Decision Time

– in the Scottish Parliament on 18th May 2022.

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Photo of Alison Johnstone Alison Johnstone Green

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

I remind members that if the amendment in the name of Kevin Stewart is agreed to, the amendment in the name of Sandesh Gulhane will fall.

The first question is, that amendment S6M-04441.2, in the name of Kevin Stewart, which seeks to amend motion S6M-04441, in the name of Jackie Baillie, on supporting carers during the cost of living crisis, be agreed to. Are we agreed?

Members:

No.

The Presiding Officer:

There will be a division.

The vote is now closed.

Photo of Daniel Johnson Daniel Johnson Labour

On a point of order, Presiding Officer. The voting app has not registered my vote. I would have voted no.

Division number 3 Decision Time

Aye: 67 MSPs

No: 52 MSPs

Ayes: A-Z by last name

Nos: A-Z by last name

The Presiding Officer:

The result of the vote on amendment S6M-04441.2, in the name of Kevin Stewart, is: For 66, Against 52, Abstentions 0.

Amendment agreed to.

The amendment in the name of Sandesh Gulhane falls.

The next question is, that motion S6M-04441, in the name of Jackie Baillie, as amended, on supporting carers during the cost of living crisis, be agreed to. Are we agreed?

Members:

No.

The Presiding Officer:

There will be a division.

The vote is now closed.

Photo of Monica Lennon Monica Lennon Labour

On a point of order, Presiding Officer. I apologise—I have had problems with the app. I would have abstained.

The Presiding Officer:

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

Photo of Foysol Choudhury Foysol Choudhury Labour

On a point of order, Presiding Officer. I would have abstained as well.

The Presiding Officer:

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

The Presiding Officer:

Mr Doris, could you repeat that, please?

The Presiding Officer:

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

Division number 4 Decision Time

Aye: 66 MSPs

No: 32 MSPs

Ayes: A-Z by last name

Nos: A-Z by last name

Abstained: 21 MSPs

The Presiding Officer:

The result of the division on motion S6M-04441, in the name of Jackie Baillie, as amended, on supporting carers during the cost of living crisis, is: For 66, Against 32, Abstentions 21.

Motion

, as amended, agreed to,

That the Parliament is concerned by the escalating pressures that the cost of living crisis is putting on both the social care workforce and unpaid carers across Scotland, the majority of whom are women; recognises the severe and ongoing impact of Brexit on the recruitment and retention of social care workers; believes that responsibility for employment law should be devolved to the Scottish Parliament so that it can embed fair work principles, including enshrining the real Living Wage for all ages; notes that the minimum hourly rate for adult social care workers in commissioned services in Scotland increased by over 10% to £10.50 per hour in the last year; supports the Scottish Government’s commitment to scrapping non-residential care charges and introducing the National Care Service; further supports that the principles of fair work and ethical commissioning will be embedded within the National Care Service; welcomes the additional £5 million for short breaks for 2022-23 to enable more families and young carers to take a break from caring; encourages local authorities to engage with social care providers and contractors to address increased fuel costs for staff, particularly through mileage rates, and calls on the UK Government to take forward an emergency budget to address the cost of living crisis and increasing fuel costs, not least its impact on unpaid carers.

The next question is, that amendment S6M-04445.2, in the name of Shirley-Anne Somerville, which seeks to amend motion S6M-04445, in the name of Michael Marra, on protecting attainment funding, be agreed to. Are we agreed?

Members:

No.

The Presiding Officer:

There will be a division.

The vote is now closed.

Photo of Daniel Johnson Daniel Johnson Labour

On a point of order, Presiding Officer. The app was not working for me. I would have voted no.

The Presiding Officer:

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

The Presiding Officer:

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

Division number 5 Decision Time

Aye: 67 MSPs

No: 52 MSPs

Ayes: A-Z by last name

Nos: A-Z by last name

The Presiding Officer:

The result of the division on amendment S6M-04445.2, in the name of Shirley-Anne Somerville, is: For 67, Against 52, Abstentions 0.

Amendment agreed to.

The next question is, that amendment S6M-04445.1, in the name of Oliver Mundell, which seeks to amend motion S6M-04445, in the name of Michael Marra, on protecting attainment funding, be agreed to. Are we agreed?

Members:

No.

Division number 6 Decision Time

Aye: 51 MSPs

No: 66 MSPs

Ayes: A-Z by last name

Nos: A-Z by last name

The Presiding Officer:

The result of the division on amendment S6M-04445.1, in the name of Oliver Mundell, is: For 51, Against 66, Abstentions 0.

Amendment disagreed to.

The final question is, that motion S6M-04445, in the name of Michael Marra, as amended, on protecting attainment funding, be agreed to. Are we agreed?

Members:

No.

The Presiding Officer:

There will be a division.

The vote is closed.

Photo of Christine Grahame Christine Grahame Scottish National Party

On a point of order, Presiding Officer. My card was in and I tried to vote, but the thing had disconnected—it was nothing to do with me. [

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I would have voted yes.

The Presiding Officer:

Thank you, Ms Grahame.

Division number 7 Decision Time

Aye: 67 MSPs

No: 51 MSPs

Ayes: A-Z by last name

Nos: A-Z by last name

The Presiding Officer:

The result of the division is: For 67, Against 51, Abstentions 0.

Motion, as amended, agreed to,

That the Parliament notes the Scottish Government’s commitment to invest a record £1 billion through the Scottish Attainment Challenge to recover from COVID-19 and accelerate progress in closing the poverty-related attainment gap through the refreshed Scottish Attainment Challenge, an increase from the £750 million invested over the course of the last parliamentary session; recognises that poverty exists in every community in Scotland; welcomes the clear, funded role in tackling the poverty-related attainment gap; notes that the refreshed Scottish Attainment Challenge model was developed in partnership with, and agreed and welcomed by, COSLA; welcomes that headteachers will continue to be empowered to reduce the poverty-related attainment gap in their school communities; notes the refreshed mission of the Challenge, which focuses on improving outcomes for children and young people impacted by poverty, contributing to the Scottish Government’s ambitions to tackle child poverty, and supports complementary action being taken forward by the Scottish Government to tackle child poverty, including the delivery of five family benefits, including the Scottish Child Payment, increasing the school clothing grant, and through services to support income maximisation.

That concludes decision time.

Members’ business will be published tomorrow, 19 May 2022, as soon as the text is available.