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Hunting Trophies (Import Prohibition) Bill (25 Nov 2022)

Rebecca Pow: I begin by thanking the hon. Member for Crawley (Henry Smith), who I would describe as a friend on these matters. Many hon. Members know how passionate he is about animal welfare and conservation. In fact, he painted a clear picture of what we are talking about today. At times, it was extremely distressing, but that helps to bring us to the crux of the issue. I thank him for his sustained...

Hunting Trophies (Import Prohibition) Bill (25 Nov 2022)

Rebecca Pow: I begin by thanking the hon. Member for Crawley (Henry Smith), who I would describe as a friend on these matters. Many hon. Members know how passionate he is about animal welfare and conservation. In fact, he painted a clear picture of what we are talking about today. At times, it was extremely distressing, but that helps to bring us to the crux of the issue. I thank him for his sustained...

Scottish Parliament: Cost of Living: Mortgage Rescue Scheme (23 Nov 2022)

Ben Macpherson: ...Villalba will be able to speak in the debate. Moreover, for many households who are struggling to meet their housing costs, discretionary housing payments are a lifeline that the Government funds by providing £86.6 million to local authorities this year. That provision mitigates the benefit cap and the bedroom tax. We wish that we did not have to undertake those mitigations, but we take...

Scottish Parliament: Poverty Relief (Support for Local Authorities) (10 Nov 2022)

Ben Macpherson: .... Many local authorities are working to help people with the cost of living crisis using their own resources and powers. That includes exploring the establishment of warm spaces as well as the fund that North Ayrshire Council has set up. If I recall correctly, Glasgow City Council has created a £3 million fund, including £1 million for fuel top-up cards. Midlothian Council has put...

Scottish Parliament: Social Security Benefits (3 Nov 2022)

Ben Macpherson: ...the support of the UK Government, but I have pushed and encouraged it to do more. Unfortunately, I cannot accept the amendment, because it contains a factual inaccuracy. It states that the Scottish welfare fund review has been delayed, but it has not been, and I will update the Social Justice and Social Security Committee on that shortly. I cannot accept the amendment because of that....

Scottish Independence and the Scottish Economy (2 Nov 2022)

Nia Griffith: ...first part of the motion, but we must separate the failure of this Tory Government from the concept of being in the United Kingdom. I am very proud to be Welsh and to speak Welsh, and I know that Scottish people are rightly proud to be Scottish, but I am also proud to be British. We in Wales and Scotland have so much to gain from being part of the UK. It is not about nostalgia or an...

Scottish Parliament: Low Income and Debt (Report) (1 Nov 2022)

Shona Robison: We recognise that. Many of the things that I have already talked about will help people with disabled family members. The Scottish welfare fund, which we also fund, is available to families that have someone with a disability. We will continue to look at what more we can do within the context of a very constrained financial outlook. We are already spending £460 million above the level of...

National Food Strategy and Food Security (27 Oct 2022)

Munira Wilson: I am happy to congratulate the Scottish Government, as it has long been Liberal Democrat policy to extend free school meals to all primary-age children. I am happy to welcome that development in Scotland. The new Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities—or the old one, because they keep changing— the right hon. Member for Surrey Heath (Michael Gove), told a...

National Food Strategy and Food Security (27 Oct 2022)

Munira Wilson: I am happy to congratulate the Scottish Government, as it has long been Liberal Democrat policy to extend free school meals to all primary-age children. I am happy to welcome that development in Scotland. The new Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities—or the old one, because they keep changing— the right hon. Member for Surrey Heath (Michael Gove), told a...

Scottish Parliament: Cost of Living (26 Oct 2022)

Mark Griffin: I did not say that that was in the gift of the Scottish Government. I set out a series of policies that were dismissed and then adopted by the UK and Scottish Governments. However, I should point out that they were also dismissed by, and then supported by, Scottish National Party MPs at Westminster. Perhaps that escaped the member. For months now, people who were managing have found...

