Parliament Live from Holyrood – 21/12/2021
Join us for Parliament Live from Holyrood including the First Minister’s COVID Statement.
2:00pm – Topical Questions
Neil Bibby S6T-00385
1. To ask the Scottish Government whether it will explain its decision to increase peak and off-peak regulated rail fares by 3.8%.
Stephen Kerr S6T-00388
2. To ask the Scottish Government what actions it will take in response to the 2020-21 audit of its consolidated accounts by the Auditor General for Scotland.
Alex Rowley S6T-00382
3. To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to address any workforce issues in social care, in light of comments from the Chief Executive of Scottish Care that the social care sector is facing the biggest workforce crisis it has ever experienced.
First Minister’s Statement – COVID-19 Update
Scottish Government Debate – Patrick Harvie S6M-02625 – A New Deal for Tenants
That the Parliament notes the publication of the consultation on A New Deal for Tenants, which seeks views on the Scottish Government’s ambitious plans for the rented sector; agrees that the 1.85 million people who live in the rented sector should have improved quality, standards and rights in the place they call home; supports the aims of A New Deal for Tenants to ensure tenants have more secure and stable tenancies, flexibility to personalise their homes, improved safeguards against eviction, improved regulation and effective national rent controls in the private sector; recognises that this strategy will support progress towards the human right of an adequate home for all, and welcomes, therefore, this draft strategy seeking to make renting a home more affordable, safer, with a higher quality, better managed and more secure.
Miles Briggs S6M-02625.1 – A New Deal for Tenants
As an amendment to motion S6M-02625 in the name of Patrick Harvie (A New Deal for Tenants), leave out from “, improved regulation” to end and insert “and improved regulation; acknowledges, however, that the biggest challenge facing those in the rented sector is the rising cost of living caused by a national housing shortage; notes that the Rural Housing Fund delivered just 59 new homes over four years; notes with concern the decision to reduce the housing budget in 2022-23; further notes concerns that current levels of investment in this sector are not high enough to meet the target of building 110,000 affordable homes by 2032; notes that the number of households in temporary accommodation is now at a record high and that high rental costs are one of the main barriers preventing those who are homeless from securing new tenancies; regrets that the implementation of the Homeless Persons (Unsuitable Accommodation) (Scotland) Order 2014 was repeatedly delayed; notes concerns that the introduction of rent controls may be counter-productive and result in reduced choice for private tenants; calls on the Scottish Government to provide increased investment in the housing market to ensure tenants have access to a wide range of affordable properties, but otherwise welcomes this draft strategy seeking to make renting a home more affordable, safer, with a higher quality, better managed and more secure.”
Mark Griffin S6M-02625.2 – A New Deal for Tenants
As an amendment to motion S6M-02625 in the name of Patrick Harvie (A New Deal for Tenants), after “private sector” insert “; agrees that the legislation establishing the framework for these rent controls must be included in the forthcoming Housing Bill in the second year of the current parliamentary session”.
Willie Rennie S6M-02625.3 – A New Deal for Tenants
As an amendment to motion S6M-02625 in the name of Patrick Harvie (A New Deal for Tenants), insert at end “; urges the Scottish Government to also address the issues around the availability of private rented properties; considers that it should increase its ambitions for the building of more homes for social rent, and believes that increasing the supply of affordable rented housing is necessary to give people security, stabilise the housing market and support progress towards the human right of an adequate home for all.”
Parliamentary Bureau Motions
6:00pm – Decision Time
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