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Scottish Parliament: Carer’s Allowance Supplement (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (7 Oct 2021)

Ben Macpherson: I thank members for their contributions on the amendments. The Government shares the sentiment that members have expressed about the gratitude to, respect for, and recognition of carers throughout Scotland. It is from that sentiment that we introduced a bill to support carers and to provide the additional support that we intend to provide in the months ahead for the festive period if the bill...

Scottish Parliament: Carer’s Allowance Supplement (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (7 Oct 2021)

Ben Macpherson: I am not clear whether that is an accurate quote from Ms Baillie, but what I recall, as a citizen of Scotland, is that the Scottish National Party Government took action to mitigate that poor choice by a Westminster Government. However, would it not be better if those decisions were not put our way? The Scottish Government makes political and financial choices every year within its fixed...

Scottish Parliament: Carer’s Allowance Supplement (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (7 Oct 2021)

Ben Macpherson: I think that that is what I said. We have a largely fixed budget—[ Interruption .] I will correct myself and say that we have a largely fixed budget, with limited powers. However, Jackie Baillie, as somebody who sat on the Smith commission and knows the fiscal framework well—

Scottish Parliament: Carer’s Allowance Supplement (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (7 Oct 2021)

Ben Macpherson: Okay—I retract that statement and apologise for that inaccuracy. However, what I was going on to say was that somebody of Jackie Baillie’s experience and knowledge of the fiscal framework will appreciate the relationship between our income tax powers and the block grant, and the weakness in those income tax powers because of the fact that we do not have powers over dividend income tax and...

Scottish Parliament: Carer’s Allowance Supplement (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (7 Oct 2021)

Ben Macpherson: I refer Jeremy Balfour to my earlier point, which was specifically about this year’s budget with regard to amendment 6, and I was very clear on that. With regard to our decision making in the round, an important consideration is that we already pay 13 per cent more through the carers allowance supplement, which was the first benefit that we introduced in 2018. Whether we make an additional...

Scottish Parliament: Carer’s Allowance Supplement (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (7 Oct 2021)

Ben Macpherson: I appreciate the position that Pam Duncan-Glancy is advancing, but will she acknowledge that, with the bill that is before us today, we already intend to pay an additional additional payment ?

Scottish Parliament: Carer’s Allowance Supplement (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (7 Oct 2021)

Ben Macpherson: On a point of order, Presiding Officer. I apologise, but I am having some difficulties with my connection. I would have voted no.

Scottish Parliament: Carer’s Allowance Supplement (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (7 Oct 2021)

Ben Macpherson: As Jeremy Balfour said, at stage 2, amendments that were the same as amendments 1 and 2 were withdrawn by Maggie Chapman, who had lodged them. They were discussed and rejected by members who then chose to press them, anyway. On 6 October, I wrote to members of the Social Justice and Social Security Committee with more information about the on-going work to review carer benefits—in...

Scottish Parliament: Carer’s Allowance Supplement (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (7 Oct 2021)

Ben Macpherson: I am happy to advise Mr Balfour of all the work that is being done to evaluate our benefits, which I set out in my letter to the committee of 6 October. I think that his amendments would create unnecessary work and take away civil service time from the development of Scottish carers assistance. The amendments are superfluous, so I urge Parliament to reject them.

Scottish Parliament: Carer’s Allowance Supplement (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (7 Oct 2021)

Ben Macpherson: On a point of order. I apologise, but I am having difficulty connecting with the app today. I would have voted no.

Scottish Parliament: Carer’s Allowance Supplement (Scotland) Bill (7 Oct 2021)

Ben Macpherson: I am very pleased to present the Carer’s Allowance Supplement (Scotland) Bill to Parliament for this stage 3 debate. I recognise and thank, as we have collectively done throughout our consideration of the bill, the thousands of unpaid carers across Scotland, who make a remarkable contribution to our society. I also put on record my thanks to the Parliament and the Social Justice and Social...

Scottish Parliament: Carer’s Allowance Supplement (Scotland) Bill (7 Oct 2021)

Ben Macpherson: I thank Stephen Kerr for his intervention, which I know that he makes from a position of advocating the principles of transparency and collective evaluation. I would point him to my letter of 6 October, which is several sides—not one side—of A4, from which he will get an indication of all the ways in which we measure our performance and set our direction, including the evaluation work...

Scottish Parliament: Carer’s Allowance Supplement (Scotland) Bill (7 Oct 2021)

Ben Macpherson: There will be a payment of the carers allowance supplement in June, as there has been since its introduction in 2018. As we have debated through the various stages of the bill, whether there is a further additional supplement will be down to budget matters that the Parliament will consider collectively in due course. We also recognise that the pandemic has identified a need for greater...

Scottish Parliament: Carer’s Allowance Supplement (Scotland) Bill (7 Oct 2021)

Ben Macpherson: Willie Rennie will acknowledge that we have had an additional payment since 2018. What we did in June 2020 was—and what we intend to do in December this year is—make an additional additional payment, and we intend to secure the power potentially to make such additional additional payments in the future, if that is the will of Parliament.

Scottish Parliament: Carer’s Allowance Supplement (Scotland) Bill (7 Oct 2021)

Ben Macpherson: It is clear from this afternoon’s debate that there is cross-party support for the intent behind the bill, which is to increase December’s carers allowance supplement payment; I really appreciate that from all parties. We have also demonstrated together our recognition and appreciation of the remarkable role that carers across Scotland play and have played, particularly during the...

Scottish Parliament: Carer’s Allowance Supplement (Scotland) Bill (7 Oct 2021)

Ben Macpherson: As I have said on several occasions, we will give consideration to those matters during the budget process, and I urge all parties to give them that same serious attention. When we begin delivering Scottish carers assistance, our immediate priority is to protect the support that carers already in receipt of carers allowance rely on, and to ensure that the transfer of their benefits is safe...

Scottish Parliament: Local Authority Services (Major Events) (29 Sep 2021)

Ben Macpherson: Scottish Government officials engage regularly with local authorities on major events, including through the events industry advisory group and as part of the gateway review process for flagship events. The Minister for Culture, Europe and International Development has regular meetings with the chair of the events industry advisory group, and ministers have engaged across sectors with...

Scottish Parliament: Local Authority Services (Major Events) (29 Sep 2021)

Ben Macpherson: I thank Jamie Greene for raising the issue on behalf of the local authorities in the region that he represents. I am sure that he will appreciate that, although COP26 is being led by the United Kingdom Government, there is a responsibility for people at all levels of government, including local authorities, the Scottish Government and the UK Government, to work together towards a successful...

Scottish Parliament: Local Authority Services (Major Events) (29 Sep 2021)

Ben Macpherson: I appreciate the importance of the issues that Mr Griffin has raised. I note the points that he has made, but I hope that he will appreciate that such matters are under consideration by ministers, particularly the finance secretary, and that there is an on-going process.

Scottish Parliament: Universal Credit (28 Sep 2021)

Ben Macpherson: Will the member take an intervention?


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