Nanette Milne MSP

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Nanette Milne MSP

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  • Member for: North East Scotland
  • Party: Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

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Meeting of the Parliament 19 November 2014 : Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Nanette Milne (North East Scotland) (Con)

The minister has told us about recent increases in the number of organ donors. Is that part of the impact of the Human Tissue (Scotland) Act 2006, which the Parliament passed eight years ago? How does Scotland compare with countries such as Spain and Holland, which have had a soft opt-out system for a number of years?



Meeting of the Parliament 12 November 2014 : Wednesday, November 12, 2014
5. Nanette Milne (North East Scotland) (Con)

To ask the Scottish Government what action Police Scotland is taking to address the issue of puppy farms and puppies being imported illegally. (S4O-03677)



Meeting of the Parliament 12 November 2014 : Wednesday, November 12, 2014
Nanette Milne

The cabinet secretary will be aware of the concerns that have been expressed regarding the growth in the sale of puppies and dogs online. Following the publication of the Scottish Government’s consultation on promoting responsible dog ownership in Scotland, respondents repeatedly called for indiscriminate breeding of dogs to be tackled and argued that, until it was tackled effectively, irresponsible dog ownership would continue. What reforms will the cabinet secretary bring forward to address that issue and the sale of animals on internet sites, especially as we approach the Christmas period, when people may be considering buying puppies as presents?



Meeting of the Parliament 12 November 2014 : Wednesday, November 12, 2014
Nanette Milne (North East Scotland) (Con)

In approaching the debate, I had hoped that it would be constructive rather than acrimonious, but judging from what I have heard so far, that is unlikely. I will focus on what the UK Government is doing to help and support people with health problems and disabilities to achieve what most people want, which is the dignity of being in employment so that they can support themselves and their families.

For most of my young life, my father suffered from serious cardiovascular problems and was without permanent work in difficult economic times, so he picked up whatever temporary work he could in order to avoid being dependent on state benefits. My mother took in boarders to pay the mortgage because my parents did not want to live in social housing. I lost my Dad when I was just 19 and he was in his 50s. I am all too aware of the pressures of low income on the lives of people with poor health and disabilities, and I share the UK Government’s ambition to give them the help and support that they need.

Welfare reform in general was, in order to address the inequalities in the benefits system, a key plank of the Conservative manifesto at the last general election. For some people in Britain who are on benefits there is a belief that the financial risks of moving into work are too great, so greater incentives to encourage those people to start paid work are needed. The long-term intentions are to make the benefits system fairer and more affordable; to reduce poverty, worklessness and welfare dependency; and to reduce fraud in the system, which has gone on for generations.

Turning to the specific issue of the impact of welfare reform on people with disabilities, I will dispense with some of the alarmist terms such as “damaging and destructive” that are used in the motion. The UK Government is committed to providing the necessary support for disabled people through a range of programmes.



Meeting of the Parliament 12 November 2014 : Wednesday, November 12, 2014
Nanette Milne

I do not think that I have time to take interventions. I will see how the time goes.

The access to work scheme provides practical and financial support to meet the additional costs that are faced by individuals whose health or disability affects how they do their job. It is tailored to individuals’ needs and can include travel to work, support workers and specialist aids and equipment. Access to work does not replace the duty that an employer has under the Equality Act 2010 to make reasonable adjustments; rather, it provides support over and above that. Generally, it is available to individuals who are in, or who are about to start, paid employment or a Jobcentre Plus work trial, and whose disability or health condition affects how they do their job. Eligibility for the scheme has expanded to cover a number of opportunities that help people with disabilities to prepare for employment, including work experience, supported internships and traineeships.



Meeting of the Parliament 12 November 2014 : Wednesday, November 12, 2014
Nanette Milne

I am well aware of the Remploy issues. There are bound to be some repercussions when a welfare system is changed, but the ultimate intention is to make disabled people better off. I fully expect that that will happen.

The amount of help that is available under the access to work scheme depends on individual need and personal circumstances. The award will also vary depending on how long recipients have been employed, what support they need, the size of the employer and whether they are self-employed. In 2013, the scheme supported 35,400 disabled people throughout the UK to keep or to get employment, which is better than their being out of work and claiming benefits, because most people want to be in work.

