Decision Time

– in the Scottish Parliament on 22nd June 2022.

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Photo of Alison Johnstone Alison Johnstone Green

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

The first question is. that amendment S6M-05106.2, in the name of Tom Arthur, which seeks to amend motion S6M-05106, in the name of Mark Griffin, on cost of living support, be agreed to. Are we agreed?

Members:

No.

The Presiding Officer:

There will be a division.

The vote is now closed.

Photo of Neil Bibby Neil Bibby Labour

On a point of order, Presiding Officer. I would have voted yes.

The Presiding Officer:

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

Photo of Kate Forbes Kate Forbes Scottish National Party

On a point of order, Presiding Officer. My vote might have been registered, but I am not entirely sure. I would have voted yes.

The Presiding Officer:

I can confirm that your vote was recorded, Ms Forbes.

Division number 3 Decision Time

Aye: 86 MSPs

No: 29 MSPs

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The Presiding Officer:

The result of the division on amendment S6M-05106.2, in the name of Tom Arthur, is: For 86, Against 29, Abstentions 0.

Amendment agreed to.

The next question is, that amendment S6M-05106.1, in the name of Miles Briggs, which seeks to amend motion S6M-05106, in the name of Mark Griffin, on cost of living support, be agreed to. Are we agreed?

Members:

No.

The Presiding Officer:

There will be a division.

The vote is now closed.

Division number 4 Decision Time

Aye: 29 MSPs

No: 87 MSPs

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The Presiding Officer:

The result of the division on amendment S6M-05106.1, in the name of Miles Briggs, is: For 29, Against 87, Abstentions 0.

Amendment disagreed to.

The next question is, that motion S6M-05106, in the name of Mark Griffin, on cost of living support, as amended, be agreed to. Are we agreed?

Members:

No.

The Presiding Officer:

There will be a division.

The vote is closed.

Division number 5 Decision Time

Aye: 87 MSPs

No: 29 MSPs

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The Presiding Officer:

The result of the division on motion S6M-05106, in the name of Mark Griffin, on cost of living support, as amended, is: For 87, Against 29, Abstentions 0.

Motion, as amended, agreed to,

That the Parliament notes that, under the UK Government’s Energy Bills Support Scheme, second home owners across Scotland will receive a double payment of the £400 credit for their energy bills; considers that this funding would be better used to support low-income households struggling with the cost of living crisis, and agrees that the Scottish Government, in consultation with COSLA, should examine all options to recover this money through a council tax levy on second homes and long-term empty homes in order to support local cost-of-living responses on a fair and equitable basis.

The next question is, that amendment S6M-05111.2, in the name of Kevin Stewart, which seeks to amend motion S6M-05111, in the name of Jackie Baillie, on delivering the immediate removal of non-residential social care charges, be agreed to. Are we agreed?

Members:

No.

Division number 6 Decision Time

Aye: 65 MSPs

No: 51 MSPs

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The Presiding Officer:

The result of the division on amendment S6M-05111.2, in the name of Kevin Stewart, is: For 65, Against 51, Abstentions 0.

Amendment agreed to.

The next question is, that amendment S6M-05111.1, in the name of Sandesh Gulhane, which seeks to amend motion S6M-05111, in the name of Jackie Baillie, on delivering the immediate removal of non-residential social care charges, be agreed to. Are we agreed?

Members:

No.

The Presiding Officer:

There will be a division.

The vote is now closed.

Division number 7 Decision Time

Aye: 33 MSPs

No: 83 MSPs

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The Presiding Officer:

The result of the division on amendment S6M-05111.1, in the name of Sandesh Gulhane, is: For 33, Against 83, Abstentions 0.

Amendment disagreed to.

The next question is, that motion S6M-05111, in the name of Jackie Baillie, on delivering the immediate removal of non-residential social care charges, as amended, be agreed to. Are we agreed?

Members:

No.

Division number 8 Decision Time

Aye: 65 MSPs

No: 51 MSPs

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The Presiding Officer:

The result of the division on motion S6M-05111, in the name of Jackie Baillie, on delivering the immediate removal of non-residential social care charges, as amended, is: For 65, Against 51, Abstentions 0.

Motion, as amended, agreed to,

That the Parliament believes that the Scottish Government should end all non-residential social care charges in the current parliamentary session; welcomes the recent introduction of the National Care Service (Scotland) Bill, in line with the Bute House Agreement, and supports the creation of this new service, which will end the postcode lottery in adult social care in Scotland; regrets that the UK Government’s welfare cuts, and retention of 85% of spending on social security benefits, including low-income benefits, and employment powers, including the minimum wage remaining with the UK Government, is letting down the most vulnerable in society by failing to properly address the cost of living crisis and its causes; notes that the Scottish Government has increased eight Scottish social security benefits at double the rate that the UK Government uprated benefits within its control; understands that the overall budget available in Scotland is largely determined by the spending decisions of the UK Government, and considers that the Scottish Government is already investing in mitigating the impact of UK Government control, tackling the cost of living, and tackling poverty.

The next question is, that motion S6M-05155, in the name of Ben Macpherson, on the Social Security (Additional Payments) Bill, which is United Kingdom legislation, be agreed to.

Motion agreed to,

That the Parliament agrees that the provisions of the Social Security (Additional Payments) Bill, introduced in the House of Commons on 15 June 2022, so far as they relate to matters that fall within the legislative competence of the Scottish Parliament, should be considered by the UK Parliament.

I propose to ask a single question on three Parliamentary Bureau motions. Does any member object?

Members:

No.

The Presiding Officer:

As no member objects, the final question is, that motions S6M-05146 to S6M-05148, in the name of George Adam, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, be agreed to.

Motions agreed to,

That the Parliament agrees that the Plant Health (Fees) (Miscellaneous Amendment) (Scotland) Regulations 2022 [draft] be approved.

That the Parliament agrees that the Registers of Scotland (Information and Access, etc.) Miscellaneous Amendment Order 2022 [draft] be approved.

That the Parliament agrees that Stephen Kerr be appointed to replace Sue Webber as the Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party substitute on the Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee.

Members’ business will be published tomorrow, 23 June 2022, as soon as the text is available.