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Meeting of the Parliament 09 October 2014 : Thursday, October 09, 2014
5. James Kelly (Rutherglen) (Lab)

To ask the First Minister what the Scottish Government’s response is to reports that ScotRail has recorded nearly £100 million in profit since 2008, with £95 million of that being paid to shareholders. (S4F-02326)



Meeting of the Parliament 09 October 2014 : Thursday, October 09, 2014
James Kelly

The Abellio model is one to which Scotland should aspire: a publicly run transport body that is able to bid for business all over Europe. Now that the Scottish Government has committed to a £6 billion, 10-year contract, through which profits that are generated by Scottish rail passengers will be invested in Dutch public transport, how does the First Minister intend to progress an agenda that will promote public railways in Scotland, allow a public bid in future and export Scottish services abroad?



Meeting of the Parliament 09 October 2014 : Thursday, October 09, 2014
James Kelly (Rutherglen) (Lab)

When I talk to housing associations across the country about how to tackle the housing crisis, one of the issues that keeps coming up is the level of housing association grant, which is currently at £58,000 and is seen as a barrier to future house building. Of the £125 million that has been identified to support housing, how much will be used specifically to support housing associations, and will any of it be used to increase the level of HAG?



Meeting of the Parliament 08 October 2014 : Wednesday, October 08, 2014
James Kelly (Rutherglen) (Lab)

In the light of the decision, which takes the prospect of public running of the railways out of contention for 10 years, does the minister still support the pitch that he made when he launched his deputy leadership, in which he supported public railways, and will that be included as part of the Scottish National Party’s proposals to the Smith commission?



Meeting of the Parliament 01 October 2014 : Wednesday, October 01, 2014
James Kelly (Rutherglen) (Lab)

The feasibility study that the cabinet secretary mentioned has been on-going for some time. Can she confirm when it will be completed and when work will begin on a timetable for the introduction of the airport rail link, including budgetary implications? Also, will she state whether she has had discussions with the Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Employment and Sustainable Growth about the inclusion of provisions for city deal funding in the budget that will be published next Thursday?



Meeting of the Parliament 30 September 2014 : Tuesday, September 30, 2014
James Kelly (Rutherglen) (Lab)

Can the minister confirm whether any money is left in the budget for help to buy or whether it has all been spent, as some reports suggest?



Meeting of the Parliament 30 September 2014 : Tuesday, September 30, 2014
James Kelly

Mr Eadie rightly stresses the importance of considering evidence to support the Government’s claims about its record. Surely he must be concerned that investment in this year’s budget is running at £341 million, when it was £605 million in real terms in 2009-10, for example. The budget is almost two thirds less than it was in 2009-10. Surely that shows a tailing-off in the investment.



Meeting of the Parliament 30 September 2014 : Tuesday, September 30, 2014
James Kelly (Rutherglen) (Lab)

When I saw that we were going to debate housing supply I welcomed the debate, because housing supply is a major issue in many of our communities and constituencies. However, the Government motion and the minister’s opening speech were self-congratulatory in tone and did not address many of the housing issues that we face in our areas.

As happens in such debates, members on all sides have deployed statistics to back up their arguments, but if the minister is to take anything practical from the debate, I hope that she listened to the experiences that members shared, which tell the real story of the housing crisis that we face in Scotland. Mary Fee told us about the longer waiting lists in 10 of 28 local authorities. Alex Rowley shared the experience of a constituent who is staying in overcrowded and condensation-ridden accommodation in Rosyth. Ken Macintosh told us about a constituent who cannot find affordable social housing and is staying—with two kids—in private rented accommodation, the rent for which is unacceptably high. Jamie Hepburn talked about the slum conditions in some parts of his constituency. Hanzala Malik talked about families who live in overcrowded accommodation. Sarah Boyack and Gordon MacDonald talked about the need for more affordable homes in Edinburgh. Richard Baker noted the unacceptably high rent levels in Aberdeen.

Those are the issues that members shared, which provide a platform from which to find the way forward.



Meeting of the Parliament 30 September 2014 : Tuesday, September 30, 2014
James Kelly

If Marco Biagi will allow me to develop my speech, I will move on to that.

We should be exploring how we can tackle the issues and move things forward. To be fair, John Mason tried to do that. First and foremost, there is a drastic shortfall in supply, so we need to consider how we can build more homes and release funding. Alex Rowley talked about using pension funds—he said that the value of local authority pension funds is £24 billion. Surely the Government has to look more closely at the issue and consider how best to release some of those funds to support house building. What matters is not just hard money but the approach that is taken.



Meeting of the Parliament 30 September 2014 : Tuesday, September 30, 2014
James Kelly

Mike MacKenzie can make his suggestion at the appropriate time. We must tackle some of the issues for which we as a Parliament are responsible.

Some SNP members challenged us on how things could be funded. Now that the independence referendum has been settled, we have £2 billion of borrowing powers coming to the Parliament, which can be used to deal with the housing crisis.

Labour has suggested devolution of housing benefit, which is worth £1.7 billion. We can look at how local authorities could use that better to support house building. Of that, £432 million goes to private landlords. Surely there must be a better way of supporting house building.

In practical terms, we must look at how we use the planning system and follow good practical examples. Alex Rowley spoke about the building of 2,700 homes in Fife. That was not just a case of punting in the money; that was all about how house builders were spoken to and how the best land for acquisition at the cheapest cost was identified. We must look at using examples of best practice from around the country.

We need to address issues in the private rented sector, where the number of properties has doubled to 386,000. The SNP did not support my amendments to the Housing (Scotland) Bill on security of tenure and tackling rent levels. The minister told us today that the stakeholder group that was set up in May has discussed some of the issues and is looking at taking forward some of them, and that a consultation will take place later in the year. Part of the problem with the SNP Government is that it makes slow progress on identifying issues.

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S4M-11332.2 Jenny Marra: Supported Business—As an amendment to motion S4M-11332 in the name of Fergu
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S4M-11332.1 Gavin Brown: Supported Business—As an amendment to motion S4M-11332 in the name of Fergu
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S4M-11332 Fergus Ewing: Supported Business—That the Parliament recognises the economic and social va
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S4M-11304.3 Michael Russell: Addressing the Attainment Gap in Scottish Schools—As an amendment to mo
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S4M-11304 Liz Smith: Addressing the Attainment Gap in Scottish Schools—That the Parliament believes
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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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Motion S4M-11325.1: James Kelly, Rutherglen, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 30/10/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-11282: James Kelly, Rutherglen, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 23/10/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-11054: James Kelly, Rutherglen, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 01/10/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-10897: James Kelly, Rutherglen, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 29/08/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-10592: James Kelly, Rutherglen, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 11/07/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-10429: James Kelly, Rutherglen, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 23/06/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-10351: James Kelly, Rutherglen, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 16/06/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-10338: James Kelly, Rutherglen, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 13/06/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-09891: James Kelly, Rutherglen, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 01/05/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-09740: James Kelly, Rutherglen, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 16/04/2014 Show Full Motion >>
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Question S4W-22929: James Kelly, Rutherglen, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 23/10/2014 Show Full Question >>
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Question S4W-22931: James Kelly, Rutherglen, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 23/10/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4F-02326: James Kelly, Rutherglen, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 06/10/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4W-22379: James Kelly, Rutherglen, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 14/08/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4W-22329: James Kelly, Rutherglen, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 10/08/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4O-03402: James Kelly, Rutherglen, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 16/06/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4O-03275: James Kelly, Rutherglen, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 19/05/2014 Show Full Question >>