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Welfare Reform Committee 18 November 2014 : Tuesday, November 18, 2014
Kenneth Gibson (Cunninghame North) (SNP)

I want to stick specifically to the budget. COSLA’s written submission states:

“For 2015/16 the Scottish Government is again providing funding at the same level as 2014/15 ... this is welcomed.”

However, COSLA goes on to say that it

“would want assurance that any change to the level of DWP funding would be taken account of by the Scottish Government, once this is known, in order that the bedroom tax is fully mitigated.”

Does COSLA therefore believe that the Scottish Government should meet the funding gap if the DWP does not provide the £15 million that it provided in 2014-15? If so, where should that money come from?



Welfare Reform Committee 18 November 2014 : Tuesday, November 18, 2014
Kenneth Gibson

You suggest, in effect, that the discussion will just involve the Scottish Government saying that it will come up with the £15 million if the DWP pulls the rug from under it.



Welfare Reform Committee 18 November 2014 : Tuesday, November 18, 2014
Kenneth Gibson

Okay.

In terms of the budget, your submission states:

“We need to ask what it is we can do collectively within our powers to address the pressures that welfare reform is bringing in Scotland.”

What should that mean in budgetary terms?



Welfare Reform Committee 18 November 2014 : Tuesday, November 18, 2014
Kenneth Gibson

You spoke about a strategic approach and you mentioned the Sheffield Hallam University study—as did Jeremy Hewer. The Sheffield Hallam report cites a figure of

“£480 a year for every adult of working age”

and says that

“Glasgow might expect to lose £650”.

Referring to my area, the report says that

“In North Ayrshire Council area the estimated cost equates to £560 per person.”

Is COSLA suggesting that additional resources should be allocated specifically to the more deprived areas in order specifically to mitigate some of those losses?



Welfare Reform Committee 18 November 2014 : Tuesday, November 18, 2014
Kenneth Gibson

In the previous evidence session, we discussed with COSLA the comments in its submission. COSLA noted the lack of a strategic approach, and suggested that

“a far greater strategic approach is needed with Scottish Government to look at welfare reform impacts in the round, regardless of what changes are forthcoming.”

What is being done to take that forward?



Meeting of the Parliament 13 November 2014 : Thursday, November 13, 2014
4. Kenneth Gibson (Cunninghame North) (SNP)

To ask the First Minister whether the Scottish Government considers that the devolution of health and safety legislation would lead to more prosecutions where serious injury or death has occurred. (S4F-02379)



Meeting of the Parliament 13 November 2014 : Thursday, November 13, 2014
Kenneth Gibson

As the First Minister knows, Scotland has more workplace fatalities proportionally than the rest of the United Kingdom, because of the numbers that we have employed in high-risk sectors such as construction, fishing and agriculture. Does he agree that the 35 per cent cut in the Health and Safety Executive budget that the UK coalition Government has made has directly impacted not only on the number of prosecutions, 98 per cent of which are successful, but on the delivery of justice for the victims of workplace accidents and their families?



Finance Committee 12 November 2014 : Wednesday, November 12, 2014
The Convener (Kenneth Gibson)

Good morning and welcome to the 28th meeting in 2014 of the Finance Committee of the Scottish Parliament. I remind everyone present to turn off any mobile phones or other electronic devices.

Our first item of business today is to take evidence on the Scottish Government’s draft budget 2015-16 from Philip Hogg, the chief executive of Homes for Scotland; John Hamilton, the chairman of the Scottish Property Federation; Ian Honeyman, the commercial director of the Scottish Property Federation; and David Stewart, the policy manager of the Scottish Federation of Housing Associations.

Members have received submissions from each of our witnesses, so we will go straight to questions. I will start with a few opening questions before opening out the session to colleagues. I was impressed by the quality of the submissions that we received. They were excellent. Some of the questions that we will ask this morning are answered in the submissions, but it is important for the Official Report that we address some of the issues in greater detail.

There are many areas to ask about, but I will start with the submission from the Scottish Property Federation. I invite anyone to comment in response to any question, no matter who it was directed to. We want to get as wide a range of responses as possible.

The Scottish Property Federation talks about the approach to the land and buildings transaction tax and suggests that it would have been prudent to have allowed Scottish ministers greater freedom to set competitive tax rates and thresholds. Could you briefly go through your thinking on that? I do not know whether Mr Hamilton or Mr Honeyman would wish to answer that question.



Finance Committee 12 November 2014 : Wednesday, November 12, 2014
The Convener

Before we go on, I apologise to Mr Honeyman. In my briefing, he is listed as being from the Scottish Property Federation, but he is, in fact, from the Scottish Building Federation.

What would be the impact on revenue of the changes that have been suggested? Aside from its progressive nature, one of the important things about LBTT is the Scottish Government’s view that it wants to keep it broadly revenue neutral. We do not necessarily want to raise more tax; it is the distribution of taxes that we want to address. How would your suggestions ensure that we continue to have that revenue neutrality?



Finance Committee 12 November 2014 : Wednesday, November 12, 2014
The Convener

In effect, you have suggested that a new banding be created.

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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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S4M-11507.1 Cameron Buchanan: Progressive Workplace Policies to Boost Productivity, Growth and Jobs—
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S4M-11507 Angela Constance: Progressive Workplace Policies to Boost Productivity, Growth and Jobs—Th
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S4M-11494.3 Jackie Baillie: Welfare Benefits for People Living with Disabilities—As an amendment to
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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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S4M-11484.1 Jackson Carlaw: Human Rights—As an amendment to motion S4M-11484 in the name of Roseanna
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