Results 21–40 of 1281 for speaker:Bob Doris

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 Scotland’s new...

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)

Scottish Parliament: Deaths Overseas (13 Sep 2018)

Bob Doris: When a loved one dies overseas, it can often give rise to significant distress, uncertainty and financial costs. I draw the cabinet secretary’s attention to the fact that there is a financial cost to having that death registered back home in Scotland or, indeed, anywhere else in the United Kingdom. The total cost is £200. Does the cabinet secretary agree that, given that it is free to...

Scottish Parliament: The Bakhsh Family (13 Sep 2018)

Bob Doris: I draw the First Minister’s attention to the plight of my constituents the Bakhsh family, who have had their appeal for asylum rejected by the United Kingdom Home Office, despite their being at very real risk of religious persecution and their lives being in danger should they return to Pakistan. The community in north Glasgow, where the family has stayed since 2012, has rallied around...

Scottish Parliament: Suicide Prevention (12 Sep 2018)

Bob Doris: It is a pleasure to speak in this afternoon’s debate on “Scotland’s Suicide Prevention Action Plan: Every Life Matters”. It is also quite humbling. Much of the narrative this afternoon has been drawn from personal experience rather than from soundbites, which is good for this chamber—it is what we should draw on when we debate policy on something as important as this. I hope to...

Scottish Parliament: Programme for Government 2018-19 (4 Sep 2018)

Bob Doris: Will the member give way?

Scottish Parliament: Programme for Government 2018-19 (4 Sep 2018)

Bob Doris: I apologise to anyone who has to listen to Mr Tomkins, because he is ill-informed about the Glasgow city region deal. It is worth putting on the record that the deal was not signed by Councillor Susan Aitken but by a previous Labour Administration. As the Local Government and Communities Committee found in its city region deal inquiry, the biggest problem was that the Scottish Government and...

Scottish Parliament: Programme for Government 2018-19 (4 Sep 2018)

Bob Doris: I very much welcome the programme for government that the First Minister has presented and will pick out areas of particular interest to me. I commend the Scottish Government’s infrastructure strategy with regard to housing. Let us place it in context. The Government has built 76,500 affordable homes since 2007, more than 52,700 of which are council or housing association homes. The current...

Scottish Parliament: “Everybody In: How to end homelessness in Great Britain (2018)” (27 Jun 2018)

Bob Doris: 3. To ask the Scottish Government what its response is to the report by Crisis, “Everybody In: How to end homelessness in Great Britain (2018)”. (S5O-02271)

Scottish Parliament: “Everybody In: How to end homelessness in Great Britain (2018)” (27 Jun 2018)

Bob Doris: As the minister knows, the Crisis report is a weighty document that contains substantial recommendations. I will pick out just the first one, which is: “Introduce a statutory duty to prevent homelessness for all households who are at risk of becoming homeless within 56 days, regardless of priority status, local connection, intentionality or migration status”. As the member of the Scottish...

Scottish Parliament: Homelessness (27 Jun 2018)

Bob Doris: I welcome the substantial recommendations in the report on reforming the funding system for temporary accommodation, which is often high cost and low quality. The recommendations include the devolution of housing benefit and greater support for those who are homeless. How will the Scottish Government map out with COSLA how that will work in practice and when does the Scottish Government...

Scottish Parliament: World Refugee Day (21 Jun 2018)

Bob Doris: On Sunday, I had the delight of being the manager—I use the word in its loosest sense—of a football team in a tournament during the refugee Scotland festival at the wonderful facility in Toryglen on the south side of Glasgow. I had a team full of star talent, with the captain being Alison Thewliss MP and Gavin Newlands MP, Ronnie Cowan MP, Stuart McDonald MP and Councillor Allan Casey all...

Scottish Parliament: Housing Associations (Glasgow Maryhill and Springburn) (14 Jun 2018)

Bob Doris: 4. To ask the Scottish Government how it is supporting housing associations in the Glasgow Maryhill and Springburn constituency to help to deliver its target of 50,000 new affordable homes. (S5O-02230)

Scottish Parliament: Housing Associations (Glasgow Maryhill and Springburn) (14 Jun 2018)

Bob Doris: I welcome the minister’s answer, and I draw his attention to the 50 new units that will be completed by Cadder Housing Association around the turn of this year. Cadder Housing Association wants to contribute to the wider regeneration of the community and is developing a Cadder vision strategy for an area of significant deprivation and disadvantage, as is acknowledged in the Scottish index...


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