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Scottish Parliament: People with Learning Difficulties and Complex Needs (Care) (28 Mar 2024)

Miles Briggs: Two years ago, in the “Coming Home” report, ministers pledged that, by March 2024, we would see real change, with out-of-area residential placements and inappropriate hospital stays for young people ending, and that we would see a proper care package put in place for families, with families and individuals having that choice taken into account. However, the Government has failed to...

Scottish Parliament: Housing (Empty Properties) (14 Mar 2024)

Miles Briggs: 2. To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to bring empty properties back into use for housing. (S6O-03199)

Scottish Parliament: Housing (Empty Properties) (14 Mar 2024)

Miles Briggs: I agree that we need a real call to action to bring the estimated 43,000 empty homes in Scotland back into use. Shelter has done some welcome work in England to support councils to bring homes back. Here in Edinburgh, in my area, there are 3,000 council-owned empty properties. What work will the Scottish Government do to help councils to fund projects to bring properties back? Has the...

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

Miles Briggs: I thank the organisations that have provided helpful briefings ahead of today’s debate, and I thank our committee clerks for the amount of work that they did on what has been quite a long committee inquiry. I was keen for the Social Justice and Social Security Committee to undertake the inquiry, and I very much welcome the evidence that has been given on what needs to improve to help...

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

Miles Briggs: The point that the former education secretary and Deputy First Minister also needs to understand is that the Scottish Government has created this model in which Scottish Government-funded early years units and nurseries are providing free hours for pre-school, which has had an impact on where people are working in the sector. We know that the number of individual childminders in Scotland, for...

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

Miles Briggs: I do not think that I will be able to get six minutes back.

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

Miles Briggs: The key thing is choice.

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

Miles Briggs: I agree with Meghan Gallacher on that point. That is at the heart of what the report captured. The committee has asked the Scottish Government to reassess the scope and to accelerate its work in childcare provision. It has noted that the exact timings, hours of provision, eligibility and income thresholds for child provision have still not been announced by Scottish Government ministers. We...

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

Miles Briggs: The Deputy Presiding Officer has been most courteous on the matter of time. Inclusion Scotland’s briefing states that the proposed changes would disproportionately affect households in receipt of benefits. There have been a number of really positive suggestions on further increasing the funded childcare entitlement to the equivalent of 50 hours a week for low-income families. There has also...

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

Miles Briggs: I felt that I had to intervene on John Swinney in the debate, to be quite honest. I want to ask about one of the key parts of the issue—the report touches on this—which is that employability schemes can be vulnerable and face budget cuts. I know that Mr Swinney cut employability schemes when he was finance secretary. Why are employability schemes being at the heart of decision making in...

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

Miles Briggs: I thank the organisations that have provided briefings, our committee clerks for their support on the report and the witnesses who have given important evidence on how this issue has impacted on their lives, as the convener said. The bill is technical and, as is the case with all framework bills, the devil will be in the detail of the guidance and ministerial direction that come from it. I...

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

Miles Briggs: Absolutely. For so many people—whether it is those who gave evidence to the committee or our constituents—there is huge frustration about being kept in the dark for too long. Politicians talking about this is one thing, but the work to come up with solutions for the developers that will be tasked with making buildings safe and undertaking surveys must progress at pace. There must be...

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

Miles Briggs: The minister will have seen the briefing that the Association of British Insurers has provided to all members—specifically, its concerns about the on-going problems that will exist in obtaining buildings cover if we do not hear from the Scottish Government about resolving or managing additional safety issues. Beyond the bill, will the Scottish Government look to introduce a factoring, fire...

Scottish Parliament: Sheriffhall Roundabout (Budget) ( 6 Mar 2024)

Miles Briggs: 7. To ask the Scottish Government how much it will allocate through its budget to fund any potential cost increases related to improvements to the A720 city bypass grade separation of Sheriffhall roundabout. (S6O-03164)

Scottish Parliament: Sheriffhall Roundabout (Budget) ( 6 Mar 2024)

Miles Briggs: It has now been more than a year since the public inquiry into the matter closed. Why is it taking so long for that to report? What assessment have ministers made of potential cost increases for the project? Given that the Scottish Government and the UK Government have committed £300 million to the project, it is clear that the huge delay—we are now in the middle of this session of...

Scottish Parliament: Benefits Uptake (22 Feb 2024)

Miles Briggs: The cabinet secretary and her predecessor said that no one would lose out because of Scottish National Party changes to our social security payments, but we know that that is not true. The winter heating payment has left many people in the Highlands and Aberdeenshire out of pocket. Will the cabinet secretary undertake a review of that policy so that people who live in Aviemore, Braemar and...

Scottish Parliament: Social Security (Investment) ( 7 Feb 2024)

Miles Briggs: I know about the cabinet secretary’s points from my committee work and agree with many of them, but what work has the Scottish Government undertaken to look at the fact—it is a fact—that the number of complaints that Social Security Scotland has received has increased by 174 per cent in just one year?

Scottish Parliament: Social Security (Investment) ( 7 Feb 2024)

Miles Briggs: I think that we have heard a lot of the SNP rhetoric that we will hear during the Westminster election. I thank the organisations that provided helpful briefings for today’s debate. We all want a social security system that can help people to realise their potential and provide a safety net when they need it. As the cabinet secretary stated at the beginning of the debate, Parliament has...


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