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

Miles Briggs: I thank the organisations that have provided briefings, our committee clerks for their support on the report and the witnesses who have given important evidence on how this issue has impacted on their lives, as the convener said. The bill is technical and, as is the case with all framework bills, the devil will be in the detail of the guidance and ministerial direction that come from it. I...

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

Miles Briggs: Absolutely. For so many people—whether it is those who gave evidence to the committee or our constituents—there is huge frustration about being kept in the dark for too long. Politicians talking about this is one thing, but the work to come up with solutions for the developers that will be tasked with making buildings safe and undertaking surveys must progress at pace. There must be...

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

Miles Briggs: The minister will have seen the briefing that the Association of British Insurers has provided to all members—specifically, its concerns about the on-going problems that will exist in obtaining buildings cover if we do not hear from the Scottish Government about resolving or managing additional safety issues. Beyond the bill, will the Scottish Government look to introduce a factoring, fire...

Scottish Parliament: Sheriffhall Roundabout (Budget) ( 6 Mar 2024)

Miles Briggs: 7. To ask the Scottish Government how much it will allocate through its budget to fund any potential cost increases related to improvements to the A720 city bypass grade separation of Sheriffhall roundabout. (S6O-03164)

Scottish Parliament: Sheriffhall Roundabout (Budget) ( 6 Mar 2024)

Miles Briggs: It has now been more than a year since the public inquiry into the matter closed. Why is it taking so long for that to report? What assessment have ministers made of potential cost increases for the project? Given that the Scottish Government and the UK Government have committed £300 million to the project, it is clear that the huge delay—we are now in the middle of this session of...

Scottish Parliament: Benefits Uptake (22 Feb 2024)

Miles Briggs: The cabinet secretary and her predecessor said that no one would lose out because of Scottish National Party changes to our social security payments, but we know that that is not true. The winter heating payment has left many people in the Highlands and Aberdeenshire out of pocket. Will the cabinet secretary undertake a review of that policy so that people who live in Aviemore, Braemar and...

Scottish Parliament: Social Security (Investment) ( 7 Feb 2024)

Miles Briggs: I know about the cabinet secretary’s points from my committee work and agree with many of them, but what work has the Scottish Government undertaken to look at the fact—it is a fact—that the number of complaints that Social Security Scotland has received has increased by 174 per cent in just one year?

Scottish Parliament: Social Security (Investment) ( 7 Feb 2024)

Miles Briggs: I think that we have heard a lot of the SNP rhetoric that we will hear during the Westminster election. I thank the organisations that provided helpful briefings for today’s debate. We all want a social security system that can help people to realise their potential and provide a safety net when they need it. As the cabinet secretary stated at the beginning of the debate, Parliament has...

Scottish Parliament: Social Security (Investment) ( 7 Feb 2024)

Miles Briggs: I definitely think that that should be looked at. A number of issues have been touched on that both Governments can look to take forward collectively—Willie Rennie made a characteristically measured contribution. However, today, we have lacked a vision for our social security system. On that point, 150,000 of our fellow Scots who have never been able to get into work—that is 6.8 per cent...

Scottish Parliament: Social Security (Investment) ( 7 Feb 2024)

Miles Briggs: I do not think that that is the case. The decisions that the UK Government has taken to increase Barnett formula funding have provided the Scottish Government with the resources to make different decisions and to make that investment. I was about to come on to the point about UK Government support. We have heard a lot from SNP and Green back benchers about that, but let us look at the facts....

Scottish Parliament: Social Security (Investment) ( 7 Feb 2024)

Miles Briggs: I do not have any more flexibility. The UK Government has also raised the minimum wage from £11.44, which will result in an increase of more than £2,000 a year for many households. Let us not forget that the state pension will increase by an average of more than £900 this year, benefiting more than 1 million pensioners in Scotland. Taken as a whole, both Governments can and should be...

Scottish Parliament: National Treatment Centres ( 1 Feb 2024)

Miles Briggs: L ast year, 59,240 patients attended the Princess Alexandra eye pavilion. For a patient in Edinburgh or the Borders with a detached retina, the need for urgent emergency surgery is critical. The Cabinet Secretary for NHS Recovery, Health and Social Care has suggested that, if the Edinburgh eye pavilion is not replaced, more surgery will be centralised in the Golden Jubilee national hospital...

Scottish Parliament: Edinburgh Eye Pavilion (Replacement) (25 Jan 2024)

Miles Briggs: It is more than three years since Scottish National Party ministers cancelled the new replacement hospital for the eye pavilion in Edinburgh, a decision that the former First Minister agreed to U-turn on during the 2020-21 Holyrood election, pledging to build a new hospital during this parliamentary session. Will the First Minister keep that pledge to patients in Edinburgh and the south-east...

Scottish Parliament: Affordable Homes (25 Jan 2024)

Miles Briggs: Scotland’s “affordable homes target risks becoming an impossible dream.” Those are not my words but the words of the chief executive of the Scottish Federation of Housing Associations. The Scottish Government set a target of 10 per cent of all affordable homes to be in rural and island communities. Last year, however, there was a record low in approvals and completions. Does the...

Scottish Parliament: Housing Need (23 Jan 2024)

Miles Briggs: Scottish Government figures have shown that the number of affordable homes being started decreased by 24 per cent in the quarter from July to September. No one in the housing sector now believes that the Scottish Government is on track to meet its housing targets. What review is being undertaken of the targets that the Government has set? As Paul O’Kane has highlighted, they are really...

Scottish Parliament: City of Edinburgh Council (Housing Emergency Declaration) (18 Jan 2024)

Miles Briggs: We need to find solutions, and part of that is about looking at our land supply issues in the capital. Will the Scottish Government agree to audit all public land—not just council land and Scottish Government agency land, but national health service land as well—to see what development sites might be available to help to significantly reduce the cost of affordable housing development? We...

Scottish Parliament: Hospices (National Funding Framework) (17 Jan 2024)

Miles Briggs: 6. To ask the Scottish Government what discussions the finance secretary has had with ministerial colleagues regarding the allocation of funding for the development of a national funding framework for adult and child hospices in Scotland. (S6O-02971)

Scottish Parliament: Hospices (National Funding Framework) (17 Jan 2024)

Miles Briggs: I do not praise the cabinet secretary very often, so she may enjoy this moment. During her time as health secretary, it was very welcome that a five-year funding framework for child hospices in Scotland was developed, which has now come to an end. This year, the hospice sector is reporting that it has been destabilised by rising staffing costs, especially as a result of the agenda for change...

Scottish Parliament: Empty Homes (16 Jan 2024)

Miles Briggs: The percentage of empty properties in rural and remote areas is higher than the Scottish average. In a written response to me just before Christmas, the minister outlined how the Scottish Government’s £25 million of rural affordable homes funding had generated zero homes. What work is the minister doing to use that money to target and audit empty homes, especially those in the social...

Scottish Parliament: Visitor Levy (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (16 Jan 2024)

Miles Briggs: I thank the clerks of the Local Government, Housing and Planning Committee for the work that they have put into our consideration of the bill and the many organisations that have provided helpful briefings ahead of today’s debate. We should rightly be proud of and celebrate our outstanding tourism sector in Scotland. The visitor offer that tourism businesses across Scotland provide is world...

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