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SPENDING TO DOUBLE TO £840 MILLION A YEAR

 

SNP MSP for Motherwell & Wishaw Clare Adamson 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, local SNP MSP Clare Adamson said:

 

“This expansion of childcare and early learning will help transform young people’s lives in Motherwell & Wishaw, and across North Lanarkshire.

 

“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 North Lanarkshire 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 Motherwell & Wishaw.

 

“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.”

 

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https://news.gov.scot/news/childcare-spending-to-double-to-gbp-840-million-a-year

 

 

MOTHERWELL & WISHAW MSP HOSTS GAS INDUSTRY SAFETY EVENT

Clare Adamson MSP, Convenor of the Cross Party Group on Accident Prevention and Safety Awareness, last week hosted the Institution of Gas Engineers and Managers event at the University of Edinburgh, as part of the annual Gas Safety Week campaign.

Gas Safety Week is a national safety campaign –  coordinated by Gas Safe Register – which provides a platform for the gas industry, consumer organisations and individuals to raise awareness about gas safety issues. This year, the campaign is focussing on raising awareness about the number of homes who current do not have a carbon monoxide alarm. Nearly half (46%) of the Nation’s Homes currently don’t have a CO alarm, which could leave more than 12 million households across the UK at risk from CO poisoning. 

The IGEM event focussed on SGN’s study into Appliance Servicing and Installation. This covers the results of an extensive programme of safety inspections in 4 towns across Scotland – part of a wider project on gas quality. A team of Gas Safe Registered Engineers inspected nearly 8,000 properties and almost 11,000 appliances, providing a unique insight into appliance health, servicing and messaging around carbon monoxide.

IGEM (Institution of Gas Engineers & Managers) is a chartered professional body, licensed by the Engineering Council, serving a wide range of professionals in the UK and the international gas industry through Membership, events and a comprehensive set of Technical Standards.

Commenting, Ms Adamson said:

“It was fantastic to host IGEM’s event for Gas Safety Week which focussed on a recent SGN study into gas appliance health, servicing and messaging.”

“As Convenor of the Cross Party Group on Accident Prevention and Safety Awareness at the Scottish Parliament, I have the privilege of working alongside organisations who dedicate themselves to raising awareness of gas safety matters all year round.”

“It is absolutely vital that householders across Scotland have their gas appliances regularly serviced by a suitably-qualified engineer and ensure that they have a fully-functioning carbon monoxide alarm fitted in their home.”

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CLARE ADAMSON MSP WELCOMES GAS SAFETY WEEK FOCUS ON CARBON MONOXIDE ALARMS

Clare Adamson MSP, Convenor of the Cross Party Group on Accident Prevention and Safety Awareness, has welcomed Gas Safety Week, which runs from 28-24 September 2017.

Gas Safety Week is a national safety campaign –  coordinated by Gas Safe Register – which provides a platform for the gas industry, consumer organisations and individuals to raise awareness about gas safety issues.

Gas Safety Week was first launched in 2011 and has taken place annually ever since. Last year over 6,000 supporters took part in Gas Safety Week to help raise awareness of Gas Safety.  This year, 7,632 companies and organisations have signed up to be part of Gas Safety Week 2017 so far.

This year, the campaign is focussing on raising awareness about the number of homes who current do not have a carbon monoxide alarm. Nearly half (46%) of the Nation’s Homes currently don’t have a CO alarm, which could leave more than 12 million households across the UK at risk from CO poisoning.  

Commenting, Ms Adamson said:

“Gas Safety Week is an extremely important campaign to raise awareness of gas safety issues across the UK. As Convenor of the Cross Party Group on Accident Prevention and Safety Awareness at the Scottish Parliament, I have the privilege of working alongside organisations who dedicate themselves to raising awareness of gas safety matters all year round.”

