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Motherwell and Wishaw MSP Clare Adamson has slammed the Labour-Tory deal struck this week which saw Labour retain control of North Lanarkshire Council, despite returning fewer councillors and receiving fewer votes than the SNP in the recent local elections.   

Ms Adamson’s Grandfather emigrated from Ireland in the 1920’s to work in the Dalzell Mill, which the SNP Government recently worked to save in 2016. 

Commenting, Ms Adamson said:

“Labour have sold out to the Tories in a desperate bid to retain power, despite losing the election to the SNP.   I shudder to think what concessions Scottish Labour have made to the Tories in respect of vital local services in order to seal this desperate deal.”

“As the grand-daughter of a steel worker, I am appalled that Scottish Labour, the supposed party for working people, have teamed up with the Tories yet again. My generation witnessed the Tories’ complete destruction of the steel and mining industries, consigning people in my constituency to unemployment and poverty. The Tories current programme of austerity is abhorrent and Labour will now be delivering this.”

“The people of North Lanarkshire will never forget the day that Scottish Labour teamed up with the Tories to thwart the democratic will of the people, who returned more SNP Councillors than any other party on 4th May. It is a complete betrayal for the Labour Party to turn their back on their history in this area.” 

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Motherwell and Wishaw MSP Clare Adamson this week raised the issue of recreational water safety in the Parliament chamber with The Minister for Public Health and Sport, Aileen Campbell. 

This came after the tragic deaths of three men in Scotland’s waters.

Ms Adamson, who is convenor of the Cross-Party-Group on Accident Prevention and Safety Awareness, called for a Scottish approach to national drowning prevention strategy.

Commenting, Ms Adamson said:

“Scotland’s geography requires a uniquely Scottish approach to drowning prevention strategy. We know that of the 79 drowning deaths in the UK last year, 50 occurred in Scotland, so we have a disproportionate problem in Scotland. Just this week, my local newspaper covered the heart breaking story of Ashley Pinion, who was severely injured after falling into the River Clyde whilst swimming.”  

“As Convener of the cross-party group in the Scottish Parliament on Accident Prevention and Safety Awareness, I work very closely with RoSPA, the Royal National Lifeboat Institution, the Royal Life Saving Society UK and other organisations that are involved in water safety in Scotland. One of the key hopes of water safety Scotland is that it will be able to cut deaths in Scotland’s waters by half by 2026”

“I was pleased to see the Minister, Ailleen Campbell, commit to come to the CPG and discuss concerns with water-safety groups. It was pleasing to also hear that the Scottish Government have committed £104,000 to the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents annual home and water safety programme. Water Safety Scotland are currently consulting on a draft response to The UK Drowning Prevention Strategy 2016-2026, I would encourage anyone who is interested to contribute to the consultation.”

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  1. https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/H5NWN7F – Link to Water Safety Scotland consultation

 

Clare Adamson MSP is hosting an Experience Panels Drop-in Session

Clare will be hosting an Experience Panels Information Drop-in session, being held in the Dalziel Building, Scott Street, Motherwell, ML1 1PN on Friday 21 April 2017 at 10:00 – 12:00. 

With the devolution of social security powers on the horizon, the Scottish Government are seeking to learn from the experiences of those currently using the service by recruiting members of the public to serve on their Experience Panels.

At least 2,000 people with experience of the current social security system are being recruited to help shape Scotland’s new system – allowing the Scottish Government to learn from mistakes made in the past. The panels will work with the expert advisory group on disability and carers’ benefits.

Local people, community-groups and third-sector organisations are invited to attend and learn more about the recruitment process for the Experience Panels. 

I hope to have the opportunity to engage with many constituents and local organisations on Friday! 

CLARE ADAMSON MSP WELCOMES HOUSING REGULATOR INTERVENTION

The Scottish Housing Regulator has used its statutory powers to appoint a manager and five governing body members to Wishaw and District Housing Association.

The Regulator decided to intervene after independent reviews highlighted serious weaknesses in Wishaw and District’s governance, risk management and financial planning which pose a serious risk to tenants’ interests. The Regulator has made these statutory appointments to ensure the Association has the right skills and expertise to tackle its serious weaknesses.

Commenting, SNP MSP Clare Adamson said:

“I am glad to see this intervention by the housing regulator. Clearly, there have been serious issues at Wishaw and District Housing Association and it is absolutely vital that the tenants and service-users are protected going forward.

