Results 1–20 of 234 for speaker:Mercedes Villalba

Scottish Parliament: Wealth Tax (13 Dec 2023)

Mercedes Villalba: 4. To ask the Scottish Government what action it has taken to develop a wealth tax. (S6O-02873)

Scottish Parliament: Wealth Tax (13 Dec 2023)

Mercedes Villalba: In September, the First Minister said that he would consider a wealth tax

Scottish Parliament: University of Aberdeen (Languages) (23 Nov 2023)

Mercedes Villalba: Constituents who work in modern languages at the University of Aberdeen have contacted me about the university management’s plans to withdraw honours degrees in languages, cultures and societies. Given the Scottish Government’s commitment to improving language learning in schools and the existing shortage of language teachers in the North East Scotland region, does the First Minister...

Scottish Parliament: Air Pollution (Urban Towns) (23 Nov 2023)

Mercedes Villalba: The Kingsway in Dundee goes through several of the most deprived communities in the city, and it is used by thousands of vehicles each day. That exposes residents to high levels of air pollution. Transport Scotland’s assessment of a potential bypass suggested that the project would have a positive impact on air quality by taking away 50 per cent of the traffic on the Kingsway. Does the...

Scottish Parliament: Living Wage (Support for Rural Businesses) (22 Nov 2023)

Mercedes Villalba: Does the Scottish Government know how many of Scotland’s 1,125 rural estates are accredited living wage employers? Will the cabinet secretary join me in calling on any estates that are not yet accredited to register today?

Scottish Parliament: Housing (22 Nov 2023)

Mercedes Villalba: I refer members to my entry in the register of interests, which shows that I am a member of Scotland’s tenants union, Living Rent, and of Acorn community union. I speak today in support of the Labour motion— “That the Parliament agrees that Scotland is experiencing a housing emergency”— as has been declared by the City of Edinburgh Council, and as I urged Dundee City Council to...

Scottish Parliament: Climate Change Mitigation (Peatland) (16 Nov 2023)

Mercedes Villalba: NatureScot’s peatland action programme grants funding to landowners to carry out peatland restoration, often by hiring private contractors. That means there is less scrutiny of working conditions, value for money and environmental impacts. Why is the Scottish Government outsourcing peatland restoration, rather than investing in democratically accountable and unionised public sector jobs?

Scottish Parliament: Fisheries Negotiations ( 8 Nov 2023)

Mercedes Villalba: The value of landings in Scotland last year was £617 million, and the industry employs 4,100 fishers in Scotland. Will the national marine plan 2 include spatial plans for all activities, including fisheries, for all appropriate locations in our inshore waters?

Scottish Parliament: Flooding (Support for Communities) ( 1 Nov 2023)

Mercedes Villalba: We have heard today from Sarah Boyack of the real-terms 22 per cent cut to the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service budget over the past 10 years. We have also heard how 15 per cent of the workforce has been lost and another 780 jobs are currently at risk. In the face of our climate emergency, that is not sustainable. In just the first two days of storm Babet, the service received more than 750...

Scottish Parliament: Newman Bonar Ltd (Closure) (26 Oct 2023)

Mercedes Villalba: I remind members of my entry in the register of members’ interests, which shows that I am a member of Unite, the union. Today, it was announced that Newman Bonar Ltd, the company that was set up earlier this year to acquire historic Dundee textile manufacturer Bonar Yarns, is closing, risking the livelihoods of 57 workers and their families. I invite the First Minister to take this...

Scottish Parliament: Storm Babet (25 Oct 2023)

Mercedes Villalba: I offer my condolences to everyone who has lost loved ones and been affected by the devastating impact of storm Babet. Unless we act, extreme weather events such as last week’s storm will become more frequent and severe, and we will continue to mourn victims of climate change around the world. However, the Scottish Government has already admitted to breaching its statutory climate duties...

Scottish Parliament: Neglected Land ( 4 Oct 2023)

Mercedes Villalba: Only two communities have applied for the right to buy neglected land since 2018, and both were unsuccessful. Proving that land has been neglected is very difficult. Communities are being blocked by overly bureaucratic processes, so what changes will the Scottish Government make to the right to buy in its upcoming land reform bill?

Scottish Parliament: Just Transition (North-east Stakeholder Discussions) (28 Sep 2023)

Mercedes Villalba: The offshore training passport was due to be launched by the end of this month but, with just two days to go, we are hearing reports that progress has stalled. Does the minister believe that the passport will go live in the next two days? If not, why not?

Scottish Parliament: Energy Strategy and Just Transition Plan (Publication) (27 Sep 2023)

Mercedes Villalba: 8. To ask the Scottish Government when it will publish its final energy strategy and just transition plan. (S6O-02559)

Scottish Parliament: Energy Strategy and Just Transition Plan (Publication) (27 Sep 2023)

Mercedes Villalba: When the Scottish Government published its draft strategy, the Scottish Trades Union Congress said that workers had “little faith” in the Government’s plan. In the light of the STUC’s submission to the Government’s consultation, will the minister set out precisely what policy changes have been incorporated into the final strategy since then?

Scottish Parliament: Decision Time (27 Sep 2023)

Mercedes Villalba: On a point of order, Presiding Officer. I was not able to connect. I would have voted yes.

Scottish Parliament: Climate Emergency (26 Sep 2023)

Mercedes Villalba: I apologise to you, Presiding Officer, and to members for being late to the start of the debate. Although there have been points of consensus in today’s debate, I find it hard to believe that, overall, it is anything more than an annual box-ticking exercise for the Scottish Government. I do not doubt the cabinet secretary’s concern about the twin crises of climate change and biodiversity...

Scottish Parliament: Fair Pay (University of Dundee) (21 Sep 2023)

Mercedes Villalba: I refer members to my entry in the register of members’ interests as a trade union member. This week, members of UCU, Unison and Unite the union are on strike at the University of Dundee because their employer has repeatedly failed to make a fair pay offer. Year on year, real-terms pay cuts are harming university workers, student learning and our education system. Will the Deputy First...

Scottish Parliament: World Rivers Day 2023 (21 Sep 2023)

Mercedes Villalba: I congratulate Jackie Dunbar on securing today’s debate marking world rivers day 2023. Our rivers are a vital resource in our fight against climate change and biodiversity loss, because our river systems provide a crucial habitat to countless species. As well as the interconnected species such as sea trout, Atlantic salmon and freshwater mussels that are referenced in the motion, our rivers...

Scottish Parliament: Scotland’s Nature (20 Sep 2023)

Mercedes Villalba: The Scottish Government has consistently promoted the use of private finance to meet our rightly ambitious climate and nature targets. It has done so based on an uncritical acceptance of the so-called funding gap that was identified by the Green Finance Institute which, as we heard from Richard Leonard, is an organisation that is led by bankers. As we have also heard today, that alleged gap...

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