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European and External Relations Committee 20 November 2014 : Thursday, November 20, 2014
Clare Adamson

One of the things that we really regret about the removal of Anne Glover’s post is that she was such a great role model for women across Europe.



European and External Relations Committee 20 November 2014 : Thursday, November 20, 2014
Clare Adamson (Central Scotland) (SNP)

Good morning, everyone. I want to follow up a theme that we have touched on a bit this morning. Mr Martin and Ms Stihler said that the youth guarantee was of particular interest. Economic growth is key, but I am also concerned about women and gender segregation in the workforce. The issue applies not only in the digital economy that we have been talking about but in other science, technology, engineering and mathematics—STEM—areas. I did a little bit of teasing of the Italian ambassador when he was here about the priorities of the Italian presidency because the gender make-up of the new Commission was a little disappointing. How will you look at women in the workplaces in your areas in the coming years?



Meeting of the Parliament 13 November 2014 : Thursday, November 13, 2014
Clare Adamson (Central Scotland) (SNP)

First, I thank the members who supported the motion and those who will speak in the debate.

It is the stated wish of the Scottish Government that Scotland be the best place in the world to grow up—an ambition that I am sure is shared across the chamber. However, if we are to achieve that ambition we must first acknowledge and tackle the areas in which Scotland’s report card could be better. As a councillor in North Lanarkshire, I was nominated to be a member of the Scottish Accident Prevention Council’s home safety committee. It was in that role that I became aware that in the area of non-intentional injury Scotland’s record could be much better. Indeed, the European child safety alliance’s country report card made for challenging reading at the time.

The alliance’s latest report in 2012 was produced as part of the TACTICS—tools to address childhood trauma, injury and children’s safety—project. The project is described as a

“large scale, multi-year initiative working to provide better information, practical tools and resources to support adoption and implementation of evidence-based good practices for the prevention of injury to children and youth in Europe.”

The European public health alliance and partners in more than 30 countries are involved in the project, including the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents—RoSPA—in Scotland. One of the project’s objectives is to review and expand the set of child safety action plan indicators that continue to monitor and benchmark progress in reducing child and adolescent injury as countries move from planning to implementation of good practices.

We are often fond of comparing ourselves to Nordic countries, but the latest European report card shows that non-intentional injury is a leading cause of death among children and adolescents aged zero to 19 in Scotland. In 2009, 106 children and adolescents in that age group died as a result of injury. If the rate of injury deaths in Scotland could have been reduced to the level in the Netherlands, which is one of the safest countries in Europe, it is estimated that 47 of those lives might have been saved.

The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health Scotland recently produced the report “A policy response for Scotland to the report ‘Why children die: death in infants, children, and young people in the UK’”. Recommendation 8 in the section entitled “Reducing deaths from injuries and poisoning” is:

“Local authorities and health boards should prioritise children’s safety, and through utilising resources such as health visitors and home safety equipment schemes, educate and equip parents and carers to keep their children safe, with a focus on water safety, blind cord safety, and safe sleeping.”

Given that we are undoubtedly dealing with a social justice issue, I was delighted to learn earlier this year about a Scottish Government project that works in conjunction with RoSPA to tackle the issues in Scotland. I take this opportunity to welcome to the gallery some of the staff from RoSPA Scotland. I put on record my thanks to them for acting as the secretariat of the cross-party group on accident prevention and safety awareness and for their continued support of the group.

Scotland’s home safety equipment scheme was a pilot project that aimed to provide home safety equipment to families in specific areas in Scotland. The project was based on the success of a similar project in England that was created by RoSPA and which resulted in 66,000 families in England receiving safety education and equipment. The project in Scotland supplied and fitted home safety equipment for 800 families. Each family also received a resource pack of information that helped to raise awareness of accidents and how they can be prevented. That awareness raising complemented the equipment provided by the scheme, which included safety gates, window restrictors, non-slip bath and shower mats, fire guards, locks for kitchen cupboards, corner cushions, blind cleats and door jammers.

Investment in the scheme has contributed towards the health and wellbeing of young children by providing families with the skills and knowledge that they need to make informed decisions on injury prevention, allowing children to develop in a secure environment and ensuring a healthy and safe future. The areas involved in the project included the Western Isles, Edinburgh, East Lothian, West Lothian, Midlothian, East Dunbartonshire, West Dunbartonshire, Glasgow, Aberdeen and Inverclyde.

However, as with all such issues, the question is how we can prove that something works—how do we prove the negative of an accident having been prevented? I am delighted today to highlight some of the key findings of an independent evaluation of the scheme, which was conducted by SMCi Associates on behalf of RoSPA.

Scotland’s home safety equipment scheme was a preventative scheme that reached 841 vulnerable families and a total of 1,616 vulnerable children under the age of five over the course of 13 months. Each family had an average of nine items of safety equipment and the cost of delivering the scheme was £295 per family, or £153 for each child. We can compare that with the cost of hospital treatment of a child aged up to four who has suffered a non-fatal home accident, which the most recent data estimates to be £10,000.