“This year, Gas Safety Week is focussing on raising awareness of carbon monoxide poisoning. The symptoms of headaches, nausea, breathlessness, collapse, dizziness and loss of consciousness are often misdiagnosed. With a CO2 alarm fitted, people should become aware of a carbon monoxide leak before these symptoms manifest themselves.”

“Gas Safe Registers website provides information on how many faulty appliances have been found across the UK. I was shocked to read that 288 faulty appliances reported in ML2 postcodes and 365 faulty appliances were reported in ML1 postcodes.”     

“I would urge everyone across Scotland to follow the three safety tips issued by Gas Safe Register in order to keep them and their loved ones safe in their home. Check appliances annually, know the symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning and only employ a Gas Safe Engineer to inspect or maintain your appliances.”

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‘THEY ARE PICKING THE POCKETS OF THE SCOTTISH PEOPLE’ – CLARE ADAMSON MSP SLAMS UK GOVERNMENT UNIVERSAL CREDIT PROPOSALS

SNP MSP for Motherwell & Wishaw, Clare Adamson, this week called for the roll out of Universal Credit in Scotland to be halted during an impassioned speech at the Scottish Parliament. Speaking in a debate last week, Adamson described the proposals as a ‘human catastrophe facing the citizens of our country’, echoing the United Nation’s damning assessment of the proposed system.  

Ms Adamson visited the pilot scheme in the Highlands in 2015 and described her grave concerns over the sustainability of the system being implemented by the UK Government at Westminster. The pilot reported that 80-90% of those in Universal Credit were in rent arrears with an average arrears figure of over £1000. It was worse for those in temporary accommodation, where the average rent arrears was £2100. These rent arrears were due to delays with the administration of Universal Credit.

The scheme has been condemned by 24 charities including Citizens Advice Scotland, Oxfam, Shelter Scotland and Poverty Alliance, who have written a joint open letter calling for the roll-out to be halted.

Universal Credit aims to merge six existing benefits into one – including housing benefit, tax credits and Employment Support Allowance. A survey by the charity Citizens Advice found that over a third of people are waiting more than six weeks for their first payment, over 10% were waiting more than 10 weeks and 3 in 5 were having to borrow money while waiting for their first payment.

Commenting, Ms Adamson said:

“These proposals will only push people who are already struggling further into debt and poverty”.

“The issues with Universal Credit have been apparent since the pilot scheme in 2015. The Tories are happy to watch their colleagues in Westminster pick the pockets of the Scottish people as the Scottish Government tries to mitigate the damage caused by the cuts coming from London.”

“I am calling on the UK Government to halt the roll-out of Universal Credit. Please wake up and see this potential disaster for what it is”

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ALMOST £90 MILLION LOST ON GAMBLING MACHINES IN NORTH LANARKSHIRE SINCE 2008

SNP MSP for Motherwell & Wishaw, Clare Adamson, has called on the UK government to take tougher action to tackle the scourge of Fixed-Odds Betting Terminals (FOBTs) in our local communities – after figures from the Campaign for Fairer Gambling revealed that over £89.9 MILLION had been lost on the gambling machines since 2008 across North Lanarkshire.

Over £1 billion has been lost on the machines, known as the ‘crack cocaine of gambling’, since 2008 across Scotland – with £13.2 million lost in North Lanarkshire in 2015/16 alone.

The figures have led to calls from SNP MSP Clare Adamson for the UK government to take action to tackle FOBTs, which remains reserved to Westminster – including by reducing the numbers allowed in betting shops, limiting the stakes that can be bet, reducing the time that can be spent on the machines, and also taking action to ban the machines altogether if people continue to lose out.

Commenting, Ms Adamson said:

“These are incredibly concerning figures – and show that the Tory government cannot continue to ignore this issue that is having such a negative impact on our communities.

“People across North Lanarkshire have lost out to the tune of almost £90 million since 2008 – and £13.2 million in 2015/16 alone. This is a huge problem – and the UK government need to get serious about tackling it.

