James Dornan: A great thing about the care review is its unwavering commitment to making sure that the care-experienced community is at its heart. Does the Deputy First Minister agree that care-experienced young people must remain at the heart of the process as the next important steps are taken?
James Dornan: The minister mentioned the national wellbeing unit. Will she provide an update on use of the unit and say how she sees it, going forward?
James Dornan: Yes, I will do so happily. The minister mentioned the national wellbeing unit. Will she provide an update on use of the unit and say how she sees it, going forward?
James Dornan: 7. To ask the Scottish Government how it supports people in making sustainable travel choices. (S5O-04402)
James Dornan: We know that people should not be travelling long distances for leisure or exercise at this stage, but how is the Scottish Government engaging with local authorities to encourage more people to take up active travel, particularly given its benefits to physical and mental health and the environment?
James Dornan: Like everybody else, I share the horror of what we have seen over the past few days. Watching somebody being knelt on for the best part of nine minutes is galling—it highlights just how long nine minutes is. At George Floyd’s funeral, Al Sharpton asked everybody to be quiet for eight minutes and 47 seconds, which is an awfully long time. If a person does not know that they are doing...
James Dornan: Although there have been encouraging signs over the past few days, this pandemic can often appear to be unrelenting. That is why I am grateful to have the opportunity to discuss the next steps for our communities, just as we have recently started the careful and gradual easing of our lockdown restrictions. Many of the challenges that have been caused by the coronavirus will continue to impact...
James Dornan: The newly self-employed hardship fund has been a lifeline for many of my constituents in Glasgow Cathcart, and I thank the Scottish Government for stepping in to fill the gap in the UK Government’s support package. I appreciate that we are working under financial constraints, and that we are already spending more money on business support than has been provided by Westminster, but will the...
James Dornan: 8. To ask the Scottish Government what stage it has reached in its contingency planning for delivering education in the event of a second wave of Covid-19 later in the year. (S5O-04347)
James Dornan: What lessons have been learned so far from the on-going emergency, and how can those lessons be adapted for future contingency plans for preparing either for a potential second wave of Covid-19 or for a similar crisis?
James Dornan: I thank the minister for all the hard work that he has done during the recent period. I am sure that many small companies will be delighted to hear about the opportunities that will arise from the upsurge in innovative thinking. However, as we are all aware, this deadly virus does not recognise boundaries. Does the minister agree that, as exemplified by the Scottish Government’s recent...
James Dornan: 3. To ask the Scottish Government what guidance is available to help and support the wellbeing of people affected by Covid-19. (S5T-02201)
James Dornan: I thank the cabinet secretary for that answer, but many people will be facing challenges in being able to access and afford food and other essentials during this crisis. Can she outline in more detail how the Scottish Government will ensure that people receive the support that they need in a dignified way?
James Dornan: Further to that reply, can the cabinet secretary provide details on how the Government is ensuring that people are informed about and can access the financial support that is available, whether it is in the form of UK reserved benefits such as universal credit, Scottish Government support such as the Scottish welfare fund or grants for the self-employed?
James Dornan: I am delighted to have the opportunity to speak in today’s debate on this essential piece of emergency legislation. I am also grateful to be able to join the Parliament virtually from the comfort of my own home, and I hope that there are no technical difficulties. I thank the staff who have made this possible for me and for other members. The Covid-19 pandemic continues to be a...
James Dornan: 5. To ask the Scottish Government what steps it is taking to reduce the disability employment gap. (S5O-04264)
James Dornan: I recently met several of my constituents who have extensive physical disabilities. They have found it difficult to find and hold down permanent work. What actions in the action plan will help my constituents to secure long-term employment?
James Dornan: Does the member recognise that there is much less ring fencing now than there was under the previous Labour-Liberal Democrat Government?
James Dornan: I am delighted to speak in the debate which, thankfully, comes at the end of a budget process. I put on record my sincere admiration for how Kate Forbes, our new Cabinet Secretary for Finance, along with her team, steered the Government through difficult budget negotiations.
James Dornan: Sorry, I woke Richard Lyle up. Kate Forbes and her team secured an agreement that boasts support for young people, police, climate action and local government. Despite being set against a background of heightened uncertainty and risk that has been created by the Tory Government, following its decision to delay the UK budget until only this week, the Scottish Government’s budget provides...