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Meeting of the Parliament 08 October 2014 : 08 October 2014
Annabelle Ewing (Mid Scotland and Fife) (SNP)

Will Johann Lamont clarify what she thinks that Gordon Brown meant when he talked about powers as near to federalism as possible in the context of the United Kingdom?



Welfare Reform Committee 07 October 2014 : 07 October 2014
Annabelle Ewing (Mid Scotland and Fife) (SNP)

Good morning, everyone. I want to pick up on a point that was made a while back, but I will start with a new point, which we have not touched on yet: the basic ethos of the welfare fund, which is a grant-making fund. I note many comments in the witnesses’ submissions about that. It seems that they welcome that approach but have concerns about some of the language that is used in the bill, which some might interpret as having to do with being able to claw back funds from fraudulent claims. It would be interesting to hear from them on the basic point of grants versus loans and why they have concerns about the language in the bill.



Welfare Reform Committee 07 October 2014 : 07 October 2014
Annabelle Ewing

I want to return to an important issue that was raised earlier on access and awareness, on which I did not succeed in catching the convener’s eye. Marion Davis mentioned that it would be useful to have forms issued, in the way that social work departments apparently already do. I would like to explore that further. Is it the case that no local authority issues the forms? Why do they not do so, if that would help the process, given that there is a precedent in other parts of authorities? That is an important point to address, because access is key. Does anyone have any information on that?



Welfare Reform Committee 07 October 2014 : 07 October 2014
Annabelle Ewing

That was the point that I wanted to try to get to the bottom of. Leaving aside the issue of stigma and all the other very good points that have been made about vouchers but coming back to Bill Scott’s point about meeting individual needs, I wonder whether, instead of purchasing furniture or whatever as an economy of scale, local authorities can be a more powerful purchaser by being able to secure a better deal and therefore allowing more money to stay in the fund and help more people. Do the witnesses agree with Jules Oldham’s point that, if they meet people’s needs, furniture packages might be a reasonable proposition but that, for some, vouchers are just a step too far? Am I picking that up correctly?



Welfare Reform Committee 07 October 2014 : 07 October 2014
Annabelle Ewing

I want to pick up on a point that was made in the first witness session by the representative from Age Scotland about the overall resources for the welfare funds. I am also looking at the submission from Inclusion Scotland, which states:

“Unless the Scottish Government acquired new revenue sources and/or powers over benefit conditions it is difficult to envisage how this increasing call on resources to meet short term need can ever ben ‘fully’ addressed.”

That was a response in the submission to a question from the committee. Could Bill Scott expand on that? Although we have been discussing important points of detail, equally important is the context within which all of this sits, which is a resource issue, too.

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Welfare Reform Committee 07 October 2014 : 07 October 2014
Annabelle Ewing

A relevant issue, which I do not think that we have addressed in either evidence session, is that of the DWP hardship payments—or whatever the current terminology is. What is the experience of you guys on the front line? Are they happening? Are they happening in the way that they should? Is there signposting? What is the current state of play? It is a relevant issue as we look at the needs of people who are in extremis.



Meeting of the Parliament 07 October 2014 : 07 October 2014
1. Annabelle Ewing (Mid Scotland and Fife) (SNP)

To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking regarding the future of Longannet power station. (S4T-00804)



Meeting of the Parliament 07 October 2014 : 07 October 2014
Annabelle Ewing

Does the minister share my view that the UK Government’s unfair transmission charging regime is putting the 260 jobs at Longannet, as well as local supply contracts, at risk? Will he do everything in his power to ensure that the UK Government works with the Scottish Government to safeguard the future of Longannet and all those vital jobs?



Meeting of the Parliament 07 October 2014 : 07 October 2014
Annabelle Ewing

Further to his reply, will the minister spell out the consequences of failure on the part of the UK Government to review policy on base-load capacity and to reform the discriminatory transmission charging regime, which has been in place for far too long?



Meeting of the Parliament 01 October 2014 : 01 October 2014
Annabelle Ewing (Mid Scotland and Fife) (SNP)

I am pleased to participate in the debate on the fantastic success that was the Ryder cup 2014 at Gleneagles and to add my congratulations to the European team captain, Paul McGinley, and his victorious players.

