Clare Adamson MSP
Welcome to the website of Clare Adamson, Member of the Scottish Parliament for the Motherwell and Wishaw constituency.
Clare holds regular Surgeries in the Motherwell Office and often arranges surgeries at other locations to make it easy to discuss concerns and ideas with constituents seeking her assistance.
Read Clare’s Latest Press Releases:
MOTHERWELL & WISHAW MSP HITS OUT AT COUNCIL EVICTION THREATS
SNP MSP for Motherwell & Wishaw Clare Adamson this week called on North Lanarkshire Council to show more understanding to council tenants facing arrears due to the roll-out of Universal Credit by the UK Government.
Adamson, who convenes Holyrood’s Social Security Committee, has written to the chief executive of North Lanarkshire Council to ask that they give tenants more time following last month’s damning National Audit Office report which concluded that issues with the roll-out of Universal Credit have caused financial hardship for claimants.
The report concluded that areas in which Universal Credit has been rolled out have seen increased food bank usage and increased rent arrears due to delayed payments.
Commenting, SNP MSP for Motherwell & Wishaw Clare Adamson said:
“A number of constituents have contacted me after receiving eviction threats from North Lanarkshire Council due to arrears accrued through no fault of their own; even where they have explained their situation to the council.
“I have asked that the council shows some understanding to my constituents who are facing these circumstances, some of whom may have not received any benefit payments for up to eight weeks.
“It is unforgivable that the Tory UK government has put people in this situation and for the local council to then add to that stress by issuing threatening letters regarding arrears could well make an extremely upsetting situation even worse.
“This is yet another example which underlines why all powers over welfare should come to the Scottish Parliament – so we can build a social security system which puts dignity, fairness and respect at its heart.”
NORTH LANARKSHIRE SCHOOLS SWINDLED BY LABOUR’S TOXIC PFI LEGAC
COUNCIL SPENDS 6% OF SCHOOL BUDGET PAYING LABOUR’S DEBTS
Schools across North Lanarkshire continue to count the cost of Labour’s toxic PFI legacy – which will see North Lanarkshire Council spend 6% of their school budget servicing the debts that Labour left behind from over a decade ago.
New research into the toxic PFI legacy which continues to plague Scotland’s public finances shows that of the total spend across North Lanarkshire’s schools this year, 6% of that money will be used paying off Labour’s debts from their time in government.
The analysis by independent researchers in SPICe has found that PFI unitary charges for Scotland’s schools in 2018/19 are estimated to be £434.3 million – almost 10% of Scottish schools’ total resource budget of £5.159 billion. In 2016/17, total PFI repayments cost Scotland over £1 billion.
Commenting, SNP MSP for Motherwell & Wishaw Clare Adamson said:
“Labour’s toxic PFI legacy means the public purse is still paying heavily over the odds servicing their decade-old debts. They ought to apologise for their mistakes – which will cost our schools in North Lanarkshire £23 million – and £434.3 million across Scotland – this year alone. Money that councils could use to pay for teachers, books and facilities is being used by councils forced to pay for Labour’s mistakes. In the meantime, we have seen the Labour administration in North Lanarkshire cutting vital classroom assistants from our schools. Thanks to Labour’s shameful legacy, the reality is we are going to be saddled with this bill for years to come.”
SALARY BOOST FOR 11,385 NHS LANARKSHIRE STAFF
NURSES BETTER OFF IN SCOTLAND COMPARED TO REST OF UK
SNP MSP Clare Adamson has welcomed the Scottish Government’s salary boost for 11,385 hardworking staff in NHS Lanarkshire.
Over 148,000 NHS Scotland staff will be offered a minimum 9% pay rise over the next three years – the highest NHS pay uplift being offered in the whole of the UK.
This follows the First Minister’s announcement that NHS Agenda for Change employees would receive a 3% pay increase in next month’s pay packet and backdated to the beginning of the year.
Relative to staff in England, NHS Scotland nurses, midwives, allied health professionals and paramedics, amongst others, will receive a minimum cumulative uplift of 9%, and those earning £80,000 and over will receive a flat rate increase of £1,600 a year. The changes will be agreed between NHS employers, unions and the Scottish Government by the end of the year.
Commenting, SNP MSP for Motherwell & Wishaw Clare Adamson said:
“This is an important Scottish Government investment in the 11,385 NHS staff who care for us day in day out in Lanarkshire.
“Currently, Advanced Nurse Practitioners in Scotland are getting paid £430 more a year than those in England, and if they secured a job with a band 7 salary last year, they’d see their salary grow by over £8,800 over the next three years.
“Not only is the SNP Government bringing NHS Scotland staffing to historically high levels – we are making sure that our healthcare professionals are getting the best pay deal in the whole of the UK and making our NHS a more attractive place to work.
“We will always stand up for what’s best for Lanarkshire’s health services and the hard-working staff who go to incredible efforts on our behalf.”
MSP VISITS SITE OF ‘CHAMPIONED’ BUTTERFLY
Motherwell and Wishaw MSP Clare Adamson visited Greenhead Moss Community Nature Park in Wishaw last week to see the Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary in its natural habitat.
The butterfly, which has undergone a severe decline in England, is now locally abundant in Scotland and Greenhead Moss provides the perfect damp grassy habitat in which it thrives.
Ms Adamson, like many MSPs, was asked by Scottish Environment Link to become a ‘Species Champion’ to lend political support to the protection of Scotland’s threatened wildlife.
The initiative was first launched in 2013, and by 2016 a parliamentary majority (76 MSPs) championed 94 Scottish species. Following the elections in May 2016, Species Champions 2020 was re-launched in the new Scottish Parliament. It has inspired similar programmes in Wales, Northern Ireland and England as well as Scottish local authorities.
