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Infrastructure and Capital Investment Committee 21 January 2015 : Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Mary Fee (West Scotland) (Lab)

On the theme of the integration of health and social care, the strategy for housing Scotland’s older people was launched in 2011. You briefly touched on the pilots that involve a single funding pot for adaptations, as recommended by the working group. Can you provide any more clarity about when that working group is liable to report and when the strategy will be fully implemented across the country?



Infrastructure and Capital Investment Committee 21 January 2015 : Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Mary Fee

The issue that I am contacted about more than any other in relation to elderly people in their homes is the time that it takes to get adaptations done. Often, someone is assessed and told what they need in their home and the work is done, but their condition then deteriorates and further adaptations are needed. Not only must the initial adaptations be made, but any further adaptations must be made quickly in order for the elderly person to remain in their home. Are you working with local authorities on that?



Infrastructure and Capital Investment Committee 21 January 2015 : Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Mary Fee

Is that the only work that you are doing with the housing sector, or are you doing other pieces of work with the housing sector around managing the integration of health and social care?



Infrastructure and Capital Investment Committee 21 January 2015 : Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Mary Fee

Are you doing any work with the private sector?



Infrastructure and Capital Investment Committee 21 January 2015 : Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Mary Fee

It would be helpful if you could update the committee as that work progresses.

Let us move on and talk about homelessness. The committee undertook a follow-up review of the 2012 homelessness commitment. Minister, we wrote to you with the findings and you responded to us. You said at the outset that the prevention of homelessness is one of your key priorities. However, although the statistics are moving in the right direction—there has been a decrease in homelessness—they are moving quite slowly. Do you have any comment to make further to the initial response that you gave us, particularly in relation to Shelter’s concerns about homelessness? Thirty-four per cent of homeless people have support needs and a large percentage of homeless applications come from young people, a number of whom will have come through the care system and may have multiple support needs. Furthermore, the five-year joint delivery plan does not mention homelessness in any great detail—it is included in the plan, but the focus is on supply more than on prevention and support work. Are you going to do any further work?

The homelessness task force had very clear priority and direction, and it made a significant difference. It seems that, if there is a direction and focus on prevention of homelessness, looking at it in the round and not just in relation to housing supply, you can make much more of a difference. The average time that is spent in temporary accommodation is 16 to 18 weeks, but I know from work that I have done that there are many homeless people who are in temporary accommodation for more than a year. That is not just about housing supply; it is about the needs of the homeless person. Unless more focus is put on that, homelessness will not reduce.



Infrastructure and Capital Investment Committee 21 January 2015 : Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Mary Fee

Does that working group feed into the five-year joint delivery plan and any changes that you would make to the delivery plan?



Infrastructure and Capital Investment Committee 21 January 2015 : Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Mary Fee

I am not disagreeing with you, but although homelessness is coming down it is not coming down quickly enough in my view, and certainly not in the view of the constituents who approach me. To lose the focus from that five-year joint delivery plan makes it look, to me and to others, as if you are taking your eye off the ball. The concern is that it will slip down the list of priorities.



Infrastructure and Capital Investment Committee 21 January 2015 : Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Mary Fee

That would be very helpful, minister. I would appreciate it if you would do that.

What progress is being made to develop and implement the new housing options guidance?



Infrastructure and Capital Investment Committee 21 January 2015 : Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Mary Fee

Are there plans to review the guidance on an on-going basis?



Meeting of the Parliament 21 January 2015 : Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Mary Fee (West Scotland) (Lab)

Much of the investment in rail infrastructure has been in the central belt or in city areas. Borders rail is a notable exception to that. “Tracks to Work” makes the point that reopening existing lines is a cheaper alternative to investment in new services, and that the investment generates growth through jobs—for example, 1,000 workers are employed on the Borders railway. Many of the lines that were closed in Scotland—

Vote DetailMSP VoteResult

S4M-12154.1 Lewis Macdonald: Partnership Action for Continuing Employment (PACE) – Supporting Indivi
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YesDefeated

S4M-12120.1 Jenny Marra: 2020 Vision, the Strategic Forward Direction of the NHS—As an amendment to
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Not VotedDefeated

S4M-12101 John Swinney: Budget (Scotland) (No.4) Bill—That the Parliament agrees to the general prin
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AbstainCarried

S4M-12095.4 Ken Macintosh: Tackling Inequalities—As an amendment to motion S4M-12095 in the name of
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YesDefeated

S4M-12095.2 Alex Johnstone: Tackling Inequalities—As an amendment to motion S4M-12095 in the name of
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NoDefeated

S4M-12095.1 Willie Rennie: Tackling Inequalities—As an amendment to motion S4M-12095 in the name of
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NoDefeated

S4M-12095 Alex Neil: Tackling Inequalities—That the Parliament agrees that a strong, sustainable eco
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YesCarried

Selection of John Pentland MSP for appointment to the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body.
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S4M-12060.2 Hugh Henry: Commending the People who Keep Scotland Safe in Emergencies—As an amendment
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YesDefeated

S4M-12045.3 Shona Robison: Scotland’s Future—As an amendment to motion S4M-12045 in the name of Rich
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NoCarried

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