Results 181–200 of 1180 for speaker:Miles Briggs

Scottish Parliament: National Planning Framework 4 (11 Jan 2023)

Miles Briggs: I absolutely agree with that point. A key aspect that needs to be addressed is that, given the additional costs faced by small-scale builders, many of which might not survive any coming recession, we need to look at the potential for more small-scale investments to be supported. I would like there to be a rural homes delivery agency to drive forward progress on the targets in the way that...

Scottish Parliament: National Planning Framework 4 (11 Jan 2023)

Miles Briggs: I very much welcome that. To avoid unintended consequences of any policy that the Parliament introduces, it is important that the guidance does not result in a potential slowdown in the economy or in job creation. None of us would want that to happen. We also want there to be a better focus in the planning system on the delivery of community projects and infrastructure. In Edinburgh, I have...

Scottish Parliament: National Planning Framework 4 (11 Jan 2023)

Miles Briggs: Although I welcome much of what has been changed in NPF4, it is not acceptable in its current form, and therefore the Scottish Conservatives will not support it at decision time.

Scottish Parliament: National Planning Framework 4 (11 Jan 2023)

Miles Briggs: I agree with what Mark Griffin is saying about the numbers of homes, but the types of homes are also critically important. A freedom of information request by the Scottish Conservatives has shown that there are 24,000 disabled people on housing waiting lists. That is up from 9,700 in 2017. The types of houses need to change, and we have not really seen that in NPF4.

Scottish Parliament: National Planning Framework 4 (11 Jan 2023)

Miles Briggs: During his time as cabinet secretary with responsibility for rural affairs, Mr Ewing will have been aware of the need for new entrants to enter the sector, often to replace older farmers who leave farming. I feel that that issue has been missed in the national planning framework. Does he support calls for the Government to do more work on that?

Scottish Parliament: National Planning Framework 4 (11 Jan 2023)

Miles Briggs: rose—

Scottish Parliament: National Planning Framework 4 (11 Jan 2023)

Miles Briggs: I understand what the minister is outlining, but is he not concerned that there is no mechanism for fixing underdelivery in the land pipeline, and that NPF4 should have taken that forward? Will he commit to outlining how that will be monitored, because we need those homes.

Scottish Parliament: Proposed Domestic Building Environmental Standards (Scotland) Bill (10 Jan 2023)

Miles Briggs: I, too, pay tribute to Alex Rowley for his work on the bill and the important work that he has put in to get us to this point. The Scottish Government’s latest housing statistics have revealed that the number of housing completions across all tenures in Scotland is still way below pre-Covid levels. Therefore, I have two questions for the minister. First, how will the Scottish Government...

Scottish Parliament: Families Experiencing Poverty (Support for Life-sustaining Equipment) (22 Dec 2022)

Miles Briggs: 8. To ask the Scottish Government what discussions the social justice secretary has had with ministerial colleagues regarding the support available to families experiencing poverty, including as a result of rising energy costs when a seriously ill child relies on life-sustaining equipment at home. (S6O-01731)

Scottish Parliament: Families Experiencing Poverty (Support for Life-sustaining Equipment) (22 Dec 2022)

Miles Briggs: I have raised these issues with the minister on a number of occasions. We know the additional cost that families are facing, especially those families who are caring for people with long-term, terminal conditions. I welcome some of the work that the minister outlined, but it is clear that we need to see more done and to collectively go further. The minister has already agreed to meet me in...

Scottish Parliament: Hospice Care Sector (Funding) (15 Dec 2022)

Miles Briggs: There are growing concerns about the financial resilience of hospices across Scotland. The sector faces significant pressures with regard to staffing and energy costs. I met hospice staff in my region who report that they are already supporting the delivery of core services from their reserves. One of the impacts of the pandemic is that more people need to move to palliative care. Will the...

Scottish Parliament: Budget 2023-24 (15 Dec 2022)

Miles Briggs: The Deputy First Minister mentioned the Bute house agreement, which states that the SNP-Green Government will deliver 110,000 affordable homes. Today’s budget cuts the housing budget by £215 million in real terms, which comes on the back of last year’s cut to the housing budget. That decision will undermine jobs in the construction sector. The SNP Government is now driving a housing...

Scottish Parliament: Asset Transfers and Community Empowerment (15 Dec 2022)

Miles Briggs: The debate has given us an opportunity to celebrate the asset transfers in all our communities. Fulton MacGregor perhaps wins the award for the most thank yous delivered during a speech, although Jenni Minto gave him a run for his money on that. I am not going to be outdone, however, because I want to highlight some of the great projects here in my region. In 2016, I was pleased to support...

Scottish Parliament: Asset Transfers and Community Empowerment (15 Dec 2022)

Miles Briggs: I agree, but I also think that councils’ budgets do not allow them to do much else apart from look towards the health and safety concerns that affect such buildings, which is their duty at the end of the day.

Scottish Parliament: Asset Transfers and Community Empowerment (15 Dec 2022)

Miles Briggs: I agree with Stephanie Callaghan’s point. My colleague Alexander Stewart highlighted that the process around community asset transfers can often be complicated, and we need councils to be able to assist communities. In future we need more focus on the teams who will deliver that. We know that planning departments are having staffing problems anyway, but often people in councils are not...

Scottish Parliament: Cost of Living (Public Services) (14 Dec 2022)

Miles Briggs: 4. To ask the Scottish Government what assessment it has made of how any additional cost of living pressures will impact on the rebuilding of public services, as set out in its Covid recovery strategy, in particular public services in Edinburgh. (S6O-01679)

Scottish Parliament: Cost of Living (Public Services) (14 Dec 2022)

Miles Briggs: The capital has some of the highest vacancy rates in our public services and some of the highest housing and childcare costs. I have previously raised with the Scottish Government the potential development of an Edinburgh pay weighting. Will the cabinet secretary agree to meet me to discuss that further and whether the Government will look to commission university research into the potential...

Scottish Parliament: Police Officer Numbers (Edinburgh) ( 7 Dec 2022)

Miles Briggs: 1. To ask the Scottish Government what steps are being taken to increase the allocation of police officers in Edinburgh. (S6O-01652)

Scottish Parliament: Police Officer Numbers (Edinburgh) ( 7 Dec 2022)

Miles Briggs: Scottish Government figures show that, in the third quarter of 2022, the number of police officers in Scotland is at its lowest level in 14 years. In Edinburgh, there are estimated to be more than 100 fewer officers than there should be, given Edinburgh’s population share. Does the cabinet secretary recognise the situation in the capital, which has some of the lowest police levels that we...

Scottish Parliament: Local Government Budget ( 6 Dec 2022)

Miles Briggs: The local government core settlement has seen a real-terms reduction of 15.2 per cent since 2013-14, with COSLA noting in March that increasingly directed funding and pressure on core budgets mean that councils have limited flexibility. Council leaders are saying that there is nothing else to cut and we also know now that the national care service will destabilise the planning and delivery of...


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