Results 161–180 of 1180 for speaker:Miles Briggs

Scottish Parliament: Social Security Programme Business Case ( 7 Feb 2023)

Miles Briggs: Audit Scotland also made it clear that it had real concerns around the challenging timescales. Has the minister reflected on those concerns?

Scottish Parliament: Social Security Programme Business Case ( 7 Feb 2023)

Miles Briggs: Like Pam Duncan-Glancy, I will start my closing speech by referring to Willie Rennie’s speech, as he made a fair and honest assessment of where we find ourselves today. I believe that the Minister for Social Security and Local Government is one of the more thoughtful ministers in the Government, but it has been in office for 16 years and what we have heard today has been the usual SNP and...

Scottish Parliament: Social Security Programme Business Case ( 7 Feb 2023)

Miles Briggs: Ministers were clear that no one in Scotland would lose out in relation to the winter fuel payment, but it is now clear that rural communities across Scotland are losing out. Communities including Braemar and Aboyne, which Maggie Chapman represents but did not mention, will now be out of pocket. Does the minister regret that?

Scottish Parliament: Budget (Scotland) (No 2) Bill: Stage 1 ( 2 Feb 2023)

Miles Briggs: I want to focus my speech on the housing crisis and the homelessness emergency in Scotland. I could not believe that the finance secretary did not mention housing or homelessness once in his speech—he had more to say about peatland restoration than about the housing emergency that we face. Figures that were released this week show that as at 30 September 2022, 28,944 open homelessness cases...

Scottish Parliament: Budget (Scotland) (No 2) Bill: Stage 1 ( 2 Feb 2023)

Miles Briggs: Michelle Thomson really should consider what she is about to vote for, because SNP and Green members will very soon be asked to vote to cut the housing budget by 16 per cent—£113 million. I am not sure how she thinks that will have a positive impact, but I would say that those members need to think twice about supporting the budget later today. I agree with Michelle Thomson that increasing...

Scottish Parliament: Budget (Scotland) (No 2) Bill: Stage 1 ( 2 Feb 2023)

Miles Briggs: The Scottish Government’s budget documents price inflation for the building sector at 17 per cent, which I know the member is aware of. Why, therefore, is the capital investment budget being cut at a time when investments are most desperately needed?

Scottish Parliament: Landlords (Guidance on Damp Prevention) (26 Jan 2023)

Miles Briggs: The minister will be aware that the Scottish house condition survey pointed towards 14 per cent of social sector homes having issues with either mould or damp. Will the Scottish Government consider putting in place a reporting system to track the issue in the socially rented sector, and might that system also be extended?

Scottish Parliament: Homelessness (25 Jan 2023)

Miles Briggs: It is regrettable that, once again, it is only because of Opposition debating time that Parliament is able to debate the crisis that is faced by individuals and families across Scotland today. Sometimes in politics, the Government of the day needs a wake-up call and ministers need to pause and understand that the Government is failing to deliver on its outcomes and is failing the people of...

Scottish Parliament: Homelessness (25 Jan 2023)

Miles Briggs: The responsibility for housing lies with the member’s party and the Scottish Government. That is what this debate is all about. Tragically, last year, we saw one of the highest numbers of deaths among people experiencing homelessness. Since the SNP Government took office, it has failed to meet all of its home-building targets. There is little hope of the situation improving, given that John...

Scottish Parliament: Homelessness (25 Jan 2023)

Miles Briggs: Does Emma Roddick realise that both pieces of legislation had to be challenged by bodies outside the Parliament and that the Government has had to delay another piece of legislation by six months because it is unworkable for councils?

Scottish Parliament: Homelessness (25 Jan 2023)

Miles Briggs: Will the cabinet secretary take an intervention?

Scottish Parliament: Homelessness (25 Jan 2023)

Miles Briggs: I do not think that the cabinet secretary’s own colleagues bought what she was saying at committee either, to be quite honest, so we need to make sure that we get more clarity on exactly why the Government thinks a cut is not a cut, when it certainly is. However, I ask the cabinet secretary this. In relation to this debate, how bad do things have to get in Scotland for you to recognise that...

Scottish Parliament: Housing (25 Jan 2023)

Miles Briggs: Scotland has a critical shortage of housing, as I think the previous debate clearly outlined. Given the amendments to my motion, I do not think that any parties question that assessment of the situation. In fact, Homes for Scotland has calculated that, across all tenures, there has been an accumulated shortfall of more than 110,000 new homes since Scottish National Party ministers came to...

Scottish Parliament: Housing (25 Jan 2023)

Miles Briggs: I think that is where the global commodity prices have been impacting. Coming out of the pandemic, issues around steel and concrete have had a huge impact globally, not just in Scotland. The sector tells me that its major concern has been the impact of the Scottish Government’s rent controls. I am sure that that is why the Minister for Zero Carbon Buildings, Active Travel and Tenants’...

Scottish Parliament: Housing (25 Jan 2023)

Miles Briggs: The minister mentioned supply. Does he believe that there will be more or fewer private rented properties in Scotland this autumn?

Scottish Parliament: Gorgie City Farm (Closure) (12 Jan 2023)

Miles Briggs: Gorgie city farm, which gives volunteering opportunities to disadvantaged young people and adults and provides a wonderful green play and learning space in one of the most urban parts of the capital, is due to close on Monday. The First Minister will be aware of the incredible value that that community facility provides, because she has visited the farm, which is one of Scotland’s last...

Scottish Parliament: Autism (Support for Children) (12 Jan 2023)

Miles Briggs: 4. To ask the Scottish Government what cross-government review it has undertaken of policies supporting children with autism, including any assessment of the links between autism and other conditions, such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. (S6O-01759)

Scottish Parliament: Autism (Support for Children) (12 Jan 2023)

Miles Briggs: I thank the minister for that useful answer. One of my constituents is a mother of two boys who were diagnosed with autism by NHS Lothian some years back. She has told me about how she has watched her boys struggle to function at school and in society for up to six years. She took her boys to get a private assessment for ADHD, after which both were diagnosed and given the necessary support...

Scottish Parliament: Cost of Living (Tenant Protection) (Scotland) Act 2022 (12 Jan 2023)

Miles Briggs: It is clear from the statement that the Scottish National Party, Green and Labour emergency rent legislation is rapidly becoming an unmitigated disaster. Scottish Conservatives warned MSPs that the impact would be destabilisation of the social and private housing sectors, but ministers pressed ahead anyway. I very much welcome the removal of the social rented sector from the provisions, but...

Scottish Parliament: National Planning Framework 4 (11 Jan 2023)

Miles Briggs: Without wanting this to sound like an Oscar awards speech, I start by thanking the clerks of the Local Government, Housing and Planning Committee for their help and support during the passage of NPF4 through Parliament, as well as the hundreds of individuals, charities, interested parties and organisations that have provided incredibly helpful briefings and input in trying to improve NPF4. It...


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