Results 1–20 of 1285 for speaker:Bob Doris

Scottish Parliament: Budget (Town Centre Support) (17 Jan 2019)

Bob Doris: 1. To ask the Scottish Government how the proposals in the draft budget could support town centres in the Glasgow Maryhill and Springburn constituency. (S5O-02779)

Scottish Parliament: Budget (Town Centre Support) (17 Jan 2019)

Bob Doris: Town centres in my constituency suffer from the pull of Glasgow city centre as well as poor amenities and significant deprivation factors. That is why I was pleased to see the return of the town centre regeneration fund in the Scottish Government’s draft budget. That fund previously secured £1.8 million for the renovation of the stunning Maryhill Burgh Halls in my constituency, which drove...

Scottish Parliament: Gender-based Prejudice (17 Jan 2019)

Bob Doris: The BBC’s “The Social” highlighted the practice of gaming by a so-called male pick-up artist in Glasgow, which included footage from Maryhill Road. I will make no further comment on the specific matter, given that it is now the subject of a police investigation. Does the First Minister agree that it presents a timely opportunity to encourage the public to participate in the Scottish...

Scottish Parliament: Scotland’s Future Economy (16 Jan 2019)

Bob Doris: W ill the member take an intervention?

Scottish Parliament: Gemini Rail Services UK (Springburn Site Closure) (13 Dec 2018)

Bob Doris: Yesterday, news broke that Gemini Rail Services UK plans to close its Springburn site, with the loss of up to 200 jobs in my constituency. That is a devastating blow for the workforce, our communities and our proud locomotive industry, with the St Rollox site dating back to 1856. I have spoken to Unite and to the company that leased the site to Gemini Rail. Although there is anger and...

Scottish Parliament: Energy Supplies (Disconnection) (6 Dec 2018)

Bob Doris: A number of my constituents in the Wyndford estate have been disconnected from their community hot water and heating supply by Scottish and Southern Energy. That has happened for various reasons, but several people are struggling with debt and bills. One constituent, a lone parent, has been staying with friends because her house is so cold. She has offered £600 towards clearing her debts,...

Scottish Parliament: Poverty (United Kingdom) (27 Nov 2018)

Bob Doris: The UN special rapporteur slams successive UK Governments, stating that they have “presided over the systematic dismantling of the social safety net”, and adding that universal credit and welfare cuts have “undermined the capacity of benefits to loosen the grip of poverty.” Does the cabinet secretary share my concern that that dismantling, for instance by turning tax credits from an...

Scottish Parliament: Violence against Women (27 Nov 2018)

Bob Doris: Will the member give way?

Scottish Parliament: Violence against Women (27 Nov 2018)

Bob Doris: The member makes a powerful and important point. As a result of my constituency case load and experience, I would welcome the extension of such training to sheriffs, who make quite delicate decisions in child custody hearings and about contact and access.

Scottish Parliament: Violence against Women (27 Nov 2018)

Bob Doris: As we know, the 16 days of activism against gender-based violence campaign from 25 November, which is the international day for the elimination of violence against women, to 10 December, which is human rights day, is a time to galvanise action to end violence against women and girls around the world. That global reach is vital, and Scotland’s international reputation for developing a range...

Scottish Parliament: Violence against Women (27 Nov 2018)

Bob Doris: That was in 1958! My commitment following this debate is to champion how men can do more in the year ahead and not only remember brave women from the current #MeToo movement, but remember what they have done historically.

Scottish Parliament: Best Start Grant (Implementation) (20 Nov 2018)

Bob Doris: I welcome the Government’s commitment to extending the eligibility for the best start grant in various ways, the additional payments that will be made and the length of time that will be given to apply for the grant. How many more children is it estimated will benefit from the best start grant compared to the number who benefit under the UK system that it replaces? Can the cabinet secretary...

Scottish Parliament: Domestic Violence (Maryhill and Springburn) (Support) (8 Nov 2018)

Bob Doris: 3. To ask the Scottish Government how it supports victims of domestic violence in the Maryhill and Springburn constituency. (S5O-02531)

Scottish Parliament: Domestic Violence (Maryhill and Springburn) (Support) (8 Nov 2018)

Bob Doris: The Scottish Women’s Aid report “Change, Justice, Fairness: Why should we have to move everywhere and everything because of him?” draws on the experience of women subjected to domestic and sexual abuse. It recommends making it easier for women to stay in their own home when practical and moving the perpetrator instead, as well as other related recommendations for when women are forced...

Scottish Parliament: Arthritis (Loneliness and Isolation) (8 Nov 2018)

Bob Doris: Digital connectivity can make a significant contribution to tackling loneliness and isolation for older people, yet 38 per cent of 65 to 79-year-olds report not being able to use a computer at all. How is the Scottish Government seeking to address such inequalities in tackling loneliness among our older citizens?

Scottish Parliament: Poverty (6 Nov 2018)

Bob Doris: This debate on universal credit is vitally important, although the matters that we must discuss are deeply unwelcome. Universal credit sits at the heart of a UK welfare reform agenda—in reality, it is a cuts agenda—that will remove around £3.7 billion from social security spending in Scotland by 2021. These are not simply numbers in a budget line; rather, they are cuts that will push...

Scottish Parliament: Poverty (6 Nov 2018)

Bob Doris: Let me make some progress. They will still not get their money after that five-week wait. I note that, in certain circumstances, the DWP can provide an advance payment, but that is a loan that must be paid back. Claimants are often not aware of that potential advance. When they inquire, they are asked whether they can borrow money from family or friends or whether there are other sources from...

Scottish Parliament: Poverty (6 Nov 2018)

Bob Doris: I want to make progress. I have probably heard enough of Mr Tomkins, to be fair. Those claimants have to go elsewhere to survive—I worry about where they are going. As currently constructed, universal credit is, to many, a cruel system that is deliberately delivering indebtedness by design. I grew up in the 1980s; in my house, a provy cheque was how birthdays were paid for and a catalogue...

Scottish Parliament: Asylum Seekers (1 Nov 2018)

Bob Doris: The cabinet secretary mentioned that many asylum seekers are accommodated in Scotland. She might be aware that Theresa May has instructed the Home Office to look again at the case of the Bakhsh family, in my constituency. However, the Prime Minister has, unfortunately, declined to meet the family. Because of restrictions, I will not mention the particulars of the family’s case, but will the...

Scottish Parliament: General Practitioner Access (Homeless People) (24 Oct 2018)

Bob Doris: 5. To ask the Scottish Government how it ensures that people who are homeless are not disadvantaged from accessing a general practitioner. (S5O-02463)

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