Motion S5M-09453: Poverty in Scotland 2017 

10 Dec 2017

That the Parliament welcomes the release of Poverty in Scotland 2017 by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF); understands that the report is part of the work done by the JRF to measure the rates of poverty in Scotland and how they are changing; notes that the report finds poverty is lower in Scotland than the rest of the UK, particularly for older people and families with children; further notes that more than a third of those in the poorest fifth of the population spend more than one third of their income on housing alone; understands with concern the extra difficulties highlighted by the report for people facing poverty; notes that this includes a much higher rate of depression and anxiety, being unable to maintain any savings or investments and a gap in educational attainment; welcomes the lower rates of poverty but believes that no one should be living in poverty in a country as wealthy as Scotland, and calls on all levels of government to take action to help narrow the gap.

 

Motion S5M-09002: Scotland’s Youngest Surviving twins

20 Nov 2017

That the Parliament notes the celebration of the first birthday of the premature twins, Tillie and Lottie Fowler, who were born on 11 August 2016 at only 23 weeks and three days, weighing 1lb 6oz and 1lb 9oz respectively; congratulates their parents, Jenna and Stuart, as well as the staff of the Princess Royal Maternity Hospital in Glasgow and health colleagues elsewhere; notes that these are Scotland’s youngest surviving premature twins, and hopes that many more babies born before 24 weeks will survive and thrive as Tillie and Lottie have been doing.

Motion S5M-08916: Scottish Interfaith Week

17 Nov 2017

That the Parliament welcomes the celebration of Scottish Interfaith Week 2017, which was officially launched on 13 November; notes that the week aims to provide an opportunity for people from all backgrounds to celebrate Scotland’s religious heritage and diversity; understands that Scottish Interfaith Week has been celebrated since its inauguration in 2004; further understands that the theme for this year’s week is “creativity and the arts”, which aims to highlight the positive impact that the arts can have in breaking down barriers between people; wishes the event every success, and hopes that it will achieve its goal of helping foster a more tolerant and connected society.

Motion S5M-08912: WSHA leaving Gentoo

17 Nov 2017

That the Parliament notes the news that West of Scotland Housing Association (WSHA) has officially ended its partnership with the Gentoo Group; understands that this came after a lengthy demerger process involving approval from the Scottish Housing Regulator and a vote of more than 3,500 WSHA members; believes that this represents a positive move for WSHA, which will allow it to focus more on the unique needs of the communities that it serves; considers that a move away from large housing groups to more smaller community associations would be a positive development for tenants across Scotland, and hopes that the experience of WSHA can be used by other associations that are also looking to move towards a more accountable model of social housing.