Results 61–80 of 234 for speaker:Mercedes Villalba

Scottish Parliament: Energy Skills Passport ( 3 May 2023)

Mercedes Villalba: 1. To ask the Scottish Government what progress has been made on the energy skills passport for offshore energy workers. (S6O-02164)

Scottish Parliament: Energy Skills Passport ( 3 May 2023)

Mercedes Villalba: As the minister will know, the energy skills passport was due to launch in the first quarter of this year. We are now in May. The unexplained delays are reportedly due to opposition from the Global Wind Organisation—GWO—which is the offshore wind standards body. In the meantime, offshore workers continue to face barriers to transition. Will the minister use her role and position to...

Scottish Parliament: Homelessness Prevention and Housing Supply (26 Apr 2023)

Mercedes Villalba: Our housing system is broken. Record numbers of children are trapped in temporary accommodation, and the homelessness rate is rising. Not only is that damaging to the health and wellbeing of people who are experiencing those appalling conditions, but the knock-on effects are felt throughout our society, in our schools and workplaces and, of course, on our streets. We know that education,...

Scottish Parliament: Homelessness Prevention and Housing Supply (26 Apr 2023)

Mercedes Villalba: If the member is suggesting a meeting to discuss how we can use public investment to generate wealth for the whole of society, I would be very happy to take that meeting. In the private sector, tenants are repeatedly faced with landlords who are reluctant to make improvements to the quality of housing, despite continuing to charge excessively high rents. That leaves tenants bearing the costs...

Scottish Parliament: Car Use Reduction (Investment) (25 Apr 2023)

Mercedes Villalba: Friends of the Earth Scotland’s report, “On the Move: Investing in public transport to meet carbon targets and create jobs” highlights how, through increased capital investment in public transport, the Scottish Government could create 22,000 jobs directly and 416,000 jobs indirectly. In the Scottish National Party leadership campaign, the now First Minister made it clear in his response...

Scottish Parliament: Deposit Return Scheme (20 Apr 2023)

Mercedes Villalba: In February this year, the Minister for Green Skills, Circular Economy and Biodiversity claimed that there were 500 new jobs out for recruitment as part of the deposit return scheme, including 60 in Aberdeen, all of which would contribute to our just transition; and, in March, the minister announced that 664 businesses had registered with the scheme ahead of the August launch. Can the...

Scottish Parliament: Climate Change and Just Transition (20 Apr 2023)

Mercedes Villalba: The Scottish Government motion that we have been debating asks us to recognise that “the draft Energy Strategy and Just Transition Plan sets out a just and fair pathway to maximise the opportunities of that transition”. However, the consultation for that draft plan has not yet closed and the Scottish Government has already come under sustained criticism for the inadequacy of its plans. As...

Scottish Parliament: Climate Change and Just Transition (20 Apr 2023)

Mercedes Villalba: I would like to make some progress. Although Scotland has a significant share of Europe’s onshore and offshore wind capacity, we are manufacturing hardly any of the infrastructure for it here in Scotland. Consecutive reports and analyses make it clear that Scotland must develop domestic supply chains or our communities’ wealth will be piped abroad, just as our oil is. The risk to...

Scottish Parliament: Climate Change and Just Transition (20 Apr 2023)

Mercedes Villalba: Let us see those consultations turned into action for workers. In addition to the lack of urgency around protecting communities from economic collapse, the Government is consistently overpromising and underdelivering on climate change and biodiversity improvement measures. My colleague Sarah Boyack highlighted the UK Climate Change Committee’s concerns about Scotland failing to meet...

Scottish Parliament: Climate Change and Just Transition (20 Apr 2023)

Mercedes Villalba: The point is that environmental organisations have come up with very clear and tangible demands in consultation with workers. The Scottish Government likes to consult, but where is its substantive action?

Scottish Parliament: Aberdeen City Council (Library Closures) (30 Mar 2023)

Mercedes Villalba: In Aberdeen, the Scottish National Party has, for the second time, voted to permanently close six libraries in the city tomorrow. However, Aberdonians know that local government has a statutory requirement to provide adequate library facilities to all residents, and we all heard the First Minister’s predecessor when she said that the Scottish Government is committed to supporting libraries...

Scottish Parliament: Parliamentary Bureau Motion ( 8 Mar 2023)

Mercedes Villalba: Will the minister take an intervention?

Scottish Parliament: Parliamentary Bureau Motion ( 8 Mar 2023)

Mercedes Villalba: Will the minister take an intervention on that point?

Scottish Parliament: Energy Costs (Prepayment Meters) ( 9 Feb 2023)

Mercedes Villalba: 5. To ask the First Minister, in light of reports of people being forced on to prepayment meters, what steps the Scottish Government is taking to support vulnerable people in Scotland with rising energy costs. (S6F-01802)

Scottish Parliament: Energy Costs (Prepayment Meters) ( 9 Feb 2023)

Mercedes Villalba: The oil and gas giants BP and Shell are reporting record profits on the sale of energy while millions of people are struggling to heat their homes. However, the extortion does not stop there. I have received reports from the Dundee Pensioners Forum that its elderly members are receiving alarming letters demanding payment from their energy suppliers. Those are payments to accounts that are not...

Scottish Parliament: Recycling Facilities (Glasgow) ( 9 Feb 2023)

Mercedes Villalba: Although efforts to modernise recycling facilities across Scotland are welcome, there are some items, such as disposable vapes, that simply should not be clogging up our waste management systems in the first place. The Scottish Government has announced a review into those items, which is welcome, but we cannot afford to wait for action. Does the minister support the proposal in Dundee for a...

Scottish Parliament: Scotland’s Biodiversity Strategy (19 Jan 2023)

Mercedes Villalba: I thank the minister for the advance sight of her statement. To tackle nature loss, we need to be clear about what caused its decline in the first place. No one sets out to kill off entire species or to risk our food security but, for decades, that is exactly what has been happening. It is therefore essential that any Government strategy to address nature loss has at its heart a plan to...

Scottish Parliament: Carbon Neutral Islands Project (19 Jan 2023)

Mercedes Villalba: I rise to speak to the Labour amendment. Although we welcome the progress that the Scottish Government is making in supporting the six islands in the carbon neutral islands project to become fully carbon neutral by 2040, we must not lose sight of the needs of people living on islands that are not included in the project. As has already been said today, the cost of living crisis is hitting...

Scottish Parliament: Emissions Reduction (Reports) (12 Jan 2023)

Mercedes Villalba: If we are to meet our national target of reducing car mileage by 20 per cent by 2030, reliable, affordable and readily available public transport will be key. One of the Climate Change Committee’s recommendations for achieving that is to invest in sustainable forms of transport, yet the Scottish Government is proposing widespread service cuts to Scotland’s railway. Will the minister think...

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

Mercedes Villalba: For as long as tenants have campaigned for a rent freeze, private landlords have been threatening to sell up in response. Reports of a rise in the number of landlords doing so therefore come as no surprise. What systems has the minister put in place to monitor such sales and any subsequent evictions to verify such claims? Let us remember that landlords who have sold up have been able to do so...


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