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Scottish Parliament: Portfolio Question Time: Music Teachers (Primary School) (16 May 2024)

Miles Briggs: To ask the Scottish Government what it anticipates the impact of the reported reduction in primary school music teacher numbers will be on children and young people. (S6O-03439)

Scottish Parliament: Portfolio Question Time: Music Teachers (Primary School) (16 May 2024)

Miles Briggs: The cabinet secretary mentioned protecting teacher numbers, but there are now only 37 specialist music teachers in primary schools across Scotland. That number is down from 98 in 2008, the first year of the Scottish National Party being in power, and down from 108 in 2011. Does the cabinet secretary share my concern that, in a country with such rich musical traditions as Scotland,...

Scottish Parliament: First Minister’s Question Time: Affordable Housing (Rural and Island Areas) (16 May 2024)

Miles Briggs: A freedom of information request has revealed that Scottish National Party ministers have no idea how many houses will be built in Scotland in the coming years. Under the Scottish Government’s national planning framework, record low levels of land are coming forward in the development pipeline. What urgent steps will ministers take to review the Scottish Government’s national planning...

Scottish Parliament: Portfolio Question Time: Housing (Scotland) Bill ( 8 May 2024)

Miles Briggs: There is a lot to welcome in the bill, and we have welcomed many parts of it, but rent controls, which are part of the bill, are hugely damaging the market in Scotland. Rent controls have led to a decrease in supply. Some 17 per cent of landlords are saying that they will sell or consider selling their property. Rent controls are also driving up rents, and we have the highest increase in...

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Employment Injuries Advisory Council Bill: Stage 1 (18 Apr 2024)

Miles Briggs: Mark Griffin will probably be feeling nauseous by now, but I start by paying tribute to him and his office for the power of work that he has put into the bill. I also thank everyone who has provided input to the deliberations and work of the Social Justice and Social Security Committee on his proposal. As we have heard, there is consensus on the urgent need for progress to be made...

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Employment Injuries Advisory Council Bill: Stage 1 (18 Apr 2024)

Miles Briggs: Will the cabinet secretary take an intervention on that point?

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Employment Injuries Advisory Council Bill: Stage 1 (18 Apr 2024)

Miles Briggs: What will be the make-up of that advisory group?

Scottish Parliament: Portfolio Question Time: Fossil and Biofuel Heating Systems (18 Apr 2024)

Miles Briggs: The recent heat in buildings consultation undervalues the significance and ability of renewable liquid fuels to contribute to a just transition and allow off-grid households to decarbonise in a fair, easy and affordable way. Will the minister commit to giving renewable liquid fuels a prominent role in the upcoming heat in buildings legislation? Will he look towards removing renewable liquid...

Scottish Parliament: People with Learning Difficulties and Complex Needs (Care) (28 Mar 2024)

Miles Briggs: Two years ago, in the “Coming Home” report, ministers pledged that, by March 2024, we would see real change, with out-of-area residential placements and inappropriate hospital stays for young people ending, and that we would see a proper care package put in place for families, with families and individuals having that choice taken into account. However, the Government has failed to...

Scottish Parliament: Housing (Empty Properties) (14 Mar 2024)

Miles Briggs: 2. To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to bring empty properties back into use for housing. (S6O-03199)

Scottish Parliament: Housing (Empty Properties) (14 Mar 2024)

Miles Briggs: I agree that we need a real call to action to bring the estimated 43,000 empty homes in Scotland back into use. Shelter has done some welcome work in England to support councils to bring homes back. Here in Edinburgh, in my area, there are 3,000 council-owned empty properties. What work will the Scottish Government do to help councils to fund projects to bring properties back? Has the...

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

Miles Briggs: I thank the organisations that have provided helpful briefings ahead of today’s debate, and I thank our committee clerks for the amount of work that they did on what has been quite a long committee inquiry. I was keen for the Social Justice and Social Security Committee to undertake the inquiry, and I very much welcome the evidence that has been given on what needs to improve to help...

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

Miles Briggs: The point that the former education secretary and Deputy First Minister also needs to understand is that the Scottish Government has created this model in which Scottish Government-funded early years units and nurseries are providing free hours for pre-school, which has had an impact on where people are working in the sector. We know that the number of individual childminders in Scotland, for...

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

Miles Briggs: I do not think that I will be able to get six minutes back.

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

Miles Briggs: The key thing is choice.

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

Miles Briggs: I agree with Meghan Gallacher on that point. That is at the heart of what the report captured. The committee has asked the Scottish Government to reassess the scope and to accelerate its work in childcare provision. It has noted that the exact timings, hours of provision, eligibility and income thresholds for child provision have still not been announced by Scottish Government ministers. We...

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

Miles Briggs: The Deputy Presiding Officer has been most courteous on the matter of time. Inclusion Scotland’s briefing states that the proposed changes would disproportionately affect households in receipt of benefits. There have been a number of really positive suggestions on further increasing the funded childcare entitlement to the equivalent of 50 hours a week for low-income families. There has also...

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

Miles Briggs: I felt that I had to intervene on John Swinney in the debate, to be quite honest. I want to ask about one of the key parts of the issue—the report touches on this—which is that employability schemes can be vulnerable and face budget cuts. I know that Mr Swinney cut employability schemes when he was finance secretary. Why are employability schemes being at the heart of decision making in...


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