Results 61–80 of 1180 for speaker:Miles Briggs

Scottish Parliament: Human Rights of Asylum Seekers in Scotland (Report) (12 Dec 2023)

Miles Briggs: I start, as others have done, by putting on record our concerns and thoughts at the reported death of an asylum seeker on the Bibby Stockholm. I welcome the opportunity to speak in the debate and to discuss the findings of the report. I thank the members and the clerks of the Equalities, Human Rights and Civil Justice Committee for their work, and all the organisations and individuals who...

Scottish Parliament: Human Rights of Asylum Seekers in Scotland (Report) (12 Dec 2023)

Miles Briggs: Yes. I am happy to, if I have the time.

Scottish Parliament: Human Rights of Asylum Seekers in Scotland (Report) (12 Dec 2023)

Miles Briggs: I agree with the sentiments that have been expressed by the member. Those who are tasked with providing support services, especially mental health services, need to do that on a case-by-case basis. In some communities, an additional barrier often arises with regard to interpreters, who need to be funded. That is something that should be considered. Health boards often find it difficult to...

Scottish Parliament: Disability Equality and Human Rights ( 5 Dec 2023)

Miles Briggs: I apologise for the delay in my attendance in the chamber. I will open with the words of Natasha Hamilton, daughter of Anne Duke, who gave evidence last month to the Scottish Covid inquiry. Natasha told the inquiry that she did not have a chance to say a final goodbye to her mother because she had to “wait her turn” while her father and sister were in Anne’s room. Even though the family...

Scottish Parliament: Disability Equality and Human Rights ( 5 Dec 2023)

Miles Briggs: I absolutely am. The cases that I am referring to relate to individuals who had complex needs and care needs during the pandemic. Indeed, the first line of my amendment makes a point about the need for investigations into “the failings of Scottish ministers during the pandemic” around human rights. It is important that we consider that today. Another constituent of mine who also raised...

Scottish Parliament: Disability Equality and Human Rights ( 5 Dec 2023)

Miles Briggs: Perhaps one of the greatest changes that will affect disabled people and their ability to realise their right to independent living is the establishment of the national care service. In its briefing for the debate, Inclusion Scotland outlined a number of concerns, specifically saying that the Government’s approach to shaping the governance of the national care service is not “in the...

Scottish Parliament: Terminally Ill People and Their Carers (Support) (30 Nov 2023)

Miles Briggs: The cost of running vital medical equipment such as a ventilator can be £26 a month. A humidifier can cost £15 a month, oxygen concentrators can cost £61 a month and an air mattress can cost up to £22 a month. The former First Minister said that she would work to ensure that those costs would be covered. Has that happened?

Scottish Parliament: Heat in Buildings (28 Nov 2023)

Miles Briggs: I thank the minister for the advance sight of his statement. Today will mark the start of a 10-year time bomb for more than half of Scotland’s home owners. SNP and Green ministers have come to the chamber today with a timescale but not a plan for how they will achieve what they have set out. There is nothing in the statement today to provide reassurances that SNP and Green ministers...

Scottish Parliament: NHS Lothian (Deafness Testing) ( 9 Nov 2023)

Miles Briggs: 5. To ask the First Minister what support the Scottish Government is offering to NHS Lothian to contact the parents and guardians of the over 23,000 children who reportedly may have received substandard testing to identify deafness, including support to identify any other young children who have not received the required standard of auditory brainstem response testing. (S6F-02510)

Scottish Parliament: NHS Lothian (Deafness Testing) ( 9 Nov 2023)

Miles Briggs: The series of failures in NHS Lothian that has denied children with hearing loss the chance to be identified early and receive hearing therapy and speech and language therapy has been catastrophic for children and families here in Edinburgh. NHS Lothian has never confirmed how many parents or guardians have been contacted or how many of the 23,000 children have been reassessed. It is...

Scottish Parliament: Homelessness ( 9 Nov 2023)

Miles Briggs: This time last week, councillors from all five political parties on the City of Edinburgh Council, including the minister’s party, declared Scotland’s capital city to be in a housing emergency and said that significant and urgent additional support was needed to meet the needs of Edinburgh’s people. Does the minister accept that Edinburgh is in a housing emergency? What emergency...

Scottish Parliament: Children in Temporary Accommodation (Access to Mental Health Services) ( 8 Nov 2023)

Miles Briggs: 7. To ask the Scottish Government what assessment it has made of the ability of children living in temporary accommodation to access health services, in particular in relation to current levels of treatment from mental health services. (S6O-02694)

Scottish Parliament: Children in Temporary Accommodation (Access to Mental Health Services) ( 8 Nov 2023)

Miles Briggs: A total of 2,265 children are living in temporary accommodation here in the capital, so it is little wonder that, last week, City of Edinburgh Council declared a housing emergency. I have been supporting and working with a number of families living in temporary accommodation who have been unable to register with general practitioners in the capital. Many GPs are operating closed lists and are...

Scottish Parliament: Reinforced Autoclaved Aerated Concrete (Support for Evacuated Residents) ( 2 Nov 2023)

Miles Briggs: The response to a freedom of information request that I submitted to the City of Edinburgh Council identified two developments comprising 43 homes that contain RAAC. Can the cabinet secretary tell Parliament whether ministers now know how many social rented properties and private properties across Scotland could contain RAAC?

Scottish Parliament: Edinburgh Tram Inquiry Report ( 2 Nov 2023)

Miles Briggs: I thank the cabinet secretary for providing advance sight of her statement. After almost 10 years and £13 million of taxpayers’ money, there is very little in the statement to suggest that Scottish National Party ministers have accepted their role in the failures around the Edinburgh tram project. The former Deputy First Minister John Swinney is mentioned 156 times by name in the report,...

Scottish Parliament: Rural and Islands Housing (31 Oct 2023)

Miles Briggs: Like other members, I welcome the opportunity to debate housing in Government time. I thank the many organisations that have provided useful briefings ahead of today’s debate. The debate is the first opportunity for the Parliament to look at the details of the Scottish Government’s “Rural & Islands Housing Action Plan”. The question that we must ask ourselves is whether the plan is...

Scottish Parliament: Rural and Islands Housing (31 Oct 2023)

Miles Briggs: Will the minister take an intervention?

Scottish Parliament: Rural and Islands Housing (31 Oct 2023)

Miles Briggs: One of the key points of the plan is to review the bureaucracy that is holding back potential changes to policies. Is the Government willing to take that forward above and beyond the plan?

Scottish Parliament: Anne’s Law (Implementation) (26 Oct 2023)

Miles Briggs: This week, I met campaigners to discuss the impact of lockdowns on families of people who live in care homes. After a long campaign, it was welcome that the Scottish Government announced that it would implement Anne’s law. However, there are concerns that that has still not happened and that the issue currently sits in the National Care Service (Scotland) Bill. Campaigners want the...

Scottish Parliament: Low-income Households (Green Energy) ( 5 Oct 2023)

Miles Briggs: A recent parliamentary question that the minister answered showed the massive disparity between Edinburgh and Glasgow in respect of the number of homes that have been retrofitted through the social housing net zero heat fund. In the past two financial years, Edinburgh has been awarded a total of 116 grants, in comparison with Glasgow's 7,260—Glasgow accounts for 65 per cent of all grants...


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