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Scottish Parliament: World Hypertension Month (23 May 2017)

David Torrance: ...one of the leading causes of death in the UK. We face complex challenges to prevent and control hypertension globally and nationally, and I hope that the data collected during world hypertension month can be used to support research on a national, regional and global level. There is only one way to identify blood pressure, which is by having a GP or other health professional measure it....

Scottish Parliament: Partnership Action for Continuing Employment (18 May 2017)

Gillian Martin: ...directly employed by oil and gas companies, but for the tens of thousands of people working in the supply chain connected to the industry and for those businesses that benefited from the disposable income of the sector’s high-wage earners, which allowed much of the hospitality and retail sectors to flourish. In the past two years, a decrease in the global oil price and the UK...

Scottish Parliament: Devolved Benefits (Uptake) (17 May 2017)

Angela Constance: Social security is a human right, and we are determined to support everyone to claim all the benefits to which they are entitled. There is a range of reasons why people do not claim such support. It is disappointing, if not surprising, that the United Kingdom Government has taken no recent action to improve take-up. Ensuring that everyone receives the financial support to which they are...

Scottish Parliament: Disabled People (16 May 2017)

Mairi Evans: ...requires initial contact via telephone calls or extensive written communication, which has obvious pitfalls for someone who is deaf or has a hearing impairment. The face-to-face assessments are no better, because applicants need the support of an interpreter or note taker. It was disturbing to hear stories about some medical assessments. We were told that, at one medical assessment, the...

Scottish Parliament: Income Tax (11 May 2017)

Anas Sarwar: Last week, the First Minister said that she would support a 50p tax band as long as it was across the United Kingdom, but not if it were just in Scotland, in case people chose to leave. Yesterday, the Scottish National Party voted against a pay rise for low and middle-income earners in the national health service. Why does the cabinet secretary think that low-income earners in a competitive...

Scottish Parliament: Keeping Children Safe Online (11 May 2017)

Mark McDonald: ...one has the skills to do so, which means that companies do not require a significant back-room operation to launch a networking app. The challenge for companies is that they run the risk of not being able to support large uptake of the app. We have to ensure that individuals or organisations that launch apps see protecting children and young people as part of their core responsibility as a...

Scottish Parliament: Health Inequalities (10 May 2017)

Aileen Campbell: Reducing health inequalities is one of the biggest challenges that we face. They are a symptom of wider income inequalities—inequalities that are exacerbated by policies of austerity and welfare reform. We are taking action, focusing on addressing the underlying causes—ending poverty, promoting fair wages, supporting families, and improving our physical and social environments.

Scottish Parliament: National Health Service Pay (10 May 2017)

Stuart McMillan: ...employment and fair rates of pay in the public sector is crucial in ensuring that Scotland’s economy remains strong. The aim of the policy is to allow public bodies to provide a pay increase for all staff, with particular support for those on the lowest incomes, and for employers to take their own decisions about pay progression. I will put that in the context of NHS England and NHS...

Scottish Parliament: International Nurses Day (10 May 2017)

Alison Johnstone: ...dedication and tireless care. From our neonatal units to our hospices, nurses care for the most vulnerable and lead increasingly complex care in community settings. I also thank all our healthcare support workers for the vital work that they do alongside our nursing staff to support patients. In the time that I have available, I will focus on the tremendous impact that nurses have on...

Scottish Parliament: Food Banks (9 May 2017)

Pauline McNeill: ..., a Tory millionaire, told the House of Lords that there is “no evidence” that the growth of food banks is linked to growing poverty and hunger rather than merely people wishing to get free food. The facts do not support that ignorant view because, according to research carried out by the University of Oxford, the three top reasons for referrals to food banks are low...

Scottish Parliament: Cabinet (Meetings) (3 May 2017)

Patrick Harvie: ..., education and developing the life chances of young people. Four thousand teachers have been lost and, if we want to reverse the decline in the numbers of other important professionals, such as additional support needs teachers, librarians and classroom assistants, the overall level of resource needs to be higher. Over successive years, we need to resource local councils to make those...

Scottish Parliament: Sanitary Products (3 May 2017)

Nicola Sturgeon: The Scottish Government is considering what support we can provide for women and girls on a low income to have access to sanitary production in a dignified way. Our fairer Scotland action plan sets out our commitment to tackling poverty. However, in the face of Tory welfare cuts and continued austerity, which are pushing more and more people into poverty, it seems that we do so with one hand...

Scottish Parliament: Commercial Farm Income (2 May 2017)

Fergus Ewing: ..., they were still disappointing. As a fundamental part of the rural economy, it is important that agriculture performs well. There is a range of complex reasons behind the decline in farming incomes, primarily the lower revenues that are received for crops and livestock. Finding solutions to those issues is key, which is why we have appointed four industry champions to explore all the...

Scottish Parliament: Deer Management (2 May 2017)

Finlay Carson: ...were in an unsatisfactory condition because of herbivore impacts. Evidence suggests that deer are a major factor in limiting woodland condition recovery. There are also socioeconomic benefits to deer management, as it supports employment, contributes to rural tourism and provides sporting income. There is also the sale of venison. A major area for improvement must be how we manage lowland...

Scottish Parliament: Crofting Law Reform (2 May 2017)

Edward Mountain: ...for the development of crofting to Highlands and Islands Enterprise under the Crofting Reform (Scotland) Act 2010, HIE’s focus has been primarily on crofting community development rather than on providing support for individual crofters or promoting wider crofting interests. We heard evidence that the development function should sit with the regulation function in the Crofting...

Scottish Parliament: Ship-to-ship Oil Transfers (Cromarty and Moray Firths) (2 May 2017)

John Finnie: I thank colleagues for signing the motion, particularly my friend and colleague Claudia Beamish, whose signature ensured that the motion enjoyed cross-party support. The motion congratulates Cromarty Rising, a number of members of which are in the gallery. It is an outstanding community organisation, as is evidenced by its opposition to the ship-to-ship transfer of oil in the Moray Firth. To...

Prorogation: Her Majesty’s Speech (27 Apr 2017)

...ensure the benefits are spread throughout the entire country. To ensure that the United Kingdom remains a leader in developing new technologies, draft legislation was published setting out a new framework to support the growing commercial spaceflight industry. To foster innovation and to support the creative industries, legislation was enacted to reform the law on intellectual property....

Royal Assent: Her Majesty’s Most Gracious Speech (27 Apr 2017)

John Bercow: ...ensure the benefits are spread throughout the entire country. To ensure that the United Kingdom remains a leader in developing new technologies, draft legislation was published setting out a new framework to support the growing commercial spaceflight industry. To foster innovation and to support the creative industries, legislation was enacted to reform the law on intellectual property. My...

Written Answers — Department for Communities and Local Government: Social Rented Housing: Letting Agents (27 Apr 2017)

Gavin Barwell: Social letting agencies can support vulnerable people and people on low incomes to access and sustain tenancies in the private rented sector. There are a number of different models of social letting agencies and in the Housing White Paper we set out our interest in exploring the relative effectiveness of these different models with the aim of securing more housing for households who would...

Finance (No. 2) Bill - Second Reading (and remaining stages) (26 Apr 2017)

Baroness Neville-Rolfe: ...and which was also tackled by the noble Lord, Lord Davies of Oldham, we announced at the spring Budget an additional £2 billion for social care. This will help to ease pressures on the NHS by supporting more people to be discharged from hospital and into care as soon as they are ready. We are giving the NHS the funding that it needs. The Five Year Forward View plan asked for annual...


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