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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Parliamentary Activities

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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?



Health and Sport Committee 18 November 2014 : Tuesday, November 18, 2014
Nanette Milne (North East Scotland) (Con)

I am an MSP for North East Scotland.



Health and Sport Committee 18 November 2014 : Tuesday, November 18, 2014
Nanette Milne

I am a little worried about the flavourings in these things. I remember being put off cigarettes for life by one puff when I was a child because the taste was awful. If something that has a pleasant taste is being produced, I foresee children wanting to dabble in it and find out which flavour they like best, thereby developing the habit. Does anyone have any comments about that and what we can do about it?



Health and Sport Committee 18 November 2014 : Tuesday, November 18, 2014
Nanette Milne

I am an MSP for North East Scotland.



Health and Sport Committee 18 November 2014 : Tuesday, November 18, 2014
Nanette Milne

A number of witnesses have highlighted matters that are not in the bill, but which they think merit inclusion in primary legislation. One such matter, which also struck me, is the use of forced covert medication and restraint, about which there is little in the code of practice under the 2003 act. Representations have been made to Parliament by people who feel strongly about the use of covert medication. What are the witnesses’ views on that?



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.”

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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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Question S4W-23393: Nanette Milne, North East Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 21/11/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4W-23394: Nanette Milne, North East Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 21/11/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4W-23276: Nanette Milne, North East Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 20/11/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4W-23275: Nanette Milne, North East Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 20/11/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4W-23262: Nanette Milne, North East Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 19/11/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4W-23263: Nanette Milne, North East Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 19/11/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4W-23252: Nanette Milne, North East Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 18/11/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4W-23251: Nanette Milne, North East Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 18/11/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4W-23253: Nanette Milne, North East Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 18/11/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4W-23250: Nanette Milne, North East Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 18/11/2014 Show Full Question >>

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