“FOBTs are so addictive they’re known as the ‘crack cocaine of gambling’ – and it is no wonder given how much people have lost out from using these toxic machines.

“The UK government must take action to stop people losing out even more – by reducing the number of machines allowed in bookmakers, limiting the stakes that can be bet, reducing the amount of time that can be spent on the machines, and taking action to ban the machines altogether if people continue to lose out.

“The Tories have dug their heels on this issue for long enough – it is time for them to take action to help people across North Lanarkshire.”

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CLARE ADAMSON MSP MEETS VOLUNTEERING MATTERS

Clare Adamson, SNP MSP for Motherwell & Wishaw, this week met with Volunteering Matters to hear all about their North Lanarkshire Befriending Project.

The project, which is run by Volunteering Matters staff members Ross Thomson and Arlaine Barbour, matches volunteer befrienders with young people aged between 8-18 in North Lanarkshire. Once matched, the volunteer will take the young person out for an outing either weekly or fortnightly, building up a positive relationship based on mutual respect. Activities can range from trips to local activity centres, cafes or the cinema.

The goal of the project is to build and develop the confidence and life-skills of the young people. The project targets young people who might be disadvantaged, socially-isolated or who would simply benefit from a break from the day-to-day pressures at home or school.   

The project is run in partnership with North Lanarkshire Council’s social work department and Clare met with Fiona, who oversees the project on behalf of the local authority. Clare also spent time with volunteer Harry; who has been working with the charity for ten months, and Dylan, who is a young person involved with the project at the moment.

Commenting, SNP MSP for Motherwell & Wishaw, Clare Adamson said:
 
“It was great to meet the Volunteering Matters North Lanarkshire Befriending Project team today in Motherwell.

“This organisation provides a great service across North Lanarkshire, building confidence and developing skills with young people who might be otherwise overlooked within traditional services.”
 
“I was especially impressed to hear that Dylan, who has been involved with the project, has just successfully completed his first year at college and is now looking towards a career in social work.  It’s clear that the time Dylan has spent with his befriender, Harry, has had a positive impact on Dylan’s confidence.”
 
“Ross, Arlaine and all of the volunteers should be congratulated for the work they are carrying out in our community. If you are interested in hearing more about the befriending project or getting involved as a volunteer, contact the project on 01698 574 575 or email ross.thomson@volunteeringmatters.org.uk”. 

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CLARE ADAMSON MSP & MARION FELLOWS MP WELCOME MINISTER TO WISHAW CREDIT UNION

SNP MSP for Motherwell & Wishaw this week hosted Scottish Government Minister for Business, Innovation and Energy, Paul Wheelhouse MSP, at Wishaw Credit Union, accompanied by her SNP colleague, Marion Fellows MP. The parliamentarians were also accompanied by SNP councillor for Wishaw, Fiona Fotheringham.  Mr Wheelhouse had asked to attend the credit union after Clare Adamson mentioned their work during a members debate at the Scottish Parliament.

The SNP parliamentarians heard from the Chief Executive of Scottish League of Credit Unions, Dermot O’Neil, who highlighted some of the key benefits that the credit union provides for the community of Wishaw, before the floor was opened up to a discussion between the Minister, the parliamentarians and those who volunteer for the credit union. 

Wishaw Credit Union started in 1997 with twenty volunteers and has grown to 3000 members who are served by three members of staff and team of dedicated volunteers. They have provided loans ranging from £20 – £16,000 to members of the community and recently launched a budget loans service, which they provide at their usual rate of 12.7% APR, rather than the astronomical rates charged by payday lenders.

Commenting, SNP MSP for Motherwell & Wishaw, Clare Adamson said:
 
“It was fantastic to welcome the Minister to Wishaw today and I was pleased to hear about the excellent service that Wishaw Credit Union provides for my constituents.
 
“I was especially impressed to hear that the credit union has saved the community of Wishaw £17m in interest payments alone over the years, compared to traditional or payday lenders.   
 
