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Scottish Parliament: Budget 2023-24 (Committees’ Pre-budget Scrutiny) (26 Jan 2023)

Audrey Nicoll: ...third sector charities. It is for those reasons that the committee was concerned to read the resource spending review of May last year, which proposed flat-cash settlements for the years ahead. The Scottish Parliament information centre estimated that that would mean that resource spending in our remit could fall in real terms by £102 million, and that capital spending might also decrease...

Scottish Parliament: Homelessness (25 Jan 2023)

Emma Roddick: ...been caused by reckless UK Government decisions. My constituents are paying the price—and it is a steep one—for preposterous levels of Tory economic mismanagement. Inflation is eating up the Scottish Government’s budget and the budgets of households across the country, no matter how well off they were just a year ago. With the best will in the world, that cannot be entirely undone by...

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

Liam McArthur: ...too, is the task of retrofitting existing housing stock. The Government talks of stepping up investment in retrofitting measures to improve energy efficiency, with £1.8 billion of allocated public funding, but its own estimates suggest that it will take around £33 billion to achieve what is needed. That is an awfully big gap to fill. ClimateXChange identifies that off-gas-grid...

Scottish Parliament: Education and Life Chances of Children and Young People (17 Jan 2023)

Shirley-Anne Somerville: ...poverty. Frankly, it is exceptionally frustrating and disappointing that we continue to try and do that with one hand tied behind our back, because of the changes that the UK Government has made to welfare, and the continuation of those changes will push more and more children into poverty over the coming years. We will continue to do what we can through the Scottish child payment and the...

Scottish Parliament: Budget 2023-24 (Local Government) (20 Dec 2022)

Mark Griffin: ...been for the past decade? Councils have been salami slicing in the face of 10 years of real-terms cuts. The days of salami slicing are over; it is now wholesale cuts—services ended. Officials in Scottish National Party-run Aberdeen City Council have started looking at everything that the council does—social work, council tax collection, free school meals, dog control, health and safety...

Scottish Parliament: Budget 2023-24 (15 Dec 2022)

John Swinney: I simply point out that those factors need to be considered in this whole process. The Scottish Government budget for 2023-24 takes place in the most turbulent economic and financial context that most people can remember. War is taking place in Europe, which is leading to the suffering and displacement of millions of Ukrainians. As a result of the conflict, energy and fuel prices are surging....

Scotland’s Future (14 Dec 2022)

Ian Murray: It is extraordinary that that is the hon. Gentleman’s intervention. There is no Scottish council where Labour is in coalition with the Conservatives, and SNP Members know that. What upsets them more than anything else is the fact that they threw their toys out of the pram in Edinburgh because they could not get their own leader elected as leader of the council. I am grateful to the Labour...

Scottish Parliament: Asylum Seekers (Support) (8 Dec 2022)

Bob Doris: ...and the testimony of others, as well as their great expertise and skill, in order to reach the important recommendations in the report, which have been made to both the United Kingdom and Scottish Governments. The research found that, during the first six months of a person’s time in the UK asylum system, there is a particularly high risk of destitution. That is a result of factors...

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Attainment Challenge (Local Authority Stretch Aims) (8 Dec 2022)

Shirley-Anne Somerville: ...and simplest way to do so, if only we had the powers, would be to tackle poverty itself. That is absolutely why it is relevant and I am genuinely disappointed, but perhaps not surprised, that the Scottish Conservatives cannot see that link. The Scottish Government analysis that was published in April highlights the devastating impact of successive UK Government welfare reforms that have...

Scottish Independence - Question (7 Dec 2022)

Baroness Chapman of Darlington: My Lords, is not the truth that neither the Scottish Government nor the UK Government are doing a good job for the Scottish people at the moment? Does the Minister not think the Labour leader in Scotland, Anas Sarwar, makes a very strong point when he proposes that there should be an emergency cost of living Act, including halving rail fares, capping bus journeys, emergency debt legislation,...

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...

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...


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