Results 121–140 of 1180 for speaker:Miles Briggs

Scottish Parliament: Refugees from Ukraine (MS Victoria) (22 Jun 2023)

Miles Briggs: I associate myself with the words of Ben Macpherson and also take the opportunity to thank those who work in our schools in Edinburgh who have offered a very warm and supportive learning environment to those young people while they have been being educated here in Edinburgh. My question is on maintaining connections between those young people. We know that many of them will now be moving to...

Scottish Parliament: Business Motion (21 Jun 2023)

Miles Briggs: On a point of order, Presiding Officer. My app did not connect, but I would have voted yes.

Scottish Parliament: Child Poverty (13 Jun 2023)

Miles Briggs: In 2016, SNP ministers pledged to deliver a nat ional allowance for children living in kinship care. Kinship carers play a vital role in providing caring and nurturing homes. Why have ministers failed to deliver on their 2016 pledge?

Scottish Parliament: Key Workers in Rural Areas (Empty Homes) ( 1 Jun 2023)

Miles Briggs: After 16 years of the Scottish National Party Government, the number of long-term empty homes in Scotland has more than doubled to more than 27,000. SNP and Green ministers are presiding over a housing crisis and do not seem to have a plan to fix it. I will ask a specific question. When will the Government introduce emergency legislation to put in place compulsory sale orders and ensure that...

Scottish Parliament: Transient Visitor Levy (City of Edinburgh Council) (24 May 2023)

Miles Briggs: Thank you, Deputy Presiding Officer. Does the minister believe that there might be a link between the City of Edinburgh Council being the only council that is looking to take forward a tourist tax and the fact that the City of Edinburgh Council receives the lowest level of funding per head of population from the Government?

Scottish Parliament: Child Protection (Independent Inquiry) (18 May 2023)

Miles Briggs: Whistleblowers and campaigners have called on the First Minister to support an independent inquiry into the mishandling of complaints relating to child protection in Edinburgh, East Lothian, the Borders and Aberdeenshire. Campaigners believe that a wider independent inquiry is now needed in order to investigate safeguarding concerns and how reports from parents, guardians, carers,...

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Welfare Fund (11 May 2023)

Miles Briggs: I apologise for not being in the chamber at the start of portfolio question time, Deputy Presiding Officer. Community care grants are part of the Scottish welfare fund. What plans does the Government have to reform the application process for families and individuals who are caring for someone who has been released from prison or a young offenders institution? Will such payments be able to be...

Scottish Parliament: Charities (Regulation and Administration) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (11 May 2023)

Miles Briggs: One aspect of that that we have not necessarily had clarity on at stage 1 is what happens to lifetime gifts when a charity goes through a merger. What work is the Government doing ahead of stage 2 to provide that clarity?

Scottish Parliament: Charities (Regulation and Administration) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (11 May 2023)

Miles Briggs: I declare an interest as the chair of Heart Research UK’s heart of Scotland appeal board. As others have done, I thank the clerks to the Social Justice and Social Security Committee and those who gave evidence to the committee. I also thank the charities across Scotland for the work that they do in our communities. As other speakers have said, we do not want anything in the bill to have a...

Scottish Parliament: Granton Waterfront ( 3 May 2023)

Miles Briggs: I am sure that the cabinet secretary will agree that the United Kingdom Government’s levelling up funding of more than £16 million to restore and reopen the B-listed Granton gas holder is a welcome investment and can act as a catalyst to support the regeneration and redevelopment of Granton and the whole city waterfront. What work is the cabinet secretary doing to help with the next set of...

Scottish Parliament: Budget (Third Sector Organisations) ( 3 May 2023)

Miles Briggs: 6. To ask the Scottish Government what impact assessment it has undertaken regarding any reductions to core funding allocations in its budget for third sector organisations. (S6O-02177)

Scottish Parliament: Budget (Third Sector Organisations) ( 3 May 2023)

Miles Briggs: I wrote to the former Cabinet Secretary for Finance and the Economy over a month ago with regard to the future of Bridgend Farmhouse in Edinburgh, which has received Scottish Government investing in communities funding for the past four years. On 15 February, the organisation received notification that it would not continue to receive that funding. It is a fantastic organisation, a host of...

Scottish Parliament: Social Isolation and Loneliness ( 2 May 2023)

Miles Briggs: The Government also committed to providing £10 million of funding over the five years of this parliamentary session. Having looked at the Government’s announcements, I have been able to find commitments for only about £5 million of funding over this parliamentary session. Is the Government still committed to providing £10 million to address social isolation and loneliness?

Scottish Parliament: Social Isolation and Loneliness ( 2 May 2023)

Miles Briggs: Is the Scottish Government therefore saying that only £5 million, not £10 million, will be delivered over the course of this parliamentary session?

Scottish Parliament: Social Isolation and Loneliness ( 2 May 2023)

Miles Briggs: As has been said, the debate has been helpful, and it has presented us with the opportunity to discuss the impact that loneliness and isolation have on different groups across the whole of society. It has been really powerful to hear the various messages coming from different colleagues. For many of us, a specific issue has been the impact on young people, and on elderly citizens, during the...

Scottish Parliament: Social Isolation and Loneliness ( 2 May 2023)

Miles Briggs: Is there any time to take an intervention, Deputy Presiding Officer?

Scottish Parliament: Social Isolation and Loneliness ( 2 May 2023)

Miles Briggs: I absolutely agree with that. A key aspect is that, although we do not need to look towards this, there is a preventative spend issue for our health service as well. GPs often tell me that many people come to see them consistently about loneliness issues. If there is an opportunity to fund services and get people reconnected, that will make a huge difference for our public services and...

Scottish Parliament: School Buildings (Condition) (27 Apr 2023)

Miles Briggs: 7. To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to ensure that school buildings remain safe and in good condition. (S6O-02154)

Scottish Parliament: School Buildings (Condition) (27 Apr 2023)

Miles Briggs: I thank the cabinet secretary for that answer. The danger of toxic asbestos is common knowledge. Despite that, however, over 1,700 schools across Scotland still contain this hazardous material. It is critical that the Scottish Government and councils act as quickly as possible to remove asbestos from the Scottish school estate to ensure that pupils, teachers and staff across Scotland are...

Scottish Parliament: Homelessness Prevention and Housing Supply (26 Apr 2023)

Miles Briggs: I thank the Labour Party for bringing forward this debate on housing in its debating time. It follows the debate that the Scottish Conservatives brought to Parliament in January, calling on the Scottish Government to declare a homelessness emergency. I thank the organisations that provided the very helpful briefings ahead of today’s debate, and I also thank them for the work that they do...

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