I was keen to speak today both as the SNP MSP for Mid Scotland and Fife and as a resident of Strathearn—my home is in Comrie, which is some 16 miles from Gleneagles. From all the conversations that I have had with local people in the past few days, I think that the feedback about the hosting of the Ryder cup at Gleneagles is positive.

The massive free advertising for our tourism industry that the Ryder cup afforded—as we have heard, there were some 500 million TV viewers per day around the globe—is well understood by local people. The redoubtable—if I may call him that—Mike Cantlay, the chairman of VisitScotland, said that hosting the Ryder cup was the equivalent of a £40 million advert for free, so I say well done to all concerned at VisitScotland. That can only bode very well for our tourism industry in Perthshire and across Scotland.

At a more local level, I am pleased to report that, as far as I have heard, hotels large and small did great business, as did local bed and breakfasts, chalets and lodges. Anywhere that people could stay, the beds were used. Local restaurants were busy and, although not all retailers had increased takings, there is nonetheless confidence that the visiting Americans and others from around the globe will come back to explore that most beautiful part of Scotland at a more leisurely pace.

As we have heard, any feared transport chaos did not materialise. I give a special thanks to Transport Scotland, whose meticulous planning paved the way for a smooth-running operation. I believe that some 50,000 people were on site each day at Gleneagles, including thousands of visitors.

On transport infrastructure, I add my support to the local petition that calls for the A9 Ryder cup footbridge to become a permanent feature. I know that the temporary footbridge is to come down in the next few days, but I am aware from the Perthshire Advertiser of 30 September that the transport minister, Keith Brown, is willing at least to look into the establishment of a permanent structure. I see that the cabinet secretary wants to intervene; I do not know whether she wants to give me news.

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S4M-11123 Joe FitzPatrick on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion—That the Parliament
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S4M-11114.2 Kenny MacAskill: Policing—As an amendment to motion S4M-11114 in the name of Graeme Pear
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S4M-11114 Graeme Pearson: Policing—That the Parliament acknowledges that policing in Scotland contin
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S4M-11116.1.1 Patrick Harvie: Scotland’s Future—As an amendment to amendment S4M-11116.1 in the name
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S4M-11116.1 Nicola Sturgeon: Scotland’s Future—As an amendment to motion S4M-11116 in the name of Jo
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S4M-11116 Johann Lamont: Scotland’s Future—That the Parliament recognises the result of the independ
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Amendment 61 moved by Elaine Murray on motion S4M-11101 Kenny MacAskill: Courts Reform (Scotland) Bi
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Amendment 62 moved by Margaret Mitchell on motion S4M-11101 Kenny MacAskill: Courts Reform (Scotland
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Amendment 63 moved by Margaret Mitchell on motion S4M-11101 Kenny MacAskill: Courts Reform (Scotland
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Amendment 64 moved by Margaret Mitchell on motion S4M-11101 Kenny MacAskill: Courts Reform (Scotland
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Motion S4M-11187: Annabelle Ewing, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 12/10/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-10942: Annabelle Ewing, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 08/09/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-10709: Annabelle Ewing, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 01/08/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-10694: Annabelle Ewing, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 30/07/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-10672: Annabelle Ewing, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 28/07/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-10307.1: Annabelle Ewing, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 13/06/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-10074: Annabelle Ewing, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 17/05/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-09935: Annabelle Ewing, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 02/05/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-09763: Annabelle Ewing, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 18/04/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-09693: Annabelle Ewing, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 09/04/2014 Show Full Motion >>
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Question S4W-22797: Annabelle Ewing, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 07/10/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4T-00804: Annabelle Ewing, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 06/10/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4O-03545: Annabelle Ewing, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 22/09/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4O-03477: Annabelle Ewing, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 04/08/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4O-03417: Annabelle Ewing, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 16/06/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4F-02203: Annabelle Ewing, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 16/06/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4O-03356: Annabelle Ewing, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 05/06/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4O-03259: Annabelle Ewing, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 12/05/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4O-03234: Annabelle Ewing, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 02/05/2014 Show Full Question >>
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