It is deeply worrying that the severity of this situation has resulted in Regulator intervention. What is important now is that the managers and officers appointed have the resources to make the necessary improvements and to support the hard-working staff.

The tenants and service-users of Wishaw and District Housing Association deserve the best service going forward. I trust that the local community will get behind the new board and the dedicated staff to ensure best service in the future.”

CLARE ADAMSON MSP DISCUSSES MOTHWELL & WISHAW’S RICH HISTORY DURING SCOTTISH PARLIAMENT DEBATE

SNP MSP for Motherwell & Wishaw, Clare Adamson, recently spoke of the rich history of her constituency in a Scottish Parliament Debate entitled ‘Celebrating Our Past’ on 31 January 2017.

Ms Adamson spoke of the 1973 discovery of a Roman bath-house at Strathclyde Country Park. Believed to date between 142 AD and 162 AD, the bath-house is the only standing stone remains of its type in Scotland, and is open to the public, making it an attraction for children, dog-walkers and tourists alike.

Clare also discussed the intriguing tale of the discovery of a partially preserved body in the peat-bogs of Greenhead Moss in Wishaw in the 1930s. The body of a man, bearing wounds which indicate that he was murdered, appeared to have been buried furtively. It is believed that the body had lain undisturbed for hundreds of years, and may have been that of a Covenanter or a Royalist who murdered during the troubles of that time. The tale even inspired local Wishaw man Robert Smith to write a novel called Lost Sowls based on the discovery.

Commenting, SNP MSP Clare Adamson said:

‘Motherwell & Wishaw is at the heart of Scottish history. So much so that it has inspired one of the world’s greatest historians in Tom Devine.

Not only do we have a rich archaeological heritage but Motherwell also made political history when the people elected the first ever SNP MP, Robert McIntyre, in 1945.

I would highly recommend a visit to Motherwell & Wishaw to anyone wishing to experience our history and our heritage for themselves.’

CLARE ADAMSON MSP WELCOMES £8,871,600 PUPIL EQUITY FUNDING FOR NORTH LANARKSHIRE SCHOOLS

SNP MSP for Motherwell & Wishaw, Clare Adamson, has welcomed the announcement that North Lanarkshire schools will receive almost £9 million from the Scottish Government to help tackle the attainment gap. The figures were announced by Deputy First Minister, John Swinney, during a recent visit to a school in Glasgow’s East End.

120 primaries, 23 secondaries and 13 special schools across North Lanarkshire are set to receive additional support worth thousands of pounds. It will be up to teachers and school leaders to decide the best way of using the funding to close the poverty related attainment gap in their schools.

Commenting, SNP MSP Clare Adamson said:

‘The SNP in government has made closing the poverty-related attainment gap our number one priority, and our new £120 million Pupil Equity Fund is aimed at doing just that.

I am delighted to see this significant investment go straight to head teachers to be used where it will have the biggest impact on the lives of young people across Motherwell & Wishaw.

Every child in Scotland should have the best possible start in life, and it is unacceptable for children from the poorest backgrounds to have their chances limited by circumstances outside their control.’

EARLY YEARS WORKFORCE EXPANSION TO BENEFIT COMMUNITIES IN NORTH LANARKSHIRE

CLARE ADAMSON MSP WELCOMS SCOTTISH GOVT INVESTMENT

The Scottish Government announcement that there will be an extra £1.5 million investment for more nursery teachers and graduates in deprived areas across Scotland has been welcomed by local MSP for Motherwell and Wishaw, Clare Adamson – with North Lanarkshire set to receive 40 additional teachers or graduates.

The new staff in North Lanarkshire, part of 435 nationwide, is part of the wider strategy of tackling the attainment gap and giving every child an equal start in life. The provision of extra high qualified childcare professionals will ensure that North Lanarkshire’s young people benefit from the highest quality care and early years’ education.

The Scottish Government is taking decisive action to improve early years learning and childcare, including expanding guaranteed free provision to 1140 hours by 2020 – which will have a positive impact for families across North Lanarkshire.

Commenting, Ms Adamson said:

“This new funding is very welcome news for North Lanarkshire, helping to ensure that more children in our most deprived communities are able to benefit from specialised childcare and high quality early years learning.

