Motion S5M-06800: 21% of Scots Not Saving

20 Jul 2017

That the Parliament notes the findings from the Bank of Scotland’s annual How Scotland Lives study, which shows that a growing number of people in Scotland have no savings; understands that the study shows that 21% of people have not put any money away, which is up 3% on the previous year; notes with concern that those resident in Glasgow were found to be saving the smallest amount, with 27% saying that they had no savings; considers this to be due primarily to the inequality of income and wealth in society so that those less well-off are not able to maintain savings of three to six months’ wages, which is the recommended amount, and considers that a more equitable sharing of the UK’s and Scotland’s income and wealth must be a high priority for both parliaments.

Motion S5M-06566: Falling Disposable Income

30 Jun 2017

That the Parliament notes the figures released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS), which it believes show that the disposable income of UK households has fallen for three consecutive quarters for the first time since the 1970s; understands that the share of disposable income that is being invested into savings has fallen to a record low across the UK; further notes the warnings from the Bank of England, which it understands highlight a rapid growth in consumer borrowing through credit cards, personal loans and car finance; believes that, as a result of the decision to leave the EU, there is likely to be a continuing rise in the cost of living, which will particularly hit those less well off in society, and hopes that all levels of government will pursue policies that lead to a more even sharing of income and wealth than is currently the case.

Motion S5M-06565: Welcoming Prime Minister Trudeau

30 Jun 2017

That the Parliament welcomes the visit of the Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau, to Scotland as part of the commemorations to mark the 150th anniversary of the establishment of the Canadian confederation, which followed the UK Parliament passing the legislation that formed the modern nation; notes that the prime minister’s grandfather, James Sinclair, was born in Scotland; applauds him on what it considers his strong internationalist stance; believes that this is demonstrated through his welcoming of refugees, and congratulates Canada on what it sees as it maintaining its independence while also having a strong relationship with its larger southern neighbour, the United States.

 

Motion S5M-06358: 100 Years Since Wilfred Owen Arrived In Edinburgh

30 Jun 2017

That the Parliament welcomes the re-enactments taking place over 2017 to mark the 100 years since Wilfred Owen arrived in Edinburgh; understands that these are being organised by a committee of organisations known as Wilfred Owen’s Edinburgh 1917-2017, which is chaired by Neil McLellan of the University of Aberdeen; notes that Owen arrived in Edinburgh as a patient of the Craiglockhart War Hospital for Officers to be treated for shell shock and that he spent four months in the city; understands that, as part of the commemorations, a re-enactment of his historic walk along Princes Street took place on 26 June, exactly 100 years later; believes that Owen’s poetry demonstrates the needless pain that was faced by the soldiers fighting in the First World War, including his works, Anthem for Doomed Youth and Dulce et Decorum Est, and considers that this highlights the need for all to strive to maintain peace between nations.