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Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Welfare Assistance Schemes: Glasgow South West (19 Apr 2022)

David Rutley: No assessment has been made. Local Welfare is a devolved matter and it is for the Scottish Government to assess the adequacy of their local welfare assistance scheme. The Government has recently announced an extension to the funding provided to help vulnerable households with cost of living pressures - providing an additional £500 million from April 2022 to help households with the cost...

Food Security (31 Mar 2022)

Deidre Brock: ...doubled since Russia’s invasion. Meanwhile, with Ukrainian workers making up around 60% of seasonal agricultural staff, the war is compounding the existing labour crisis in the industry. The Scottish National party has asked repeatedly for immigration to be devolved to Scotland—so far to no avail—but at the very least we want to see immigration policy greatly overhauled, so that we...

Scottish Parliament: Benefit Sanctions (31 Mar 2022)

Marie McNair: As a long-standing champion against the negative impacts of the so-called “welfare reforms” of the UK benefits system, I am keen to participate in the debate. I congratulate Kaukab Stewart for securing it and for highlighting the important work done by the researchers on behalf of Glasgow university. It is no surprise to see that they conclude that benefit sanctions do not work and that,...

Scottish Parliament: Miners’ Strike (Pardons) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (31 Mar 2022)

Christine Grahame: ...Street, Second Street, Third Street and so on. My constituency also includes Gorebridge, which has a memorial to miners who lost their lives in the pits over the years, and the Shottstown miners welfare club in Penicuik. All that means that the landscape and sense of community of Scotland’s mining past are literally never out of my sight. I also think of my mother, a Derbyshire woman and...

War Pensions and Armed Forces Compensation Scheme Payments (28 Mar 2022)

Carol Monaghan: ...who have given so much. My hon. Friend the Member for Airdrie and Shotts (Ms Qaisar) highlighted the issues experienced by her constituent, whose son sadly took his life. She also talked about the Scottish Veterans Fund, which the Scottish Government have set up. This is an important commitment to the health and wellbeing of our veteran community. My hon. Friend the Member for West...

Greyhound Racing — [Sir Roger Gale in the Chair] (28 Mar 2022)

John McNally: ... the hon. Member for Neath (Christina Rees) for securing today’s debate on greyhound racing. The petition, which received about 105,000 signatures, is to ban greyhound racing and ensure that the welfare of redundant dogs is, via a levy on the industry, absolutely adhered to. May I say how apt it is that the hon. Member for Neath, a person who is absolutely steeped in sport and who...

Scottish Parliament: Spring Statement 2022 (Cost of Living) (24 Mar 2022)

Nicola Sturgeon: In the Scottish Government’s budget, we doubled the Scottish child payment, which is game changing for families with children who are living in poverty. If memory serves me correctly, the Labour Party shamefully voted against that measure in the Scottish budget. Yesterday’s spring statement showed a callous disregard for the misery that people are already facing and that will only get...

Scottish Parliament: Child Poverty (24 Mar 2022)

Shona Robison: The Scottish Government wants the best start and a bright future for all children. We want them to thrive and realise their potential, and we want Scotland to be the best place for them to grow up. For that to happen, we need to tackle the inequality and poverty that can too often blunt that potential. There is no silver bullet to tackle child poverty. If there was, we would not be faced with...

Scottish Parliament: Child Poverty (24 Mar 2022)

Elena Whitham: Before I embark on my speech in support of the Scottish Government’s efforts to tackle child poverty, I want to put a human face to what we are discussing here today. As a child, I had to face poverty twice in my life before the age of nine. The extreme downturn in Scotland’s manufacturing fortunes meant that we became economic migrants in 1980, when, at the young age of 23, my parents...

Financial Statement (23 Mar 2022)

Alison Thewliss: .... Food prices are rising, especially for the basics, and foodbanks are seeing record numbers of people coming through their doors. The Chancellor says he is going to increase the household support fund, but is that it? Is that it? People are desperate and they need a good deal more help than that. We know that sanctioning Russia is not cost-free, but the Tories cannot use that as a sleight...

