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

Meghan Gallacher: Today’s stage 1 debate will be relatively brief. The cabinet secretary and the convener have said that the amendment is a technical one. The one question that many women across Scotland will have is this: how did we end up here in the first place? The Gender Representation on Public Boards (Scotland) Act 2018 set out the objective for public boards to ensure that at least half of their...

Scottish Parliament: Puberty-suppressing Hormones (21 Mar 2024)

Meghan Gallacher: 5. To ask the First Minister whether the Scottish Government will engage with NHS Scotland on ending the prescription of puberty-suppressing hormones to children, following the recent announcement by NHS England. (S6F-02948)

Scottish Parliament: Puberty-suppressing Hormones (21 Mar 2024)

Meghan Gallacher: In May last year, I asked the First Minister about the prescription of puberty blockers to children. He said: “I support such decisions being made by clinicians—by the people who have clinical knowledge ... We should trust those who have clinical expertise, as opposed to standing here in the chamber ... making judgments about what is best for young people who need gender identity...

Scottish Parliament: Digital Devices (School Pupils) (21 Mar 2024)

Meghan Gallacher: 4. To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on the roll-out of free digital devices to school pupils. (S6O-03235)

Scottish Parliament: Digital Devices (School Pupils) (21 Mar 2024)

Meghan Gallacher: I am afraid that it is broken promise after broken promise—from failing to close the poverty-related attainment gap to the roll-out of free school meals. Parents, teachers and pupils will now remember the SNP as the Government that stole the weans’ IT. Although I appreciate that the cabinet secretary was not in post at the time when the Government promised a free laptop to every school...

Scottish Parliament: North Lanarkshire Council School Estate (14 Mar 2024)

Meghan Gallacher: Parents of additional support needs pupils protested outside North Lanarkshire Council last year. They said that teachers and pupils are being failed by an education system that does not recognise the specialised skills that are needed for children with additional support needs. Many school-age children end up, due to the lack of ASN schools available, being placed in mainstream education...

Scottish Parliament: Social Housing Waiting Lists (Disabled People) (14 Mar 2024)

Meghan Gallacher: 5. To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to reduce social housing waiting lists for disabled people. (S6O-03202)

Scottish Parliament: Social Housing Waiting Lists (Disabled People) (14 Mar 2024)

Meghan Gallacher: The minister might be aware that in North Lanarkshire, 1,170 disabled people, many of whom are children, are currently stuck on social housing waiting lists. Instead of taking the issue seriously, the Scottish National Party Government has chosen to slash the housing budget by more than £200 million in the past year. How does the minister expect to cut those lists when social house building...

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

Meghan Gallacher: Does the minister agree that the cost of childcare is also contributing to that? Will she give an update on where the Government is with its expansion of free childcare?

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

Meghan Gallacher: Will the minister give way on that point?

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

Meghan Gallacher: Through its childcare expansion programme, the Government has created a system in which, when it comes to setting the rates, councils are both banker and competitor. Private, voluntary and independent nurseries are closing their doors. How on earth can the minister talk about the expansion of childcare and the importance of childcare when the Government does not have the right policy for it?

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

Meghan Gallacher: Will Miles Briggs give way?

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

Meghan Gallacher: The problem is that the legislation that was created in this Parliament by this SNP Scottish Government is not watertight. There are 32 councils doing 32 different things across all local authorities. [ Interruption .] We have a system in which councils are the competitor and the banker. The buck stops with the SNP and its legislation, which is not watertight.

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

Meghan Gallacher: I am going to start with an incredibly cheesy line. My mum and dad are my heroes. They taught me so many important life skills when I was growing up, but especially they taught me that hard work pays off. That has always stuck with me. Working hard, getting a job and getting yourself into a position where you are financially secure is what most people want in life. Becoming a parent in 2022...

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

Meghan Gallacher: I was hoping that the debate would not descend into politicking, but we are descending into politicking. It is a shame that the Scottish Government is doing that when we are trying to encourage parents into work so that we can try to eradicate child poverty. Some members in the chamber this afternoon will tell me that the current childcare expansion is a huge success, that there are no...

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

Meghan Gallacher: Absolutely. Nurses, doctors and others who work in front-line services are all impacted by that. That is why we need to look at childcare. I want childcare to work in Scotland. I think that everybody in the chamber wants that, but, every time I and others raise the issue, we seem to be shot down as if there are no problems whatsoever. Nurseries in the private sector are closing their doors...

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

Meghan Gallacher: Will the cabinet secretary engage with the private sector to ensure that nurseries do not continue to close their doors? That will make the childcare policy fail, and nobody wants that. The Government must engage with the private sector and sort out the problems to get the childcare roll-out back on track.

Scottish Parliament: International Women’s Day ( 7 Mar 2024)

Meghan Gallacher: I take the opportunity to welcome Kaukab Stewart to her post as Minister for Culture, Europe and International Development. We have worked together on the Equalities, Human Rights and Civil Justice Committee, and I look forward to our exchanges in the chamber from now on. International women’s day is an opportunity to reset our focus on what we can do to improve the lives of women in the...

Scottish Parliament: International Women’s Day ( 7 Mar 2024)

Meghan Gallacher: We absolutely do. That issue has had cross-party support in the past, and we can continue that support across parties to ensure that women who have had horrendous crime inflicted on them get the healthcare and support that they need. I have spent a lot of time in the debate talking about the heinous crimes that are committed against women globally. I turn my attention back to the UK, where I...


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