Results 681–695 of 695 for speaker:Ruth Maguire

Scottish Parliament: Employment Services (Devolution) ( 5 Oct 2016)

Ruth Maguire: I am grateful for the opportunity to speak in this important debate on the devolution of employment services. It is deeply regrettable that the UK Government has imposed reductions of almost 90 per cent in funding for those important services, but I welcome the minister’s commitment to provide additional resources to ensure that services continue to be provided to the most vulnerable in...

Scottish Parliament: Local Taxation (22 Sep 2016)

Ruth Maguire: I welcome the report of the commission on local tax reform, as well as the opportunity to contribute to this debate on reforming taxation. It is probably fair to say that some will consider the new council tax to be less regressive as opposed to more progressive, and I recognise that much remains to be done as we work towards creating a fairer and more sustainable system of local taxation....

Scottish Parliament: Local Taxation (22 Sep 2016)

Ruth Maguire: It is fair not to make assumptions about people who live in a particular type of property, but the cabinet secretary set out in detail what is being done to assist those families who would struggle to pay. Those in the four lowest bands, A to D, will experience no increase in council tax. That means that there will be no increase for three out of four households, and that the poorest...

Scottish Parliament: Local Taxation (22 Sep 2016)

Ruth Maguire: There is an argument to be made that headteachers and schools know how best to spend money on education and are best placed to help us to close the attainment gap. We will make local government more financially accountable to its local communities and give local authorities greater responsibility for their own finances, leading to less dependency on grants from central Government. As we go...

Scottish Parliament: NHS Staffing (21 Sep 2016)

Ruth Maguire: I welcome the opportunity to speak about the crucial issue of health. I recognise the challenges in our national health service. Importantly, I also recognise the responsibility that we all have to work constructively to tackle the challenges—some of today’s language has not really contributed to that. Staffing numbers are important: the link between safe and sustainable staffing levels...

Scottish Parliament: Domestic Abuse Law (15 Sep 2016)

Ruth Maguire: I welcome the opportunity to speak in this debate and I commend the Scottish Government and Parliament for their commitment to improving how the justice system responds to violence against women. The importance of the proposed law, which will criminalise psychological abuse, control and coercion, cannot be emphasised enough. It will create clarity for survivors and potential victims of...

Scottish Parliament: Superfast Broadband (Impact of European Union Withdrawal) (14 Sep 2016)

Ruth Maguire: 4. To ask the Scottish Government what impact withdrawal from the European Union would have on the digital Scotland superfast broadband project. (S5O-00134)

Scottish Parliament: Superfast Broadband (Impact of European Union Withdrawal) (14 Sep 2016)

Ruth Maguire: The cabinet secretary will also be aware that changes to mobile roaming charges are due to be introduced in 2017. Is he concerned that Scots who are travelling in Europe will miss out on that benefit if Scotland is taken out of the EU against our will?

Scottish Parliament: Living Wage in Scottish Football ( 8 Sep 2016)

Ruth Maguire: I congratulate my colleague James Dornan on bringing to the chamber this debate on the living wage in Scottish football. The social case for the living wage is clear. It is simply unacceptable that working people find themselves having to turn to food banks or build up unsustainable debt just to get by. Ensuring that everyone has a decent income for the work that they do, and that people can...

Scottish Parliament: Gender and the Workplace (29 Jun 2016)

Ruth Maguire: Like colleagues across the chamber, I strongly welcome the recent publication of “New Perspectives on the Gender Pay Gap”, particularly its conclusions that the gender pay gap, both for full-time employees and overall, continues to reduce, and that it is lower in Scotland than in the UK. Of course, we still have a long way to go. I equally welcome the report highlighting where work is...

Scottish Parliament: Mental Health Services (Ayrshire and Arran) (16 Jun 2016)

Ruth Maguire: 6. To ask the Scottish Government what discussions it has had with NHS Ayrshire and Arran regarding mental health. (S5O-00056)

Scottish Parliament: Mental Health Services (Ayrshire and Arran) (16 Jun 2016)

Ruth Maguire: I welcome the Scottish Government’s investment in North Ayrshire’s new health and social care partnership community mental health facility, Woodland View. I hope that the minister will have an opportunity to visit soon and meet staff to hear about the new models of care. To shift the balance of care from acute to community settings is a challenge in times of increasing demand. Will the...

Scottish Parliament: Children (16 Jun 2016)

Ruth Maguire: As we have heard from the minister and other speakers, this Parliament is committed to putting children and their families at the heart of policy making, as captured in the Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014. The aim is “to make Scotland the best place in the world to grow up” and “to ensure that all children have the best start in life and are ready to succeed”. Today,...

Scottish Parliament: Taking Scotland Forward: Economy (31 May 2016)

Ruth Maguire: I am honoured to be called to speak for the first time in our national Parliament as the member for, to my mind, the greatest of all Scotland’s constituencies, Cunninghame South in Ayrshire. I take very seriously the trust placed in me by the people of Irvine, Kilwinning and Stevenston, and pledge to work really hard for them and their families in the Parliament and at home in our...

Scottish Parliament: Oaths and Affirmations (12 May 2016)

Ruth Maguire: took the oath and repeated it in Gaelic.

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