Shirley-Anne Somerville

Scottish National Party MSP for Dunfermline

@S_A_Somerville

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  • Scottish Parliament: Cold Spell Heating Assistance (Implementation) 3 Oct 2019

    We are putting in place robust plans to deliver cold spell heating assistance from winter 2021. Our priority in taking on full responsibility for all the devolved benefits is a safe and secure transition so that people continue to receive support at the right time and in the right amount. Over the course of the next year, we will seek the views of people who have benefited from cold weather...
  • Scottish Parliament: Cold Spell Heating Assistance (Implementation) 3 Oct 2019

    I am well aware of the calls for more localised forecasts and additional weather stations, most particularly from Linda Fabiani, who has been determined to take the case forward for a number of years now. As I said in my original answer, we will, over the course of the next year, seek the views of people who have benefited from the cold weather payments in order to ensure that we can develop...
  • Scottish Parliament: Social Security Spending (Impact of Welfare Reform) 25 Sep 2019

    The Scottish Government’s 2019 welfare reform report found that when universal credit is fully rolled out, welfare reforms since 2015 could have reduced social security spending in Scotland by around £500 million per year. That will be the impact of the benefit freeze, reductions in universal credit work allowance and the two-child limit. The cuts only build on a yet larger set of United...

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Scottish National Party MSP for Dunfermline

Entered the Scottish Parliament on 31 August 2007 — Appointed, regional replacement

Also represented Lothians

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