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Meeting of the Parliament 19 November 2014 : 19 November 2014
Annabelle Ewing

What reassurances can the cabinet secretary give that the front-line NHS budget will continue to be protected to ensure that the improvements that are being made by NHS Fife can continue to be delivered?



Meeting of the Parliament 19 November 2014 : 19 November 2014
9. Annabelle Ewing (Mid Scotland and Fife) (SNP)

To ask the Scottish Government what impact the introduction of the mandatory workforce and workload planning tool for nursing has had on the number of nurses in NHS Fife. (S4O-03709)



Welfare Reform Committee 18 November 2014 : 18 November 2014
Annabelle Ewing

That is very helpful technical information. Can the minister keep us updated on how those discussions progress?



Welfare Reform Committee 18 November 2014 : 18 November 2014
Annabelle Ewing

Thank you, minister. In the previous evidence session, I asked about the council tax reduction scheme. Some of the submissions refer to the potential extra cost that will be incurred if there is not adequate data sharing by the DWP. Exactly where are we with that? I am not entirely sure why the DWP feels that it can impose conditions or restrictions on local authorities’ access to much-needed data that would help them to reduce costs.

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Welfare Reform Committee 18 November 2014 : 18 November 2014
Annabelle Ewing

Good afternoon, minister. The discussion that we have had in the previous evidence session and in this evidence session has shown that we get a bit blasé about what the Scottish Government is doing to mitigate the effects of welfare reform and what we are looking at in our budget scrutiny—the budget lines for the Scottish welfare fund, discretionary housing payments and council tax reduction.

That is put into focus by comments in the submission from the Scottish Federation of Housing Associations, which states in paragraph 6 that,

“within the scope of the powers currently devolved to it, the Scottish Government has managed to implement three mitigation initiatives that colleagues confronted by welfare reform in England and Wales would dearly love to have”.

Can you explain why the Scottish Government has proceeded with those three mitigation measures? It is important to return to first principles. What we are doing in Scotland is not being done across the UK, and it would be interesting to hear the fundamental motivation for proceeding with that approach at this time.



Welfare Reform Committee 18 November 2014 : 18 November 2014
Annabelle Ewing

That is interesting—I guess that we will look for more information on that issue. If it is council policy to seek to recover arrears, you would need to know as a matter of law what you were seeking to recover as a debt. I do not quite understand that: you would need legal certainty, yet you do not seem to have the information, although Marianne McManus says that her council is working on that.



Welfare Reform Committee 18 November 2014 : 18 November 2014
Annabelle Ewing

People refer to the arrears as a fact, but they have not quantified the figures. I thought that it would be helpful to know what work has been done to try to quantify them.



Welfare Reform Committee 18 November 2014 : 18 November 2014
Annabelle Ewing

I am just asking whether such a piece of work has been embarked on.



Welfare Reform Committee 18 November 2014 : 18 November 2014
Annabelle Ewing

Pardon?



Welfare Reform Committee 18 November 2014 : 18 November 2014
Annabelle Ewing

It is about bedroom tax arrears in the previous financial year. Has there been an assessment of arrears across the 32 councils that attributes them to the bedroom tax as opposed to other issues? Has that work been carried out, or is it in the process of being done?

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S4M-11567.2 Margaret Mitchell: Lowering the Drink Drive Limit—As an amendment to motion S4M-11567 in
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YesCarried

S4M-11507.1 Cameron Buchanan: Progressive Workplace Policies to Boost Productivity, Growth and Jobs—
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NoDefeated

S4M-11507 Angela Constance: Progressive Workplace Policies to Boost Productivity, Growth and Jobs—Th
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YesCarried

S4M-11494.3 Jackie Baillie: Welfare Benefits for People Living with Disabilities—As an amendment to
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NoDefeated

S4M-11494.2 Alex Johnstone: Welfare Benefits for People Living with Disabilities—As an amendment to
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NoDefeated

S4M-11494 Margaret Burgess: Welfare Benefits for People Living with Disabilities—That the Parliament
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S4M-11484.1 Jackson Carlaw: Human Rights—As an amendment to motion S4M-11484 in the name of Roseanna
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Motion S4M-11565: Annabelle Ewing, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 17/11/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-11294: Annabelle Ewing, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 24/10/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-11292: Annabelle Ewing, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 24/10/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-11291: Annabelle Ewing, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 24/10/2014 Show Full Motion >>
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 >>
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Question S4O-03747: Annabelle Ewing, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 17/11/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4O-03709: Annabelle Ewing, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 10/11/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4W-22948: Annabelle Ewing, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 29/10/2014 Show Full Question >>
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 >>

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