Results 1–20 of 63 for speaker:Natalie Don

Scottish Parliament: Social Housing (Damp and Mould) (1 Dec 2022)

Natalie Don: I ask the Scottish Government to provide an update on the pilot by two Glasgow-based housing associations that uses internet of things technology to measure dampness in their properties. The pilot is being delivered by the technology firm North, which has a base in my Renfrewshire North and West constituency and is being backed by £3 million of enterprise funding from the Scottish...

Scottish Parliament: National Health Service Recovery Plan (Diagnostics for Thrombosis) (24 Nov 2022)

Natalie Don: 6. To ask the Scottish Government how measures set out in the NHS recovery plan will support innovation and capacity in diagnostics for thrombosis. (S6O-01602)

Scottish Parliament: National Health Service Recovery Plan (Diagnostics for Thrombosis) (24 Nov 2022)

Natalie Don: Symptoms of deep vein thrombosis include swelling, a throbbing pain—normally in one leg—and red or darkened skin around the painful area. I know from the experience of one of my constituents that it can be extremely debilitating. Will the cabinet secretary join me in emphasising the importance of raising awareness of the symptoms of deep vein thrombosis?

Scottish Parliament: West Scotland and Greater Glasgow (Economic Investment) (23 Nov 2022)

Natalie Don: Will the Scottish Government provide an update on the advanced manufacturing innovation district Scotland site in my constituency, which will include two new world-class innovation centres—the national manufacturing institute Scotland and the medicines manufacturing innovation centre—and on the projected impact on the economy of the west of Scotland and the greater Glasgow area?

Scottish Parliament: Department for Work and Pensions (Sanctions) (17 Nov 2022)

Natalie Don: Figures published this week show that the number of young Scots aged 18 to 24 sanctioned by the Department for Work and Pensions has nearly doubled since 2019. That is more than 2,500 young people being denied vital support in the midst of a cost of living crisis. Does the First Minister share my view that that is immoral and that the welfare system should be there to support people, not...

Scottish Parliament: Food Banks (10 Nov 2022)

Natalie Don: As the Tory-made cost of living crisis soars, sadly, it will come as little surprise that the Trussell Trust has said today that it recorded its busiest-ever period between April and September 2022, when it distributed around 116,000 parcels in Scotland. Does the Deputy First Minister believe that the increasing reliance not only on food banks but, now, even on warm banks is illustrative of a...

Scottish Parliament: Water Rates 2023-24 (3 Nov 2022)

Natalie Don: Unlike the situation elsewhere in the UK, Scottish Water is publicly owned. The Scottish Government continues to use its limited budget and constrained powers to cushion the impact of UK Government policies, which are at the heart of the cost of living crisis. My understanding is that the water charges reduction scheme discount has increased from 25 to 35 per cent. The scheme targets support...

Scottish Parliament: Water Rates 2023-24 (3 Nov 2022)

Natalie Don: How many households does the Scottish Government estimate are being helped through that initiative?

Scottish Parliament: Social Security Benefits (3 Nov 2022)

Natalie Don: The motion that we are debating today is truly a positive one, and I continue to be proud of the social security system that we are building here in Scotland. We have built a system that is kind, fairer and more progressive than anything that we have seen before. It is a system that does not treat social security as a burden on the state but actively encourages people to take exactly what...

Scottish Parliament: Social Security Benefits (3 Nov 2022)

Natalie Don: I never said that I cannot understand why you are pushing us to do more; I said that there is always more to do. I just find that the negativity that comes from the Opposition benches often overlooks the positive steps that the Government is making. I move on to an important point that is in line with the Scottish Fiscal Commission’s forecast. The Scottish Government is committing £4.2...

Scottish Parliament: Social Security Benefits (3 Nov 2022)

Natalie Don: The figures that I was relating go up to 2026-27. I believe that we will be a flourishing, independent country by that point, so I think that we will have much more freedom in where we allocate our resources.

Scottish Parliament: Social Security Benefits (3 Nov 2022)

Natalie Don: No, I am not going to take any more interventions. I would like to make progress—thank you. They are scraping up every penny they can from those who actually need it. It is shocking that a Conservative would even stand in this Parliament and defend the crooks who are running things down in Westminster. Automation is an incredibly positive thing. Filling out form after form after form is...

Scottish Parliament: Social Security Benefits (3 Nov 2022)

Natalie Don: No. Sorry, I need to make progress. Stigma exists within the system because it is being bred through it. I remember attending the jobcentre and making my claim for what at the time was jobseekers allowance, and, honestly, feeling like a piece of dirt that someone had just scraped off their shoe. As a young teenager who left home under difficult circumstances, I needed support, not judgment,...

Scottish Parliament: Social Security Benefits (3 Nov 2022)

Natalie Don: —and to protect ourselves from red Tories in the Labour branch office who bow to their masters down in London and will indeed overlook Scotland, as they already have for decades. We will—

Scottish Parliament: Social Security Benefits (3 Nov 2022)

Natalie Don: I will wind up.

Scottish Parliament: Rural Visa Pilot (5 Oct 2022)

Natalie Don: 2. To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on the proposals for the rural visa pilot. (S6O-01413)

Scottish Parliament: Rural Visa Pilot (5 Oct 2022)

Natalie Don: In August, the National Farmers Union estimated that more than £60 million-worth of food had been wasted because of workforce shortages. Farmers are doubly feeling the effect of Tory policy through not having the workforce available to help them, and now farmers, like most in the country, are suffering from inflationary pressures that have been exacerbated by Brexit, which the Tories forced...

Scottish Parliament: Air Quality (4 Oct 2022)

Natalie Don: Will the minister give an indication of how the level of air quality in Scotland compares with that in the rest of the United Kingdom and with those in other parts of Europe? How will the Scottish Government deliver on its commitment to further improve air quality in Scotland?

Scottish Parliament: Health and Care Recovery (Winter Planning) (4 Oct 2022)

Natalie Don: Vaccination remains our best line of defence, and I am aware that Covid boosters are now being offered to priority groups and that everyone who is eligible can safely receive that vaccination and the flu vaccination at the same appointment. Can the minister provide an update on the roll-out of the winter vaccination programme and an assurance that there are adequate vaccines to meet demand?

Scottish Parliament: Scotland’s Climate Week 2022 (27 Sep 2022)

Natalie Don: Climate change and the destruction of nature are twin emergencies that need to be treated with equal urgency. What is the Scottish Government’s assessment of the United Kingdom Government’s Retained EU Law (Revocation and Reform) Bill and the impact that it could have on environmental standards here in Scotland?


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