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Scottish Parliament: Young Carers Action Day 2024 (14 Mar 2024)

Jeremy Balfour: I am delighted to speak in today’s debate to support young carers action day. I thank Karen Adam for bringing forward the debate. Young carers have something to be very proud of. They sacrifice so much to care for someone they love. These young people are often certain that they have been shaped into the person that they are by their caring role. They gain a heightened sense of empathy,...

Scottish Parliament: Addressing Child Poverty Through Parental Employment (14 Mar 2024)

Jeremy Balfour: Does the member agree that the system is simply not working for parents who work at weekends or do shift work and need childcare?

Scottish Parliament: Addressing Child Poverty Through Parental Employment (14 Mar 2024)

Jeremy Balfour: I am happy to close the debate on the committee’s report on addressing child poverty through parental employment, on behalf of my party. I am proud of the work that the committee has done over the past year or so. I thank everyone who contributed to our report, all who engaged with us as we gathered evidence, and our clerks for their help in drafting the report. Sadly, I am the last member...

Scottish Parliament: Housing (Cladding Remediation) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (12 Mar 2024)

Jeremy Balfour: I start by thanking the Presiding Officer for giving me permission to arrive slightly late for the debate. The footage of Grenfell tower blazing against the London sky is not an image that any of us will quickly forget. As other members have said, it was an utter tragedy. As we work to avoid a repeat of it here in Scotland, our thoughts should be with the families of those who lost their...

Scottish Parliament: Housing (Cladding Remediation) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (12 Mar 2024)

Jeremy Balfour: I will in one second. I pay credit to Andy Wightman for all the work that he did on that process.

Scottish Parliament: Housing (Cladding Remediation) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (12 Mar 2024)

Jeremy Balfour: Our memories might be slightly different on this, but I think that the two Governments tried to engage. However, as Mr Macpherson pointed out, the problem was partly because of the different way in which Scottish law has developed and works in practice, and because of the fact that how lenders deal with properties in Scotland is different. That is why the Scottish Government should have...

Scottish Parliament: Disabled Young People (Life Skills) (29 Feb 2024)

Jeremy Balfour: 1. To ask the Scottish Government what steps it is taking to provide access to life skills programmes for disabled young people. (S6O-03134)

Scottish Parliament: Disabled Young People (Life Skills) (29 Feb 2024)

Jeremy Balfour: Following a report from disability charity Scope that found that disabled people often face regular extra expenditure of a whopping £975 per month, does the minister agree that further action must be taken to ensure that disabled young people have access to the highest-quality support services in schools to help equip them with essential life skills in their post-education lives?

Scottish Parliament: National Care Service (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (29 Feb 2024)

Jeremy Balfour: What one difference will the bill make to somebody who is in receipt of social care today or tomorrow? What one difference will it make to their life?

Scottish Parliament: National Care Service (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (29 Feb 2024)

Jeremy Balfour: I declare that I am in receipt of social care. In many ways, politics should be about prudence. One philosopher famously said that he prefers “the actual to the possible”. That is a much better philosophy for conducting our politics than aiming for something that may seem good in principle but would crumble in practice. We owe it to individuals, carers and taxpayers to be prudent when...

Scottish Parliament: National Care Service (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (29 Feb 2024)

Jeremy Balfour: We all want people with lived experience to be involved in the whole process—there is no disagreement about that—but why could that process not have taken place before the bill was introduced? Would it not have been better to work out the scheme with people with lived experience, so that Parliament could have scrutinised actual proposals, rather than doing it after the bill has been...

Scottish Parliament: Culture and Arts (Equality, Opportunity and Community) (28 Feb 2024)

Jeremy Balfour: I am sure that the minister will be aware that the Edinburgh Deaf Festival provides an accessible celebration of deaf culture, language and heritage alongside the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Unfortunately, the organisation has lost its funding from Creative Scotland, which is putting the whole festival at risk. Will the minister intervene to save a festival that works so hard towards the goals...

Scottish Parliament: Regulation of Legal Services (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (22 Feb 2024)

Jeremy Balfour: I am pleased to speak in the debate. Several decades ago, I was a member of the Law Society of Scotland and, in fact, my late father was a fiscal for the society’s disciplinary tribunal for many years. It is interesting to hear the various comments that have been made. I also thank all the organisations that have provided submissions over the past number of days. I will focus my brief...

Scottish Parliament: Regulation of Legal Services (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (22 Feb 2024)

Jeremy Balfour: Absolutely—for once, I agree with Mr Swinney. My slight concern, however, is that we are not doing either: we might reach in and take power from the judiciary while not strengthening consumer rights. That is why we need to see what amendments the Government will lodge at stage 2, and why the Delegated Powers and Law Reform Committee should—I appreciate that this does not happen...

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Income Tax Rate Resolution 2024-25 (22 Feb 2024)

Jeremy Balfour: On a point of order, Presiding Officer. I am not sure whether my vote was counted; I would have voted no.

Scottish Parliament: Social Security (20 Feb 2024)

Jeremy Balfour: Will the member give way?

Scottish Parliament: Social Security (20 Feb 2024)

Jeremy Balfour: In the fantasy world of politics that we are living in for the next couple of hours, how long would it take, once independence happens, for everything to be devolved to the new independent Scotland? What would be the timescale? Would it be months, weeks or centuries?

Scottish Parliament: Social Security (20 Feb 2024)

Jeremy Balfour: This must be a record, because I cannot think of a time—certainly not during my tenure in the Parliament—when so many nonsense debates have been brought forward in such a short period. At breakfast this morning, my 12-year-old daughter asked what we would debate in the chamber today, and I outlined what the debate was about. Her immediate response was, “Why are you talking about...

Scottish Parliament: Social Security (20 Feb 2024)

Jeremy Balfour: I will in a moment. In the past couple of weeks, we have spent valuable chamber time debating Scotland’s plan on the European Union—an organisation that we are not part of—and immigration policy, which is in no way devolved to this Parliament. Now, we are talking about a hypothetical social security system that has not existed and will not exist, because the people of Scotland do not...


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