Results 161–180 of 313 for speaker:Foysol Choudhury

Scottish Parliament: Poverty (Health Inequalities) (28 Mar 2023)

Foysol Choudhury: As co-convener of the cross-party group on improving Scotland’s health, and as a member of the Social Justice and Social Security Committee, I am well aware of the disparities in health in Scotland. In 2018, a study showed that a boy born in Muirhouse had a life expectancy 13 years less than that of a boy born in neighbouring Cramond. Analysis from The Health Foundation reported that...

Scottish Parliament: Poverty (Health Inequalities) (28 Mar 2023)

Foysol Choudhury: Poverty-driven health inequalities are preventing people with diabetes from accessing technological advances in treatment of their condition. That has been highlighted by Diabetes Scotland’s “Diabetes tech can’t wait” campaign. The technology has the potential to change and, indeed, to save the lives of people with type 1 diabetes. It can also reduce serious complications and reduce...

Scottish Parliament: Supporting Taxi Drivers (23 Mar 2023)

Foysol Choudhury: I thank my colleague Pauline McNeill for highlighting this issue in the chamber. The motion highlights the important service that taxi drivers provide to the transport sector. They offer a means of transport to those who are unable to take public transport, as well as a safe route home for those thousands of people who are not comfortable with using public transport either on their own or...

Scottish Parliament: Illegal Migration Bill (22 Mar 2023)

Foysol Choudhury: The UK Government’s Illegal Immigration Bill will mean that those arriving in the UK via illegal means will not be eligible for asylum claims and they will be detained on arrival in the UK. Dungavel immigration removal centre is Scotland’s only detention centre. It can detain up to 130 men and 12 women. It is likely that there will be a huge increase in the number of people being detained...

Scottish Parliament: Wellbeing Economy (22 Mar 2023)

Foysol Choudhury: You can have my microphone, if you want.

Scottish Parliament: Illegal Migration Bill (16 Mar 2023)

Foysol Choudhury: The UK Government’s Illegal Migration Bill is likely to have a significant impact on migrants and asylum seekers in Scotland. Scotland’s legal profession alone will likely see the number of cases in their case loads skyrocket under the bill’s provisions for removal. Many asylum seekers who have arrived here have risked their lives and arrived with nothing, so it is likely that the legal...

Scottish Parliament: International Long Covid Day (14 Mar 2023)

Foysol Choudhury: I thank my colleague Jackie Baillie for bringing this important issue to the chamber. Long Covid is not simply a long recovery time from Covid-19, nor is it an occasional feeling of fatigue or sickness following a Covid-19 infection. That is a common misunderstanding. Long Covid is a complex, multisystem, neuroimmune illness that currently has no known cure. A recent ONS survey showed that an...

Scottish Parliament: International Women’s Day 2023 ( 8 Mar 2023)

Foysol Choudhury: I am really happy to speak in the debate, and I am honoured to be the first male member to do so on this very important day—international women’s day. I thank our First Minister for bringing the important issue of embracing equity to the chamber. She has been a role model for a lot of women in the world. I thank her for that. International women’s day is a day to celebrate women’s...

Scottish Parliament: Hospital Discharge (Capacity in Care Homes) ( 2 Mar 2023)

Foysol Choudhury: 6. To ask the First Minister what action the Scottish Government is taking, in light of reports that individuals are unable to be discharged from hospital due to a lack of available spaces in care homes. (S6F-01864)

Scottish Parliament: Hospital Discharge (Capacity in Care Homes) ( 2 Mar 2023)

Foysol Choudhury: Last week, the Scottish Government issued refreshed guidance on hospital discharge to care homes. The “Guidance on Choosing a Care Home on Discharge from Hospital” policy states: “Where the preferred choice(s) of care home is not immediately available the person will be required to make a temporary ... move to another home with a suitable vacancy to wait.” My constituent John Findlay...

Scottish Parliament: Scotland’s Links with the Arctic ( 2 Mar 2023)

Foysol Choudhury: I thank the cabinet secretary, Angus Robertson, for bringing these important issues to the chamber. I echo his words on the importance of continuing our educational support in relation to the Arctic region, including the preservation of indigenous languages. Scotland has a responsibility to co-operate and work with our northern neighbours. Particularly now, strategic co-operation with our...

Scottish Parliament: Gender-specific Risk and Safety Planning (Ukrainian Refugees) ( 1 Mar 2023)

Foysol Choudhury: The SEREDA—sexual and gender-based violence against refugees: from displacement to arrival—project in Scotland recently launched its report on sexual and gender-based violence among refugees in Scotland. The report highlights the urgent need for services in Scotland to focus on forced migrant survivors of sexual and gender-based violence, including a dedicated working group to address the...

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

Foysol Choudhury: 3. To ask the Scottish Government what additional funding it will provide to local authorities in response to reported concerns about swimming pool closures. (S6O-01926)

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

Foysol Choudhury: My constituent Lewis Condy lodged petition PE1891, which sought to make swimming lessons a statutory requirement in the primary school curriculum. It was very disappointing that that petition was closed in January 2023, and now potential swimming pool closures present further obstacles to providing crucial swimming lessons to children across Scotland. Swimming pools are vital community hubs...

Scottish Parliament: Ukraine Longer-term Resettlement Fund (23 Feb 2023)

Foysol Choudhury: The MS Ambition and the MS Victoria are temporary homes to thousands of Ukrainian refugees. The lease on those boats will soon come to an end and those on the boats will need to be rehoused in suitable accommodation. Many individuals on those boats have formed communities and begun to put down roots where they have been docked. What action is being taken to ensure the safe and suitable...

Scottish Parliament: Marking One Year of War against Ukraine (23 Feb 2023)

Foysol Choudhury: As other members have done, I express a warm welcome to the Ukrainian consul, who joins us in Parliament. Today, the Parliament has come together to stand in solidarity with Ukraine. I echo my colleagues’ dismay over the innocent lives that have been lost in the unjustified war, as well as their appreciation of the courage and resolve that the people of Ukraine have shown. Over the past...

Scottish Parliament: Muirhouse Millennium Centre ( 2 Feb 2023)

Foysol Choudhury: The Muirhouse millennium centre in my region is facing financial difficulty. Several meetings have been held to address the centre management’s concern about the lack of future core funding, which could mean the risk of closure. When community centres are not funded property, it is not only the centre that loses out; the families depending on them for support and help, particularly during...

Scottish Parliament: Pupil Support Assistants (Recruitment) ( 2 Feb 2023)

Foysol Choudhury: 7. To ask the Scottish Government what action it will take to increase the recruitment of pupil support assistants, including ensuring that they receive fair pay. (S6O-01858)

Scottish Parliament: Pupil Support Assistants (Recruitment) ( 2 Feb 2023)

Foysol Choudhury: Yesterday, it was reported that councillors in Edinburgh will be asked to approve a £2.4 million cut to teaching assistant posts. In an industry that is already struggling with the retention and recruitment of staff, that news is deeply concerning. Can the cabinet secretary tell us what action will be taken to protect pupil support and classroom assistants’ jobs, given the vital role that...

Scottish Parliament: Housing (25 Jan 2023)

Foysol Choudhury: Thank you, Presiding Officer, for the opportunity to speak on this important issue. My casework is inundated with constituents experiencing housing issues, whether caused by them being on lists waiting for permanent family homes to be offered, in unsuitable temporary accommodation, or suffering the effect of mould and damp in social housing. I am very concerned that the allocation for housing...

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