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Welfare Reform Committee 18 November 2014 : 18 November 2014
Ken Macintosh (Eastwood) (Lab)

On the same theme, participants including those from COSLA and North Lanarkshire Council mentioned the increasing demand on council services. COSLA has discussed the increasing demand on the Scottish welfare fund, and North Lanarkshire Council spoke about dependence on council assistance being generally likely to increase. Do the figures show a big demand in SWF applications across the board among local authorities?



Welfare Reform Committee 18 November 2014 : 18 November 2014
Ken Macintosh

How much evidence is there of that happening at this point? The council tax scheme and the bedroom tax scheme are discrete and fully funded mitigation schemes for which North Lanarkshire Council has clearly had a lot of applications. Have you already noticed increasing demand for advice or assistance? As welfare is cut back the likelihood, or the expectation, is that people will look to local authorities first and foremost. Is there evidence that that is happening right now, or is there just apprehension that it will happen, as we move to universal credit and so on?



Welfare Reform Committee 18 November 2014 : 18 November 2014
Ken Macintosh

One of the submissions that we received discussed gender inequality and child poverty. If we look at where the welfare reforms will have their biggest impact, we see that women are disproportionately affected, and the Scottish Government’s analysis suggests that child poverty will rise markedly. However, the Scottish Government’s welfare spending tends to be allocated to policy-specific issues or on departmental lines. We have council tax reduction, bedroom tax mitigation, advice and support, but the money is not being spent on gender equality. Should there be more funding to address those bigger themes?



Welfare Reform Committee 18 November 2014 : 18 November 2014
Ken Macintosh

The submission from Engender, Scottish Women’s Aid and the Scottish Refugee Council says:

“The Scottish Government’s own analysis recognises the extent of women’s disadvantage and its links with child poverty, but spending plans do not take either set of issues into account.”

I ask Carla McCormack to comment on that.



Welfare Reform Committee 18 November 2014 : 18 November 2014
Ken Macintosh

I would like to bring in the SFHA as well. In addition to gender inequality and child poverty, fuel poverty and housing poverty seem to be huge emerging issues. I ask Jeremy Hewer to comment on whether more should be done here in Scotland, given that a lot of housing powers are entirely devolved.



Welfare Reform Committee 18 November 2014 : 18 November 2014
Ken Macintosh

I have a question for the local government representatives in particular. Obviously, the committee is concentrating on welfare-specific budgets. However, there is increased demand on local authorities, the local authority budget has probably had the biggest squeeze in the budget decisions and local authorities are going through a series of difficult decisions in trying to meet rising demand for community care services for the elderly, for example, and in reconfiguring services and so on. Is there something more that can be done about the local authority budget generally, as opposed to welfare-specific budgets?



Welfare Reform Committee 18 November 2014 : 18 November 2014
Ken Macintosh

Picking up on an issue that the convener raised, I think that it is clear that the Scottish Government has supplied the resources to meet specific needs with regard to council tax reduction and the bedroom tax mitigation scheme. However, does the minister recognise that poverty is increasing across the board, and that women and children in particular are experiencing increased levels of poverty? Does the minister think that the Government is doing enough across the board? Rather than funding specific initiatives to alleviate or mitigate Westminster changes, it might be better to do more in Scotland to alleviate poverty across the board.



Welfare Reform Committee 18 November 2014 : 18 November 2014
Ken Macintosh

Turning to local authorities specifically, I note that several of the witnesses in the previous session commented in their written evidence that councils will be the first port of call for many people who are experiencing poverty. However, local authorities would suggest that their budget is being directed by the Scottish Government to specific areas such as the bedroom tax and council tax reduction; that budgets are squeezed overall; and that, particularly given that they are not able to raise council tax, they have no discretion to increase the amount by which they can mitigate. Has the Government got its approach to local government right?

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Welfare Reform Committee 18 November 2014 : 18 November 2014
Ken Macintosh

You think that local authorities have done well, so they should not be complaining that they do not have enough money to tackle poverty.



Welfare Reform Committee 18 November 2014 : 18 November 2014
Ken Macintosh

You are under financial constraints. Why are you putting the financial constraint of a council tax freeze on local authorities?

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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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S4M-11507.1 Cameron Buchanan: Progressive Workplace Policies to Boost Productivity, Growth and Jobs—
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S4M-11507 Angela Constance: Progressive Workplace Policies to Boost Productivity, Growth and Jobs—Th
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S4M-11494.3 Jackie Baillie: Welfare Benefits for People Living with Disabilities—As an amendment to
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S4M-11494.2 Alex Johnstone: Welfare Benefits for People Living with Disabilities—As an amendment to
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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-11340: Ken Macintosh, Eastwood, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 29/10/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-11310: Ken Macintosh, Eastwood, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 27/10/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-11273: Ken Macintosh, Eastwood, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 22/10/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-10819: Ken Macintosh, Eastwood, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 15/08/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-10766: Ken Macintosh, Eastwood, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 10/08/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-10023: Ken Macintosh, Eastwood, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 12/05/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-09878: Ken Macintosh, Eastwood, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 30/04/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-09633: Ken Macintosh, Eastwood, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 04/04/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-08406: Ken Macintosh, Eastwood, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 25/11/2013 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-07580: Ken Macintosh, Eastwood, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 04/09/2013 Show Full Motion >>
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Question S4W-23093: Ken Macintosh, Eastwood, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 10/11/2014 Show Full Question >>
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Question S4O-03690: Ken Macintosh, Eastwood, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 03/11/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4W-22963: Ken Macintosh, Eastwood, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 31/10/2014 Show Full Question >>
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