S4M-01897: Poverty and Homelessness Action Week 2012

03 Aug 2012

S4M-01897 John Mason (Glasgow Shettleston) (Scottish National Party): That the Parliament notes that 28 January to 5 February 2012 is Poverty and Homelessness Action Week and commends this year’s theme, Breaking Barriers; notes that Poverty and Homelessness Action Week has been running each year since 2008, supported by Church Action on Poverty, Housing Justice and Scottish Churches Housing Action; considers that the event brings together two special Sundays that have been marked in UK churches for many years; welcomes the efforts being made to raise awareness of the issues of poverty and homelessness in the UK; also commends efforts to raise funds for projects and campaigns that work to tackle poverty and homelessness; notes that the week involves people in campaign actions that tackle the causes of poverty and homelessness, and encourages everyone to get involved in Poverty and Homelessness Action Week.

S4M-01861: Narrowing the Gap between the Rich and Poor

03 Aug 2012

S4M-01861 John Mason (Glasgow Shettleston) (Scottish National Party): That the Parliament notes the evidence on the subject of fair pay in the public sector by Will Hutton at the meeting of the Finance Committee on 25 January 2012; further notes what it considers to be an excessive remuneration package of some £1.2 million in salary and a £963,000 bonus for the chief executive of the Royal Bank of Scotland, which is 82% owned by the taxpayer; contrasts what is considered this excessive pay and bonus with the many people in Glasgow Shettleston and other constituencies across Scotland who are struggling to make ends meet in low-paid jobs; regrets that the gap between rich and poor continues to widen, and further regrets that the Hutton Review of Fair Pay in the public sector: Final Report did not recommend that the remuneration of an organisation’s highest-paid employee should be capped at 20 times that of the lowest paid.

S4M-01717: A2B Rail Link Steams Through First Year

03 Aug 2012

S4M-01717 John Mason (Glasgow Shettleston) (Scottish National Party): That the Parliament notes that 12 December 2011 was the first anniversary of the opening of the Airdrie to Bathgate rail link, which helps connect Glasgow with Edinburgh; welcomes recent figures published by Transport Scotland suggesting that the stations built at Armadale, Blackridge and Caldercruix are all on target to meet their initial annual passenger forecasts; considers that the increased frequency and greater seating capacity has also helped boost usage at existing stations on the route with Bathgate, Uphall and Livingston North all showing increases in travel to and from Edinburgh; welcomes the news that new direct journey opportunities have also delivered an average 14% increase in usage from intermediate stations on the route between Helensburgh and Edinburgh Waverley, and commends the Scottish Government, Network Rail, ScotRail and the other partners that delivered and operate the new route, which also serves the east end of Glasgow.

S4M-01477: Social Justice for Disability Campaigners

03 Aug 2012

S4M-01477 John Mason (Glasgow Shettleston) (Scottish National Party): That the Parliament welcomes what it considers the UK Government’s latest u-turn in relation to a devastating proposal to remove the mobility component of the Disability Living Allowance for vulnerable people in residential care; commends the campaigners who convinced the UK Government that this was the wrong decision, and believes that the announcement is a victory for social justice and common sense.