Another strategy that has been developed by the UK Government is disability confident, which was set up to break down barriers, to challenge prejudices and to help people into work and reach their potential. More than 1,100 employers have signed up to the campaign, with businesses as diverse as Honda, Sainsbury’s, Barclays, Asda, Marks and Spencer, easyJet, BP, the Royal Mail and Balfour Beatty having committed to changing their employment practices with regard to disabled people.

The Scottish Government motion seeks to discredit the introduction of the PIP, which replaces disability living allowance—a benefit that is not only complex, but is outdated in respect of the needs of people with disabilities. PIP will include an assessment of individual needs, and aims to ensure that financial support is targeted at those who face the greatest challenges to living independently.

There are no savings coming to the Government from changes to disability premiums, and any money that is saved will be recycled back to disabled people.

Throughout the process of developing the new benefit, the UK Government has listened to the feedback that it has received and has made significant changes to the assessment as a direct result. That includes holding one of the biggest-ever consultations at the Department for Work and Pensions.

It is worth remembering that UK Government figures show that most people who claim DLA have conditions that change over time, but 71 per cent of people get DLA for life without any in-built systematic checks. That has led to hundreds of millions of pounds in overpayments and underpayments.

Despite what the Scottish Government’s motion states, without reform by 2018 the number of DLA claims would rise to 3.6 million. That is about one in every 17 people and more than three times the 1.1 million who received the benefit when it was created in 1992.

Our considered amendment recognises that there is a backlog in the PIP assessment process, but it would be wrong to suggest that the British Government is sitting on its hands and ignoring the genuine concerns of people in the sector, because it has made significant changes to speed up the process. The changes include more assessors and assessment centres, extended working hours, evening and weekend opening and clearing the oldest cases first.

The minister should recognise that although significant work remains to be done to remove the backlog of PIP assessments, performance is improving, with the latest figures showing that 37,200 cases across the UK were cleared in July 2014, compared with 2,300 cases in the same month last year.

Instead of spreading fear about welfare reform for disabled people through the use of selective figures, the Scottish Government should acknowledge that the necessary action that has been taken by the British Government has the potential to deliver positive change and improve the lives of people with disabilities.

I move amendment S4M-11494.2, in the name of Alex Johnstone, to leave out from the first “notes” to end and insert:

“recognises that the replacement of disability living allowance (DLA) with personal independence payment (PIP) will result in the better targeting of support to those in greatest need and that many who have been receiving DLA will now be supported through other benefits to make their way back into employment; acknowledges that significant work remains to be done to remove the backlog of PIP assessments, but believes that, while this transition may be difficult, it has the real potential to deliver positive change and improve lives.”

15:12  

Meeting of the Parliament 12 November 2014 : Wednesday, November 12, 2014
Nanette Milne (North East Scotland) (Con)

I am pleased to be taking part in a debate to acknowledge this year’s world diabetes day. I congratulate David Stewart on again securing parliamentary time to bring to our attention this international event, which since its inception in 1991 has been important in raising the profile of diabetes around the globe.

David Stewart has acknowledged Sir Michael Hirst’s invaluable work in diabetes, but David himself has been a tireless campaigner for people with diabetes in Scotland throughout his parliamentary career, both in Westminster and as a member of this Parliament. He is also very active as co-convener of the cross-party group on diabetes, in which we have worked together in recent years alongside Diabetes Scotland to raise awareness of the condition in an on-going effort to prevent its development where possible, and to mitigate its long-term and very serious complications.

With 382 million people worldwide currently living with diabetes, and that number predicted to rise to 592 million by 2035, the condition is reaching pandemic proportions. Beyond the people who have already been diagnosed, it is thought that a further 316 million people are at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes. In Scotland, more than 268,000 people have been diagnosed and will need help to manage the condition in order to avoid its complications.

However, what is really concerning is that many people with diabetes still go undetected and their condition is unrecognised until they begin to develop its serious and life-threatening complications. Globally, it is thought that up to 50 per cent of such people remain undiagnosed, which is a very serious challenge for all of us. It is estimated that in Scotland one in five people either has diabetes or is at high risk of developing it, which costs our NHS £1 billion each year, 80 per cent of which goes on dealing with potentially preventable complications.

