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.

Motion S5M-08846: #REDWEDNESDAY

13 Nov 2017

That the Parliament notes the #RedWednesday event being held on 22 November across Scotland and around the world to stand in solidarity with persecuted Christians and all who suffer for their peacefully held beliefs; understands that a week of events will take place from 19 to 26 November to raise awareness of religious persecution; further notes that the #RedWednesday campaign honours Christians and other faith groups who suffer and die due to their faith; welcomes the participation of churches and others across Scotland, led especially by Aid to the Church in Need and Christian Solidarity Worldwide; further notes that anyone can get involved by simply wearing red, and hopes that the #RedWednesday campaign will achieve its aim of respect and tolerance for people of faith and between different faith traditions.

Motion S5M-08447: Abortion Act

27 Oct 2017

That the Parliament notes that October 2017 marks the 50th anniversary of the Abortion Act 1967; accepts that abortion remains a very contentious issue and that it has now been devolved; acknowledges that some want the law further liberalised, while others want no abortions at all; considers that whether human life starts at the point of conception or at some later point is the key issue in this debate and hence whether consideration is being given to the rights of one person or two; believes that medical science is constantly advancing so that babies born early are surviving at a younger and younger age, and considers that, in the light of such medical advances, the time limit of 24 weeks needs to be regularly reviewed.

Motion S5M-08297: Scotland’s Success

19 Oct 2017

That the Parliament welcomes the findings from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development economic survey, which it understands shows that Scotland has the best performing economy in the UK outside the south-east of England; further understands that the survey shows Scotland has the third highest household income in the UK, with EU immigration leading to a rise in Scottish productivity; believes that Glasgow and Edinburgh only lag behind London in relation to economic performance; understands that the report also states that if there is a “disorderly Brexit” then it could lead to the exchange rate falling to new lows, and calls on the UK Government to be more positive and friendly when negotiating with countries that Scotland hopes to have a future relationship with.