Ms Adamson was accompanied on her visit by local Butterfly Conservation volunteer Tam Stewart and Paul Kirkland, Director Scotland, Butterfly Conservation who spoke about some of Butterfly Conservations current projects including The Big Butterfly Count which runs from the 20th of July to the 12th of August and encourages the public to spot moths and butterflies for 15 minutes and record their findings online and The Bog Squad which sees teams of volunteers restore lowland raised bogs in collaboration with partner organisations and landowners.
Commenting, Ms Adamson said:
“I was delighted to be asked to champion this beautiful butterfly. Greenhead Moss Community Nature Park is a huge asset in my constituency consisting of many different habitats including ponds, wildflower meadows, remnant raised peat bog, old and new woodlands making it the perfect environment for many different species of animal and plant life to thrive. I will be keeping a keen eye out for the Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary on my regular visits to the park”.
SNP STAND UP FOR STEEL IN MOTHERWELL & WISHAW
Clare Adamson MSP this week stood up for Scottish steel at the Scottish Parliament and at the SNP Conference in Aberdeen.
The Motherwell & Wishaw MSP raised the decision by President Trump to impose a 25% tariff on US steel imports from the EU – A move which many have labelled as starting a ‘trade war’ – at First Minister’s Questions, before jointly submitting a resolution to SNP Conference with Motherwell & Wishaw MP Marion Fellows, and fellow MSP Clare Haughey.
The SNP Parliamentarian pointed out how important steel is to the economy and community of Motherwell & Wishaw and reiterated fears of the damage this decision by President Trump could have upon the steel industry in Scotland. After the Scottish Government’s intervention led to the buyout of the Dalzell Mill in Motherwell, Adamson was keen to stress the importance of the EU Single Market to Scotland’s steel industry and wider economy. Around 7% of UK steel imports go to the USA, worth £350 million last year.
Commenting, Clare Adamson MSP said:
“Motherwell & Wishaw is synonymous with steel and it is important that we continue to fight for our steel industry in Scotland. My Grandfather came to Scotland from Ireland to work in the steel industry in Motherwell and I know how important that industry hundreds of other families in this community.
Overproduction of heavily subsidised steel from China is an issue for the steel industry – but the overwhelming opinion within the steel industry is that the way to address this is cooperation between the US, the EU and other partners through established international channels. No one wins a trade war and this decision by Trump is likely to do more harm than good.
I was pleased to see the First Minister reiterate the Scottish Government’s commitment to Scotland’s place within the European Single Market. The folly of the Tory Government’s policy of abandoning the single market for a fictional trade deal with Trump risks the UK being left isolated when it should be working together with our European neighbours to protect industry in Scotland.”
“Avoid travel” Warning
People in North Lanarkshire are being urged to avoid travel this evening, following an amber warning for snow from the Met Office.
The amber warning is in place for Dumfries and Galloway, the Borders, South Ayrshire, East Ayrshire, South Lanarkshire, North Lanarkshire, East Renfrewshire, and the southern parts of Edinburgh and the Lothians. It will be in place from 21:00 tonight through to 05:00 on Thursday morning. Yellow warnings for snow and ice remain in place for much of Scotland through to Friday night.
The Transport Minister chaired a meeting of the Scottish Government Resilience Team (SGoRR) and following that, the police travel warning level is being raised to stage four, which means people in the affected area should avoid travel during the period of the amber warning. Transport Scotland has also been liaising with the freight industry to ensure they update their members.
Transport Minister Humza Yousaf said:
“Firstly, I apologise to road users who were stuck on the M74 last night. It is not a situation anyone should have to experience and that is why we are taking steps to make sure we don’t face similar issues tonight. I’d also like to pay tribute to the emergency staff and volunteers who worked tirelessly last night to help the people that were stuck.
“The Met Office has issued an amber warning for snow for much of the south of Scotland tonight, and we are very likely to see more very challenging conditions. After speaking with all of our partner organisations, the police have decided to raise the travel warning to stage four, which means you should avoid travel in the affected area during the period of the amber warning. This decision has not been taken lightly, but it is the safest course of action. We don’t want people to travel during this period and put themselves and others at risk.
“Of course, snow remains an issue for the rest of the country. We had 162 gritters out on the trunk road network last night, and our winter maintenance fleets continue to work around the clock to treat roads and assist motorists where required. Anyone considering travelling by road should check the new Traffic Scotland mobile website – my.trafficscotland.org – for the most up to date information on the move and the @trafficscotland twitter page is updated regularly.
“It’s a similar message for people planning to travel by rail, ferry or plane – check with the operator ahead of time to find out if your service has been affected by the weather.”
Head of Road Policing, Chief Superintendent Stewart Carle, said:
“Weather conditions over the last few days have been extremely challenging, and this forecast of even more extreme conditions over the next day or so in these areas mean that we have to advise drivers to avoid travelling, and if they do, to expect severe delays of several hours or more.
“We urge people to think very seriously as to whether their journey is really necessary and is worth the risk, and if they decide they really have to travel, to be fully prepared to be self resilient. If you need medication for example, ensure you have it with you.
“No-one should ever place themselves at risk on the road and it may be worth considering postponing your journey or making alternative arrangements such as delaying travel until conditions improve or using public transport.
“If you are travelling on the roads you should ensure you and your vehicle are adequately prepared for the conditions, making sure you have sufficient fuel and supplies such as warm clothing, food and water in the event you are delayed for several hours. Charge your mobile phone and plan your route as well as alternative routes . Listen to media broadcasts, especially local radio, and visit the Traffic Scotland website.”