Scottish Parliament debates

Thursday, 21 May 2020

  • Covid-19 Lockdown: Next Steps

    67 speeches

    Good afternoon, colleagues. Before we start, I remind you that, if you are moving around the chamber, you should remember to observe social distancing rules. Our first item of business today is a...

  • Members’ Question Time

  • Local Government and Communities

    1 speech

    The next item of business is a members’ question time session on local government and communities. This session follows the format that we have used previously only in virtual sessions. If...

  • Local Authorities (Income Shortfall)

    4 speeches

    In its discussions with local authorities, has the Scottish Government been able to quantify the shortfall in revenue income that councils have suffered as a result of Covid-19 because of...

  • Construction Works

    5 speeches

    The answer that Bruce Crawford was looking for was £100 million. My question relates to the route map that the First Minister has just outlined, and specifically to construction. She said...

  • Local Authority Services

    4 speeches

    How is the Scottish Government supporting local authorities to maintain and increase vital services for communities during the Covid-19 outbreak?

  • Renters (Financial Difficulties)

    5 speeches

    In yesterday’s debate, Pauline McNeill highlighted that research across the United Kingdom had revealed that “six out of 10 renters said that they had suffered financially as a result...

  • Local Authorities (Financial Support)

    2 speeches

    Thank you, Presiding Officer. I belatedly welcome you to your post—I was not present when you first took it up. Can local authorities expect the full £155 million of consequentials...

  • Tenants (Support)

    4 speeches

    Can the minister provide an update on what the Scottish Government is doing to support tenants who are in need due to the coronavirus crisis?

  • Weddings

    4 speeches

    As the Cabinet Secretary for Communities and Local Government will be aware, registrars will issue wedding certificates so that people can get married. However, places of worship and most venues...

  • Licensing Alterations

    3 speeches

    Many local food and drink businesses are diversifying to meet the challenges that are presented by Covid-19. Some such businesses want to expand to outdoor spaces to meet social distancing...

  • Housing Construction

    2 speeches

    I remind colleagues that I am a councillor in Aberdeen. A vital element of moving forward from the current pandemic is getting construction sites back to building houses. I am glad that the First...

  • Housing Allocations

    4 speeches

    I want to raise the issue of councils and social landlords not allocating houses. Recently, I contacted the head of housing in Fife, who wrote back to me to say: “As you will know, the...

  • Furlough (Local Government Fixed-term Contracts)

    5 speeches

    What can be done to support local government employees who are coming to the end of fixed-term contracts and will be ineligible for continued furlough after 1 July?

  • Tourism Businesses (Support)

    2 speeches

    Thank you Presiding Officer. I am happy to step back into the breach. I would welcome a response from the finance secretary on the issue of the many tourism businesses that are unable to access...

  • Free School Meals (Summer Holidays)

    4 speeches

    Although schools are closed, local authorities are still delivering free school meals programmes, and are often providing direct payments to families. The current funding allocation does not meet...

  • Church Halls (Small Business Grants)

    3 speeches

    I have been approached by a church hall in my constituency, which expected to benefit from the extension to charities of the small business grant. However, the local council has refused the grant...

  • Delayed Discharge (Care Home Capacity)

    2 speeches

    [ Temporary loss of sound. ]—understand what is happening in relation to delayed discharge. Prior to the Covid-19 crisis, we had record delayed discharge; in March, 1,000 people were...

  • Small Business Bank Accounts

    4 speeches

    I turn to a point that was raised by Liam McArthur and that I have raised before in the chamber—the issue of business bank accounts and why small businesses do not need them. The Cabinet...

  • Urgent Question

  • Untested Patients in Care Homes (Inverclyde)

    22 speeches

    To ask the Scottish Government what its response is to reports that the health secretary authorised the purchase of 50 beds in order to move untested patients into 10 care homes in Inverclyde,...

  • Decision Time

    1 speech

    There are no decisions to be taken, so I close the meeting. Meeting closed at 15:45.

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The Scottish Parliament is the national legislature of Scotland, located in Edinburgh. The Parliament consists of 129 members known as MSPs, elected for four-year terms; 73 represent individual geographical constituencies, and 56 are regional representatives.

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