Decision Time

– in the Scottish Parliament on 26th May 2022.

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Photo of Alison Johnstone Alison Johnstone Green

There are four questions to be put as a result of today’s business. The first question is, that amendment S6M-04621.1, in the name of Miles Briggs, which seeks to amend motion S6M-04621, in the name of Ben Macpherson, on an update on the delivery of social security benefits, 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.

17:02 Meeting suspended.

17:06 On resuming—

We come to the division on amendment S6M-04621.1, in the name of Miles Briggs. Members should cast their votes now.

The vote is closed.

Photo of Finlay Carson Finlay Carson Conservative

On a point of order, Presiding Officer. I was unable to connect. I would have voted no—I mean yes.

The Presiding Officer:

Will you confirm your vote, Mr Carson, please?

Photo of Finlay Carson Finlay Carson Conservative

Presiding Officer, I had a temporary brain fade. I would have voted yes.

The Presiding Officer:

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

Division number 1 Decision Time

Aye: 28 MSPs

No: 85 MSPs

Ayes: A-Z by last name

Nos: A-Z by last name

The Presiding Officer:

The result of the division on amendment S6M-04621.1, in the name of Miles Briggs, is: For 28, Against 85, Abstentions 0.

Amendment disagreed to.

The next question is, that amendment S6M-04621.2, in the name of Pam Duncan-Glancy, which seeks to amend motion S6M-04621, in the name of Ben Macpherson, on an update on the delivery of social security benefits, be agreed to. Are we agreed?

Members:

No.

The Presiding Officer:

There will be a division.

The vote is closed.

Photo of Ben Macpherson Ben Macpherson Scottish National Party

On a point of order, Presiding Officer. May I check that my vote has been registered? It is not clear on my screen.

The Presiding Officer:

It has been registered.

Division number 2 Decision Time

Aye: 49 MSPs

No: 64 MSPs

Ayes: A-Z by last name

Nos: A-Z by last name

The Presiding Officer:

The result of the division on amendment S6M-04621.2, in the name of Pam Duncan-Glancy, is: For 49, Against 64, Abstentions 0.

Amendment disagreed to.

The next question is, that motion S6M-04621, in the name of Ben Macpherson, on an update on the delivery of social security benefits, be agreed to. Are we agreed?

The Presiding Officer:

There will be a division.

The vote is closed.

Division number 3 Decision Time

Aye: 65 MSPs

No: 48 MSPs

Ayes: A-Z by last name

Nos: A-Z by last name

The Presiding Officer:

The result of the division on motion S6M-04621, in the name of Ben Macpherson, on an update on the delivery of social security benefits, is: For 65, Against 48, Abstentions 0.

Motion agreed to,

That the Parliament agrees that social security is a human right and an investment in people; welcomes the introduction and delivery of 12 Scottish social security benefits in total, seven of which are new forms of support only available in Scotland, including most recently the Scottish Child Payment, Child Disability Payment and Adult Disability Payment; notes the more humane and compassionate process for applying for the Adult Disability Payment, which contrasts with the intrusive assessments often required to receive Personal Independence Payment from the UK Government; further notes the implementation of a clinically determined definition of “terminal illness” and fast-tracking of these applications for support; welcomes the introduction of indefinite awards within Scottish disability assistance, which provides the most severely disabled people with long-term financial security; looks forward to the introduction of new benefits, including Low Income Winter Heating Assistance and Scottish Carer’s Assistance; notes that social security is one of the three key pillars in the national mission to tackle child poverty, and commends the extension of the Scottish Child Payment to under-16s and plans to increase it to £25 per week per child by the end of the year; welcomes the substantial financial support that these benefits provide to people, which is important at all times and particularly so now as people are impacted by the cost of living crisis in the UK, and acknowledges the Scottish Government’s record investment of £3.9 billon in benefit expenditure in 2022-23, which is £360 million above that received by the UK Government, all of which will provide meaningful social security support to over one million people, including low-income families and households, disabled people and carers.

I propose to ask a single question on two Parliamentary Bureau motions unless any member objects.

No member having objected, the final question is, that motions S6M-04617, on committee membership, and S6M-04618, on committee substitutes, be agreed to.

Motions agreed to,

That the Parliament agrees that—

Rachael Hamilton be appointed to replace Alexander Stewart as a member of the Equalities, Human Rights and Civil Justice Committee;

Jeremy Balfour be appointed to replace Craig Hoy as a member of the Delegated Powers and Law Reform Committee;

Tess White be appointed to replace Sue Webber as a member of the Health, Social Care and Sport Committee;

Sue Webber be appointed to replace Stephen Kerr as a member of the Education, Children and Young People Committee;

Alexander Stewart be appointed to replace Tess White as a member of the Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee.

That the Parliament agrees that—

Craig Hoy be appointed to replace Jeremy Balfour as the Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party substitute on the Equalities, Human Rights and Civil Justice Committee;

Tess White be appointed to replace Rachael Hamilton as the Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party substitute on the Social Justice and Social Security Committee.

That concludes decision time.

Meeting closed at 17:12.