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Constitutional Law (19 May 2020)

David Mundell: ...announcement, following his departure from that role, and in the absence of a Front-Bench spokesman, that either the Leader of the Opposition himself or the shadow Chancellor would participate in Scottish questions. Perhaps not unsurprisingly, immediately before the first such occasion, a shadow Scottish Secretary was appointed. This process is important. It is unusual not just because we...

Agriculture Bill: Import of agricultural goods after IP completion day (13 May 2020)

Rosie Winterton: ...will have been produced or processed according to standards which are equivalent to, or which exceed, the relevant domestic standards and regulations in relation to— (i) animal health and welfare, (ii) plant health, and (iii) environmental protection. (2) A statement under subsection (1) shall be laid before each House of Parliament. (3) Before the first statement under subsection (1)...

Scottish Parliament: Coronavirus (Scotland) (No 2) Bill: Stage 1 (13 May 2020)

Shona Robison: ...of the COVID-19 Committee, I, too, pay tribute to the clerks, SPICe and broadcasting staff for their efforts. We are certainly all facing circumstances that we have never faced before. The whole Scottish Government is, of course, entirely focused on dealing with the pandemic, whether through the day-to-day response or through the necessary legislative changes that are required in...

Scottish Parliament: Suppressing Covid: The Next Phase (12 May 2020)

Angela Constance: ...consequences from which none of us can hide. Thus far, the cost of Covid-19 has been great—to life, to our wellbeing and to our economy. There is unprecedented demand—up 50 per cent—on the Scottish welfare fund; demand on food banks is up 81 per cent; and applications for universal credit are rocketing. Vulnerability is increasing with reductions in referrals to children services,...

Scottish Parliament: Visitor Attractions (Support) (7 May 2020)

Fergus Ewing: My colleague Mairi Gougeon has responsibility for certain matters relating to animal health and welfare, but I have responsibility for tourism. I do not think that we will wrangle over the issue. I have certainly been dealing closely with the Association of Scottish Visitor Attractions, and I had a conference call with Gordon Morrison and Susan Morrison fairly recently. I am acutely aware of...

Scottish Parliament: Food Provision (Older and Vulnerable People) (6 May 2020)

Nicola Sturgeon: ...to that appropriately. Stuart McMillan is right to raise the importance of support for communities and people as well as for businesses. At the outset of the outbreak, we announced £350 million of funding to support communities where that is needed. As part of that, we have committed to a range of support in Inverclyde. That includes funding directly to the local authority of £1.3...

Scottish Parliament: Consumer Scotland Bill (6 May 2020)

Jackie Baillie: ...effective network of citizens advice bureaux, and that, coupled with the expertise that rests in Citizens Advice Scotland, will continue to provide vital consumer services. In addition, we have the Scottish Government-commissioned Advice Direct Scotland, which is new on the consumer landscape. Finally, I am aware, as are we all, of the significant scale of the financial intervention to...

Scottish Parliament: Barnett Consequentials (5 May 2020)

Kate Forbes: ...pass on those consequentials in full to local government. We took action quickly and have already committed to providing £175.6 million to local government. That includes a £50 million hardship fund, a £45 million Scottish welfare fund top-up, £30 million for a food fund and £50 million for a council tax reduction scheme and social security top-up. That brings the total direct...

Scottish Parliament: Finance and Economy (Covid-19) (5 May 2020)

Kate Forbes: ...and social care consequentials, which are currently estimated at £620 million, including those for hospices, to support our front-line services. We launched a £350 million package to support welfare and wellbeing. Partly from that, we have provided an extra £175 million for local government, and we have underwritten integration authorities’ costs in order to reduce delayed discharge....

Scottish Parliament: M&D (Leisure) Ltd (Job Losses) (1 May 2020)

Fiona Hyslop: Clearly, the situation at M&D’s is regrettable. The Scottish Government has made contact with the company, and we have ensured that the partnership action for continuing employment initiative, which helps those who face unemployment due to redundancy, provides support. PACE has made sure that online support is available, given that social and physical distancing rules make it difficult to...

