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Meeting of the Parliament 20 November 2014 : Thursday, November 20, 2014
9. Michael McMahon (Uddingston and Bellshill) (Lab)

To ask the Scottish Government when it plans to replace the council tax with a local income tax. (S4O-03729)



Meeting of the Parliament 20 November 2014 : Thursday, November 20, 2014
Michael McMahon

I invite the cabinet secretary to congratulate Christina McKelvie on her honesty at the Scottish National Party conference at the weekend, when she admitted that the council tax freeze, being regressive, has benefited wealthy people in her area. Is the cabinet secretary going to disappoint Christina McKelvie by changing the current system and considering a more progressive system than the current regressive council tax freeze?



Welfare Reform Committee 18 November 2014 : Tuesday, November 18, 2014
The Convener (Michael McMahon)

Good morning and welcome to the 18th meeting in 2014 of the Welfare Reform Committee. I ask everyone to ensure that their mobile phones and other electronic devices are switched to silent or to airplane mode.

Linda Fabiani has sent her apologies, as she is busy with work related to the Smith commission. Again, we welcome Kenneth Gibson in her place.

Agenda item 2 is a decision on whether to take item 4 in private. Item 4 is consideration of the evidence that we have received on the draft budget. Do members agree?

Members indicated agreement.



Welfare Reform Committee 18 November 2014 : Tuesday, November 18, 2014
The Convener

Agenda item 3 is an evidence session on the draft budget for 2015-16. I welcome to the committee Carla McCormack, policy and parliamentary officer at Poverty Alliance; Morag Johnston, assistant director of financial services at Glasgow City Council; Cliff Dryburgh, benefits manager at the City of Edinburgh Council; Brian Cook, head of revenue services at North Lanarkshire Council; Jeremy Hewer, policy adviser at the Scottish Federation of Housing Associations; Keith Dryburgh, policy manager at Citizens Advice Scotland; Marianne McManus, divisional housing manager at North Ayrshire Council and also representing the Association of Local Authority Chief Housing Officers; and Jonathan Sharma, policy manager at the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities.

This morning’s meeting has a round-table format. Rather than a formal question-and-answer session, people can pick up points and run with them; they can also challenge information that is presented. Committee members will get a chance to make observations or ask questions. We should try to keep the discussion as fluid as possible and to examine as many areas as possible.

I will start the ball rolling by just throwing something out there. ALACHO’s submission to the committee says:

“For several councils the issue of ‘bedroom tax legacy arrears’ remains a problem.”

I will ask the association to expand on that, but first I ask Keith Dryburgh whether he concurs. To what extent is that legacy a problem?



Welfare Reform Committee 18 November 2014 : Tuesday, November 18, 2014
The Convener

Marianne McManus’s submission instigated my first question. We have heard from someone who gave us an overview of the situation and described those who are coming to his organisation. Will you comment from your perspective?



Welfare Reform Committee 18 November 2014 : Tuesday, November 18, 2014
The Convener

Is there something peculiar to your situation? What are the individual circumstances of other local authorities?



Welfare Reform Committee 18 November 2014 : Tuesday, November 18, 2014
The Convener

Jeremy, is there a particular issue from your perspective or is your experience similar to what we are hearing from the local authorities?



Welfare Reform Committee 18 November 2014 : Tuesday, November 18, 2014
The Convener

I offer Carla McCormack an opportunity to comment from the Poverty Alliance’s point of view on those who are affected by arrears that are still outstanding. How big an issue is that?



Welfare Reform Committee 18 November 2014 : Tuesday, November 18, 2014
The Convener

Okay. That is fine.



Welfare Reform Committee 18 November 2014 : Tuesday, November 18, 2014
The Convener

So you have looked backwards and there are still issues. However, Jonathan Sharma from COSLA has indicated that there might be a potential problem looking forward. You think that, if the United Kingdom Government does not commit to the moneys going forward for DHP, there is an issue pending. Is that a fear with some substance?

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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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NoCarried

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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Motion S4M-11220: Michael McMahon, Uddingston and Bellshill, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 15/10/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-11175: Michael McMahon, Uddingston and Bellshill, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 09/10/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-10370: Michael McMahon, Uddingston and Bellshill, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 17/06/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-10129: Michael McMahon, Uddingston and Bellshill, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 26/05/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-09800: Michael McMahon, Uddingston and Bellshill, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 23/04/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-09594: Michael McMahon, Uddingston and Bellshill, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 02/04/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-09190: Michael McMahon, Uddingston and Bellshill, Scottish Labour, On Behalf of Welfare Reform Committee, Date Lodged: 27/02/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-08873: Michael McMahon, Uddingston and Bellshill, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 28/01/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-08793: Michael McMahon, Uddingston and Bellshill, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 17/01/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-08713: Michael McMahon, Uddingston and Bellshill, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 06/01/2014 Show Full Motion >>
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Question S4W-23199: Michael McMahon, Uddingston and Bellshill, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 17/11/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4O-03729: Michael McMahon, Uddingston and Bellshill, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 10/11/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4O-03671: Michael McMahon, Uddingston and Bellshill, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 03/11/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4O-03621: Michael McMahon, Uddingston and Bellshill, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 20/10/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4O-03581: Michael McMahon, Uddingston and Bellshill, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 29/09/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4O-03553: Michael McMahon, Uddingston and Bellshill, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 22/09/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4O-03514: Michael McMahon, Uddingston and Bellshill, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 15/09/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4W-22081: Michael McMahon, Uddingston and Bellshill, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 10/07/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4W-22080: Michael McMahon, Uddingston and Bellshill, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 10/07/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4W-22040: Michael McMahon, Uddingston and Bellshill, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 03/07/2014 Show Full Question >>

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