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Meeting of the Parliament 09 October 2014 : Thursday, October 09, 2014
9. Maureen Watt (Aberdeen South and North Kincardine) (SNP)

To ask the Scottish Government what its position is on the effectiveness of the arrangements relating to the Property Factors (Scotland) Act 2011 and their operation. (S4O-03599)



Meeting of the Parliament 09 October 2014 : Thursday, October 09, 2014
Maureen Watt

Does the minister believe that there is any flexibility in the system regarding land-owning property factors to allow the owners on a new housing estate to decide on the ownership and maintenance of the green space?



Meeting of the Parliament 09 October 2014 : Thursday, October 09, 2014
Maureen Watt (Aberdeen South and North Kincardine) (SNP)

I welcome the £4.5 billion of investment in infrastructure that is set out in the budget and the additional funding of £125 million for housing. Can the cabinet secretary set out how that money will help to address inequality and poverty in our communities?



Infrastructure and Capital Investment Committee 08 October 2014 : Wednesday, October 08, 2014
The Convener (Maureen Watt)

Good morning, everyone, and welcome to the 23rd meeting in 2014 of the Infrastructure and Capital Investment Committee. I remind everybody to switch off mobile phones, as they affect the broadcasting system.

Agenda item 1 is a decision on taking items 5 and 6 in private. Item 5 is to allow the committee to consider proposals for future inquiries, and item 6 is to consider the evidence that we will hear on homelessness in Scotland. Do members agree to take those items in private?

Members indicated agreement.



Infrastructure and Capital Investment Committee 08 October 2014 : Wednesday, October 08, 2014
The Convener

Agenda item 2 is evidence from the Minister for Housing and Welfare on homelessness in Scotland, as part of the committee’s inquiry on the issue. I welcome the minister, Margaret Burgess, and Marion Gibbs, team leader on homelessness with the Scottish Government.

Would you like to make an opening statement, minister?



Infrastructure and Capital Investment Committee 08 October 2014 : Wednesday, October 08, 2014
The Convener

Thank you, minister. What impact have the abolition of priority need and the roll-out of the housing options approach had on homelessness services in Scotland?



Infrastructure and Capital Investment Committee 08 October 2014 : Wednesday, October 08, 2014
The Convener

We can look at best practice, but nothing stays the same and the circumstances and number of people who present as homeless change. Two years on, what is the Government doing to review the effectiveness of the 2012 commitment?



Infrastructure and Capital Investment Committee 08 October 2014 : Wednesday, October 08, 2014
The Convener

How confident are you that both you and the Scottish Government have a good understanding of the levels of homelessness in Scotland, given the Scottish Housing Regulator’s findings that current local authority practice may have resulted in the underreporting of homelessness?



Infrastructure and Capital Investment Committee 08 October 2014 : Wednesday, October 08, 2014
The Convener

You might want to come back to the committee to report on that event. Yesterday, we had an informal briefing from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors on its recent report. You might also want to say what you think about that report. It would tie in neatly for us to hear from you on those later in the year.

No one has any further questions. Is there anything that you wish to add, minister?



Infrastructure and Capital Investment Committee 08 October 2014 : Wednesday, October 08, 2014
The Convener

I thank Margaret Burgess and Marion Gibbs for their evidence, which has been very helpful.

10:57 Meeting suspended.  11:00 On resuming—  
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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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Amendment 64 moved by Margaret Mitchell on motion S4M-11101 Kenny MacAskill: Courts Reform (Scotland
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Motion S4M-11258: Maureen Watt, Aberdeen South and North Kincardine, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 20/10/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-11079: Maureen Watt, Aberdeen South and North Kincardine, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 02/10/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-11059: Maureen Watt, Aberdeen South and North Kincardine, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 01/10/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-10794: Maureen Watt, Aberdeen South and North Kincardine, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 13/08/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-10733: Maureen Watt, Aberdeen South and North Kincardine, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 05/08/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-10646: Maureen Watt, Aberdeen South and North Kincardine, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 22/07/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-10620: Maureen Watt, Aberdeen South and North Kincardine, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 16/07/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-10609: Maureen Watt, Aberdeen South and North Kincardine, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 14/07/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-10598: Maureen Watt, Aberdeen South and North Kincardine, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 11/07/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-10597: Maureen Watt, Aberdeen South and North Kincardine, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 11/07/2014 Show Full Motion >>
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Question S4O-03599: Maureen Watt, Aberdeen South and North Kincardine, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 01/10/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4O-03511: Maureen Watt, Aberdeen South and North Kincardine, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 17/09/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4T-00786: Maureen Watt, Aberdeen South and North Kincardine, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 18/08/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4W-22342: Maureen Watt, Aberdeen South and North Kincardine, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 12/08/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4O-03460: Maureen Watt, Aberdeen South and North Kincardine, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 06/08/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4O-03419: Maureen Watt, Aberdeen South and North Kincardine, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 18/06/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4W-21330: Maureen Watt, Aberdeen South and North Kincardine, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 27/05/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4O-03218: Maureen Watt, Aberdeen South and North Kincardine, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 06/05/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4O-03168: Maureen Watt, Aberdeen South and North Kincardine, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 23/04/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4O-03090: Maureen Watt, Aberdeen South and North Kincardine, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 26/03/2014 Show Full Question >>

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