Siobhan McMahon MSP

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Equal Opportunities Committee 20 November 2014 : 20 November 2014
Siobhan McMahon

Will you evaluate the process, given that it should achieve nine national outcomes for the health and social care partnerships?



Equal Opportunities Committee 20 November 2014 : 20 November 2014
Siobhan McMahon

I welcome the cabinet secretaries’ answers and I support what you are trying to do. I fully appreciate that, as the cabinet secretary for equalities said, this will not happen overnight. However, will the funding streams continue? They are not identified at present, so will more funding streams come down the line? I understand that we are talking about this particular budget and I am not suggesting that there should be a figure, but do you anticipate that?



Equal Opportunities Committee 20 November 2014 : 20 November 2014
Siobhan McMahon

I appreciate that answer and I appreciate that you said in your opening statement that the integration fund is about improving services and outcomes for older people. However, we heard in evidence that although Government policy has focused on the reshaping care initiative and getting people to stay at home longer, only 1 per cent goes into that and the rest still goes to acute services. What specifically in the integration fund will change that? I said to witnesses that we would all like more money but that it is not simply about money; when I asked whether they could shift the balance with the resources that they had been given, their answer was that they could not.



Equal Opportunities Committee 20 November 2014 : 20 November 2014
Siobhan McMahon

My first question is about the change fund. We heard evidence that that funding or resourcing has ceased and that funding for the continuation of developed initiatives is now assumed to be included in the baseline funding that is allocated to partnership boards. Why has there been a reduction in the change fund resources? What has been done to sustain improvements in outcomes in the absence of those resources?



Equal Opportunities Committee 20 November 2014 : 20 November 2014
Siobhan McMahon

I have a question on the modern apprenticeship programme; it is one that I have asked in a number of budget sessions and, as I do not wish to disappoint the cabinet secretary, I will ask it again.

There has been an increase in the number of participants in the scheme, but there has been a pattern of females not getting through to the higher levels of it, and only 0.5 per cent of people in the scheme are disabled. Moreover, we do not have information on some protected characteristics.

In previous sessions, you have said that you are working towards getting more information. We understand that there are problems with getting that information but that Skills Development Scotland is working on a new programme that will provide information on recruitment from certain sectors. What progress has been made on that? How much money has been allocated to that in the budget, given that—although we dispute the figures—there has been a reduction in SDS’s funding?



Equal Opportunities Committee 20 November 2014 : 20 November 2014
Siobhan McMahon (Central Scotland) (Lab)

Good morning. I am a Central Scotland MSP.



Meeting of the Parliament 20 November 2014 : 20 November 2014
Siobhan McMahon

Shelter Scotland’s make renting right campaign has highlighted the fact that a chronic shortage of affordable housing has driven more people into the private rented sector. Throughout my region there are more than 20,000 private renters, many of whom are trapped in renting and cannot access social housing or get on the property ladder. Does the minister support Shelter Scotland’s campaign, which is calling for a private rented sector that is modern, stable, flexible, predictable and fair for the people who live in private rented housing and the landlords who let out their properties?



Meeting of the Parliament 20 November 2014 : 20 November 2014
4. Siobhan McMahon (Central Scotland) (Lab)

To ask the Scottish Government what steps it is taking to reform the private rented sector. (S4O-03724)



Equal Opportunities Committee 13 November 2014 : 13 November 2014
Siobhan McMahon

My next question is based on Professor Mercer’s comments about the money that is allocated. Everyone can say that they want more money, so I do not expect that answer, because it is always the answer. However, £173.5 million has been set aside in the draft budget for the integration fund. Is that reasonable? Iona Colvin spoke about what that means for her local authority in the grand scheme of things. Can you do all the things that you wish to do with that money? Is it reasonable to ask that of you, given the current climate? I understand that we all want more money, but is that reasonable?



Equal Opportunities Committee 13 November 2014 : 13 November 2014
Siobhan McMahon

I return to the issue of how we identify people and prevent them from falling through the gap. I understand the example that Joe McElholm gave, but if someone is not competent in using a computer, does not have a supportive family, is on their own, does not want to bother anyone and does not want to tell people that they are having falls, where should they go? How are those people identified?

A young person might have gone to a primary school where everything was on one level and the support might have been wonderful, but when they find themselves in high school, the fact that it is on three levels means that no one really understood that, because they were not doing home economics or technical studies, they would have a problem when they got there. How are such young people identified? How does the integration that we are now seeing through, for example, the Public Bodies (Joint Working) (Scotland) Act 2014 support young people and older people who are in those circumstances?

Vote DetailMSP VoteResult

Selection of the Parliament's Nominee for First Minister
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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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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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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-11579: Siobhan McMahon, Central Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 17/11/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-11578: Siobhan McMahon, Central Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 17/11/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-11413: Siobhan McMahon, Central Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 04/11/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-11307: Siobhan McMahon, Central Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 27/10/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-11172: Siobhan McMahon, Central Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 09/10/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-10647: Siobhan McMahon, Central Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 23/07/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-10641: Siobhan McMahon, Central Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 22/07/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-10464: Siobhan McMahon, Central Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 24/06/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-10379: Siobhan McMahon, Central Scotland, Scottish Labour, On Behalf of City of Edinburgh Council (Portobello Park) Bill Committee, Date Lodged: 18/06/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-10313: Siobhan McMahon, Central Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 12/06/2014 Show Full Motion >>
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Question S4O-03762: Siobhan McMahon, Central Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 24/11/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4W-23277: Siobhan McMahon, Central Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 20/11/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4W-23103: Siobhan McMahon, Central Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 11/11/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4O-03724: Siobhan McMahon, Central Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 10/11/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4O-03615: Siobhan McMahon, Central Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 20/10/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4W-22805: Siobhan McMahon, Central Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 08/10/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4O-03592: Siobhan McMahon, Central Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 29/09/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4W-22575: Siobhan McMahon, Central Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 23/09/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4O-03538: Siobhan McMahon, Central Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 15/09/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4W-22444: Siobhan McMahon, Central Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 20/08/2014 Show Full Question >>

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