“The Scottish Government is committed to closing the attainment gap, and targeting funding in this way, as well as expanding the guaranteed free childcare provision to 1140 hours by 2020, is important in making this happen, and to ensure that every child across North Lanarkshire gets an equal start in life.

“The 40 new graduates or teachers that will be joining our workforce will help improve childcare provision in our communities, and I look forward to seeing the Scottish Government continue to invest in our children’s futures.”

CLARE ADAMSON MSP WELCOMES ‘FAIR FOOD FUNDING’ FOR LOCAL CHARITY

SNP MSP Clare Adamson today welcomed the announcement from Communities Secretary, Angela Constance, that a share of the Scottish Government’s ‘Fair Food Fund’ has been allocated to Basics Food Bank, North Lanarkshire.

The announcement came as sixteen projects across Scotland were given a share of £350,000 to help families access fresh and healthy food. This is the second allocation of money from the £1million fund, which is already funding 20 projects across Scotland.

The money will help foodbanks and community groups to provide people with nutritious food, teach them how to cook fresh meals, strengthen local partnership approaches and reduce reliance on emergency food provision.

Commenting, Ms Adamson said:

‘It is absolutely vital that families across Scotland have access to fresh and healthy food and projects like Basics Food Bank provide a vital lifeline for many families in Motherwell & Wishaw.

Westminster benefit sanctions are pushing more and more families into food poverty in Scotland. Despite the Scottish Government’s best attempts to fight Tory austerity, such as mitigating the bedroom tax, sadly some families are relying upon foodbanks to survive. No-one should need to live in those conditions in a modern country.

My SNP colleagues in Westminster have been calling for an urgent re-think on the current benefit sanction regime. It is high-time that the UK Government heeded those calls.’

Wishaw General A&E Waiting Times

I want to take this opportunity to thank each and every one of our healthcare teams across NHS Lanarkshire who are striving to meet Scottish Government targets.

While we will never be complacent about the performance of our health service, particularly during these difficult winter months, these figures are an improvement on last year’s performance.

Under the SNP, the NHS is seeing record levels of investment, with the budget increasing £500m above inflation during this Parliament. That’s why A&E performance in Scotland is 10% higher than elsewhere in the UK during the busy winter period. With the percentage of people seen within four hours in Lanarkshire even higher than the Scottish average this shows that our support is proving effective in Wishaw, Hairmyres and Monklands.

I would also urge patients to remember that there are a number of other services available, such as GP surgeries and pharmacies, where they can seek medical advice.

MOTHERWELL AND WISHAW MSP LEADS DEBATE PRAISING DIABETES CHARITY

SNP MSP for Motherwell and Wishaw, Clare Adamson, led a debate in the Scottish Parliament last week highlighting the issue of type 1 diabetes in Scotland. Ms Adamson praised the work of the diabetes charity JDRF, which has been instrumental in funding research projects across the country in an effort to develop a cure.

Over 29,000 people in Scotland and 3,700 people in Lanarkshire suffer from type 1 diabetes, which is an immune system condition that is not linked to lifestyle. JDRF aims to foster collaboration between industry, academics and clinicians to drive forward new research. The Scottish Government recently announced £10 million of funding to provide better treatment for type 1 diabetes patients.

Scotland is at the forefront of research into the condition, something that is being threatened by Brexit due to the possible loss of funding and academic expertise.

Commenting, Ms Adamson said: “I was very pleased to have the chance to bring this important debate forward to Parliament. Type 1 diabetes affects nearly 4000 people in the NHS Lanarkshire area alone, and it is vital that they have their voice heard.

“Charities such as JDRF have been instrumental in campaigning on this issue and in raising awareness of the condition. The work in funding research projects in Dundee, Edinburgh and Glasgow is having a very real impact in improving the lives of people who suffer from type 1 diabetes and helping to drive research to help find a cure to the immune system condition.

“Scotland is at the forefront of research into the condition, and it is concerning that this could be put at risk due to the Tory Brexit which threatens a vital source of funding and academic expertise.

“I am delighted to highlight these issues in Parliament and to hear what the Scottish Government is doing to help support those that suffer from the condition. The recent investment of £10 million for better treatment for patients proves the SNP’s commitment to tackling diabetes in Scotland.”

Copyright 2015 Clare Adamson MSP

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