Some 99 per cent of the families that were involved considered that their home was safer. When professional stakeholders including family support practitioners, health visitors and fire officers were asked for their views, 85 per cent said that the scheme helped to make children safer and healthier, 76 per cent said that it prevented accidents and unintentional injuries in the home and 75 per cent said that it prevented accidents and unintentional injuries to children under the age of five. One of the parents who participated said:

“I had been stressing about getting safety gates and other equipment in my home for a while but could not afford it. I was overjoyed when I heard about this scheme. Thank you!”

The scheme also helped to identify risks, as an individual home safety risk assessment was built into its delivery model, tailoring the project to each individual family. The home safety risk assessment included a prescription for the provision and professional installation of equipment through the scheme, ensuring that boxes did not remain unopened and equipment uninstalled in homes. All 841 clients had equipment fitted, with an average of nine items per family. The scheme also offered a home fire safety visit conducted by the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service.

Awareness of home safety was also a key element in delivery, and most of the people involved became more aware of the risks around their home.

I am grateful for the opportunity to highlight this valuable pilot project today, and I look forward to the debate. I am interested to hear from the minister how Scotland’s home safety equipment scheme will develop in future.

12:42  

Meeting of the Parliament 12 November 2014 : Wednesday, November 12, 2014
Clare Adamson

The cabinet secretary will be aware of a recent Bank of Scotland report showing that the sector is set to create 10,000 new jobs over the next five years, with 66 per cent of companies surveyed expecting to increase their workforce. What support is the Government providing in Central Scotland to ensure that producers are able to take advantage of the economic potential and quality, reputation and provenance of Scottish food and drink?



Meeting of the Parliament 12 November 2014 : Wednesday, November 12, 2014
6. Clare Adamson (Central Scotland) (SNP)

To ask the Scottish Government what the value of the food industry is to the Scottish economy. (S4O-03668)



Education and Culture Committee 11 November 2014 : Tuesday, November 11, 2014
Clare Adamson

The minister spoke about autonomy in local authorities and how they must be able to respond to local circumstances and be responsive to their communities. However, the parents organisations gave evidence about a lack of transparency and councils not having a full understanding of some of the benefits in the areas that you are talking about. Is there some way that the move towards outcome agreements could make local authorities’ processes more transparent for pupils and parents?



Education and Culture Committee 11 November 2014 : Tuesday, November 11, 2014
Clare Adamson

Good afternoon, cabinet secretary and minister. My question is on the national performance framework and the part that it plays in education. What evidence is there to demonstrate that it has helped to improve outcomes in schools? How does it inform spending allocations for both the Government and local authorities?



Education and Culture Committee 11 November 2014 : Tuesday, November 11, 2014
Clare Adamson

Douglas Chapman talked about COSLA moving towards focusing more on outcomes, but Larry Flanagan was quite sceptical about that when he gave evidence last week. He said that the outcome agreements might be so nebulous that they might not mean anything. Can you comment on that?



Education and Culture Committee 11 November 2014 : Tuesday, November 11, 2014
Clare Adamson (Central Scotland) (SNP)

The national performance framework has been touched on in evidence. Is there any evidence to demonstrate that the NPF has helped to improve outcomes? How does it inform the spending allocations of the Government and local authorities?



Education and Culture Committee 04 November 2014 : Tuesday, November 04, 2014
Clare Adamson

We have discussed ring fencing and the whole budget situation, and Larry Flanagan mentioned the council tax freeze. COSLA has made it clear in its submission that it is looking at things holistically.

The council tax constitutes only 10.8 per cent of the funding for local government, and the Scottish Government contributes to that. When I was looking at the budget with North Lanarkshire Council, it was evident that a 6 per cent increase in council tax for everyone would have been required for the council just to stand still. If we wanted to raise money, we would be talking about a 10 per cent increase, or thereabouts, in council tax.

Another issue that has come up today is that a quarter of our pupils are currently living in poverty. There has also been a 16 per cent drop in teacher numbers. Should we not look at the situation as a whole and consider what impact an increase in council tax would have on teachers and parents? So far, a person in a band D house will have saved £690 in council tax because of the freeze that the Scottish Government brought in.

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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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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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S4M-11494 Margaret Burgess: Welfare Benefits for People Living with Disabilities—That the Parliament
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YesCarried

S4M-11484.1 Jackson Carlaw: Human Rights—As an amendment to motion S4M-11484 in the name of Roseanna
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NoDefeated

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Motion S4M-11173: Clare Adamson, Central Scotland, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 09/10/2014 Show Full Motion >>
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Motion S4M-11097: Clare Adamson, Central Scotland, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 03/10/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-10958: Clare Adamson, Central Scotland, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 15/09/2014 Show Full Motion >>
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