Motion S5M-14495: Upstream Battle

29 Oct 2018

That the Parliament welcomes the campaign, Upstream Battle, which has been launched by Keep Scotland Beautiful in partnership with RECOUP; understands that this is the first source-to-sea campaign of its kind in Scotland; believes that 80% of marine waste originates from irresponsible disposal onshore, and that 88% of people across the country are reportedly concerned about the extent of litter pollution in rivers; notes that the areas covered by the campaign include Glasgow, Inverclyde, North and South Lanarkshire, Renfrewshire and East Renfrewshire, and East and West Dunbartonshire, and welcomes the work that the campaign will be carrying out the length and breadth of the Clyde.

Motion S5M-14349: #ZeroHunger

22 Oct 2018

That the Parliament welcomes World Food Day 2018 on 16 October, which has the theme, Our Actions are our Future, and commits to a so-called #ZeroHunger world by 2030; believes that this is an opportunity to raise awareness of people experiencing hunger and to remind everyone that hunger should be ended; understands that everybody can help to achieve #ZeroHunger by making sure that they do not waste food, produce more with less and adopt a more healthy and sustainable diet; considers that the world is bountiful and that there is no excuse for people to be living in hunger, and recognises the responsibility that everyone has to work towards ending world hunger and poverty.

Motion S5M-14347: Barriers to Eating Healthily

22 Oct 2018

That the Parliament notes the findings of a study carried out by the Social Mobility Fund in conjunction with Kellogg’s, What are the barriers to eating healthily in the UK?; understands that it describes one-in-10 of the country’s most deprived areas as being so-called food deserts, which are places where poverty, poor transport and that a lack of big supermarkets limit the availability of fresh fruit and vegetables; deplores the finding that, in Scotland, 80% of these areas are in Glasgow; notes that the report suggests that 39% of people with a household income under £10,000, and 23% with one between £10,000 and £20,000, stated that groceries were a strain on finances; believes that the study also found that healthy products cost three times as much per calorie than those that are less healthy; considers that more needs to be done to ensure that people in the most deprived communities can afford healthy food, and calls on all levels of government to act to tackle the problems that this report has highlighted.

Motion S5M-14289: Hypocrisy of the Labour Party

12 Oct 2018

That the Parliament condemns what it considers the hypocrisy of the Labour Party regarding its criticism of the funding for Glasgow City Council, Aberdeen City Council and other councils by the Scottish Government since 2007; further considers that Glasgow is a powerhouse of the Scottish economy but that it is not helpful to set one city against another in this way; understands that, for many years, Glasgow, under both Labour and SNP administrations, has been one of the best per capita-funded mainland local authorities in Scotland because of its level of need; further understands that all 32 local authorities would like more money from the Scottish Government; is deeply concerned that the current expectations are that the UK Government will continue to restrict the Scottish Budget, which it considers gives the Scottish Government limited room for manoeuvre; congratulates the SNP Council leader, Susan Aitken, and senior SNP councillors, who it considers have at last addressed the equal pay issue in Glasgow, which was largely avoided by their Labour predecessors; notes that all councils would like additional funding to address financial challenges but considers that Labour fails to explain where such funding might come from; understands that the SNP-minority administration was elected on a promise to establish a constructive relationship with the Scottish Government that gets results for Glasgow and congratulates both bodies on, it considers, achieving this; assumes that Labour’s plan for additional funding for Glasgow, Aberdeen and every other council would mean matching cuts for the NHS, which it considers unacceptable; values the vital services that Glasgow City Council, and all local authorities, deliver on a daily basis, which it considers are crucial in the fight against poverty and inequality; believes that Glasgow has a leadership team that is a considerable improvement on its Labour predecessors; supports calls for COSLA to keep the distribution of council funding under review, and urges Scottish Government Ministers to continue what it sees as their excellent work of properly resourcing Glasgow and all local authorities across Scotland, in light of what it considers continuing tight financial settlements from the UK Government.