Results 101–120 of 1180 for speaker:Miles Briggs

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

Miles Briggs: The minister talks about colleagues. His Scottish National Party colleague Tommy Sheppard has said: “This isn’t about home sharing—where people let out their spare room in their own home for the festival—and there’s still some work to be done there.” Well, I am sorry, but that is exactly what this legislation is about. That group of people is being captured. I think that the...

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

Miles Briggs: Will the member give way?

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

Miles Briggs: If the policy is working so well, why have 80 per cent of people not applied to register under the scheme? What is the Government going to do about that in the next two weeks?

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

Miles Briggs: Will the minister take an intervention?

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

Miles Briggs: The minister will recognise the name Avril Rennie, because she won the title of Scottish bed and breakfast of the year. He wrote to congratulate her at the Carlton Seamill B and B in Ayrshire. She says that the system in Ayrshire is too complex and costly and she is not likely to apply for it. There is a need to take a phased approach beyond the 1 October deadline. Does the minister...

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

Miles Briggs: Last week, I and other MSPs—from all the Opposition parties, anyway—met protesters outside Parliament. Welcoming constituents to Parliament is something that we do most week. However, that day was different because the people whom I met outside Parliament had never previously protested in their lives. They were hard-working law-abiding Scottish citizens who have been running bed and...

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

Miles Briggs: I am not sure that the minister is really understanding where the policy sits, because 80 per cent of people in Edinburgh have not applied. If he thinks that that is indicative of a great scheme that is fit for purpose and is delivering, he is wrong. Those people have decided not to apply for a reason. We are already seeing the impact of bed nights being withdrawn. The cost of staying in the...

Scottish Parliament: Temporary Accommodation and Social Housing (Edinburgh) (Government Support) ( 7 Sep 2023)

Miles Briggs: I agree with Ben Macpherson. In Edinburgh, the number of children who are currently living in temporary accommodation stands at 2,755, which is an increase of 13 per cent on last year. That is almost one third of the total number of children in Scotland who are currently living in temporary accommodation. The situation is escalating out of control. It is time for Scottish National Party and...

Scottish Parliament: Reinforced Autoclaved Aerated Concrete ( 7 Sep 2023)

Miles Briggs: I thank the cabinet secretary for advance sight of her statement. It is clear that, for more than 40 years, the use of RAAC will have been widespread in construction projects not only in the school estate but, potentially, across all buildings that were constructed during that era. We need full transparency. I welcome the publication of the information, as was signalled by the First Minister...

Scottish Parliament: Equality within the 2023-24 Programme for Government ( 6 Sep 2023)

Miles Briggs: Is it still the case that the Scottish Government will stand by the First Minister’s commitment in March for a new national funding framework for hospices in Scotland?

Scottish Parliament: Equality within the 2023-24 Programme for Government ( 6 Sep 2023)

Miles Briggs: Will the member take an intervention?

Scottish Parliament: Equality within the 2023-24 Programme for Government ( 6 Sep 2023)

Miles Briggs: It was interesting to listen to the former First Minister’ s opening remarks. I welcome them, because our political discourse has become so defensive. We have seen that this week from SNP and Green ministers around their broken pledges and promises. Collectively, if we are going to solve some of these problems, especially those around equalities, ministers need to start to listen and work...

Scottish Parliament: Equality within the 2023-24 Programme for Government ( 6 Sep 2023)

Miles Briggs: The cabinet secretary knows that I always welcome the conversations that we have. We do not have them enough, though. That is one of the points that I am making. Cabinet secretaries and ministers are just relying on Green votes now in this Parliament. That is fine, but they are making a mess of legislation as they do that. The legislation on short-term lets is a prime example of that, and the...

Scottish Parliament: Equality within the 2023-24 Programme for Government ( 6 Sep 2023)

Miles Briggs: The cabinet secretary might not want to listen to me, but I hope that she will listen to Alison Watson of Shelter Scotland, who says that the programme for government offers nothing new to meet the challenge of ending Scotland’s housing emergency. She goes on to say: “Anyone in Scotland currently experiencing homelessness who listened to the First Minister today would have taken no...

Scottish Parliament: Equality within the 2023-24 Programme for Government ( 6 Sep 2023)

Miles Briggs: No, I will not. I want to make progress. It is a record of failure that the new cabinet secretary needs to act on urgently to turn the situation around. Every day in Scotland, 45 children become homeless under this SNP Government.

Scottish Parliament: Equality within the 2023-24 Programme for Government ( 6 Sep 2023)

Miles Briggs: I do not have the time—I am sorry. There are 9,595 children living in temporary accommodation across our country, and there is no Government plan to end that situation. Scottish families have been accommodated in former hotels, guest houses and bed and breakfasts, and many have been left sharing toilets with strangers and cooking on kettles. In many cases, it is not only temporary...

Scottish Parliament: Equality within the 2023-24 Programme for Government ( 6 Sep 2023)

Miles Briggs: I do not have the time. I genuinely hope that ministers will use this debate and the new parliamentary term to do something different. Measures to prevent homelessness are already on the statute book. We do not need a housing bill to take those measures forward; they are just not being delivered by local government, because it does not have the resources to do it. In conclusion, homeless...

Scottish Parliament: Edinburgh Tram Inquiry (29 Jun 2023)

Miles Briggs: It is now more than nine weeks since the Edinburgh tram inquiry report was sent to the printers, more than nine years since the inquiry was announced and three years since it stopped hearing evidence. It has cost Scottish taxpayers more than £13 million, which includes the chair being paid more than £1 million. I know that the First Minister cannot comment on the inquiry’s findings today,...

Scottish Parliament: Charities (Regulation and Administration) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (28 Jun 2023)

Miles Briggs: From the outset, the bill has not all been controversial; however, section 2 certainly has been. The churches and faith groups that have great concerns about it have been quite clear. The Church of Scotland’s briefing indicates that it has sought countless times to explain the points to the Scottish Government, and to offer constructive solutions. However, it asserts, quite clearly, that it...

Scottish Parliament: Charities (Regulation and Administration) (Scotland) Bill (28 Jun 2023)

Miles Briggs: I declare an interest as chair of Heart Research UK’s heart of Scotland appeal board. As other members did at the start of the debate, I thank our clerks on the Social Justice and Social Security Committee, who have helped us with the passage of the bill. I also thank those who have given evidence to the committee. It is often humbling, when I meet with charities and the third sector across...


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