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Scottish Parliament: Social Security Administration and Tribunal Membership (Scotland) Bill (29 Sep 2020)

Shona Robison: Although the Social Security Administration and Tribunal Membership (Scotland) Bill is a short, technical bill, it makes some important changes to the administration of Scottish social security with regard to appointees, terminal illness and topping up reserved benefits. The bill also extends existing provisions to allow judges from other jurisdictions to sit on Scottish tribunals. Although...

Scottish Parliament: Local Authority Decision-making Powers (24 Sep 2020)

Shona Robison: O n that point, we have seen communities pulling together during the coronavirus crisis. Can the cabinet secretary say a bit more about how the Scottish Government has supported organisations and local authorities to do that?

Scottish Parliament: Dundee (Regeneration) (17 Sep 2020)

Shona Robison: What support measures are being put in place to help Dundee to recover and regenerate after the Covid-19 pandemic? Does the First Minister welcome the confirmation that Social Security Scotland’s headquarters will be at the heart of the city’s regeneration project on the waterfront, where it will potentially employ up to 900 people?

Scottish Parliament: Migration and Care Workers (15 Sep 2020)

Shona Robison: I am pleased to be able to take part in this important and timely debate. Before I turn to immigration, I welcome the announcement of the independent review of adult social care, including consideration of a national care service. Without doubt, the pandemic has made us all take a long hard look at the care sector and made us focus on the weaknesses of the current system. Over the years,...

Scottish Parliament: Migration and Care Workers (15 Sep 2020)

Shona Robison: I will in a second. Investment in care encourages job creation and provides economic stimulus, and I would hope that investment in building care facilities, for example, would be eligible for funding from—and an attractive proposition for—the Scottish National Investment Bank and other funding streams. We need to think differently about that.

Scottish Parliament: Migration and Care Workers (15 Sep 2020)

Shona Robison: I actually agree with Neil Findlay, but I think that by recognising the economic impact of the sector and changing the way in which we view care, we can drive up the status of the sector and its terms and conditions. That will help the public to see it as an investment rather than as a drag on taxation, as investment in care can, unfortunately, sometimes be seen. A rise in quality is...

Scottish Parliament: Tourism (Dundee) (9 Sep 2020)

Shona Robison: 4. To ask the Scottish Government what plans it has to support Dundee and its tourism sector to ensure that the city can safely welcome back visitors. (S5O-04568)

Scottish Parliament: Tourism (Dundee) (9 Sep 2020)

Shona Robison: Will the minister join me in paying tribute to V&A Dundee, which is leading a campaign to raise £1 million to aid the city’s economic recovery from Covid-19? The campaign has already received sizeable donations of £500,000 from the Northwood Charitable Trust and £200,000 from donors including Alasdair Locke and Tim Allan, who chairs V&A Dundee. Will the minister welcome the campaign, but...

Scottish Parliament: Hate Crime and Public Order (Scotland) Bill (9 Sep 2020)

Shona Robison: As a member of the Justice Committee, I am pleased to be able to take part in this debate on the Hate Crime and Public Order (Scotland) Bill. It is important to remember the origins of the bill: it is a response to the recommendations that were made in Lord Bracadale’s “Independent Review of Hate Crime Legislation in Scotland”. The Scottish Government consulted the public on Lord...

Scottish Parliament: Hate Crime and Public Order (Scotland) Bill (9 Sep 2020)

Shona Robison: I do not agree with that. If Conservative members had concerns, they should have been expressed at the beginning of the process. They seem to have suddenly developed concerns. I wonder whether that is not more of a reaction to some of the publicity around the bill, and whether it has seemed somewhat convenient to jump on that bandwagon. Having said that, I say in a spirit of consensus—there...

Scottish Parliament: Hate Crime and Public Order (Scotland) Bill (9 Sep 2020)

Shona Robison: I think that the Cabinet Secretary for Justice has said all along that he is very prepared to engage with the committee at all the bill’s stages. It is in no one’s interests not to try to build consensus on the bill. However, we must remember that at the heart of the matter is a debate about hate crime. The cabinet secretary reminded us that hate crime is on the rise and that there is an...

Scottish Parliament: Covid-19 (Support for Communities) (3 Sep 2020)

Shona Robison: 5. To ask the Scottish Government what additional support it is providing to strengthen communities in light of the challenges that many face as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. (S5O-04537)

Scottish Parliament: Covid-19 (Support for Communities) (3 Sep 2020)

Shona Robison: Will the cabinet secretary set out—both in general and specifically with regard to Dundee—how the initial £350 million community fund has supported and targeted the communities and individuals who are most in need and who do not always have the expertise and resources to make applications for funding?

Scottish Parliament: Carers Allowance (Delivery Date) (3 Sep 2020)

Shona Robison: How many people have benefited from the one-off payment to carers during the Covid-19 pandemic?

Scottish Parliament: Education and Skills (27 Aug 2020)

Shona Robison: I can hear you, Presiding Officer.

Scottish Parliament: Attainment Gap (Dundee) (27 Aug 2020)

Shona Robison: 1. To ask the Scottish Government what further action it is taking to close the attainment gap in Dundee, in light of the challenges due to the Covid-19 pandemic. (S5O-04517)

Scottish Parliament: Attainment Gap (Dundee) (27 Aug 2020)

Shona Robison: I welcome those resources. More specifically, what actions is the Deputy First Minister taking to support care-experienced young people in Dundee, to break down the barriers that our most disadvantaged pupils face?

Scottish Parliament: Covid-19 (Next Steps) (9 Jul 2020)

Shona Robison: As the First Minister said, the chancellor’s announcement of a kick-start job creation scheme is a welcome start. However, given the disproportionate longer-term impact that Covid will have on young people, does she agree that young people in Scotland need and deserve more certainty than a six-month programme?

Scottish Parliament: Coronavirus Acts Report (9 Jun 2020)

Shona Robison: Staying at home has been a vital part of preventing the spread of the virus, and measures to increase housing security have been an important part of enabling that. Can the cabinet secretary advise members whether the emergency measures to increase housing security are proving to be effective? How are levels of rent arrears being monitored to ensure that measures remain in place for as long...

Scottish Parliament: Children (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (27 May 2020)

Shona Robison: I support the general principles of the bill. As others have done, I thank the Justice Committee clerks and the witnesses, who provided very powerful and important evidence. The bill will substantially amend the law that applies when parents are in dispute with each other over some aspect of their children’s lives. I think that we can all think of constituency cases that have concerned...


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