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Scottish Parliament: Higher Education (Access) (26 Mar 2024)

Pam Duncan-Glancy: Will the minister take an intervention on that point?

Scottish Parliament: Higher Education (Access) (26 Mar 2024)

Pam Duncan-Glancy: It is a privilege to open this debate for Scottish Labour. I thank the minister for bringing it to the chamber, because widening access to education is close to my heart, and I believe that it is a priority that we all share. It is therefore right that we take the opportunity to celebrate the progress that our institutions have made. They met the interim targets for entrants from students...

Scottish Parliament: Higher Education (Access) (26 Mar 2024)

Pam Duncan-Glancy: I will take two seconds to finish this bit. Surely even this Government, if it will not listen to staff and students, as I do on picket lines across Scotland, cannot ignore Audit Scotland’s concern that balancing high-quality learning with the expected volume of delivery, all the while contributing to other Government priorities, is a monumental challenge. I will take the minister’s...

Scottish Parliament: Higher Education (Access) (26 Mar 2024)

Pam Duncan-Glancy: I thank the minister for his intervention. On his point about the increase in student support, the Institute for Fiscal Studies has said that there has been a 16 per cent reduction in student support over the past 10 years. On what Labour would do, I will come to that next in my speech. My party and I are unwavering in our commitment to shattering the class, glass and stepped ceiling. We are...

Scottish Parliament: Higher Education (Access) (26 Mar 2024)

Pam Duncan-Glancy: I am afraid that I do not have time. The only thing that prevents that from being the case is the tenacity of universities, not this Government. Universities are working day and night to do all that they can to fill funding gaps that this Government has created. Scottish Labour stands united in our resolve to provide every student in Scotland with an equal chance of success. We will not rest...

Scottish Parliament: Higher Education (Access) (26 Mar 2024)

Pam Duncan-Glancy: I am glad that we have had the time this afternoon to reflect on the success of the sector, to thank the commissioner for his work—as my colleague Willie Rennie and others did—and to look at the challenges that lie ahead. I went to university in 2000, because I had a council that had a budget to support me to get there; I had a Government that was bringing in the education part of the...

Scottish Parliament: Higher Education (Access) (26 Mar 2024)

Pam Duncan-Glancy: T hat is not how the situation is being characterised by the volunteers, who know that they are unlikely to be supported. I am also quite concerned that John Mason previously made reference to teachers in Glasgow being a “luxury”. I completely disassociate myself from that statement, and I urge the member to reconsider it. I know that the cabinet secretary cares about the issue. Parents...

Scottish Parliament: Higher Education (Access) (26 Mar 2024)

Pam Duncan-Glancy: I set out our plans in my earlier contribution. I suggest, too, that Scottish Labour would grow the economy in a way that the Government has failed to do over the 17 years that it has been in power. I remind the SNP that, without change to its approach, there is a risk that the hard work that is put into expanding opportunities through widening access will be undermined. As members including...

Scottish Parliament: Highland Council (Meetings) (21 Mar 2024)

Pam Duncan-Glancy: Proposals from the University of the Highlands and Islands are set to cut some science, technology, engineering and mathematics subjects at the Moray campus. That will have a negative impact on senior pupils who study there in addition to attending school. Given the importance of that model of delivery of school subjects, the rurality of the area and the impact on pupils, what can the cabinet...

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

Pam Duncan-Glancy: The bill is designed to make buildings and homes safe. I am confident that all parties agree about that and I echo my Scottish Labour colleagues in saying that we will support the bill at decision time. However, it is also important to highlight, as others have done—including Ariane Burgess on behalf of the local government committee—that the bill still needs work. In addition, as Willie...

Scottish Parliament: Ending Violence in Schools ( 6 Mar 2024)

Pam Duncan-Glancy: Will the cabinet secretary explain why no gendered analysis of that framework was done?

Scottish Parliament: Ending Violence in Schools ( 6 Mar 2024)

Pam Duncan-Glancy: I apologise for arriving a wee bit late to the debate, Deputy Presiding Officer. Two weeks ago, the EIS survey of nearly 800 of its members in Aberdeen found that almost half had reported daily violence and more than a third had been physically assaulted. Those incidents are a warning that something has gone badly wrong in education at the hands of a Government that once said that it was its...

Scottish Parliament: Ending Violence in Schools ( 6 Mar 2024)

Pam Duncan-Glancy: I thank Ruth Maguire for her intervention. She is quite right. We heard only this morning that distressed behaviour is almost always a communication. We would have a zero-tolerance approach to a Government that keeps cutting things that would support pupils in that environment. If a child needs to move from a classroom but there is nowhere to put them, meaning that support staff have to spend...

Scottish Parliament: Ending Violence in Schools ( 6 Mar 2024)

Pam Duncan-Glancy: Support staff are providing help in corridors because there is nowhere to turn. Unions have solutions. Teachers have solutions. Scottish Labour has solutions. I hope that the Government will now act. If it does, I stand ready to support it.

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

Pam Duncan-Glancy: 6. To ask the First Minister what the Scottish Government’s response is to reports that the number of people living in temporary accommodation in Glasgow has increased by 25 per cent. (S6F-02861)

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

Pam Duncan-Glancy: The report to which the First Minister referred, which I assume he has read, also says that the Scottish Government report stated that a lack of affordable housing options was partly to blame for the rise in the number of children who required temporary accommodation. Why did the First Minister vote for a £196 million cut to the affordable housing budget on the same day that the Government...

Scottish Parliament: Colleges (Meetings) (29 Feb 2024)

Pam Duncan-Glancy: Unison and the Educational Institute of Scotland are both taking part in strike action today because their members are now 18 months overdue a pay rise. What discussions has the minister had with College Employers Scotland about Unison’s proposals to develop an avoidance of redundancy fund and provide advance payment to staff to alleviate financial hardship, and whether he would be willing...

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

Pam Duncan-Glancy: As a disabled person and a user of social care, and as someone who gets a lot of representations on the subject in my inbox, as many of us do, I have to say that those things have been said to people who use social care for a decade. For a decade, the Government has promised people who use social care that they would get greater access to it, that they would not have to pay for it and that...

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

Pam Duncan-Glancy: Will the minister give way?

Scottish Parliament: Qualifications and Assessment (28 Feb 2024)

Pam Duncan-Glancy: Does the cabinet secretary recognise that all the factors that she has set out are reasons for introducing reform rather than delaying it?


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