Motion S5M-05326: International Parental Alienation Awareness Day

26 Apr 2017

That the Parliament notes that 25 April marks International Parental Alienation Awareness Day; notes that, in over 30 countries, the day aims to highlight the damaging impact that such alienation, when one parent influences a child to reject the other parent following separation, can have on families; believes that, as this can sometimes happen unintentionally, highlighting the signs of alienation are key; understands that the side effects of such alienation can include an increased risk to the mental health of the children and family members who lose access; considers that, where possible, allowing both parents to be involved in the life of a child following separation leads to the best outcome, and hopes that the awareness day will help increase awareness of the benefits that healthy relationships between separated parents can bring.

Motion S5M-05096: Minimum Pricing

22 Apr 2017

That the Parliament welcomes calls from a House of Lords select committee for the introduction of UK-wide minimum unit pricing for alcohol if it proves to be successful in Scotland; understands that, in spite of support for minimum pricing coming from a wide range of organisations, such as health professionals, the police, alcohol charities, Tennents and other sections of the drinks industry, the Act that was passed in 2012 has still not come in to force due to ongoing legal challenges from the Scotch Whisky Association; believes that this highlights the interest with which the rest of the UK and countries further afield are viewing minimum pricing in Scotland, and reiterates its support for this policy which it hopes will lead to a significant reduction in problem drinking across Scotland.

Motion S5M-05112: Glasgow’s Role in the Slave Trade

14 Apr 2017

That the Parliament notes with interest the ideas put forward by who it considers is one of Scotland’s leading poets, Kate Tough, to tackle what it sees as the “popular amnesia” regarding Glasgow’s role in the slave trade; understands that, during the 18th century, many of Glasgow’s merchants were intimately involved in the “triangle trade”, which saw ships sail from the Clyde to the west coast of Africa to collect slaves before sailing to America; believes that the conditions on these journeys were so poor that one in four slaves died on the journey; understands that many of those who ran plantations were also Scottish and that the profits gained from the trade and plantations allowed these merchants to build mansions in the heart of Glasgow; believes that Kate’s poem, People Made Glasgow, helps highlight the origins of much of Glasgow’s wealth; notes the proposals for a slavery museum, memorial garden or new street names, and believes that any action to further educate people on the contribution that the slave trade made to Glasgow can only be welcome to increase their understanding of themselves as a nation.

Motion S5M-05042: Glasgow Winter Night Shelter

04 Apr 2017

That the Parliament welcomes the news that the Glasgow Winter Night Shelter, which operated from December 2016 to March 2017, provided accommodation for over 500 different people; understands that the length of stay was reduced in many cases compared with previous years because of a more “joined-up” approach by public and third sector agencies, which included council homelessness caseworkers being on the premises to process cases much faster, leading to more people ending up in housing more quickly; further understands that the shelter links in with the nearby NHS Hunter Street, which specialises in care for homeless people; acknowledges that it was run by Glasgow City Mission in partnership with other organisations, including the Simon Community, Turning Point Scotland, the Govan Law Centre, Marie Trust, the Lodging House Mission, the Glasgow Homeless Network and Blue Triangle; believes fundamentally that night shelters should not be a permanent part of Scotland, but considers that while there is a need for their existence, the Glasgow model shows many strengths that could be adopted in different areas to improve prospects for homeless people.