Results 1–20 of 569 for speaker:Annie Wells

Scottish Parliament: Aye Write Book Festival (Funding) (28 Mar 2024)

Annie Wells: The Aye Write book festival, which has been running in Glasgow for nearly 20 years, has been cancelled this year, just weeks before it was due to return, after its funding bid was rejected by Creative Scotland. That comes just weeks after it was revealed that the quango had initially awarded £85,000 for an explicit film. Can the First Minister clarify Creative Scotland’s prioritisation...

Scottish Parliament: Food Waste Reduction Target (27 Mar 2024)

Annie Wells: 8. To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on any progress towards meeting its target of reducing food waste by 33 per cent by 2025. (S6O-03267)

Scottish Parliament: Food Waste Reduction Target (27 Mar 2024)

Annie Wells: The Government has failed to meet recycling targets. At the current pace, it is set to miss further recycling targets, such as to have a maximum of 5 per cent of waste to landfill and a minimum of 70 per cent recycling of waste by 2025. Given last week’s devastating report by the Climate Change Committee, what confidence does the Government have that it will meet all six of its targets by 2025?

Scottish Parliament: Gender Representation on Public Boards (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (26 Mar 2024)

Annie Wells: I, too, will keep my remarks short, because we have now heard from most of my fellow members of the Equalities, Human Rights and Civil Justice Committee and we are all just going to say the same thing about some of the stuff that we have listened to. For clarity, the ruling was a result of the judicial review that was brought by For Women Scotland. In response, the Scottish Government has...

Scottish Parliament: Autism (Mainstream Schooling) (14 Mar 2024)

Annie Wells: I recently met a constituent of mine in Glasgow called Michaela Holla, who told me about the serious concern that she has for her autistic and non-verbal son, Logan. At five years old, he is due to start school in August. It is quite clear that, due to his development delay and other challenges relating to autism, he will be unable to cope in a mainstream school. The paediatricians,...

Scottish Parliament: Temporary Accommodation (Glasgow) (29 Feb 2024)

Annie Wells: At the very end of last year, the Scottish Housing Regulator published updated engagement plans for Glasgow and Edinburgh councils. The regulator found systemic failure in the delivery of services to people experiencing homelessness. What has the Scottish Government done to address those failures and to prevent them in future?

Scottish Parliament: Prison Population (27 Feb 2024)

Annie Wells: Last month, statistics showed that more than a quarter of community payback orders did not include any unpaid work. Now, the cabinet secretary has said that community justice measures need to be considered to relieve pressure on the prison estate. Will she assure us that such community justice measures will be given only in response to appropriate crimes and that such sentences will include...

Scottish Parliament: Housing (Glasgow) (22 Feb 2024)

Annie Wells: 1. To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to address the housing emergency in Glasgow. (S6O-03102)

Scottish Parliament: Housing (Glasgow) (22 Feb 2024)

Annie Wells: Homelessness is spiralling out of control in Glasgow, and it should never have reached a point where Glasgow City Council had to declare a housing emergency. Unfortunately, the work around Sighthill and the Red Road in the north of the city is moving at a snail’s pace, with only a fraction of the demolished homes being replaced with new builds. At the same time, we are faced with a Scottish...

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

Annie Wells: My party has long supported changes to the regulation of legal services in order to improve the system. We believe that improvements are necessary for victims and ordinary people who can be let down by a legal services system that is often complex, difficult to understand and outdated. We hope to see simple and effective legislative changes to tidy up the system, smooth the complaints process...

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

Annie Wells: I recognise that, but we have not yet seen that, and we do not know whether the Government will actually do the right thing to get the bill to the place where it should be. On the matter of powers to victims and the public, my party believes that the bill falls short of what was anticipated regarding the complaints process. It does not achieve the Government’s original ambitions, and it...

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

Annie Wells: I am just coming to a conclusion—sorry. For those reasons, we cannot get behind the bill at this stage. We hope that it can be improved by amendments at later stages, but the flaws are substantial and the missed opportunities are vast. It will take a lot to improve the bill.

Scottish Parliament: Budget 2024-25 (Strathclyde Partnership for Transport) ( 8 Feb 2024)

Annie Wells: 6. To ask the Scottish Government what impact the 2024-25 budget will have on Strathclyde Partnership for Transport. (S6O-03075)

Scottish Parliament: Budget 2024-25 (Strathclyde Partnership for Transport) ( 8 Feb 2024)

Annie Wells: Cutting the funding to Strathclyde Partnership for Transport will be a hammer blow and will greatly damage efforts to encourage individuals to use public transport. Equally damaging is the fact that SPT was not contacted about the dissemination of its budget prior to budget day. What justification does the Government have for cutting the budget and not informing SPT of that decision before...

Scottish Parliament: Glasgow Primary Schools (Staff Retention and Wellbeing) ( 1 Feb 2024)

Annie Wells: 2. To ask the Scottish Government what steps it is taking to support staff retention and wellbeing in primary schools in Glasgow. (S6O-03039)

Scottish Parliament: Glasgow Primary Schools (Staff Retention and Wellbeing) ( 1 Feb 2024)

Annie Wells: Toryglen primary school, in my Glasgow region, has had no fewer than five headteachers in just three years. Inspectors have noted that, d espite the hard work and dedication of staff, the school suffered from a lack of leadership. Although individual circumstances are, of course, a factor in every school, that example, combined with the fact that, in Glasgow alone, almost 37,500 days were...

Scottish Parliament: Drugs Policy (25 Jan 2024)

Annie Wells: 5. To ask the First Minister, in light of the Scottish Government’s plans to open the first safe drug consumption room in Glasgow later this year, what assurances he can provide that other areas of drugs policy, including spaces for residential rehabilitation, will not be deprioritised. (S6F-02748)

Scottish Parliament: Drugs Policy (25 Jan 2024)

Annie Wells: Residential rehabilitation is a vital way to help drug users not just to beat addiction but to get their lives back, yet the most recent figures show that the numbers of people starting at places in those facilities fell to their lowest in more than two years. We know that there are not fewer people addicted to drugs, so why have the numbers of those receiving that type of help reduced? Can...

Scottish Parliament: Fishing Suspension (Firth of Clyde) (24 Jan 2024)

Annie Wells: 3. To ask the Scottish Government whether fishing in the Firth of Clyde will be suspended in 2024, in line with the cod spawning season. (S6O-02992)

Scottish Parliament: Fishing Suspension (Firth of Clyde) (24 Jan 2024)

Annie Wells: When will a full business and regulatory impact assessment be published? I know that the minister said that she would not consider exemptions, but will she consider exemptions for nephrops trawlers, creels and scallop dredgers?


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