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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.”

Closure of WH SMITH in Wishaw

Clare Adamson MSP said:

‘It’s always sad to see household names leave our High Street. Unfortunately, these issues are not limited to Wishaw.

It is clear that the changes made to Wishaw Town Centre by North Lanarkshire Council haven’t had the desired effect. The changes made at Kenilworth Avenue have made it almost impossible for vehicles to navigate the Main Street.

I would like to see local authorities working more closely with local businesses and other stakeholders to find innovative ways to revitalise our vital town centres which remain the heart of our communities.’

CLARE ADAMSON MSP VISITS DRINKAWARE AT ASDA NEWMAINS

Clare Adamson MSP recently met a Drinkaware representative in ASDA Newmains to hear about their latest initiative to help make it easier for customers to understand the health recommendations on alcohol consumption and make healthier lifestyle choices.

ASDA and Drinkaware have teamed up to put ambassadors in 100 ASDA stores to answer customers’ questions and give advice on alcohol consumption.

Customers were asked to complete a quick alcohol consumption assessment and were also able to pick up a free calorie counter and unit measure. Advice was also offered for parents on how to talk to children about alcohol.

Clare Adamson MSP said: ‘I’m pleased to see Drinkaware team up with ASDA for this important initiative.

January is the perfect time to reflect upon your alcohol consumption and make healthier choices in the new year.

I hope that this survey will promote better understand of the risks of inappropriate alcohol consumption and help people to consider positive lifestyle choices.’

 

 

 

CLARE ADAMSON MSP WELCOMES CHARITY’S NEW SOCIAL SECURITY
ADVICE SERVICE FOR DEAF PEOPLE IN MOTHERWELL AND WISHAW

Clare Adamson MSP has welcomed the launch of a new a new welfare rights advocacy service for people in Motherwell and Wishaw who are deaf or hard of hearing.

The service, which is run by the charity Action on Hearing Loss Scotland, can provide people who are Deaf or have hearing loss – including British Sign Language (BSL) users – with information, advice and, where possible, formal representation to challenge benefits decisions.

Clare Adamson MSP said: “Information about welfare and social security can often be difficult to understand and navigating the systems to ensure you get the support you are entitled to can put many people off applying.

“I’m pleased to see Action on Hearing Loss Scotland starting this service and encourage deaf or hard of hearing people in Motherwell and Wishaw to use the charity’s support if you have queries, claims or want to make an appeal about social security benefits.”

Laura Shand, the charity’s Welfare Rights Officer, said: “We can provide details and advice about a range of benefits including Job Seekers Allowance (JSA), Employment and Support Allowance (ESA), Disability Living Allowance (DLA), Personal Independence Payment (PIP), Housing Benefit and Universal Credit.

“If you are Deaf or have hearing loss and need some help to understand what processes to follow to apply for support you may be entitled to, or are confused about letters you have received regarding your benefits, we would be delighted to help you make sense of it all.”

For information about Action on Hearing Loss Scotland’s social security advice service, call telephone: 0141 341 5346, textphone: 0141 341 5350, email: SocialSecurity@hearingloss.org.uk or visit www.hearingloss.org.uk/SocialSecurity.  British Sign Language users can contact via the ContactSCOTLAND-BSL service.

ENDS

Date: 9 December 2016

Copyright 2015 Clare Adamson MSP

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