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Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee 08 October 2014 : Wednesday, October 08, 2014
Alison Johnstone (Lothian) (Green)

Regulation 8 of the money advice and deduction from income regulations applies to deductions from debtors’ earnings. Is it the case that the regulations allow for deductions from earnings after two payments have been missed without the debtor having to be informed in writing? In its submission, Citizens Advice Scotland mentions the example of an unexpected family death, which could involve funeral costs. In such circumstances, for a debtor to end up facing earnings deductions without his or her knowledge does not seem characteristic of a system that we want to be seen as a financial health service.



Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee 08 October 2014 : Wednesday, October 08, 2014
Alison Johnstone

If someone’s earnings are reduced through an unexpected deduction, of which they have not been informed in writing, that could put them in a very serious position. That seems to be at odds with the drive to create a financial health service.



Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee 08 October 2014 : Wednesday, October 08, 2014
Alison Johnstone

Thank you.



Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee 08 October 2014 : Wednesday, October 08, 2014
Alison Johnstone

In relation to Dumfries and Galloway, the witnesses might be interested to know that, at last year’s business in the Parliament conference, I promised to go on the Laggan zip wire, and that will be happening next week.



Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee 08 October 2014 : Wednesday, October 08, 2014
Alison Johnstone

You have not tried it, have you?



Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee 08 October 2014 : Wednesday, October 08, 2014
Alison Johnstone

In that example, a farmer has diversified and now has Laggan Outdoor Ltd. I will report back—I hope.

I want to go back to the discussion on apprenticeships. We constantly refer to Germany’s success, but there seems to be almost an acceptance that we cannot replicate it. I know that we cannot just pick and choose the bits of other economies that we would like and stick them on to ours. However, the Wood commission has reported and there has been a lot of talk about parity of esteem between academic and vocational routes.

I think that Stephen Boyd suggested that, in Scottish businesses, there is almost a cultural resistance or maybe a lack of commitment to taking on young people. Could we use the budget to incentivise that more? What are the barriers? There would obviously be huge benefits to that, because we have far too many young people in low-skilled, low-paid work that is simply going nowhere, and that has all sorts of repercussions. What might we do with the budget to boost apprenticeships, make them really meaningful and ensure that they lead on to something more meaningful?



Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee 08 October 2014 : Wednesday, October 08, 2014
Alison Johnstone

Thank you. Would anyone else like to comment on that issue?



Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee 08 October 2014 : Wednesday, October 08, 2014
Alison Johnstone

My next question is for James Withers. Young people seem to be the majority of staff in certain fast food restaurants in this city and elsewhere. Are there opportunities for really good quality apprenticeships in the food and drink industry?



Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee 08 October 2014 : Wednesday, October 08, 2014
Alison Johnstone

Is there any particular area that young people are attracted to within your industry?



Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee 08 October 2014 : Wednesday, October 08, 2014
Alison Johnstone

Thank you. Do you want to comment, Mr McTaggart?

Vote DetailMSP VoteResult

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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NoCarried

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-11029.2: Alison Johnstone, Lothian, Scottish Green Party, Date Lodged: 30/09/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-10868: Alison Johnstone, Lothian, Scottish Green Party, Date Lodged: 21/08/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-10850: Alison Johnstone, Lothian, Scottish Green Party, Date Lodged: 20/08/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-10777.3: Alison Johnstone, Lothian, Scottish Green Party, Date Lodged: 12/08/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-10499: Alison Johnstone, Lothian, Scottish Green Party, Date Lodged: 27/06/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-10392: Alison Johnstone, Lothian, Scottish Green Party, Date Lodged: 18/06/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-10314: Alison Johnstone, Lothian, Scottish Green Party, Date Lodged: 12/06/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-09927: Alison Johnstone, Lothian, Scottish Green Party, Date Lodged: 02/05/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-09871: Alison Johnstone, Lothian, Scottish Green Party, Date Lodged: 29/04/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-09863: Alison Johnstone, Lothian, Scottish Green Party, Date Lodged: 29/04/2014 Show Full Motion >>
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