“I would urge my constituents to consider joining their local credit union as they can provide a great alternative to traditional lenders and now provide several types of financial service.”

“I’d like to commend the staff and the volunteers at Wishaw Credit Union for the excellent service they provide for the community.”

SNP MP for Motherwell & Wishaw, Marion Fellows added:

“I wholeheartedly agree with Clare’s comments and would join with her in thanking volunteers for their excellent service.

I am delighted to support them in their excellent work and have committed to lobby on their behalf at Westminster.”

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17,783 CHILDREN ELIGIBLE FOR FREE SCHOOL MEALS IN NORTH LANARKSHIRE

With pupils across the country preparing to go back to school, 17,783 pupils in North Lanarkshire will be eligible for free school meals this year.

Throughout Scotland, over 250,000 pupils will be eligible for free school lunches – a figure that has doubled in the last three years.

Thanks to an SNP Government initiative in 2015, all primary 1-3 pupils are eligible for free school meals, which is of huge financial help to families.

Commenting, SNP MSP for Motherwell & Wishaw, Clare Adamson said:
 
“It’s fantastic that 17,783 school pupils in North Lanarkshire are eligible for free school meals – an integral part of ensuring that every child gets the best start in life and as much as possible out of their time in the classroom each day.
 
“Guaranteeing our youngest pupils a healthy meal during the school day helps them to learn and can save families an estimated £380 a year.  
 
“This is just one of the steps the SNP Scottish Government is taking to tackle child poverty and help household incomes – and is an essential part of our central ambition to drive up standards in Scottish schools.
 
“I wish teachers and pupils alike the best of luck as they start the new academic year.”

 

MOTHERWELL & WISHAW MSP WELCOMES A&E PERFORMANCE FIGURES

The most recent data for NHS Scotland reveals that 96.3% of patients in NHS Lanarkshire’s emergency departments were seen, admitted or discharged within four hours – beating the 95% target.

Scottish hospitals have now had the best performing emergency departments in the UK for more than two years.

Commenting, SNP MSP Clare Adamson for Motherwell & Wishaw said:
 
“Scotland has had the best performing emergency departments in the UK for more than two years – which is testament to the hard work of our NHS and social care workers.
 
“It is extremely encouraging that Emergency Departments in NHS Lanarkshire are frequently meeting the four hour waiting times target, with the latest figures published showing that 96.3% of patients are being seen within four hours.

“We will always value the vital work done by our NHS staff – and we should always celebrate their success and continue to support their efforts.”
 
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MOTHERWELL & WISHAW MSP MEETS ANTI-BULLYING CAMPAIGN GROUP AT WISHAW GENERAL HOSPITAL

SNP MSP Clare Adamson met with Bikes Against Bullies at Wishaw General hospital this week.

The bikers stopped off at Wishaw General on Day 5 of their ‘Grand Tour’ challenge – a journey from Land’s End to John O’Groats on two 50cc scooters. The trip is intended to raise funds for the group, who provide anti-bullying workshops in schools and support for families who suffer bullying, free of charge across the UK.

The bikers invited Clare along as they presented a thank-you certificate and cakes to staff at Ward 16 of Wishaw Hospital, who recently treated Grand Tour participant Adrian Rigden after a bout of ill-health. Also supporting the group were Cllr Tommy Cochrane (SNP) and Cllr Martin McCulloch (Labour).

The Grand Tour is being supported by Motorcycle manufacturer Lexmoto, who loaned Bikes Against Bullies the scooters for the tour.

Commenting, Clare Adamson said:

 “I was pleased to be invited along to meet Bikes Against Bullies this morning, as they said thanks to the wonderful staff at Wishaw General”.  

“The group offer free workshops to schools and free support to families across the UK”.

“This is a fantastic project and I wish the Bikers well as they progress towards John O’Groats”.

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More information on the tour is available here: http://bikesagainstbullies.co.uk/grand-tour/ 

Copyright 2015 Clare Adamson MSP

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