Results 121–140 of 234 for speaker:Mercedes Villalba

Scottish Parliament: Covid Recovery Strategy (Dundee) (28 Sep 2022)

Mercedes Villalba: —cumulative funding for councils by 4.2 per cent, and we have heard that it is clawing back funding from the integration joint boards. Will the minister provide an assurance that councils will be able to use all the funding that is allocated to them through the economic recovery fund without fear of that being clawed back, too?

Scottish Parliament: 4 Day Week Global Pilot (28 Sep 2022)

Mercedes Villalba: 6. To ask the Scottish Government what its response is to the findings of the survey of participants in 4 Day Week Global’s pilot. (S6O-01393)

Scottish Parliament: 4 Day Week Global Pilot (28 Sep 2022)

Mercedes Villalba: A four-day working week could save workers thousands of pounds in childcare and commuting costs. The Labour MP Peter Dowd has introduced a four-day working week bill to Westminster. Will the Scottish Government publicly back that bill?

Scottish Parliament: Tenants (Support) ( 8 Sep 2022)

Mercedes Villalba: When Living Rent and I first raised the need for an emergency rent freeze with the First Minister, in April, the average rent in Scotland was £780. It now stands at £840, which is at least a 10 per cent increase in just five months. The Labour Party proposed a rent freeze in June, but SNP and Green MSPs teamed up with the Tories to block that. Their political choice to unnecessarily delay...

Scottish Parliament: General Practice (Patient Satisfaction) ( 7 Sep 2022)

Mercedes Villalba: 3. To ask the Scottish Government what its response is to the findings of the health and care experience survey 2021-22 in relation to patient satisfaction with GP services. (S6O-01318)

Scottish Parliament: General Practice (Patient Satisfaction) ( 7 Sep 2022)

Mercedes Villalba: The health and care experience survey results show that patients are dissatisfied with GP services at medical practices that were put out to tender in Aberdeen earlier this year. I have shared with the cabinet secretary the testimonies of patients at Old Aberdeen medical practice. In a letter to me today, the cabinet secretary said that his officials have communicated his “expectation that...

Scottish Parliament: Programme for Government (Cost of Living) ( 7 Sep 2022)

Mercedes Villalba: Like Labour, the Scottish Greens are committed to providing support for tenants. In their manifesto, they committed to supporting student renters. They said that, “regardless of housing provider,” student renters would “have the same protections as those with Private Rented Tenancies” and that the party would “Ensure that rent controls apply to student accommodation.” Now that the...

Scottish Parliament: Programme for Government (Cost of Living) ( 7 Sep 2022)

Mercedes Villalba: Will the member take an intervention?

Scottish Parliament: Programme for Government (Cost of Living) ( 7 Sep 2022)

Mercedes Villalba: I am very grateful to the member. I am sure that he agrees that the cheapest energy is the energy that we do not use, so he will want to see incentives for residential rented properties to be made more energy efficient by their landlords. Does he agree that we should maintain the rent freeze on all properties until they reach energy performance certificate rating C requirements?

Scottish Parliament: Programme for Government 2022-23 ( 6 Sep 2022)

Mercedes Villalba: The rent freeze is welcome, but does Ariane Burgess agree that it is vital for it to include rent increases that have been issued but have not yet come into force?

Scottish Parliament: Programme for Government 2022-23 ( 6 Sep 2022)

Mercedes Villalba: I am sure that Mr Sweeney will join me in welcoming this development from the Scottish Government. Does he also agree that it is vital that we strengthen the appeal process, so that tenants who are faced with unreasonably high rents already are empowered to challenge those at tribunal?

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Government-funded Bodies (Pay Settlements) (30 Jun 2022)

Mercedes Villalba: Marine protection workers have been undertaking strike action to secure a fair pay rise, but they are now being subjected to underhand tactics to force them back to work. Those tactics include vessels being berthed in inaccessible areas, little accommodation being made available and the workers being put off the vessels when they are on strike. We would expect such behaviour from the Tories,...

Scottish Parliament: “A New Deal for Tenants” (30 Jun 2022)

Mercedes Villalba: 5. To ask the First Minister what progress the Scottish Government is making towards introducing an effective national system of rent controls by the end of 2025 as set out in its strategy, “A New Deal for Tenants”. (S6F-01309)

Scottish Parliament: “A New Deal for Tenants” (30 Jun 2022)

Mercedes Villalba: A cost of living emergency is engulfing the country. As we speak, tenants are being forced out of their homes by eye-watering rent hikes. Every single one of us in Parliament has a responsibility to act with urgency. What practical intervention will the Scottish Government make this year, in 2022, to cap or at least limit rent increases?

Scottish Parliament: Dundee Drugs Commission (30 Jun 2022)

Mercedes Villalba: I thank my North East Scotland colleague Michael Marra for lodging his important motion. Just two years ago, Scotland recorded its largest-ever number of drug-related deaths: 1,339. That rate of drug deaths was three and a half times greater than that of the United Kingdom as a whole, and it was also higher than the rate observed in any other European country. I am sure that, as MSPs, we have...

Scottish Parliament: Coronavirus (Recovery and Reform) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (28 Jun 2022)

Mercedes Villalba: I draw members’ attention to my entry in the register of members’ interests, as I am a member of Living Rent and ACORN tenants union. My amendments 72 and 73 would provide urgent support for tenants right now by introducing an emergency rent freeze from the date that the bill receives royal assent until 31 December 2024. A rent freeze cannot wait, because we are in the midst of a cost of...

Scottish Parliament: Coronavirus (Recovery and Reform) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (28 Jun 2022)

Mercedes Villalba: I thank John Mason for his question. I am pleased to hear that he recognises the cost of living crisis and the rising inflation facing workers and tenants across the country—and his constituents. My priority in moving amendments 72 and 73 is to alleviate the pressures on renters. As Mr Mason will find out if he reads the amendments, an exception clause is built in for cases where landlords...

Scottish Parliament: Coronavirus (Recovery and Reform) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (28 Jun 2022)

Mercedes Villalba: Yes, I will give way to, er, that man.

Scottish Parliament: Coronavirus (Recovery and Reform) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (28 Jun 2022)

Mercedes Villalba: I thank Mr Simpson for his intervention, and I apologise for forgetting his name. I do not recognise that there will be a loss of housing in the sector. Although private landlords can seek to evict a tenant on the ground that they wish to sell their property, the Coronavirus (Scotland) Act 2020 made that ground of eviction a discretionary one. The bill makes that change permanent, so it would...

Scottish Parliament: Coronavirus (Recovery and Reform) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (28 Jun 2022)

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


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