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Scottish Parliament: Support for Victims and Witnesses (Domestic Abuse Cases) (20 Mar 2024)

Pam Gosal: My proposed domestic abuse prevention bill would offer more support to domestic abuse victims. I hope that the Government will soon come on board and support my proposal. In light of the recent news that domestic abuse victims in the rest of the United Kingdom will be able to receive cash payments of £2,500 in order to leave a violent home, will the Scottish Government expand its leavers...

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

Pam Gosal: As a member of the Local Government, Housing and Planning Committee, I am pleased to contribute to this important debate on the Housing (Cladding Remediation) (Scotland) Bill. I also place on record my thanks to everyone who gave evidence and to the clerks for all their work. In 2017, the Grenfell tower fire tragically claimed the lives of 72 people. We can all agree that there is an urgent...

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Local Authorities Remuneration Committee (Report) ( 6 Mar 2024)

Pam Gosal: The Scottish local authorities remuneration committee recommends that resettlement severance payments be introduced for councillors who lose office. That would be modelled on the system that is applied to MSPs and it would be in place for the next election cycle. Has the minister been made aware of any costings for such an arrangement? If so, can he explain what data has been used to inform...

Scottish Parliament: Local Government Finance (Scotland) Order 2024 [Draft] (28 Feb 2024)

Pam Gosal: I am pleased to speak on behalf of the Scottish Conservatives on the order. From the outset, it is right that we acknowledge that the 2024-25 local government settlement has been decided in the context of a number of challenging fiscal circumstances. Inflation might have fallen significantly since the heights that were seen in 2023, but we are still dealing with its global effects. The...

Scottish Parliament: Local Government Finance (Scotland) Order 2024 [Draft] (28 Feb 2024)

Pam Gosal: I think that the minister should listen to me say how we are going to vote.

Scottish Parliament: Local Government Finance (Scotland) Order 2024 [Draft] (28 Feb 2024)

Pam Gosal: Do we have enough time, Presiding Officer?

Scottish Parliament: Local Government Finance (Scotland) Order 2024 [Draft] (28 Feb 2024)

Pam Gosal: That is a good question, and it is great that I can clarify that. I have spoken to 31 council chief executive officers. I have gone right to the top of the chain to speak about the cuts that the SNP Scottish Government is making, which will be devastating for local services. I hope that that satisfies the minister. Before I conclude, I make it clear that we will not vote against the order at...

Scottish Parliament: Budget (Scotland) (No 3) Bill (27 Feb 2024)

Pam Gosal: I am honoured to contribute to the stage 3 budget debate from the Scottish Conservative benches today. Everyone recognises that the relationship between national and local government is critical, especially as it is largely through local government that our public services are delivered. We all depend on that relationship to work. It needs to be built on trust and on a mutual understanding of...

Scottish Parliament: Budget (Scotland) (No 3) Bill (27 Feb 2024)

Pam Gosal: Here is what I have been hearing. I hear members saying, “Ooh!” I am doing their job for them in relation to local government. [ Laughter .] Members are laughing at local authorities.

Scottish Parliament: Budget (Scotland) (No 3) Bill (27 Feb 2024)

Pam Gosal: Members need to stop and listen. Perhaps they need to take a leaf out of the Scottish Conservatives’ book and understand that listening to local authorities is important.

Scottish Parliament: Budget (Scotland) (No 3) Bill (27 Feb 2024)

Pam Gosal: Here is what I have been hearing—this one is for the cabinet secretary. Under the current funding settlement, the three shared priorities are undeliverable. Public services are being cut. A just transition to net zero is a pipe dream. [ Interruption .]

Scottish Parliament: Budget (Scotland) (No 3) Bill (27 Feb 2024)

Pam Gosal: Thank you, Presiding Officer. In relation to tackling child poverty, the cabinet secretary need look no further than SNP-led Glasgow City Council, which is looking to axe 450 teaching posts, or SNP-led Perth and Kinross Council, which could be forced to hike the cost of school meals, cut school days and close breakfast clubs.

Scottish Parliament: Budget (Scotland) (No 3) Bill (27 Feb 2024)

Pam Gosal: I will certainly not give way to that member. After speaking to 31 local authorities, it is clear to me that this decades-old, outdated system is in urgent need of reform. Just last week, the Deputy First Minister attempted to bully COSLA and all councils into accepting a council tax freeze, or else the Scottish Government would withhold UK Government Barnett consequentials. Imagine the...

Scottish Parliament: Addressing Depopulation Action Plan (22 Feb 2024)

Pam Gosal: Housing is mentioned 114 times in the depopulation action plan, yet Homes for Scotland was not consulted on the plan, nor even made aware of it, despite being an adviser on housing to 2040. Does the First Minister accept that the failure to properly consult the sector on the plan is a huge misstep? What action will he take to rectify that?

Scottish Parliament: Inward Migration (Rest of the UK) (22 Feb 2024)

Pam Gosal: Any understanding of the Laffer curve seems to escape members on the Scottish National Party front benches. Rather than increasing the number of taxpayers, the SNP seems hellbent on sending them away in what has been termed the “tartan exodus”. One of the main deterrents to living and working in Scotland is the widening tax gap, which is also likely to impede the economic growth that is...

Scottish Parliament: National Health Service Waiting Times (Children, Adolescents and Young Adults) (21 Feb 2024)

Pam Gosal: 2. To ask the Scottish Government how it is tackling NHS waiting times for conditions affecting children, adolescents and young adults. (S6O-03095)

Scottish Parliament: National Health Service Waiting Times (Children, Adolescents and Young Adults) (21 Feb 2024)

Pam Gosal: I have a young constituent who has suffered from tonsillitis more than 14 times in the past 12 to 18 months. The condition is occurring more frequently and has recently been recurring every two weeks. Her education is constantly disrupted with days off school, and she is concerned about how that will impact her end-of-year grade. My constituent has been told that the waiting time for a...

Scottish Parliament: Business Confidence and Promotion of Entrepreneurship ( 7 Feb 2024)

Pam Gosal: 1. To ask the Scottish Government what measures it will take in the next financial year to boost the confidence of those operating in the business sector and to promote entrepreneurship. (S6O-03054) I draw members’ attention to my entry in the register of members’ interests, which shows that I own shares in commercial properties, from which I receive no remuneration. I have no running...

Scottish Parliament: Business Confidence and Promotion of Entrepreneurship ( 7 Feb 2024)

Pam Gosal: Research carried out by Survation found that many Scots are increasingly looking beyond Scotland for job opportunities, thanks to the Scottish National Party’s higher taxes. Self-employed people and business owners were the most likely to think about the shift, with 47 per cent saying that they would consider relocating. Does the minister accept that the First Minister’s vaunted new deal...

Scottish Parliament: Bankruptcy and Diligence (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 ( 6 Feb 2024)

Pam Gosal: I am delighted to contribute to the debate on behalf of the Scottish Conservatives. The laws that deal with issues such as insolvency are vast and complex, which is unsurprising for an area of law that can affect people’s wellbeing so significantly. For people who are suffering with mental health issues, debt is something that will only make things worse. We know that one in two adults who...


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