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Infrastructure and Capital Investment Committee 08 October 2014 : Wednesday, October 08, 2014
Gordon MacDonald (Edinburgh Pentlands) (SNP)

The minister talked about the problems associated with the funding of temporary accommodation. Last week, we heard a suggestion by ALACHO that there could be a shortfall of as much as £25 million. We also heard that, even if there is no money to pay for temporary accommodation, there is still a duty to provide it. What is the Government doing to address that potential huge problem that we face?



Infrastructure and Capital Investment Committee 08 October 2014 : Wednesday, October 08, 2014
Gordon MacDonald

On trying to save costs, one of the witnesses last week highlighted that it is not unusual for people to spend a minimum of six months in temporary accommodation, and that it can be up to a year. Is the Government doing anything to address the situation and reduce the amount of time that people spend in temporary accommodation?



Infrastructure and Capital Investment Committee 08 October 2014 : Wednesday, October 08, 2014
Gordon MacDonald

I also wanted to ask about housing options hubs, of which there are five in Scotland. The Scottish Housing Regulator has pointed out that not all hubs are effective, that they are still in their early days, that everyone is still learning and that best practice needs to be shared. What support will the Scottish Government give to the development of the hubs in future?



Meeting of the Parliament 08 October 2014 : Wednesday, October 08, 2014
Gordon MacDonald (Edinburgh Pentlands) (SNP)

Will the cabinet secretary confirm that the number of people studying for HNCs and other recognised qualifications has increased, which boosts the chances of our young people getting work?



Education and Culture Committee 07 October 2014 : Tuesday, October 07, 2014
Gordon MacDonald (Edinburgh Pentlands) (SNP)

I want to ask about the culture change required in the teaching profession in order to ensure that curriculum for excellence is a success. There are three quotations that I want to read to you, all from last week’s evidence session.

Dr Janet Brown of the Scottish Qualifications Authority said:

“One of the fundamental principles of curriculum for excellence was that it should allow teachers to take back ownership and to use their professional judgment in creating a culture and a curriculum that is interesting and tailored to individuals.”

However, Richard Goring of the Scottish Secondary Teachers Association said:

“The majority of secondary teachers have had the content, the syllabus and all that stuff there for them over the years, but suddenly they have to reinvent a lot of it themselves. That is not the experience that they had in the past and it will take time to change that.”

Finally, Ken Muir of the General Teaching Council for Scotland said:

“We still have some way to go with teachers’ understanding—and headteachers’ understanding, in some cases—of the basic philosophy of what curriculum for excellence is trying to achieve.”—[Official Report, Education and Culture Committee, 30 September 2014; c 6, 15, 23.]

How will the Scottish Government ensure that the cultural change required to meet the aspirations of curriculum for excellence is fully embedded in Scottish education?



Education and Culture Committee 07 October 2014 : Tuesday, October 07, 2014
Gordon MacDonald

You said that culture change does not take place overnight. I am keen that we understand the position in the short term. The SQA, prior to the introduction of the set of qualifications, had 390 events across Scotland supporting thousands of teachers. Do you see that being replicated over—



Education and Culture Committee 07 October 2014 : Tuesday, October 07, 2014
Gordon MacDonald

Thank you.



Infrastructure and Capital Investment Committee 01 October 2014 : Wednesday, October 01, 2014
Gordon MacDonald (Edinburgh Pentlands) (SNP)

I want to ask about the effects of welfare reform on the duty to provide settled accommodation for all unintentionally homeless households. Reading through the written evidence, I was struck by a statement in ALACHO’s submission. It described that duty as

“A difficult task at the best of times, made all the more challenging by the worst recession since the thirties, and some of the most regressive welfare reforms ever enacted.”

How has the diversion of resources to mitigate welfare reform impacted your ability to implement the homeless legislation?



Infrastructure and Capital Investment Committee 01 October 2014 : Wednesday, October 01, 2014
Gordon MacDonald

Is the supply of temporary accommodation growing or reducing? Is there enough temporary accommodation to cope with the fact that people are staying in it for a longer time?



Infrastructure and Capital Investment Committee 01 October 2014 : Wednesday, October 01, 2014
Gordon MacDonald

You talked about a £25 million funding shortfall for temporary accommodation. If the proposal to remove housing benefit for 18 to 21-year-olds comes about, which Councillor Black mentioned, what impact will that have, especially on young families?

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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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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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Motion S4M-10578: Gordon MacDonald, Edinburgh Pentlands, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 10/07/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-10420: Gordon MacDonald, Edinburgh Pentlands, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 19/06/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-09920: Gordon MacDonald, Edinburgh Pentlands, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 01/05/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-08711: Gordon MacDonald, Edinburgh Pentlands, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 06/01/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-08447: Gordon MacDonald, Edinburgh Pentlands, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 28/11/2013 Show Full Motion >>
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Motion S4M-07976: Gordon MacDonald, Edinburgh Pentlands, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 09/10/2013 Show Full Motion >>
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