Decision Time

– in the Scottish Parliament on 23rd November 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.

The first question is, that amendment S6M-06899.2, in the name of Humza Yousaf, which seeks to amend motion S6M-06899, in the name of Jackie Baillie, on protecting primary care, be agreed to. Are we agreed?

Members:

No.

The Presiding Officer:

We will move to a vote. There will be a short suspension to allow members to access digital voting.

18:04 Meeting suspended.

18:07 On resuming—

We will proceed with the division on amendment S6M-06899.2. Members should cast their votes now.

The vote is closed.

Photo of Alasdair Allan Alasdair Allan Scottish National Party

On a point of order, Presiding Officer. I would have voted yes. The system would not work.

The Presiding Officer:

Thank you. We will ensure that that is recorded.

Photo of Màiri McAllan Màiri McAllan Scottish National Party

On a point of order, Presiding Officer. My app would not refresh. I would have voted yes.

The Presiding Officer:

I can confirm that your vote was recorded.

Division number 2 Decision Time

Aye: 67 MSPs

No: 54 MSPs

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The Presiding Officer:

The result of the division on amendment S6M-06899.2, in the name of Humza Yousaf, is: For 67, Against 54, Abstentions 0.

Amendment agreed to.

The next question is, that amendment S6M-06899.1, in the name of Sandesh Gulhane, which seeks to amend motion S6M-06899, in the name of Jackie Baillie, on protecting primary care, be agreed to. Are we agreed?

Members:

No.

The Presiding Officer:

There will be a division.

The vote is now closed.

Photo of Alasdair Allan Alasdair Allan Scottish National Party

On a point of order, Presiding Officer. I would have put a shilling in the meter and voted no.

The Presiding Officer:

Thank you. We will ensure that that vote is recorded.

Division number 3 Decision Time

Aye: 53 MSPs

No: 67 MSPs

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The Presiding Officer:

The result of the division on amendment S6M-06899.1, in the name of Sandesh Gulhane, is: For 53, Against 67, Abstentions 0.

Amendment disagreed to.

The next question is, that motion S6M-06899, in the name of Jackie Baillie, on protecting primary care, as amended, be agreed to. Are we agreed?

Members:

No.

Division number 4 Decision Time

Aye: 66 MSPs

No: 55 MSPs

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The Presiding Officer:

The result of the division on motion S6M-06899, in the name of Jackie Baillie, on protecting primary care, as amended, is: For 66, Against 55, Abstentions 0.

Motion, as amended, agreed to,

That the Parliament recognises the pressures on primary care and right across the NHS and social care due to the effects of Brexit, the global pandemic and the cost of living crisis; notes that the overriding priority for the delivery of healthcare must be to deliver the best outcomes for patients; supports the actions of the Scottish Government to abolish prescription charges and recognises that, under the current administration, they will remain free for all; believes that prescription charges are a tax on illness and that healthcare must be based on the clinical needs of patients and not their ability to pay; recognises that primary care provision extends beyond the work of general practice and welcomes that free eye care tests continue to be protected, that dental charges have been abolished for young people, and that, through NHS Pharmacy First, more first-line care is being provided for free through community pharmacies; recognises, in general practice, that Scotland currently has a record high level of GPs and that Scotland has proportionately more GPs than any other nation in the UK; welcomes that efforts to recruit 800 additional GPs by 2027 are on track, with 277 already in post by 2021; understands that, to support GP practices, over 3,220 multidisciplinary healthcare professionals have been recruited since 2018; acknowledges that primary care funding has increased again in the current financial year and understands that integration joint board reserves provided for primary care are to be utilised for primary care; recalls that it was the current administration that took the legislative steps necessary to stop the privatisation and commercialisation of GP services that was permitted by the previous Labour-led administration; further recalls that it was the current administration that brought Stracathro back into the NHS after its work was put into private hands by the previous Labour-led administration, and shares the Scottish Government’s unswerving commitment to the founding principles of the NHS to be publicly owned, publicly operated and free at the point of need.

The next question is, that motion S6M-06898.2, in the name of Shona Robison, which seeks to amend motion S6M-06898, in the name of Mark Griffin, on the cost of living: mortgage rescue scheme, be agreed to. Are we agreed?

Members:

No.

Division number 5 Decision Time

Aye: 67 MSPs

No: 54 MSPs

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The Presiding Officer:

The result of the division on amendment S6M-06898.2, in the name of Shona Robison, is: For 67, Against 54, Abstentions 0.

Amendment agreed to.

The question is, that amendment S6M-06898.1, in the name of Miles Briggs, which seeks to amend motion S6M-06898, in the name of Mark Griffin, on the cost of living: mortgage rescue scheme, be agreed to. Are we agreed?

Members:

No.

The Presiding Officer:

There will be a division.

The vote is closed.

Photo of Monica Lennon Monica Lennon Labour

On a point of order, Presiding Officer. I lost connection, and I would have voted no.

The Presiding Officer:

We will ensure that your vote is recorded.

Division number 6 Decision Time

Aye: 30 MSPs

No: 91 MSPs

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The Presiding Officer:

The result of the division on amendment S6M-06898.1, in the name of Miles Briggs, is: For 30, Against 91, Abstentions 0.

Amendment disagreed to.

The final question is, that motion S6M-06898, in the name of Mark Griffin, on the cost of living: mortgage rescue scheme, 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 Shirley-Anne Somerville Shirley-Anne Somerville Scottish National Party

On a point of order, Presiding Officer. My app has failed. I would have voted yes.

The Presiding Officer:

Thank you. We will ensure that that is recorded.

Division number 7 Decision Time

Aye: 72 MSPs

No: 49 MSPs

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The Presiding Officer:

The result of the division on motion S6M-06898, in the name of Mark Griffin, on the cost of living: mortgage rescue scheme, as amended, is: For 72, Against 49, Abstentions 0.

Motion, as amended, agreed to,

That the Parliament notes the increase in mortgage costs due to the sharp rise in interest rates following the UK Government’s disastrous mini-budget; believes that, combined with wider cost of living pressures, higher mortgage repayments will push some households into poverty and that action is needed to prevent a spike in arrears and homelessness; recognises that the Home Owners’ Support Fund is a demand-led mortgage rescue programme to support low-income homeowners facing difficulty meeting payments to stay in their property through moving to either a rent or shared-equity scheme; notes that the Scottish Government is already reviewing the eligibility criteria of the Fund in light of the cost of living crisis; acknowledges the actions taken by the Scottish Government to also support people in the rented sector during the current cost crisis through the actions in the Cost of Living (Tenant Protection) (Scotland) Act 2022 and through up to £86.6 million in Discretionary Housing Support; calls on the UK Government to ensure that there is an adequate social security net to support people in time of hardship, including homeowners with mortgages; believes that the current nine-month wait for loan-only support with mortgages within Universal Credit is too long, and agrees that this is one of the many areas where Universal Credit is not fit for purpose.

That concludes decision time. We will now move on to members’ business.

Members’ business will be published tomorrow, 24 November 2022, as soon as the text is available.