Parliament Live from Holyrood – 04/03/2020
Parliament Live from Holyrood with Portfolio Questions, followed by the Scottish Rate Resolution debate.
1:30pm Portfolio Questions – Communities and Local Government
Anas Sarwar S5O-04196
1. To ask the Scottish Government what it is doing to tackle inequalities among low-income families.
Annabelle Ewing S5O-04197
2. To ask the Scottish Government what provision it has made for building affordable homes in the next financial year.
Alison Harris S5O-04198
3. To ask the Scottish Government what analysis it has carried out of the impact on housing and other local government services of the recent poor weather, and what additional assistance it has offered to councils to respond to this.
Willie Rennie S5O-04199
4. To ask the Scottish Government whether the next version of the Scottish Planning Policy will include requirements for all new housing developments to have access to superfast broadband.
Alexander Stewart S5O-04200
5. To ask the Scottish Government what action it will take to protect local authority services, in light of the claim by COSLA that the proposals in its draft Budget “will hit vulnerable communities the hardest”.
Tom Arthur S5O-04201
6. To ask the Scottish Government how it tackles poverty in the Renfrewshire South constituency.
Rachael Hamilton S5O-04202
7. To ask the Scottish Government what engagement the communities secretary has had with community councils regarding community ownership of land through the Scottish Land Fund.
Rhoda Grant S5O-04203
8. To ask the Scottish Government what analysis it has carried out of the impact on communities of any reduced levels of council services.
Portfolio Questions – Social Security and Older People
1. [Not Lodged]
Dean Lockhart S5O-04205
2. To ask the Scottish Government how it plans to use its social security policies to address reported high levels of economic inactivity.
Joan McAlpine S5O-04206
3. To ask the Scottish Government, in light of its commitment to uphold the single sex exemptions under the Equality Act 2010, what its response is to concerns that this could be undermined by allowing male hospital patients who identify as female, including those who have made no physical changes, to be placed in wards that match their gender identity.
Patrick Harvie S5O-04207
4. To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to ensure that it meets its poverty reduction targets.
Colin Smyth S5O-04208
5. To ask the Scottish Government what assessment it has made of the impact of universal credit on rent arrears in the South Scotland region.
Liam Kerr S5O-04209
6. To ask the Scottish Government how it helps older people maintain their independence.
Brian Whittle S5O-04210
7. To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on what progress it is making in implementing the proposals in its paper, A Fairer Scotland for Older People: A Framework for Action .
Sarah Boyack S5O-04211
8. To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking in response to reports of an increase in the number of people who are entitled to carer’s allowance not claiming it.
Ministerial Statement: UK Government Negotiating Mandate
Scottish Government Debate – Ben Macpherson S5M-21090 – Scottish Rate Resolution
That the Parliament agrees that, for the purposes of section 11A of the Income Tax Act 2007 (which provides for income tax to be charged at Scottish rates on certain non-savings and non-dividend income of a Scottish taxpayer), the Scottish rates and limits for the tax year 2020-21 are as follows—
(a) a starter rate of 19%, charged on income up to a limit of £2,085,
(b) the Scottish basic rate is 20%, charged on income above £2,085 and up to a limit of £12,658,
(c) an intermediate rate of 21%, charged on income above £12,658 and up to a limit of £30,930,
(d) a higher rate of 41%, charged on income above £30,930 and up to a limit of £150,000, and
(e) a top rate of 46%, charged on income above £150,000.
Committee Debate – Clare Adamson S5M-21089 – STEM in Early Years Education
That the Parliament notes the conclusions contained in the Education and Skills Committee’s 8th Report, 2019 (Session 5), Report on STEM in early years education (SP Paper 624).
Legislative Consent Motion – Jeane Freeman S5M-21087 – Birmingham Commonwealth Games Bill – UK Legislation
That the Parliament agrees that the relevant provisions of the Birmingham Commonwealth Games Bill, introduced in the House of Lords on 5 June 2019, relating to ticket touting, so far as these matters fall within the legislative competence of the Scottish Parliament, should be considered by the UK Parliament.
5:30pm Decision Time
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