP pledges to back Prostate Cancer

Paisley’s MSP pledges to back Prostate Cancer UK’s Quality Checklist

George Adam MSP has pledged to support the swift implementation of a Prostate Cancer UK initiative to help Scottish men with prostate cancer receive the best possible care and support, regardless of where they live.

This comes as interim findings of a new survey suggest that support offered to men with prostate cancer in Scotland is falling short of satisfactory standards. The survey has been commissioned by Prostate Cancer UK to consult a sample of prostate cancer patients in Scotland about their experiences of care. The evidence so far highlights that despite recent improvements, there are gaps in the provision of information and support men with prostate cancer receive.

 28.3.2013. Scottish Parliament. MSPs show their support for Prostate Cancer UK.

Initial findings from the survey show that ( 1)

 

  • almost all men with prostate cancer questioned (91%) were not offered a written assessment and care plan,

  • three quarters (74%) were not given information on available financial help,

  • over half (55%)were not given written information on the type of cancer they had

  • and 4 out of 5 (59%) felt they did not have the potential side effects of treatment explained to them in an understandable way.

 

In a bid to help stamp out these inequalities, Prostate Cancer UK has produced a Quality Checklist to be used as a best practice guide for men and clinicians. The checklist sets out 15 national standards for care and support that Scottish men with prostate cancer should expect and demand, from the point of their diagnosis through to the end of their life.

George showed his support for the Quality Checklist at a recent campaigning event held at Holyrood where George met with people affected by prostate cancer from across the country.

George said: “Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men, yet the quality of care men receive in Scotland varies.  It is incredibly important that we do all we can to ensure all men with prostate cancer get the care and support they need. I am therefore delighted to endorse Prostate Cancer UK’s Quality Checklist, and call on Greater Glasgow and Clyde to ensure it is adopted as soon as possible to help all men who are diagnosed with the disease.”

Dr Sarah Cant, Director of Policy and Campaigns at Prostate Cancer UK, said: “Our interim report highlights some worrying gaps in prostate cancer support in Scotland. This shows just how far we have to go before men in Scotland get the help and support they both expect and deserve. There are over 19,000 Scottish men living with prostate cancer, many of whom have to make difficult treatment choices or cope with tough side effects. It is vital that every man with prostate cancer has access to the world class information, care and support he needs and deserves if we are to help men have a better quality of life in the future.”

“We are delighted that George has shown his support for men with prostate cancer by endorsing our Quality Checklist, and urgently call on health professionals and Health Boards to follow their lead. Men with prostate cancer deserve the best, and we’re absolutely determined that’s exactly what they are going to get.”

The charity is working closely with men and their families, healthcare providers, politicians and health professionals to ensure that the checklist is adopted and implemented throughout Scotland.

To view the Quality Checklist please visit www.prostatecanceruk.org/qualitycare

For more on George Adam MSP please visit www.paisleysmsp.org

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St Mirren Congratulated by Deputy First Minister

St Mirren Congratulated by Deputy First Minister

Yesterday in parliament St Mirren Football Club were congratulated on their winning of the Scottish Communities League Cup.  In a question raised at Holyrood, Paisley’s MSP questioned Nicola Sturgeon about the benefits of football teams that take pride in being part of their local community and give something back.  St Mirren have been long involved in community projects around Paisley and Renfrewshire, including Street Stuff where young people are encouraged to take part in sport and has seen a dramatic drop in levels of disruptive behaviour.

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Speaking on the Deputy First Ministers words, George said:

‘I was extremely pleased that Nicola offered her congratulations to St Mirren on winning the League Cup.  In fact it is particularly fitting that the cup has been branded the ‘Communities League Cup’ through sponsorship from the Scottish Government.  We all know that St Mirren are one of the best, if not the best football clubs in Scotland that integrates completely with their town.  They are always willing to help local groups and individuals out and take part in projects that benefit our community.

‘There is a serious sponsorship value associated with the government’s sponsorship of the cup to develop more programmes with clubs from around Scotland.  They will do well to have a look at our great team to get an idea of how a club can be a seamless part of the community – ‘One Town, One Team’.

Speaking from Parliament, Nicola Sturgeon MSP said:

‘I take this opportunity, as I am sure the First Minister would also wish to do—to congratulate St Mirren Football Club on what was indeed a famous victory in the cup final.

‘Our national game is a powerful means of engaging with young people, and the sponsorship has been an ideal way to build on all the excellent work that clubs are doing to help place football clubs back in the heart of communities. In recognition of the important role that St Mirren and other clubs play in communities, our £1.8 million sponsorship package this year includes a community engagement fund of up to £500,000 to help all 42 league clubs to develop their community programmes.

‘I know that the Minister for Commonwealth Games and Sport was impressed, on a recent visit, to see the community activities of two clubs, Motherwell and Airdrie United. She has plans to visit more clubs in the coming months, and I am sure that she would agree that a visit to the communities league cup winners would be an ideal opportunity to see their work in action’.

 

Extract from The Scottish Parliament Official Report

 Scottish Communities League Cup (Values)

5. George Adam (Paisley) (SNP): To ask the Scottish Government how successful this year’s Scottish communities league cup has been at promoting its values of respect, responsibility and tolerance. (S4O-01959)

The Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Infrastructure, Investment and Cities (Nicola Sturgeon): It has been a great success. Our sponsorship of the Scottish communities league cup is a commitment to build on what is good about the game, taking the passion from the grass roots and communities and providing a positive message to the rest of football and indeed society. We have been working in partnership with the Scottish Football League, the Scottish Premier League, the Scottish Football Association and clubs to engage with communities and educate young people to understand the three pillars of the cup: respect, responsibility and tolerance.

George Adam: As the cabinet secretary will be aware, the famous Paisley St Mirren recently won the Scottish communities league cup. Will the cabinet secretary agree with me that, on the day of the final, St Mirren and Hearts fans indeed promoted the values of the tournament? Will she note the amount of community involvement that St Mirren has sustained for so many years, including in the run-up to and after the final? In Paisley, we are lucky to have such a great community-based club. Does the minister agree that sports clubs such as St Mirren, engaging with their local communities in that way, can only be positive for those communities?

The Presiding Officer (Tricia Marwick): Mr Adam, you could not help yourself.

Nicola Sturgeon: As someone who supports another team that plays in black and white, I am sure that George Adam’s shirt and tie combination today is completely coincidental. I take this opportunity, however—as I am sure the First Minister would also wish to do—to congratulate St Mirren Football Club on what was indeed a famous victory in the cup final. 18321 27 MARCH 2013 18322

I agree on the rest of George Adam’s question. Our national game is a powerful means of engaging with young people, and the sponsorship has been an ideal way to build on all the excellent work that clubs are doing to help place football clubs back in the heart of communities. In recognition of the important role that St Mirren and other clubs play in communities, our £1.8 million sponsorship package this year includes a community engagement fund of up to £500,000 to help all 42 league clubs to develop their community programmes.

I know that the Minister for Commonwealth Games and Sport was impressed, on a recent visit, to see the community activities of two clubs, Motherwell and Airdrie United. She has plans to visit more clubs in the coming months, and I am sure that she would agree that a visit to the communities league cup winners would be an ideal opportunity to see their work in action.

 

Text taken from http://www.paisleysmsp.org/st-mirren-congratulated-by-deputy-first-minister/