Scottish Parliament: Complex Care (Out-of-area Placements and Delayed Discharge) (22 Mar 2022)

Kevin Stewart: I want to start by making clear my position, and that of the Scottish Government, on this matter. It is completely unacceptable that people with learning disabilities and more complex needs spend any longer in hospital than is medically necessary. For every day that is spent in hospital, the person loses part of their connection with their community, family and friends. Everyone has the right...

Cost of Living Increases (16 Mar 2022)

Ian Murray: ...Trust says that two out of five people on universal credit are forced into a spiral of uncontrolled debt. Labour’s plan to tackle the cost of living crisis would put money in the pockets of Scottish families, helping them to make ends meet, and take worry out of receiving that unaffordable direct debit increase from their energy supplier. Across the UK—I repeat this again, because the...

Scottish Parliament: Cost of Living Payment (Eligibility) (16 Mar 2022)

Kate Forbes: ...for those who are at greatest risk of self-disconnection or who are rationing their energy usage more. I remind the member that that support sits alongside the low-income pandemic payment, the Scottish child payment, the bridging payments, continued funding to mitigate the impact of the United Kingdom bedroom tax, the winter support fund and increased support in the Scottish welfare fund,...

Scottish Parliament: International Women’s Day 2022 (8 Mar 2022)

Paul McLennan: ...day, and it was an opportunity to meet various groups and discuss the work that they do. It was the first time that I met the force of nature that is called Agnes Tolmie, who is the chair of the Scottish Women’s Convention and a very inspiring and motivating woman. I am sure that I will hear from her again. The message that I took loud and clear from the event was that gender inequality...

Regional Inequalities: Child Poverty — [Dr Rupa Huq in the Chair] (2 Mar 2022)

Patricia Gibson: I am delighted to participate in this debate on regional inequalities and child poverty on behalf of the Scottish National party. I pay tribute to the hon. Member for Blaydon (Liz Twist), who has brought this issue to the Floor of Westminster Hall, although I echo her sentiments that for us to be debating this in the UK in 2022 is an absolute disgrace. When it comes to child poverty, of...

Scottish Parliament: Veterans (Mental Health and Wellbeing) (1 Mar 2022)

Finlay Carson: ...heroes—a place that offers support for them and their families that is at least on a par with the support that is offered in other parts of the UK. I support the action plan, and I call on the Scottish Government to accept its recommendations and to fund it generously, so that our veterans can fulfil their potential and can access appropriate support when they face difficult times. At...

Scottish Parliament: Oil and Gas Windfall Tax (10 Feb 2022)

Anas Sarwar: ...than half a million of the hardest-hit Scots by providing £400 to people who receive council tax reduction, pension credit, child winter heating assistance or carers allowance and a top-up to the Scottish welfare fund, which would give councils the ability to award £400 to those whom the scheme does not cover but who struggle to pay their bills. Will the First Minister support those plans?

Scottish Parliament: Budget (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (10 Feb 2022)

Kate Forbes: ...to Christmas, we were told that we might have to pay back consequentials. In mid-January, the message changed positively: the £440 million was confirmed and there would be further consequential funding. In recognition of my commitment to Parliament to provide as much transparency as possible, with the fast-approaching deadline of the year’s end and the requirement to finalise our budget...

Scottish Parliament: Hardship and Debt Support (Cost of Living) (9 Feb 2022)

Ben Macpherson: ..., has engaged extensively with the energy sector on a regular basis, especially in recent weeks, when the cost of living crisis and increased energy costs have been particularly pertinent. The Scottish Government has been engaging with the energy sector and supporting consumers, especially those on low incomes, not just in recent weeks, but for some time. For example, we have provided £65...

Scottish Parliament: Cost of Living (3 Feb 2022)

Maggie Chapman: Scottish households are facing profound financial challenges. We must address those directly, demanding accountability from where decision-making power on energy lies and seeking to tackle the foundational causes of inequality, while acknowledging why we are in this position. The crisis is a product of several factors. We have a UK Government that is taking more and giving less, as we have...


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