Results 1–20 of 1001 for speaker:Willie Coffey

Scottish Parliament: Mental Health Problems (Household Debt) (22 Feb 2024)

Willie Coffey: Will the First Minister outline how increased funding—for example, on discretionary housing payments, which impact on mental health issues in Scotland—will help make up for the chronically insufficient UK housing benefits funding? Will he also outline how we in Scotland can maximise support for low-income households?

Scottish Parliament: Vacant and Derelict Land and Buildings (21 Feb 2024)

Willie Coffey: 4. To ask the Scottish Government what role the Scottish Land Commission will play in tackling the legacy of vacant and derelict land, including in relation to examining the issue of empty and derelict buildings within an urban setting. (S6O-03089)

Scottish Parliament: Vacant and Derelict Land and Buildings (21 Feb 2024)

Willie Coffey: T he cabinet secretary will be acutely aware of the long-standing problem that we have of vacant and derelict land and buildings that blight the appearance of our countryside, cities, towns and villages. Such land and buildings are mostly owned by absentee private owners who, by their inaction, have shown that they could not care less about the impact that that has on our local communities....

Scottish Parliament: University and College Courses (Skills Matching) ( 1 Feb 2024)

Willie Coffey: 4. To ask the Scottish Government how it matches up the skills required in the economy with the courses on offer at Scotland’s colleges and universities. (S6O-03041)

Scottish Parliament: University and College Courses (Skills Matching) ( 1 Feb 2024)

Willie Coffey: We know th e self-inflicted, damaging effect that Brexit is having in this area, and the refusal by Labour and the Tories to support returning to the European Union any time soon will not help that one bit. Could the minister give some indication of what more we can reasonably do to help bridge the gap between what our local economies need and the capacity of our colleges and universities to...

Scottish Parliament: HMP Kilmarnock (Public Ownership) (31 Jan 2024)

Willie Coffey: When I visited the prison on Monday, the director assured me that the transition process is going well. Will the cabinet secretary provide an update on the engagement process that has taken place between staff and the SPS to ensure that the transition programme is delivering on its objectives for everybody who is concerned?

Scottish Parliament: Local Authorities (Provisional Revenue Allocations) (17 Jan 2024)

Willie Coffey: 1. To ask the Scottish Government what its provisional revenue allocation is for local authorities for 2024-25. (S6O-02966)

Scottish Parliament: Local Authorities (Provisional Revenue Allocations) (17 Jan 2024)

Willie Coffey: The figures independently reported by the Scottish Parliament information centre clearly show a 5 per cent increase on last year’s provisional budget—one of the largest increases seen over the past decade—but the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities and others regularly challenge the figures and claim that they do not include additional obligations that arise or additional cash that...

Scottish Parliament: Visitor Levy (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (16 Jan 2024)

Willie Coffey: I thank the convener, who captured the issues very well on behalf of the Local Government, Housing and Planning Committee, and our clerks, who steered us through some choppy waters during our consideration of the bill at stage 1. The visitor levy proposal has been around for a while, and it is part of the new deal that offers councils more powers, more flexibility and the opportunity to raise...

Scottish Parliament: Visitor Levy (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (16 Jan 2024)

Willie Coffey: I definitely acknowledge that. The minister has said in his responses to the committee’s questions and in writing that there is an open door to discuss many of those issues at stage 2 and beyond. Councils will not have to use the power but, if they do, they will be able to apply it across their whole council area or to parts of their area that they consider to be appropriate for the levy....

Scottish Parliament: United Kingdom-Rwanda Migration and Economic Development Partnership (21 Dec 2023)

Willie Coffey: 2. To ask the Scottish Government what assessment it has made of the potential impact that the United Kingdom-Rwanda migration and economic development partnership may have on its new Scots integration strategy. (S6O-02911)

Scottish Parliament: United Kingdom-Rwanda Migration and Economic Development Partnership (21 Dec 2023)

Willie Coffey: The Safety of Rwanda (Asylum and Immigration) Bill, which the Tories are passing at Westminster, is an extremely dangerous piece of legislation. It is needless, dehumanising and legally unsound. What communication has the minister had with her UK Government counterparts to underline how strongly the people of Scotland reject that appalling bill?

Scottish Parliament: Cladding Remediation Programme (14 Dec 2023)

Willie Coffey: 4. To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on its cladding remediation programme. (S6O-02889)

Scottish Parliament: Cladding Remediation Programme (14 Dec 2023)

Willie Coffey: At our recent Local Government, Housing and Planning Committee meeting, we heard that, of the 105 buildings in the pilot programme, only 27 have had assessments commissioned, only one building has had remediation work and only one building has had mitigation measures. Will the cabinet secretary explain that progress and give an assurance that the work will proceed at a much faster pace?

Scottish Parliament: Mental Health Directorate (Impact of Spending) (29 Nov 2023)

Willie Coffey: 1. To ask the Scottish Government, in light of the budget for its mental health directorate having increased substantially in the past three years, how it plans to measure the impact of this spend, including outcomes for people with mental health conditions. (S6O-02806)

Scottish Parliament: Mental Health Directorate (Impact of Spending) (29 Nov 2023)

Willie Coffey: As the minister will be aware, my question relates to one of the central recommendations in Audit Scotland’s report on adult mental health. In the Public Audit Committee’s evidence sessions, it has been noted that people are unclear about the range of options that are available to them and are rarely surveyed about the quality of service that they receive and whether they feel that their...

Scottish Parliament: Housing (22 Nov 2023)

Willie Coffey: It is always good to begin a contribution to a debate with some positives, and there are plenty to share in this debate. By 2032—only nine years from now—this SNP Administration will have overseen the building of 234,000 social and affordable homes in Scotland. Some 124,000 have been delivered since 2007 and another 110,000 are on the way, 70 per cent of which are earmarked for social...

Scottish Parliament: Housing (22 Nov 2023)

Willie Coffey: There is more to follow. I will let the member in if I have time. Since 2010, East Ayrshire Council, under the SNP, has built 585 council houses. When we include other registered social landlord builds, the total is around 1,000. That is a remarkable achievement and, having seen the quality of the builds, I think that the council and its partners should be commended for that work.

Scottish Parliament: Housing (22 Nov 2023)

Willie Coffey: I absolutely do, but the member may want to have a word with his Labour councillors in East Ayrshire, because they have not got the message. [ Interruption. ] Members can laugh if they like, but those councillors did not mention it. However, it is not just the numbers that matter. The issue is also about things such as regeneration, wellbeing, climate change and energy efficiency. The council...

Scottish Parliament: Clyde and Hebrides Ferry Service (16 Nov 2023)

Willie Coffey: My understanding is that the last time that the contract was put out to tender, Transport Scotland received only one compliant bid for the Clyde and Hebrides ferry contract. What determines whether a bid is compliant, and what due diligence does the Scottish Government undertake to arrive at its determination?


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