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Results 21–40 of 574 for speaker:Richard Lyle

Scottish Parliament: Local Government Finance (Scotland) Order 2012 [Draft] (9 Feb 2012)

Richard Lyle: I declare an interest as a member of North Lanarkshire Council. I will retire from North Lanarkshire Council this May, so I welcome the opportunity to speak in the debate as this may be the last time that I can record my appreciation of the time that I have spent as a councillor. I will certainly miss it, as I was first elected in 1976 and have held my seat continually for the past 36 years....

Scottish Parliament: Local Government Finance (Scotland) Order 2012 [Draft] (9 Feb 2012)

Richard Lyle: Bleating, yes. I note that some councils will see a shift in resources. Some councils will lose and some will gain. Funding is available to continue the council tax freeze for a fifth year, which I am sure will be welcomed by many of my constituents as it will help them with their family budgets.

Scottish Parliament: Local Government Finance (Scotland) Order 2012 [Draft] (9 Feb 2012)

Richard Lyle: Yes. Mr McCabe used to describe the benefits on many occasions. I will come to Mr McCabe shortly. The freeze will save many of my constituents more than £500. Average water charges are now 10 per cent lower than in England and Wales. Primary class sizes are now at a record low, although not all councils—particularly North Lanarkshire—have embraced the policy. We have also ended ring...

Scottish Parliament: Local Government Finance (Scotland) Order 2012 [Draft] (9 Feb 2012)

Richard Lyle: When I decided to stand down as SNP group leader in COSLA, Derek phoned me and told me that he was thinking of standing, and I told him that I would support his nomination. I was proud to nominate and support him, and I am sure that George Adam seconded me on that day. Derek Mackay did an excellent job in the previous two years as SNP group leader in COSLA. My story was not all that bad,...

Scottish Parliament: Green Investment Bank (22 Feb 2012)

Richard Lyle: We want you to stay.

Scottish Parliament: Climate Justice (1 Mar 2012)

Richard Lyle: The Scottish Parliament understands that poor and vulnerable people in developing countries are most affected by climate change, but are least equipped to respond to it. Scotland presents itself to the world as a forerunner in the fight for climate justice by acting as a model for best practice on climate change and by promoting moral, environmental and economic reasons for action by other...

Scottish Parliament: Living Wage (1 Mar 2012)

Richard Lyle: Since its introduction in 2011-12, the living wage has assisted about 6,000 staff. Moreover, people who earn less than £21,000 have received an annual minimum increase of £250, which benefits 76,000 public sector workers. Those are all positive steps, but low pay remains an issue and I agree that this SNP Government is doing what it can, within its powers, to address it. The issue is made...

Scottish Parliament: Living Wage (1 Mar 2012)

Richard Lyle: Alex Neil did not slate any worker from North Lanarkshire Council. He slated officials and councillors. If I have time later, I will address comments that were made by my colleague John Pentland. I refer Margaret Mitchell to a report by the Association for Public Service Excellence—I might send her a copy later—which has proved that, for every pound spent by a council, £1.60 is generated...

Scottish Parliament: Regulation of Care for Older People (7 Mar 2012)

Richard Lyle: As a member of the Health and Sport Committee, I welcome this debate, and I thank and congratulate all involved in securing it. I am especially grateful for the excellent contributions to the report by my good friends Mary Scanlon and Mary Fee, both of whom are, sadly, no longer on the committee. With an ageing population, it is increasingly salient that we ensure that older people are...

Scottish Parliament: Alcohol (Minimum Pricing) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (14 Mar 2012)

Richard Lyle: I have been called many things in my life, but I have never been called a tartan Tory. In her speech at the weekend, the cabinet secretary had a confession to make: she had got her prediction wrong about the number of seats that we would win in Glasgow—we actually won one more. In a spirit of honesty, I, too, have a confession to make. In my maiden speech last year, I welcomed the...

Scottish Parliament: Council Tax Bands (Appeals Procedure) (15 Mar 2012)

Richard Lyle: 1. To ask the Scottish Government what its position is on concerns that the appeals procedure for altering council tax bands is being applied inconsistently. (S4O-00799)

Scottish Parliament: Council Tax Bands (Appeals Procedure) (15 Mar 2012)

Richard Lyle: Lanarkshire Valuation Joint Board is refusing appeals in relation to wrong council tax banding based on an act that was implemented in 1993 and which states that appeals must be made prior to that date or within six months of a person moving into a property. Other valuation boards are not being so proscriptive. Will the minister write to the Lanarkshire board to request it to allow appeals...

Scottish Parliament: Graduate Employment (19 Apr 2012)

Richard Lyle: 3. To ask the Scottish Government what steps it is taking to help new graduates acquire jobs in their chosen fields of study. (S4O-00881)

Scottish Parliament: Graduate Employment (19 Apr 2012)

Richard Lyle: The underemployment of graduates has a knock-on consequence for the rest of the jobs market, particularly for youth employment. How do the Scottish Government and its agencies help to ensure that students and graduates are provided with the skills that they need to succeed?

Scottish Parliament: Homelessness (25 Apr 2012)

Richard Lyle: I thank the minister for reminding me that, in eight days’ time, I will demit office as a councillor. For the past 36 years, I have been at the coalface of housing. I have dealt with homelessness, housing and evictions. I got my first case the day after I was elected, on 6 October 1976. Over the years, I have helped more than 5,000 people to get a house. However, I know that it is time to...

Scottish Parliament: Homelessness (25 Apr 2012)

Richard Lyle: Will the member take an intervention?

Scottish Parliament: Steel Industry (North Lanarkshire) (2 May 2012)

Richard Lyle: 12. To ask the Scottish Government how it supports employment in the steel industry in North Lanarkshire. (S4O-00960)

Scottish Parliament: Steel Industry (North Lanarkshire) (2 May 2012)

Richard Lyle: Is the cabinet secretary aware that the North Lanarkshire Council Labour group has put out an election leaflet that says that all steel requirements for the new Forth bridge could have been sourced in North Lanarkshire? Does he agree that North Lanarkshire no longer has the capacity to provide a majority of the steel that is required to build a new bridge, given that Ravenscraig was closed by...

Scottish Parliament: Waiting Times (17 May 2012)

Richard Lyle: Although I agree that the situation that developed in NHS Lothian was unacceptable, I note that the cabinet secretary took swift and direct action to remedy the situation. I also note the announcement on 3 May that Audit Scotland has agreed the remit for health boards to review their waiting times practice. Those measures have been introduced to provide assurance that waiting times practices...

Scottish Parliament: Waiting Times (17 May 2012)

Richard Lyle: No. I will do a Jenny. Those audits will give the public unprecedented confidence in the waiting times system, which is currently delivering the shortest waiting times on record. In particular, in NHS Lothian, 76.5 per cent of in-patients and day cases were waiting less than the nine-week national standard. As for the claim that NHS boards are manipulating waiting time figures to meet...


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