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Scottish Parliament: Supporting Women into Work (24 May 2017)

Claudia Beamish: The problem is indeed intractable, and the paid labour market in Scotland is fundamentally skewed away from women. As the minister and other members know, women make up the majority of workers in the lowest-paid sectors, such as the care, hospitality and retail sectors. Even women who are in full-time employment can be left struggling to pay rent, to feed their families and without financial...

Scottish Parliament: Public Sector Pay Policy 2017-18 (Equality Impact Assessment) (24 May 2017)

Derek Mackay: That is a surprise—criticism from the Tories of public sector pay policy. We have avoided compulsory redundancies and we are looking at measures on low pay. We recognise that there can be a gender impact, which is why we have targeted extra support towards the low paid. We also support the living wage and we have made swift progress on that policy. We will look closely at gender impact...

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

Gillian Martin: Sadly, there are few, if any, people in my constituency who do not know someone from the oil and gas sector affected by redundancy. For decades, it was a reliable and stable area of the economy not just for those 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...

Scottish Parliament: Housing Support for Young People (17 May 2017)

Mairi Evans: Normally we that say it is a pleasure to take part in a debate, but I take no pleasure in taking part in the debate today—just as I did not take any pleasure in taking part in the debate on food banks last week or in discussing yesterday the impact that cuts to social security have had on those with a disability. Nevertheless, here we are again. Although I do not take pleasure in...

Scottish Parliament: Disabled People (16 May 2017)

Clare Haughey: As we have heard , several of the UK Government’s austerity measures “have disproportionally and adversely affected the rights of persons with disabilities”. Also, before austerity was implemented, impact assessments by the UK Government “expressly foresaw an adverse impact on persons with disabilities”, and the UK Government’s actions have caused...

Scottish Parliament: Health Inequalities (10 May 2017)

Aileen Campbell: We have taken a number of measures within the powers that we have to make sure that we can reduce inequalities. We are taking a number of measures around the living wage and we have introduced plans around our tax system as well. We also continually mitigate the worst impacts of welfare reform, so we are implementing a number of measures, within the powers that we have and the budget that we...

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

Shona Robison: Our pay policy is made in the context of not just addressing the pay uplift but addressing low pay and preserving the policy of there being no compulsory redundancies. As the RCN has recognised, we are all bound by the Treasury, because the resources that the Treasury gives to the Department of Health dictate what we get in consequentials. I will come back to the issue of the independent pay...

Scottish Parliament: Literacy (9 May 2017)

John Swinney: Mr Johnson knows full well that the approved national statistics assessment of positive destinations includes that category; it is a measure of young people moving into employment. Such employment may not be of the ideal quality for our society, which is a general and widespread challenge that we must face, and one that this Government is addressing as part of its fair work agenda to...

Scottish Parliament: Food Banks (9 May 2017)

Adam Tomkins: We all share that view. There is a very real and live argument—one that we need to have more of and not less of in this Parliament—about what we propose to do about the issue, because I think that there are different views about that. I will offer a few remarks about what Conservative members think we should do to tackle poverty. I will start with two remarks from the important...

Scottish Parliament: School Meals (Guidance) (3 May 2017)

Brian Whittle: We legislate for our farmers to produce the highest-quality produce under the highest animal welfare protocols, we ensure that they pay the living wage and we give them custodianship of the countryside. However, when it comes to produce for schools, we find that, under central Government Scotland excel procurement contracts, foodstuffs are imported from all over the world that can be and are...

Colne to Skipton Railway (26 Apr 2017)

Andrew Stephenson: I beg to move, That this House has considered the Colne to Skipton railway. When I put in for this debate, I did not realise that a general election would be coming up. I appreciate that my hon. Friend the Minister may be unable to make any commitments today, but I know he is a long-standing supporter of reinstating the Colne-Skipton railway line. He reiterated that as recently as the last...

School Funding: North-east of England — [Mr Clive Betts in the Chair] (26 Apr 2017)

Sharon Hodgson: Yes, it might be the job of my hon. Friend the Member for South Shields (Mrs Lewell-Buck). I am sure she will be putting this all right. That will be a great day indeed, and I look forward to it. Sadly, the Minister did not make any such commitment. I am sure my hon. Friend the Member for South Shields will, so I look forward to that day. The Minister instead referred to the fairer funding...

The Prime Minister Was Asked: Engagements (26 Apr 2017)

Jeremy Corbyn: This is the last Prime Minister’s Question Time of this Parliament, so I think it would be appropriate if we all paid tribute to those colleagues who have decided to leave the House. I thank them for their service to democracy in this country. I also thank you, Mr Speaker, for the way in which you have presided over this House and sought to reach out to the wider communities in this...

Written Answers — HM Treasury: Minimum Wage: Care Homes (26 Apr 2017)

Jane Ellison: HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) do not comment on individual cases. Anyone who feels they have been underpaid National Minimum Wage or National Living Wage should contact the Acas helpline on 0300 123 1100. HMRC review all complaints that are referred to them.

Scottish Parliament: Tourism (26 Apr 2017)

Richard Leonard: This week, at the Scottish Trades Union Congress’s 120th annual congress in Aviemore, the Labour and trade union movement has been promoting a charter of rights for a key group of workers in Scotland’s tourism industry: those who work in hospitality. As part of the “better than zero” campaign, Unite the union has organised a formal launch later this month of the...

Scottish Parliament: Carers and Social Care (26 Apr 2017)

Alison Johnstone: I am proud to lead a debate that calls for greater recognition and support for all those who provide care, whether by working in our overstretched social care sector or by providing unpaid care, and I am proud to commit to the principle that high-quality social care should ultimately be free at the point of use. I thank all those who have provided well-evidenced briefings, as well as the...

Scottish Parliament: Decision Time (26 Apr 2017)

The Presiding Officer: The result of the division is: For 82, Against 28, Abstentions 0. Motion, as amended, agreed to, That the Parliament believes that there remains a vast gap between the value of care and the support or pay that carers receive; further believes that nobody should face poverty because of the care they give; supports calls for the Scottish Government to provide more...

Finance (No. 2) Bill: Employment income provided through third parties (25 Apr 2017)

Rob Marris: During the coalition Government, fiscal policy was unnecessarily tight and our constituents paid the price. After seven years, we have moved to a position where, despite the Prime Minister in her election campaign saying that taxes will be lower under a Conservative Government—she has not actually said lower than what—this year, on projections which of course may or may not come...

Finance (No. 2) Bill: IPT: Standard Rate (25 Apr 2017)

Jane Ellison: I am coming to that, but the Chancellor was admirably clear when he laid the change out for the House when it was announced. The Government have worked to eliminate the deficit and to invest in Britain’s future. We want to ensure that the public finances remain sustainable and to build resilience to future shocks. We have prioritised tax changes to help ordinary working families, and...

Finance (No. 2) Bill: Income tax charge for tax year 2017-18 (25 Apr 2017)

Kirsty Blackman: I warmly welcome the new hon. Member for Copeland (Trudy Harrison) to what is left of this short Parliament. I am particularly pleased that we have finally broken the barrier of the number of women who have been elected— I am really delighted that that has happened. As a child I holidayed in her constituency, and I fondly remember visiting where Beatrix Potter created her animals and...


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