Scottish Parliament: Local Government Funding (30 Apr 2020)

Kate Forbes: ...that we are committed to deploying all consequentials that we receive in a way that is helpful to local government and the wider Covid-19 response. I have been in contact with the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities, which is doing a cost-gathering exercise across local authorities. It is only right that we understand fully the cost implications on local authorities and work jointly...

Scottish Parliament: Fuel Poverty (30 Apr 2020)

Kevin Stewart: The Scottish Government has already topped up the Scottish welfare fund with an additional £45 million to take cognisance of issues such as [ Temporary loss of sound.] We ask people to look at boosting income in other ways first, through universal credit or other means, before resorting to the welfare fund. However, the welfare fund is there for emergency circumstances. Beyond that, last...

Scottish Parliament: Emergency Free Meals (30 Apr 2020)

Aileen Campbell: ...during the crisis, by endeavouring to put money into people’s pockets. We want to ensure that people can afford the necessities in life, including food. That is why we have more than doubled the Scottish welfare fund, and have made an additional £45 million available, in addition to the £35.5 million that was committed in the Scottish budget, thereby giving local authorities...

Scottish Parliament: Covid-19 (Justice) (21 Apr 2020)

Humza Yousaf: ...and internationally are having to take very difficult actions to boost and strengthen the justice response to help to combat, curtail and control the spread of the virus. I will set out briefly the Scottish Government’s justice response. Police officers and staff are on the front line of our response to this public health crisis. I pay tribute to the crucial job that they are doing to...

Scottish Parliament: Covid-19 (Economy) (21 Apr 2020)

Fiona Hyslop: ...companies that have repurposed to manufacture supplies for the health sector. We estimate that up to 70 per cent of the workforce is still working, with many people delivering health, care and welfare services, and many others working from home, often combining that with childcare and home schooling. By staying home, they are playing their part in tackling the virus. They are helping to...

Scottish Parliament: Covid-19 (Rent Issues) (17 Apr 2020)

Aileen Campbell: ...of good advice on the mygov.scot website, including advice for tenants about some of the new legal provisions. People should also be signposted to advice on discretionary housing payments or to the Scottish welfare fund for other financial support. Forby what we as a Government are doing in terms of action and financial support, I also point to the vibrant third sector—organisations in...

Scottish Parliament: Coronavirus (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (1 Apr 2020)

Pauline McNeill: That is not an easy thing to do. [ Laughter .] I thank Scottish Government officials for the incredible drafting work that they have done in an incredibly short period of time. I whole-heartedly agree with the cabinet secretary, Mike Russell, that we must work together and unite where we can, taking the right steps to manage everyday issues in our society during this dreadful but, I hope,...

Scottish Parliament: Covid-19 (Social Security) (1 Apr 2020)

Shirley-Anne Somerville: ...people will be off work through their own ill health or because they are caring for loved ones. The position is no different for the staff who are working on the social security programme in the Scottish Government and in Social Security Scotland. Business as usual is not an option. Our entire focus is on the health and wellbeing of our citizens, and everyone is turning their attention to...

Scottish Parliament: Covid-19 (1 Apr 2020)

Nicola Sturgeon: ...will be available to treat Covid-19 patients. In addition to those 3,000 beds in our existing hospital network, this week we announced our intention to create a new temporary NHS hospital at the Scottish Event Campus in Glasgow. We expect the facility to be ready to care for patients within a fortnight. Initially, it will have 300 beds available, with the capacity ultimately to care for...

Scottish Parliament: Coronavirus (Scotland) Bill: Stage 2 (1 Apr 2020)

Michael Russell: ...in such circumstances is central to the concerns of not just the Government, but of the entire Parliament. The initial response to that has been a substantial increase of £45 million in the Scottish welfare fund, but that will be by no means the end of it. There will have to be considerable help for people throughout Scotland, across these islands and around the globe in order that we can...


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