Results 81–100 of 1180 for speaker:Miles Briggs

Scottish Parliament: Housing Shortage (Edinburgh) ( 5 Oct 2023)

Miles Briggs: 7. To ask the Scottish Government what additional resources are being allocated to help to support the City of Edinburgh Council to address housing shortages, including the number of families in temporary accommodation, in light of figures showing that over a quarter of all children in temporary accommodation are in Edinburgh. (S6O-02606)

Scottish Parliament: Housing Shortage (Edinburgh) ( 5 Oct 2023)

Miles Briggs: I am not sure whether the minister or the cabinet secretary are aware of the emergency situation that we are seeing in Edinburgh. The latest figures show that 2,265 children are living in temporary accommodation in Edinburgh, which is up 20 per cent on last year and is an increase of 930 per cent since 2002. We need more action than what we have heard in the minister’s three answers today....

Scottish Parliament: Two-child Benefit Cap ( 4 Oct 2023)

Miles Briggs: The cabinet secretary’s policy calls on the UK Government to find £300 million. Where does she suggest that UK ministers find that money?

Scottish Parliament: Two-child Benefit Cap ( 4 Oct 2023)

Miles Briggs: I am always pleased to be able to debate welfare in the Parliament, and I welcome the fact that the Government has brought forward the debate. However, perhaps what we have seen is more to do with tomorrow’s by-election than the Government wanting to have a proper debate on the issue.

Scottish Parliament: Two-child Benefit Cap ( 4 Oct 2023)

Miles Briggs: No. Can I make some progress? I will be happy to take the member’s intervention later. It is hard to think of any UK Government in recent history, except perhaps the Governments of the first and second world wars, that has faced such huge economic challenges. The UK Government has faced the fallout and consequences of the global financial crisis, the Covid-19 pandemic and the global energy...

Scottish Parliament: Two-child Benefit Cap ( 4 Oct 2023)

Miles Briggs: That is not the case. As the member clearly knows, the policy is about fairness for working families as well—all families having to take difficult decisions. There is a political consensus on helping parents into work, which should be a Government priority. That requires a balanced system that provides strong work incentives and supports those who need it but that ensures fairness in our...

Scottish Parliament: Two-child Benefit Cap ( 4 Oct 2023)

Miles Briggs: I am always in favour of the DWP and Social Security Scotland having discussions about how we simplify access to benefits. That is something that both departments need to address. As the cabinet secretary has said, the issue of uptake is also important. The UK Government has continued to take action to help families with the cost of living. For example, the national living wage is set to...

Scottish Parliament: Two-child Benefit Cap ( 4 Oct 2023)

Miles Briggs: I would like to make some progress; I have only a few minutes left. I will see if I have time to let the member in later on. Recent SNP-Green cuts to, for example, employability schemes are continuing to make things problematic for many families who are seeking that support. The UK Government has consistently said that the best way to support people’s living standards is through good work,...

Scottish Parliament: Two-child Benefit Cap ( 4 Oct 2023)

Miles Briggs: As I have said, these are difficult decisions, and Governments have had to take them. The cabinet secretary has also got to think about that. However, the failure of this Government is what this Parliament is responsible for. As we have already heard, this Government has failed in relation to the roll-out of free school meals, the ability of local authorities to adequately fund childcare...

Scottish Parliament: Two-child Benefit Cap ( 4 Oct 2023)

Miles Briggs: No. I am coming to a conclusion. The Scottish Government has the ability to top up reserved benefits if it wishes, and we, as a Parliament, have the opportunity to decide where we want to change welfare policies. Powers over welfare, and over taxation to pay for those decisions, were demanded and transferred precisely so that our Scottish Parliament and Scottish Government could make...

Scottish Parliament: Two-child Benefit Cap ( 4 Oct 2023)

Miles Briggs: Just before the debate, the Cabinet Secretary for Social Justice sent me a letter; at First Minister’s questions, I had asked when all benefits would be devolved to Scotland. The Scottish Government still does not have a date for that, so why, when the Government says that it is doing so much, has it not managed to find the ways to deliver what it has the powers for here in the Scottish...

Scottish Parliament: Alcohol and Drug Deaths (“See Beyond — See the Lives — Scotland” Campaign) (28 Sep 2023)

Miles Briggs: I thank members from across the Parliament for their support for the motion, which has allowed this debate to take place, and I warmly welcome to the public gallery campaigners and those who have shared their letters to loved ones. In my time as an MSP, I have opened and spoken in many members’ business debates, but this one is very different and very personal. I know that it will be the...

Scottish Parliament: Sheriffhall Roundabout (Objections) (28 Sep 2023)

Miles Briggs: 6. To ask the Scottish Government whether it has received any recommendations from the independent reporter to consider any outstanding objections to the development of the A720 Sheriffhall roundabout in light of the public local inquiry, which took place at the beginning of February 2023. (S6O-02573)

Scottish Parliament: Sheriffhall Roundabout (Objections) (28 Sep 2023)

Miles Briggs: I am disappointed to hear that. People across Edinburgh and the Lothians and the south of Scotland will really want to know when those recommendations will be given to ministers and how fast we can see this progress. We need the A720 Sheriffhall roundabout to be upgraded. It has now been five years since it was included in the Edinburgh and south-east Scotland city region deal. Will the...

Scottish Parliament: Parliamentary Bureau Motions (20 Sep 2023)

Miles Briggs: I rise to speak against the approval of the SSI. The decision to implement rent controls was taken by Parliament under emergency Covid-19 legislative measures. Since the policy was implemented, we have seen record-high rents for new tenancies in Scotland; they have increased at the highest rate anywhere in the United Kingdom—there was an average 12.7 per cent increase in the year to July....

Scottish Parliament: Parliamentary Bureau Motions (20 Sep 2023)

Miles Briggs: I do not know whether the minister is coming on to this point, but the real concern in the sector relates to the significant increases for new entrants. Does he recognise that, in his community in Glasgow, the policy is leading to one of the highest rent increases for new entrants—13.7 per cent? That is a direct result of the policy.

Scottish Parliament: Social Security Scotland (Complaints) (14 Sep 2023)

Miles Briggs: 5. To ask the First Minister what the Scottish Government’s response is to statistics reportedly showing that the number of complaints against Social Security Scotland has increased by 350 per cent in one year. (S6F-02371)

Scottish Parliament: Social Security Scotland (Complaints) (14 Sep 2023)

Miles Briggs: I am sure that the First Minister must agree, though, that the situation is not acceptable. MSPs across the chamber will be aware of increasing costs being experienced by our constituents and of a rise in complaints. SNP ministers have said that all is well, but we are seeing increased processing times, delays in benefit roll-out and the possibility of the full devolution of all benefits not...

Scottish Parliament: Affordable Housing Supply Programme (14 Sep 2023)

Miles Briggs: I was interested to hear both the minister’s and Colin Smyth’s spin on this topic, because new statistics published on Tuesday show that the number of affordable homes that were approved in the quarter between April and June has reached the lowest level in 10 years. Those are the facts. Why have SNP and Green ministers dropped their target for the number of affordable homes to be built...

Scottish Parliament: Short-term Lets Licensing Scheme (13 Sep 2023)

Miles Briggs: Will the minister take an intervention?


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