Alison McInnes MSP

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Justice Committee 25 November 2014 : 25 November 2014
Alison McInnes

So you do not think that there is any benefit in waiting until that appeal has been heard.



Justice Committee 25 November 2014 : 25 November 2014
Alison McInnes

I am not sure whether the Law Society has had a change of heart or whether further scrutiny suggested that a little bit of the regulations did not do what the society thought it would do.

We are told that the auditor has found in favour of the Glasgow Bar Association. I would like to learn a bit more about that. Will the Scottish Legal Aid Board lodge an objection to that decision?



Justice Committee 25 November 2014 : 25 November 2014
Alison McInnes

I absolutely acknowledge the savings that Police Scotland has made in the first couple of years in removing duplication and dealing with some of the inefficiencies, but Vic Emery has said that we are now moving from that consolidating period to a more reforming period, and the concern in communities is that that reform is being driven by the budget pressures rather than by Police Scotland taking communities with it and discussing the issues. We have seen that some of the early decisions taken by Police Scotland did not have the support of communities in Scotland. In moving forward to what might be more radical reforms, is it not important that sufficient time is given for those discussions and for decisions to be made without their being driven purely by the budget process?



Justice Committee 25 November 2014 : 25 November 2014
Alison McInnes

Over a number of days and from a range of people who are involved in policing, we have heard evidence about the challenges that lie ahead in next year’s budget. We have heard evidence from the SPF, the ASPS, HMICS, the chair of the SPA and, this morning, the chief constable. They have all warned that next year’s budget will be very challenging indeed. When I pressed the inspector of constabulary on the risks that lie ahead, he said that there could be an impact on operational effectiveness if the required savings were not achieved. We were also reminded this morning that, although it was involved in drawing up the outline business case, ACPOS never agreed that the £1.1 billion of savings could be made. In the light of all that, will you commit to review the timetable for the reform, to ensure that policing is not compromised by unrealistic budget savings targets?



Justice Committee 25 November 2014 : 25 November 2014
Alison McInnes

I congratulate you on your new position, Mr Matheson, and I look forward to working with you.



Justice Committee 25 November 2014 : 25 November 2014
Alison McInnes

Yes, the questions are this way round.

I am interested in what you said about meeting the overall target by 2026 but perhaps taking a different path to get there. That ties in a little bit with Vic Emery’s comment that you are moving from a consolidation phase to a transformational and reforming phase. I am concerned about whether the public will have confidence in that transformation. You need to take the public with you and, in order to do that, you need time. Do you feel that the budget pressures will force you to make that transformational change too quickly and that you will lose the public along the way?



Justice Committee 25 November 2014 : 25 November 2014
Alison McInnes

You say that you are up for the challenge. Are you also up for being open when you think that the challenge cannot be met, if that happens?



Justice Committee 25 November 2014 : 25 November 2014
Alison McInnes

Thank you for that. What we are trying to establish is whether the budget is realistic and appropriate for the services that you are trying to provide. Given that the projected savings were built on—let us face it—quite shaky foundations, with a quite sketchy outline business case, would you support a review of the timetable for the savings? Would you say that we need to pause and have a look at the scale of the savings that you are expected to make?



Justice Committee 25 November 2014 : 25 November 2014
Alison McInnes (North East Scotland) (LD)

To return to the budgetary pressures on the service, you are not alone in acknowledging that next year will be challenging, Sir Stephen; all our witnesses so far have expressed concern about that. Calum Steele, Chief Superintendent Rennie, Derek Penman and Vic Emery all said that the coming year will be much harder.

When I pressed Derek Penman on the risks, he said:

“The obvious risks are about the extent to which, in order to make more savings, the police might have to lose more staff ... Alternatively, they might start to cut inappropriately into the other”

part

“of the budget ... That might be shown through falling service and public satisfaction levels.”—[Official Report, Justice Committee, 4 November 2014; c 29.]

What, to your mind, are the risks for the service in the next year?



Justice Committee 18 November 2014 : 18 November 2014
Alison McInnes

I realise that I came in on a supplementary, convener.

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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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NoCarried

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-11448: Alison McInnes, North East Scotland, Scottish Liberal Democrats, Date Lodged: 05/11/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-11261: Alison McInnes, North East Scotland, Scottish Liberal Democrats, Date Lodged: 21/10/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-10829.1: Alison McInnes, North East Scotland, Scottish Liberal Democrats, Date Lodged: 19/08/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-10700: Alison McInnes, North East Scotland, Scottish Liberal Democrats, Date Lodged: 31/07/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-10472: Alison McInnes, North East Scotland, Scottish Liberal Democrats, Date Lodged: 24/06/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-10347.2: Alison McInnes, North East Scotland, Scottish Liberal Democrats, Date Lodged: 16/06/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-10122: Alison McInnes, North East Scotland, Scottish Liberal Democrats, Date Lodged: 21/05/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-09562: Alison McInnes, North East Scotland, Scottish Liberal Democrats, Date Lodged: 31/03/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-09557: Alison McInnes, North East Scotland, Scottish Liberal Democrats, Date Lodged: 31/03/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-09415: Alison McInnes, North East Scotland, Scottish Liberal Democrats, Date Lodged: 19/03/2014 Show Full Motion >>
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Question S4W-23154: Alison McInnes, North East Scotland, Scottish Liberal Democrats, Date Lodged: 13/11/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4W-23111: Alison McInnes, North East Scotland, Scottish Liberal Democrats, Date Lodged: 12/11/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4W-23057: Alison McInnes, North East Scotland, Scottish Liberal Democrats, Date Lodged: 06/11/2014 Show Full Question >>
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