Results 141–160 of 1180 for speaker:Miles Briggs

Scottish Parliament: Damp Housing (20 Apr 2023)

Miles Briggs: I thank my friend and Lothian MSP colleague Foysol Choudhury for securing this important debate. As Ben Macpherson has outlined, I hope that the debate provides the opportunity for Edinburgh and Lothian MSPs to really push the Government on this issue, which is really important to our constituents. I also welcome both ministers to their positions. We all know the negative impact that poor...

Scottish Parliament: Poverty (Older People) (20 Apr 2023)

Miles Briggs: One of the facts that is sometimes not taken into account in arguments around older citizens is the fact that they are often undertaking caring roles in our society for loved ones including grandchildren and great grandchildren. When, specifically, does the Scottish Government intend to deliver the national kinship care payment, which it has committed to, and the extension of the period of...

Scottish Parliament: Cost of Living and Child Poverty (18 Apr 2023)

Miles Briggs: I welcome Shirley-Anne Somerville to her new position in Government. I am sure that she will be delighted that she now has two Mileses in her life. In a few weeks, I will ask her who is the most annoying. I also welcome Paul O’Kane to his role on the Labour front bench. A number of organisations and charities provided useful briefings ahead of the debate, for which I thank them. I also...

Scottish Parliament: Cost of Living and Child Poverty (18 Apr 2023)

Miles Briggs: I want to ensure that the event gives us an opportunity to look at all these issues. I hope that, in the interest of the two Governments working together, which I hope that, with the new First Minister, we can move forward on, it will present such an opportunity. The event is specifically about the energy crisis that many families are facing. I recently held a round-table event on hospices,...

Scottish Parliament: Cost of Living and Child Poverty (18 Apr 2023)

Miles Briggs: A recent Audit Scotland report states: “The Scottish Government has not ... demonstrated a clear shift” towards “preventing child poverty.” What is the member’s assessment of that report?

Scottish Parliament: Historical Adoption Practices (22 Mar 2023)

Miles Briggs: Today is important. I pay tribute to all the campaigners, to the cross-party work, especially of Neil Bibby and Monica Lennon, and to Marion Scott, who has been mentioned, who made today happen. Mothers, fathers and adult adoptees have lived with lifelong trauma. Often, they have been unable to develop and maintain relationships, given their feelings of total rejection. Today is just the...

Scottish Parliament: Care-experienced and Adopted Children ( 9 Mar 2023)

Miles Briggs: Will the member take an intervention?

Scottish Parliament: Care-experienced and Adopted Children ( 9 Mar 2023)

Miles Briggs: First, I congratulate Roz McCall on bringing the debate to the Parliament. Does she agree that it is unacceptable that, after years of agreeing to have a national kinship care payment—kinship carers are often grandparents bringing up their grandchildren—we have still not seen that being put in place; councils across the country provide different levels of payment. Does she believe that...

Scottish Parliament: Cladding Remediation ( 2 Mar 2023)

Miles Briggs: I have been contacted by constituents who are currently unable to secure a remortgage because they live in such properties. Those individuals are complaining of radio silence from the Government on the issue, and a lack of urgency and leadership. What advice is being provided to individual householders who are trying to remortgage and who live in those 105 properties?

Scottish Parliament: Local Government Finance (Scotland) Order 2023 ( 1 Mar 2023)

Miles Briggs: Across the world, Governments are meeting, as we are today, to discuss and approve budgets. I was disappointed that the minister did not touch on what has destabilised the whole process, which is President Putin’s illegal invasion of Ukraine. Ministers across the Scottish Government need to start recognising that and including it in their considerations of where we are. It is not just...

Scottish Parliament: Local Government Finance (Scotland) Order 2023 ( 1 Mar 2023)

Miles Briggs: Will the member take an intervention?

Scottish Parliament: Deposit Return Scheme ( 1 Mar 2023)

Miles Briggs: I hope that the minister will reflect on her performance today, because the fact is that more than 80 per cent of companies have not signed up to her scheme. I have met many of them—they include our constituents here, in Lothian, who have been desperate to get meetings with the minister but have been ignored. They are small businesses. They are people who are having sleepless nights over...

Scottish Parliament: Local Authority Funding (Swimming Pools) (23 Feb 2023)

Miles Briggs: Fifty-seven people—predominantly young people—accidentally drowned in Scotland last year. The Scottish Government’s plan to halve accidental drownings by 2026 was announced four years ago, but deaths last year rose to their highest level since 2015. What impact does the minister think the closure of swimming pools across Scotland will have on that?

Scottish Parliament: Housing Associations (Independence) (23 Feb 2023)

Miles Briggs: Being able to provide mid-market rent sustainably is crucial to meeting affordable housing targets. Will the Scottish Government commit to have mid-market rents that registered social landlords or their subsidiaries provide redesignated so that they come under social rent regulations instead of private rent regulations?

Scottish Parliament: Budget (Scotland) (No 2) Bill: Stage 3 (21 Feb 2023)

Miles Briggs: I, too, welcome James Dornan back to the Parliament. Those of us who serve on the Social Justice and Social Security Committee get to see him every week on the television, but I welcome him back to the Parliament in person. Over the past few hours, we have heard a new word in politics: “de-endorsement”, which can be applied to many SNP members’ decisions about the party’s leadership....

Scottish Parliament: Budget (Scotland) (No 2) Bill: Stage 3 (21 Feb 2023)

Miles Briggs: I welcome that, but we need to formally embed that partnership between the Scottish Government and local authorities. The Barnett formula ensures that the Scottish Government budget is linked to UK Government spending. The UK Government has bailed out the Deputy First Minister to the tune of £146 million of additional spend, which I believe is now available, but our councils are not...

Scottish Parliament: Budget (Scotland) (No 2) Bill: Stage 3 (21 Feb 2023)

Miles Briggs: If I can get the time back, I will.

Scottish Parliament: Budget (Scotland) (No 2) Bill: Stage 3 (21 Feb 2023)

Miles Briggs: I take the member’s point that there are a number of competing factors, but I will not apologise for pointing out that we are in a housing crisis and that we have the highest number of children and pregnant women living in temporary accommodation. Here in the capital, we are seeing levels of homelessness that we have never experienced before, and the response from the SNP-Green Government...

Scottish Parliament: Budget (Scotland) (No 2) Bill: Stage 3 (21 Feb 2023)

Miles Briggs: Will Pam Duncan-Glancy give way?

Scottish Parliament: Budget (Scotland) (No 2) Bill: Stage 3 (21 Feb 2023)

Miles Briggs: Like me, Pam Duncan-Glancy represents a city that has experienced some of the highest increases in homelessness in recent months. What impact will the budget have on that?


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