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Scottish Parliament: Residential Care (Self-Funding Payments) (23 Mar 2016)

Mary Scanlon: 4. To ask the Scottish Government whether it complies with its social justice policy objectives for self-funding older people in residential care to pay more than local authorities for the same care. (S4O-05699)

Scottish Parliament: Residential Care (Self-Funding Payments) (23 Mar 2016)

Mary Scanlon: I thank David McLaren in the chamber desk team for randomly selecting me for this question, given that I have been complaining about not being selected for the past year.

Scottish Parliament: Residential Care (Self-Funding Payments) (23 Mar 2016)

Mary Scanlon: How can it be socially just when councils pay about £470 a week for a placement in a care home but a self-funding placement costs well over £1,000? As this is my final question, I will just say that I have been asking this question since 1999. The Labour Party’s response used to refer to a 1951 act of Parliament that forbade it from applying charges equally. With the huge raft of powers...

Scottish Parliament: College Sector (National Pay Negotiations) (16 Mar 2016)

Mary Scanlon: I have an email from West Highland College, which says that it is unable to sign up to the current national bargaining initiative because it threatens the college’s financial viability and business continuity. I welcome the fact that some colleges have signed up but, where the disparity is the greatest—in other words, among the University of the Highlands and Islands colleges—will the...

Scottish Parliament: Rural Payments ( 9 Mar 2016)

Mary Scanlon: Thank you, Presiding Officer. I thought that I would keep the tears until the end. I thought that that was a shameful speech for Angus MacDonald, the son of a crofter from Stornoway on the Isle of Lewis, to make. He should be ashamed of himself. The crofters will certainly not be dancing in the streets of Stornoway tonight after hearing that. The Public Audit Committee has been looking at...

Scottish Parliament: Rural Payments ( 9 Mar 2016)

Mary Scanlon: Revenge, indeed. Finally, I thank Ruth Davidson and my Conservative colleagues for their friendship and their support over the years. They are the best bunch of people I have ever worked with, and I will miss every one of them. Thank you.

Scottish Parliament: Higher Education Governance (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 ( 8 Mar 2016)

Mary Scanlon: I was the committee member who raised the concerns about telling our world-class universities that they had to advertise on the internet and that they had to tell people where to get an application form, so I thought that it was important and appropriate for me to welcome Gordon MacDonald’s and Liam McArthur’s amendments. The amendments will reduce the prescriptive content that I was...

Scottish Parliament: Higher Education Governance (Scotland) Bill ( 8 Mar 2016)

Mary Scanlon: It has been quite a long day. When the cabinet secretary mentioned Thomas Carlyle, I thought that I would look up one or two quotes on my iPad. He said: “the cheerful man will do more in the same time, will do it better, will preserve it longer, than the sad or sullen.” I liked that one. I also liked the quote where he said: “All great peoples are conservative.” So there we are.

Scottish Parliament: Higher Education Governance (Scotland) Bill ( 8 Mar 2016)

Mary Scanlon: The cabinet secretary is very knowledgeable about the time that Thomas Carlyle was writing, so she will know that we can assume that what he said applied to men and women. There are enough of us today to take on his comments. This is my last stage 3 debate. After this will come my last members’ business speech, in Cara Hilton’s members’ business debate, and tomorrow I will make my last...

Scottish Parliament: Higher Education Governance (Scotland) Bill ( 8 Mar 2016)

Mary Scanlon: I would like to, but I just cannot. As we normally do on these occasions, I thank the clerks of the Education and Culture Committee and, in particular, I thank the convener, Stewart Maxwell. It was not easy to gain consensus across the committee on the bill. It was fairly complex and difficult to understand; there was very little information, and clarity was way out there on the horizon...

Scottish Parliament: Childcare Costs ( 8 Mar 2016)

Mary Scanlon: I, too, thank Cara Hilton, because any opportunity to debate childcare in the early years is welcome. In this institution, we talk about higher education and schools, but I have no doubt—after almost a couple of decades in this Parliament—that the most important part of the education process is pre-school, so I thank her for bringing the debate to the chamber. The figures in the motion...

Scottish Parliament: Childcare Costs ( 8 Mar 2016)

Mary Scanlon: There is a significant range in the payments per hour, per child, from local authorities. I was quite shocked to learn that some were under £3 and some were over £5. If we value the workforce, surely nurseries have to be funded, in order to ensure that we financially value them, too. Is that something that the Government will consider?

Scottish Parliament: Food Waste ( 3 Mar 2016)

Mary Scanlon: Many of us would like to increase the amount of food and drink for disposal. I refer in particular to the coffee in committee rooms. On behalf of my colleague on the Public Audit Committee and the Education and Culture Committee, Colin Beattie, and colleagues from all parties across the Parliament, I ask whether the corporate body will ensure that new and continuing MSPs get a decent cup of...

Scottish Parliament: Health (Tobacco, Nicotine etc and Care) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 ( 3 Mar 2016)

Mary Scanlon: I thank the minister for her response and for the very reasonable hearing that I got at stage 2. I am grateful that she has lodged amendment 2. Amendment 2 was born out of contact with a constituent, Mrs Blan Bremner, whose mother, Mrs Doreen MacIntyre, died in a care home in Inverness. Mrs Bremner gave me permission to use her name and asked me what I could do in this session of Parliament...

Scottish Parliament: Child Protection (25 Feb 2016)

Mary Scanlon: I, too, thank the cabinet secretary for the advance copy of her statement, and I put on record the Conservative Party’s commitment to the programme of action on child protection. We have some empathy with Labour’s concerns. We would like to see more action as soon as possible, although we appreciate that it can take time to determine precisely what is working and where the problems are...

Scottish Parliament: Budget (Scotland) (No 5) Bill: Stage 3 (24 Feb 2016)

Mary Scanlon: Will the member give way?

Scottish Parliament: Budget (Scotland) (No 5) Bill: Stage 3 (24 Feb 2016)

Mary Scanlon: I appreciate you giving way. You talk about mismanagement, and we have heard much about cuts in spending. What about the NHS 24 information technology budget, which was overspent by £50 million, and the common agricultural policy payments budget, which was overspent by more than £70 million? Do you think that your Government is wasting and mismanaging thousands of millions of pounds in Scotland?

Scottish Parliament: Education (10 Feb 2016)

Mary Scanlon: First, I commend Kezia Dugdale for her commitment to education. I happen to know Kezia’s father, who was a headmaster at Elgin academy. I know what his commitment was, and I know the respect that people had for him locally. I also commend each and every single teacher in every subject in every classroom across Scotland for the work that they do every single day. I am very pleased that...

Scottish Parliament: Education (10 Feb 2016)

Mary Scanlon: No, I would quite like to finish this piece. I think that the Godfather himself could learn a few lessons from the approach of the Government in Scotland today. Given the reported £2.2 billion in cuts to local authorities, which will impact on education, I can fully appreciate the principle behind Labour’s motion. However, we are at the stage of finalising manifesto commitments and...


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