Results 1–20 of 1273 for speaker:Bob Doris

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...

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...

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...

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...

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)

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

Bob Doris: I have a constituent who is currently homeless and is, with her two children, temporarily staying with a friend. When her youngest child needed an appointment with a GP, it was refused, with homelessness cited as a reason. My office’s intervention secured an appointment. Members will note that I have not named the practice publicly, which is because I would rather promote improved...

Scottish Parliament: Deaths Abroad (Support for Families) (24 Oct 2018)

Bob Doris: I start by paying tribute to Angela Constance for bringing to the chamber this vitally important members’ business debate, and to the family of Kirsty Maxwell for their determination to get answers for themselves and justice for Kirsty. I also pay tribute to my constituent Julie Love MBE—a remarkable woman from Maryhill who, following the tragic drowning of her son Colin in...

Scottish Parliament: Deaths Abroad (Support for Families) (24 Oct 2018)

Bob Doris: Will the cabinet secretary take an intervention?

Scottish Parliament: Deaths Abroad (Support for Families) (24 Oct 2018)

Bob Doris: I really appreciate the comments that the cabinet secretary is making, but a wider issue has always been how the Lord Advocate can make an informed decision to use that discretion. One of the ways in which the Lord Advocate could make an informed decision is by instructing a post mortem when families have concerns, which could inform that potential discretionary decision. Right now, he is...

Scottish Parliament: Social Security Charter (2 Oct 2018)

Bob Doris: I am convener of the Social Security Committee in the Scottish Parliament. I succeeded Clare Adamson MSP in that role, and I pay tribute to her work as convener and to the work of the committee. I know that there have been a number of changes in recent weeks. Yesterday, our committee visited Dundee. We visited, and had important meetings with, the DWP’s Jobcentre Plus and...

Scottish Parliament: Social Security (26 Sep 2018)

Bob Doris: Assessments for PIP and employment and support allowance under the UK Government have had a negative and distressing effect on my constituents. Will the cabinet secretary set out the next steps that the Scottish Government will take to ensure that the new Scottish system gets that right for people? Importantly, will she provide assurance that disabled people and the disability expert group...

Scottish Parliament: Violence Reduction (20 Sep 2018)

Bob Doris: I thoroughly appreciated Ash Denham’s speech, and I welcome her to her post. It is a fact that the level of crime is down. Violent crime, in particular, is down dramatically, and that has been the case over a long period of time. The trend began in the final few years of the previous Labour-Liberal Democrat Executive, and it has been progressively built on by our current SNP Scottish...

Scottish Parliament: Violence Reduction (20 Sep 2018)

Bob Doris: Let me develop my point further. Some of that crime is significantly likely to be unreported, too. We have to have a better understanding of such patterns and changes, and we must develop our violence reduction strategies accordingly. That is not complacency—I think that we have a political agreement on that point.

Scottish Parliament: Violence Reduction (20 Sep 2018)

Bob Doris: It is a real shame that Liam Kerr has wasted my speaking time with that intervention, because I have already said that there are issues that the Government has acknowledged and that we must better understand the patterns of crime and do something about them. I will continue nevertheless. Perhaps we should look at how we could better direct resources to such areas when we identify the nature...

Scottish Parliament: Transport (Scotland) Bill (Socially Desirable Bus Routes) (19 Sep 2018)

Bob Doris: 4. To ask the Scottish Government how proposals in the Transport (Scotland) Bill aim to support the improved planning and delivery of socially desirable bus routes. (S5O-02362)

Scottish Parliament: Transport (Scotland) Bill (Socially Desirable Bus Routes) (19 Sep 2018)

Bob Doris: Some students in my constituency have no easy way of commuting to Cleveden secondary school in Kelvindale, an area that is poorly served by bus. Although I hope to secure a solution to that, under the current system, when Strathclyde partnership for transport tenders a socially desirable bus route, the process is costly, of limited value and often restrictive. Does the cabinet secretary agree...

Scottish Parliament: Deaths Overseas (13 Sep 2018)

Bob Doris: 2. To ask the Scottish Government what support it provides when a family member dies overseas. (S5O-02350)


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