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.

Motion S5M-14043: Cowardly, Heinous and Despicable Act

20 Sep 2018

That the Parliament deplores the execution of Saifura Husseini Ahmed, a humanitarian worker and 25-year-old mother of two, by Boko Haram; understands that the terrorists are threatening to kill other hostages unless the Nigerian Government responds to its demands; agrees with the UN Humanitarian Coordinator in Nigeria, Edward Kallon, that the execution was “a cowardly, heinous and despicable act”; further agrees with the Nigerian presidency that “no religion permits the killing of the innocent”, and calls on the Nigerian Government, and any other groups that may be able to help, to continue their efforts to ensure the safe return of remaining hostages.

Motion S5M-13630: Poorest More Likely to Die Early

24 Aug 2018

That the Parliament deplores the findings in the National Burden of Disease, Injuries and Risk Factors study carried out by NHS Health Scotland, which states that those living in the poorest areas are twice as likely to die early; thanks NHS Health Scotland for carrying out the work on this study to inform policy debate and provide a focus on the health inequalities facing the most disadvantaged in society; understands that 32.9% of Scotland’s early deaths and ill health would be avoided if everyone had the same living standards as those living in the wealthiest places in Scotland; agrees with Dr Diane Stockton, the lead author of the study at NHS Health Scotland, that “It does not have to be this way. The fact that people in our wealthiest areas are in better health and that conditions that cause most of the ill health and early death result from things we can change – like illnesses associated with mental wellbeing, diet, drug use and alcohol dependency – shows that it is possible to create a fairer healthier Scotland”; recognises that the report calls for more than just the encouragement of health choices, looking instead at tackling the root causes of poverty, and calls on all levels of government to recognise what it sees as the unfairness of the current inequality and commit to levelling the playing field to ensure that everyone has the right to a long life.