We all know that types 1 and 2 diabetes are distinct entities. Type 1 generally starts when people are young, and is unavoidable, but type 2 is generally a condition of later life, the onset of which can often be prevented by leading a healthy lifestyle. It is very important to be able to recognise the symptoms of diabetes, whatever its type, because the earlier it is diagnosed and properly managed, the less likely are its complications to appear. Diabetes Scotland’s campaign to raise awareness in children and young people by highlighting the symptoms and warning signs, and encouraging them to eat healthily and exercise regularly is to be commended and supported.

A regime of physical activity and healthy eating is important to all of us, of course. By leading that type of life we can help to avoid the pitfalls of obesity, one of the most serious being the development of type 2 diabetes. In modern western society there are very many people—the numbers are, sadly, increasing—who are significantly overweight, which undoubtedly leads to earlier onset of type 2 diabetes. Some people in their teens now have the condition, and the earlier the onset, the sooner people are likely to develop the complications of kidney, eye and cardiovascular disease. Those not only compromise their health and wellbeing, but might result in their premature death and, in the process, put a great deal of pressure on NHS resources.

Everyone living with diabetes should have equal access to appropriate health services, but that is not yet the case.

The message of the world diabetes day 2014 campaign is a simple one—that the healthy choice can actually be the easy choice. The campaign aims to inform children and young people about how to make the right choices about what they eat—one of the most valuable being to start the day with a healthy breakfast. By educating them now in a fun and engaging way on the importance of a healthy diet and regular physical activity, we will help to protect the health and wellbeing of young people and future generations, and we will achieve better health outcomes for people who currently suffer from diabetes and those who are at risk of developing it.

I commend the campaigning work of Diabetes Scotland, which we will celebrate in the Parliament next Tuesday at this year’s parliamentary reception for world diabetes day, and I thank David Stewart once again for leading the debate.

17:25  

Health and Sport Committee 11 November 2014 : Tuesday, November 11, 2014
Nanette Milne (North East Scotland) (Con)

Amendment 50 is important, because it is clear that best practice has to be sought across the country. We know that there are variations—not everything is the same in every authority. I am happy to support the amendment.



Health and Sport Committee 11 November 2014 : Tuesday, November 11, 2014
Nanette Milne

We live in an era in which it is becoming more important to have transparency in all public bodies. The amendments simply indicate that the new agency would follow that pattern.



Health and Sport Committee 11 November 2014 : Tuesday, November 11, 2014
Nanette Milne

I am a North East Scotland MSP.

Vote DetailMSP VoteResult

Selection of the Parliament's Nominee for First Minister
YesCarried

Selection of the Parliament's Nominee for First Minister
Not VotedCarried

Selection of the Parliament's Nominee for First Minister
Not VotedCarried

S4M-11567.2 Margaret Mitchell: Lowering the Drink Drive Limit—As an amendment to motion S4M-11567 in
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YesCarried

S4M-11507.1 Cameron Buchanan: Progressive Workplace Policies to Boost Productivity, Growth and Jobs—
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YesDefeated

S4M-11507 Angela Constance: Progressive Workplace Policies to Boost Productivity, Growth and Jobs—Th
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NoCarried

S4M-11494.3 Jackie Baillie: Welfare Benefits for People Living with Disabilities—As an amendment to
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NoDefeated

S4M-11494.2 Alex Johnstone: Welfare Benefits for People Living with Disabilities—As an amendment to
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YesDefeated

S4M-11494 Margaret Burgess: Welfare Benefits for People Living with Disabilities—That the Parliament
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NoCarried

S4M-11484.1 Jackson Carlaw: Human Rights—As an amendment to motion S4M-11484 in the name of Roseanna
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Not VotedDefeated

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Motion S4M-11462: Nanette Milne, North East Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 06/11/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-10257.2: Nanette Milne, North East Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 09/06/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-09446.2: Nanette Milne, North East Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 24/03/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-09430: Nanette Milne, North East Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 20/03/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-08752.2: Nanette Milne, North East Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 14/01/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-07718.1: Nanette Milne, North East Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 19/09/2013 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-07599: Nanette Milne, North East Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 05/09/2013 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-07419: Nanette Milne, North East Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 09/08/2013 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-06713: Nanette Milne, North East Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 22/05/2013 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-06712: Nanette Milne, North East Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 22/05/2013 Show Full Motion >>
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