Decision Time

– in the Scottish Parliament on 8th June 2021.

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Photo of Alison Johnstone Alison Johnstone Green

There are five questions to be put as a result of today’s business.

I remind members that, if the amendment in the name of Miles Briggs is agreed to, the other amendments will fall. If the amendment in the name of Pam Duncan-Glancy is agreed to, the amendments in the names of Maggie Chapman and Alex Cole-Hamilton will fall.

The first question is, that amendment S6M-00263.1, in the name of Miles Briggs, which seeks to amend motion S6M-00263, in the name of Shona Robison, on tackling poverty and building a fairer country, be agreed to. Are we agreed?

Members:

No.

The Presiding Officer:

There will be a division. There will be a short suspension to allow members to access the digital voting system.

17:05 Meeting suspended.

17:12 On resuming—

Members should cast their votes now.

Division number 2 Decision Time

Aye: 28 MSPs

No: 71 MSPs

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Abstained: 22 MSPs

The Presiding Officer:

The result of the division on amendment S6M-00263.1, in the name of Miles Briggs, on tackling poverty and building a fairer country, is: For 28, Against 71, Abstentions 22.

Amendment disagreed to.

I remind members that, if the amendment in the name of Pam Duncan-Glancy is agreed to, the amendments in the names of Maggie Chapman and Alex Cole-Hamilton will fall.

The next question is, that amendment S6M-00263.3, in the name of Pam Duncan-Glancy, which seeks to amend motion S6M-00263, in the name of Shona Robison, on tackling poverty and building a fairer country, be agreed to. Are we agreed?

Members:

No.

Division number 3 Decision Time

Aye: 54 MSPs

No: 67 MSPs

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Nos: A-Z by last name

The Presiding Officer:

The result of the division is: For 54, Against 67, Abstentions 0.

Amendment disagreed to.

The next question is, that amendment S6M-00263.4, in the name of Maggie Chapman, which seeks to amend motion S6M-00263, in the name of Shona Robison, on tackling poverty and building a fairer country, be agreed to. Are we agreed?

Members:

No.

Division number 4 Decision Time

Aye: 70 MSPs

No: 50 MSPs

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The Presiding Officer:

The result of the division is: For 70, Against 50, Abstentions 0.

Amendment agreed to.

The next question is, that amendment S6M-00263.2, in the name of Alex Cole-Hamilton, which seeks to amend motion S6M-00263, in the name of Shona Robison, on tackling poverty and building a fairer country, be agreed to. Are we agreed?

Members:

No.

The Presiding Officer:

There will be a division.

The vote is now closed.

Photo of Jeremy Balfour Jeremy Balfour Conservative

On a point of order, Presiding Officer. Unfortunately, my system crashed. I would have voted no.

The Presiding Officer:

Thank you, Mr Balfour. We will ensure that that is recorded.

Carol Mochan wishes to make a point of order online.

Photo of Carol Mochan Carol Mochan Labour

On a point of order, Presiding Officer. I am having some technical problems. I could not vote, but I would have voted yes.

The Presiding Officer:

Thank you, Ms Mochan. We will ensure that that is recorded.

Division number 5 Decision Time

Aye: 26 MSPs

No: 94 MSPs

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Nos: A-Z by last name

The Presiding Officer:

The result of the division on amendment S6M-00263.2, in the name of Alex Cole-Hamilton, on tackling poverty and building a fairer country, is: For 26, Against 94, Abstentions 0.

Amendment disagreed to.

The final question is, that motion S6M-00263, in the name of Shona Robison, on tackling poverty and building a fairer country, as amended, be agreed to. Are we agreed?

Members:

No.

The Presiding Officer:

There will be a division.

The vote is now closed.

Photo of Foysol Choudhury Foysol Choudhury Labour

On a point of order, Presiding Officer, I could not vote. I had technical issues. I would have voted no.

The Presiding Officer:

Thank you. We will ensure that that is recorded.

Division number 6 Decision Time

Aye: 68 MSPs

No: 53 MSPs

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The Presiding Officer:

The result of the division is: For 68, Against 53, Abstentions 0.

Motion agreed to,

That the Parliament agrees that tackling child poverty and building a fairer, more equal country should be a national mission for the Scottish Government, the Scottish Parliament and society; acknowledges that action is required across all the drivers of poverty reduction, including delivering fair flexible work, affordable, accessible childcare, sustainable transport options, affordable housing, and reductions in the costs of living; commits to tackling the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on poverty and inequality; recognises the impact of UK Government welfare cuts and policies that exacerbate poverty, including the two-child cap, which could remove £500 million from the incomes of families in Scotland; recognises the positive action of the Scottish Child Payment and notes the Children and Young People's Commissioner Scotland’s assessment that removal of the £20 uplift to universal credit will effectively “knock out the benefits that the Scottish Child Payment brings into families”, undermining the work and mission of the Scottish Parliament to eradicate child poverty; welcomes the pandemic relief payment scheme, which will provide an essential additional income for families this year; calls on the Scottish Government to introduce a permanent doubling of the Scottish Child Payment at the earliest possible opportunity; notes that a Universal Basic Income would have helped many through the COVID-19 pandemic and calls on the UK and Scottish governments to work together to bring forward pilots at the earliest possible opportunity; commits to exploring funding options to end the benefit cap; urges the UK Government to devolve all employment and social security powers to the Scottish Parliament, in order that it may take the further steps needed to make workplaces fairer, including through payment of the real Living Wage, and to establish a Minimum Income Guarantee, so that everyone has enough income to live a dignified life, and calls on the UK Government to match the ambition of the Scottish Parliament to eradicate child poverty.

That concludes decision time.