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Meeting of the Parliament 30 October 2014 General Question Time and First Minister's Question Time : Thursday, October 30, 2014
9. John Wilson (Central Scotland) (Ind)

To ask the Scottish Government what progress local authorities have made in settling equal pay claims. (S4O-03629)



Meeting of the Parliament 30 October 2014 General Question Time and First Minister's Question Time : Thursday, October 30, 2014
John Wilson

What assurances can the minister give to the many thousands of low-paid female workers who were affected by the failure of local authorities to settle equal pay claims timeously that those claims will now be settled much more quickly and that they will receive the full compensation that should have been paid out many years ago?



Local Government and Regeneration Committee 27 October 2014 : Monday, October 27, 2014
John Wilson (Central Scotland) (Ind)

Good afternoon. First, I want to concentrate on Mr Coulter’s comments about scrutiny of the governance of third sector organisations. Mr Coulter, you said that you would want the public sector to be confident about the organisations that it deals with. I think that that goes to the heart of the bill. The question is how the third sector gives confidence to the various agencies that it wants to engage with that it is capable of carrying out its tasks in relation to community asset transfers. How far would you take that in relation to scrutiny, and who would carry out the scrutiny?



Local Government and Regeneration Committee 27 October 2014 : Monday, October 27, 2014
John Wilson

One of the issues that is raised in the bill is what happens if a public body refuses to transfer an asset. I take on board your comments about the need for a business plan to be in place before a community group makes an application for the transfer of an asset. I hope that the majority of community organisations or third sector organisations that request an asset transfer would have viable business plans in place before they make the request.

If a community organisation has what it considers to be a viable, sustainable business plan in place and the public body refuses to transfer the asset, should there be a right of appeal? In effect, you have just said that it would be up to the public body to determine whether the plan was sustainable and viable and whether the organisation could take on the public asset. Should the decision on whether to transfer a public asset rest only with the public body?



Local Government and Regeneration Committee 27 October 2014 : Monday, October 27, 2014
John Wilson

At the moment, we cannot provide evidence because we do not know because the legislation is not in place.



Local Government and Regeneration Committee 27 October 2014 : Monday, October 27, 2014
John Wilson

I am trying to presuppose what could happen. Mr Brown has given an example. The Scottish Woodlot Association has had numerous discussions with the Forestry Commission Scotland about co-operatives taking over small parcels of land to allow them to carry out their functions, but the Forestry Commission keeps on citing the 2010 act to say that it cannot lease land that could come into productive use to a co-operative of workers.

I am trying to tease out what we could put into the bill that would safeguard the interests of a community organisation that has worked to put together a sustainable business plan but, when it takes it to the public body, has its request refused because the public body does not think that it is viable. Who determines the viability of the plan?



Local Government and Regeneration Committee 27 October 2014 : Monday, October 27, 2014
John Wilson

As I said, we are not just dealing with local authorities in the bill; potentially we are talking about public bodies. Mr Brown referred to the Forestry Commission Scotland, which is, in effect, a public body. It is run by and on behalf of the Scottish Government.

Mr Brown, in the written evidence that you submitted to the committee, you referred to how the Forestry Commission has dealt with requests for leases to be given for Forestry Commission land. Where have the successes been in taking on board Forestry Commission land? In the private sector, has there been greater success in acquiring leases on private land than there has been in respect of Forestry Commission land? Currently, the bill does not make any reference to private land as part of community asset transfers. We are talking about only public assets.



Local Government and Regeneration Committee 27 October 2014 : Monday, October 27, 2014
John Wilson

I do not have another question, convener.

15:15  

Local Government and Regeneration Committee 27 October 2014 : Monday, October 27, 2014
John Wilson

Good afternoon. Following Ms McCann’s response to the convener, I ask how many community asset transfers have been requested to date in South Lanarkshire Council and how many have been granted.



Local Government and Regeneration Committee 27 October 2014 : Monday, October 27, 2014
John Wilson

I would like answers from the rest of the panel.

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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-11208: John Wilson, Central Scotland, Independent, Date Lodged: 14/10/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-11105: John Wilson, Central Scotland, Independent, Date Lodged: 06/10/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-11009: John Wilson, Central Scotland, Independent, Date Lodged: 25/09/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-10986: John Wilson, Central Scotland, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 23/09/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-10932: John Wilson, Central Scotland, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 04/09/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-10462: John Wilson, Central Scotland, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 24/06/2014 Show Full Motion >>
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Question S4O-03659: John Wilson, Central Scotland, Independent, Date Lodged: 28/10/2014 Show Full Question >>
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