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Decision Time

– in the Scottish Parliament on 29th October 2019.

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Photo of Kenneth Macintosh Kenneth Macintosh Labour

The first question is, that amendment S5M-19577.1, in the name of Jeremy Balfour, which seeks to amend motion S5M-19577, in the name of Shirley-Anne Somerville, on improving disability assistance in Scotland, be agreed to.

Amendment agreed to.

The Presiding Officer:

The second question is, that amendment S5M-19577.2, in the name of Mark Griffin, which seeks to amend motion S5M-19577, in the name of Shirley-Anne Somerville, on improving disability assistance in Scotland, be agreed to. Are we agreed?

There will be a division.

Division number 1 Decision Time

Aye: 28 MSPs

No: 80 MSPs

Ayes: A-Z by last name

Nos: A-Z by last name

The Presiding Officer:

The result of the division is: For 28, Against 80, Abstentions 0.

Amendment disagreed to.

The final question is, that motion S5M-19577, in the name of Shirley-Anne Somerville, on improving disability assistance in Scotland, as amended, be agreed to.

Motion agreed to,

That the Parliament is committed to improving the provision of disability benefits in Scotland, built on a new human rights-based social security system for the people of Scotland; notes the publication of the independently produced report, A Consultation on Disability Assistance in Scotland: Analysis of Responses; considers that the report highlights agreement on the provision of social security payments for disabled people based on dignity, fairness and respect; notes that the Scottish Government is co-designing this approach with people who have lived experience of receiving social security payments, and agrees that it is essential that the needs of disabled people are at the heart of Scotland’s social security system, and calls on the Scottish Government to commit to no further delay to any of the devolved disability assistance benefits and to provide an absolute guarantee for transitional protections for all claimants involved in the case transfer.