Results 161–180 of 1281 for speaker:Bob Doris

Scottish Parliament: Jobcentre Plus Network (8 Feb 2017)

Bob Doris: On Monday, Patrick Grady MP and I met single parents who will be impacted by the jobcentre closure in Maryhill. I thank the Minister for Employability and Training, Jamie Hepburn, for listening to those people’s concerns during his visit to Maryhill burgh halls. They had concerns about matters such as how on earth they would get to the jobcentre in Springburn, which is a four-bus round trip...

Scottish Parliament: Jobcentre Plus Network (8 Feb 2017)

Bob Doris: If I have time.

Scottish Parliament: Jobcentre Plus Network (8 Feb 2017)

Bob Doris: As a community, Maryhill is ripe for co-location. I have listed some of the organisations in Maryhill, such as Citizens Advice Scotland on Avenuepark Street and Home-Start just down the road, One Parent Families Scotland, Jobs and Business Glasgow, Cube Housing Association, Glasgow Housing Association and Maryhill Housing Association, and there are two nearby branches of Skills Development...

Scottish Parliament: Jobcentre Plus Network (8 Feb 2017)

Bob Doris: As someone who had to sign on at Alexandria jobcentre in years gone by, I can say that that journey to Dumbarton is not only impractical but unrealistic, and that the closure would be devastating to the attempts to regenerate Alexandria town centre.

Scottish Parliament: Jobcentre Plus Network (8 Feb 2017)

Bob Doris: Will the member give way?

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Public Services Ombudsman (7 Feb 2017)

Bob Doris: I speak as a member of the cross-party selection panel that was established under our standing orders, to invite members to nominate Rosemary Agnew to Her Majesty the Queen for appointment as Scottish Public Services Ombudsman. The cross-party selection panel was chaired by the Presiding Officer, and the other members were Clare Haughey, Richard Leonard and Margaret Mitchell. Although the...

Scottish Parliament: Jobcentre Closures (2 Feb 2017)

Bob Doris: 5. To ask the First Minister what representations the Scottish Government has made to the United Kingdom Government regarding the announcement of further jobcentre closures in Scotland. (S5F-00861)

Scottish Parliament: Jobcentre Closures (2 Feb 2017)

Bob Doris: In a recent debate that I brought to Parliament, there was strong cross-party support to save my local jobcentre in Maryhill and others throughout Glasgow. However, the Conservatives refused—I quote them—to “condone” or “condemn” the eight closures. Given the fact that there will now be 23 closures nationwide, with one of them being in Ruth Davidson’s Edinburgh constituency,...

Scottish Parliament: Improving Scotland’s Planning (26 Jan 2017)

Bob Doris: Like others, I commend Bill Bowman for making his first speech in the chamber since becoming an MSP. I think that he will find in the months and years ahead that a lot of agreement quite often gets reached in this place; it just does not get reported all that often. I will look at the independent planning review’s recommendation that the local development plans that councils produce should...

Scottish Parliament: ScotRail Performance Improvement Plan (Update) (24 Jan 2017)

Bob Doris: The minister has previously agreed to take an interest in the local improvement plan for services on the Maryhill train line that ScotRail agreed to develop following my representations. I want to ensure that national improvements become a local reality in my constituency, so can the minister assure me that the recent announcement of the looming change of the ScotRail managing director will...

Scottish Parliament: Jobcentres (Glasgow) (19 Jan 2017)

Bob Doris: The motion at its core has the principles of dignity and respect in relation to how we treat vulnerable groups in our communities. The plans by the Department for Work and Pensions to close half of the job centres in Glasgow undermine such principles and make no sense in terms of encouraging jobseekers back into employment. This afternoon, we are joined by MP colleagues who have forcefully...

Scottish Parliament: Jobcentres (Glasgow) (19 Jan 2017)

Bob Doris: Absolutely. I hope that the UK Government will be listening carefully to this debate and will use it to inform a decision to halt every closure right across the city.

Scottish Parliament: Jobcentres (Glasgow) (19 Jan 2017)

Bob Doris: I need to make a little progress. The Smith commission agreement referred to jobcentres. It called for the UK and Scottish Governments to “identify ways to further link services through methods such as co-location wherever possible and establish more formal mechanisms to govern the Jobcentre Plus network in Scotland.” Yet the DWP does not appear to have even informed the Scottish...

Scottish Parliament: Jobcentres (Glasgow) (19 Jan 2017)

Bob Doris: In a moment. The DWP could recognise that the current Maryhill jobcentre location is a stone’s throw away from a new £12 million health and social care centre at Gairbraid Avenue in Maryhill and is directly opposite Maryhill burgh halls. The area is a growing community hub and I urge Jobcentre Plus not to turn its back on Maryhill and on those whom I represent who have multiple barriers to...

Scottish Parliament: Jobcentres (Glasgow) (19 Jan 2017)

Bob Doris: I am deeply worried by that intervention from Adam Tomkins, as I thought that we had cross-party solidarity on the matter. Perhaps we need 20 jobcentres. If Mr Tomkins looks at the issue, he will see that the UK Government is talking about a 20 per cent reduction in jobcentres. Why has Glasgow been targeted for a 50 per cent cull of our jobcentres? Why, Mr Tomkins? I have no idea. I invite...

Scottish Parliament: Jobcentres (Glasgow) (19 Jan 2017)

Bob Doris: Annie Wells makes the point that people must have informed opinions on the matter. However, given that neither MSPs and MPs nor anyone else knows how many people use Maryhill jobcentre or even which area it serves, is the consultation not fatally flawed? Irrespective of her views on jobcentres, does she agree that every ftjobcentre closure proposal in Glasgow should be scrapped right now and...

Scottish Parliament: Jobcentres (Glasgow) (19 Jan 2017)

Bob Doris: Mr Tomkins referred to the idea of the provision for those seeking employment changing and to the need for reform. The Smith commission suggested the idea of jobcentres co-locating with Skills Development Scotland, skills shops and citizens advice bureaux to provide a tailored service. Maryhill would be a prime location for such a co-located service. Does the member agree that Jobcentre Plus...

Scottish Parliament: Inequities in Palliative Care (12 Jan 2017)

Bob Doris: I thank Colin Smyth for bringing the debate to the chamber. I also thank Marie Curie for its excellent report on challenging inequalities in palliative care. I was deputy convener of the Health and Sport Committee when its report was being drafted, and I am currently a member—along with Colin Smyth—of the cross-party group on palliative care. However, I want to speak today from a more...

Scottish Parliament: Engagements (22 Dec 2016)

Bob Doris: I recently met a group of single parents from Maryhill who raised serious concerns with me about the planned closure of the local jobcentre by the United Kingdom Department for Work and Pensions. The plans are currently out to consultation. The concerns include, to name but a few: the distance, cost and time involved in travelling to the alternative jobcentre in Springburn; a poorer...

Scottish Parliament: Employment Barriers (Disabled People) (14 Dec 2016)

Bob Doris: On that specific matter, I met representatives of the Public and Commercial Services Union on Monday, along with MP colleagues. They told me that they are particularly worried about the future for employment and support allowance claimants at jobcentres if eight jobcentres close in Glasgow, including in my constituency of Glasgow Maryhill and Springburn, where the jobcentre in Maryhill Road...


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