Scottish Parliament: Energy Prices Bill (25 Oct 2022)

Colin Smyth: ...of the bill through the UK Parliament, even if it was described as a “landmark” two-year price guarantee but has now been shredded to a six-month freeze. The devolved provisions that require Scottish Parliament consent are likely to be limited in practice and we welcome the efforts of the Scottish Government to seek assurances that the direction-giving powers will not be used to cut...

Scottish Parliament: “Poverty in Scotland 2022” (6 Oct 2022)

...in our society, which undoubtedly include disabled groups. The £3 billion that I mentioned will, of course, be of benefit in many respects to people who live with disabilities; the fuel insecurity fund is one example of that. Within the fixed budget and limited powers that we have, we will continue to do as much as we can to mitigate the impact of the cost of living crisis. Of course, the...

Scottish Parliament: Cost of Living (Tenant Protection) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (4 Oct 2022)

Elena Whitham: The combination of the emergency measures with increases to the tenant grant fund and discretionary housing payments, and flexibilities to allow cost of living and fuel poverty issues to be considered, means that there is support for people who cannot afford to cover all their housing costs at this time. It is vital that those funds, as well as the Scottish welfare fund, are publicised and...

Scottish Parliament: Cost of Living Crisis (8 Sep 2022)

Anas Sarwar: ...Minister to be bolder and more ambitious, because this is not a time for timidity or delay. Our “Emergency Cost of Living Act” included a rent freeze and a winter eviction ban—we welcome the Scottish Government’s action in that regard—but it also included halving rail fares, capping bus fares, a £100 water bill rebate, writing off school meal debts, topping up the Scottish...

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

Pam Duncan-Glancy: The cabinet secretary will be well aware that the announcements on the Scottish child payment were made on 9 December last year, in relation to doubling the payment, and in the child poverty delivery plan in March, to add a fiver to it. The date that was announced yesterday is the new bit, which is why people who are in receipt of the Scottish child payment will only get £30 extra this year....

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

Anas Sarwar: ...from my colleague Mercedes Villalba and Living Rent have paid off. We have come a long way in just a few months. In June, John Swinney stuck to the “Can’t do” script and said that the Scottish Government did not have the power to impose a rent freeze. That has been proved wrong. Just a few weeks ago, Patrick Harvie said that our proposals were unworkable. That has been proved wrong....

Scottish Parliament: Child Poverty (29 Jun 2022)

Shona Robison: ...In the past year, we have continued to address the impacts of Covid and to support recovery from it. We have also helped families who have faced increased household costs through our winter support fund. The report showcases the breadth of activity that is under way, which is supported by partnerships across Scotland. It highlights that we have delivered on all 68 of the actions that we...

Universal Basic Income (15 Jun 2022)

Ronnie Cowan: ..., the Charter of the Forest—which makes it at least 800 years old. There is a growing body of thought that is engaging with the concept of a common good, commonweal or commonwealth. Our current welfare system is failing. It is abused and misused, which is a great pity. Like the hon. Member for Edinburgh West (Christine Jardine), I invoke the spirit of William Beveridge. In December...

Scottish Parliament: Health and Wellbeing of Children and Young People (15 Jun 2022)

Clare Haughey: ...for the opportunity to give evidence to its cross-portfolio inquiry. I am grateful for its focus on the health and wellbeing of children and young people and for the opportunity to speak about the Scottish Government’s work in the area. My ministerial colleagues and I place huge importance on the wellbeing of our children and young people. They are our future and it is vital that we do...

Scottish Parliament: Social Security Benefits (26 May 2022)

Pam Duncan-Glancy: We would have put money in the welfare fund so that people could get the help that they need. The Tory Government in Westminster has always let us down. In Scotland, where we should be using our powers, the SNP has failed us, too. It is time to stop messing about and put the necessary staff in place, sort the information technology, move payments over at pace and deliver the promised new...


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