Results 21–40 of 1960 for speaker:James Kelly

Scottish Parliament: Brexit (3 Feb 2021)

James Kelly: Mr Russell makes valid criticisms of the UK Government’s handling of Brexit. However, turning to areas in which the Scottish Government has responsibility, in light of the fact that, over the period since 2013, local government is £937 million short of funding, what action will the Government take to support local government to mitigate the adverse effects of leaving the EU?

Scottish Parliament: Budget 2021-22 (28 Jan 2021)

James Kelly: Citizens Advice Scotland has recently highlighted rising levels of council tax debt. In recent cases that it has dealt with, there has been a debt level of £3,000 per case. That causes great anxiety and stress for people who are struggling to pay those bills. What action will the Government take in the budget to address the specific issue of people who are struggling with rising levels of...

Scottish Parliament: Post-mortem Examinations (Defence Time Limit) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (26 Jan 2021)

James Kelly: I pay tribute to Gil Paterson for the amount of work that he has put into pursing the bill and into an issue that he has raised consistently in Parliament. The objective of the proposed legislation is to provide an appropriate time limit in which defence agents can request a post mortem. Mr Paterson has highlighted a very important issue. There is no doubt that for people to lose a loved one...

Scottish Parliament: Culpable Homicide (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (21 Jan 2021)

James Kelly: I pay tribute to Claire Baker for the work that she has put into a member’s bill that deals with an important issue and means so much to families who are affected. It is not the statistics that Claire quoted about increasing numbers of deaths in the past decade that affect us, but the stories and testimony behind those figures. Alex Rowley showed in his use of the FBU’s testimony that...

Scottish Parliament: Protection of Workers (Retail and Age-restricted Goods and Services) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (19 Jan 2021)

James Kelly: Thank you for making time to allow me a brief contribution, Presiding Officer. The point of Parliament is to make a difference. Shortly, in passing Daniel Johnson’s bill, Parliament will make a great deal of difference to retail workers throughout the country who have, as other members have said, been subjected to unacceptable levels of abuse and attack. I congratulate Daniel Johnson on his...

Scottish Parliament: Older People (Impact of Covid-19) (14 Jan 2021)

James Kelly: 2. To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to protect older people in Glasgow from the impact of Covid-19. (S5O-04898)

Scottish Parliament: Older People (Impact of Covid-19) (14 Jan 2021)

James Kelly: I am very concerned about the loneliness situation among pensioners in Glasgow. Many pensioners are cut off from their families and are unable to leave their homes, and they do not have access to their normal support networks, such as local pensioners clubs. For some pensioners, that has resulted in a desperate situation, where they are suffering from not only loneliness but depression. What...

Scottish Parliament: School Exams Cancellation (Pupils in Socially Deprived Areas) (23 Dec 2020)

James Kelly: 7. To ask the Scottish Government what action it will take to ensure that school pupils in areas of social deprivation will not be unfairly affected by the cancellation of exams. (S5O-04879)

Scottish Parliament: School Exams Cancellation (Pupils in Socially Deprived Areas) (23 Dec 2020)

James Kelly: In considering the alternative certification model, it is important that there is no repeat of the debacle of earlier this year, when, despite assurances from Mr Swinney on the initial awarding of grades, pupils in areas of social deprivation were unfairly affected. What steps will the Deputy First Minister take to ensure that the alternative certification model is fair and transparent and...

Scottish Parliament: Covid-19 Pandemic (Support for Businesses) (17 Dec 2020)

James Kelly: 6. To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to support businesses that are struggling to operate during the Covid-19 pandemic. (S5O-04870)

Scottish Parliament: Covid-19 Pandemic (Support for Businesses) (17 Dec 2020)

James Kelly: The reality is that the hospitality industry in Glasgow is on its knees and is suffering from the impact of the pandemic. Some businesses have not been open since March. The reality is that jobs will be lost and businesses will close. What direct discussions have taken place with representatives of the hospitality industry on support, and to consider limited lifting of some restrictions in...

Scottish Parliament: Hate Crime and Public Order (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (15 Dec 2020)

James Kelly: First, I pay tribute to the Justice Committee, and particularly the clerks, who have done an outstanding job in getting the evidence considered by the committee, bearing in mind the huge volume of written submissions and the fact that we were dealing with a complicated bill in difficult circumstances because of the pandemic. Hate and prejudice have no place in a modern progressive society....

Scottish Parliament: Hate Crime and Public Order (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (15 Dec 2020)

James Kelly: I take that point, and I will come on to the Law Society’s substantive written submission for this debate. The bill as published clearly had issues and was flawed. In that regard, the committee has done an excellent job in interrogating the bill. The committee has also done the cabinet secretary a favour in relation to its interactions with him. It shows how badly drafted the bill was that...

Scottish Parliament: Budget Update (9 Dec 2020)

James Kelly: The Institute for Public Policy Research forecast that youth unemployment could rise to 140,000. What portion of the £570 million business support moneys will be available to cities including Glasgow, where, sadly, many face the prospect of being blighted by youth unemployment?

Scottish Parliament: Economy (9 Dec 2020)

James Kelly: This is an important debate. There are two central issues: how we support jobs in the economy, and how we ensure that money that has become available is distributed fairly throughout the country and to businesses and individuals who need it. We all know that, throughout our communities, the pandemic has hit really hard and that it has had, and will continue to have, a massive effect on...

Scottish Parliament: Parliament’s Evolving Scrutiny Function (8 Dec 2020)

James Kelly: The issue that has been brought before us by the Finance and Constitution Committee is that of scrutiny for devolution powers post-Brexit, and there can be no doubt that the massive transfer of powers that will take place is going to transform the devolution landscape. In that respect, it is absolutely crucial that there is a proper and constructive working relationship between the UK and...

Scottish Parliament: Valuing the Third Sector (1 Dec 2020)

James Kelly: This is a timely debate, and it gives Parliament an opportunity to thank those in the third sector who have made such a tremendous contribution during the pandemic. As a Glasgow region MSP, I thank the many citizens advice bureaux throughout Glasgow that have stepped in and done such excellent work. I also thank organisations such as Leap in Halfway and Healthy n Happy in Rutherglen, who have...

Scottish Parliament: Valuing the Third Sector (1 Dec 2020)

James Kelly: To answer directly, I am quoting from appendix 1 of the analysis paper on the Scottish Government’s website. I also point to the fact that Highland Council was paid £1.273 million from the resilience fund and South Lanarkshire got only £337,000.

Scottish Parliament: Valuing the Third Sector (1 Dec 2020)

James Kelly: Do I have time, Presiding Officer?

Scottish Parliament: Valuing the Third Sector (1 Dec 2020)

James Kelly: I am looking at the terms of this debate. We are looking at support for the third sector, and it concerns me that Highland Council is getting nearly £1 million more than South Lanarkshire Council. The front-bench ministerial team well understands South Lanarkshire and the demands on the third sector there, so it is of great concern that South Lanarkshire Council has received £1 million less...


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