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Health and Sport Committee 30 September 2014 : Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Richard Lyle (Central Scotland) (SNP)

Mr McKay, in your opening remarks you touched on the point that I want to question you on. I would welcome Dr Morrow’s viewpoint on this also.

Section 2 will insert a new section into the 2003 act that sets out new duties for mental health officers, including submitting a written report to the tribunal when the tribunal is required to review a determination about compulsory treatment. The Mental Welfare Commission noted that it

“would be concerned if large numbers of additional MHO reports were required”.

What is the commission’s estimate of the number of additional reports that would be required? What concerns do you have about the workforce and about the capacity of MHOs to do those reports? What is the Mental Health Tribunal’s viewpoint?



Health and Sport Committee 30 September 2014 : Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Richard Lyle

Dr Morrow, do you know offhand whether any tribunals have not been able to go ahead because reports have not been submitted timeously?



Health and Sport Committee 30 September 2014 : Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Richard Lyle

I have said many times before that I previously worked with an out-of-hours doctor service. There were two occasions when we had to wait for a mental health officer to attend while they were on standby. They took a couple of hours to come along. Is the system or the service under pressure at the moment?



Health and Sport Committee 30 September 2014 : Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Richard Lyle

Finally, are we doing enough to attract people to the profession?



Health and Sport Committee 30 September 2014 : Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Richard Lyle

Yes—or to become an MHO.



Health and Sport Committee 30 September 2014 : Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Richard Lyle

We are getting near the end of the session, so I want to say that I am quite happy to read the book, but I do not want to go skydiving.

I wonder whether there are any other issues that the witnesses would like the bill to address.



Health and Sport Committee 30 September 2014 : Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Richard Lyle

Thank you.



Meeting of the Parliament 30 September 2014 : Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Richard Lyle (Central Scotland) (SNP)

Housing is important to people in communities. It is incumbent on us to provide well-planned, good-quality housing because it contributes to strong resilient communities, and promotes economic growth within them. Good-quality housing can have a positive impact on people’s quality of life and reduce additional costs in other public sector budgets, for example in the health service.

I remember that houses that were built in my area in the 1970s had flat roofs. Flat roofs in Scotland? What madness. Getting the housing supply right in Scottish communities would ensure more than just access to good housing for all; it would contribute to achieving the Scottish Government’s overall purpose of supporting sustainable economic growth, and it would help us to achieve the country’s full potential through better education and employment opportunities, healthier lives and a more prosperous and equal society.

Many bodies contribute to housing in Scotland, including the Scottish Government, councils, financial institutions, landlords, regulatory bodies and the construction industry. All are interlinked, so changes to any one of those sectors directly affect the others, as do changes to external factors such as the strength of the economy. As part of that group of key contributors to the housing market in Scotland, the Scottish Government has continued to make affordable housing a high priority and has set ambitious targets for housing. Progress has been made and the Scottish Government has made clear its commitment to deliver at least 30,000 affordable homes, of which two thirds will be for social rent, including 5,000 council houses, during this parliamentary session.

The Scottish Government has continued to increase the budget for affordable homes and will have invested £970 million over the three years to March 2015, at which time it plans to invest a further £391 million. That brings the amount that the Government will spend on affordable housing during the parliamentary session to more than £1.7 billion.

That means that North Lanarkshire Council will invest £38 million in a three-year programme through to 2014-15, and a further £50 million in 2050-16. As a former councillor in North Lanarkshire, I remember that we did not build a single council house for years.

That commitment to building affordable housing has not only benefited those who are looking to buy one of the homes, but has helped to stimulate the Scottish economy by giving a boost to the construction industry, thereby creating countless jobs and providing a valuable income to those who need it.



Meeting of the Parliament 30 September 2014 : Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Richard Lyle

No, I will not.

That boost to the construction industry is helped by the Scottish Government’s commitment to boosting the demand for home ownership through help to buy schemes. From the launch of the help to buy Scotland scheme in September 2013 to May 2014, there were 1,220 confirmed sales and 3,749 approved applications for the scheme. Those figures are reassuring and show that the scheme is being used to help people to get on the property ladder and to further boost the house building market.

The benefit of those policies can already be seen, as last year brought the first increase in new housing supply since before the recession, with the number of new homes in Scotland rising by 7 per cent in the year to March 2014. The figures show that 15,957 new homes were delivered in Scotland in the year to March 2014—an increase of 1,062 new homes on the previous year.

Even with that increase I—like every other member in the chamber—recognise that the house building industry continues to face a number of challenges. I am pleased that the Scottish Government is still committed to growing the industry, and am satisfied that it remains committed to an investment-led recovery despite those challenges and in spite of the 26 per cent cut to our capital budget. The Government’s investment of more than £8 billion over the next two years will support about 40,000 full-time-equivalent jobs throughout Scotland.

To protect Scotland’s social housing, the Scottish Government legislated to abolish the right to buy. That alone will keep up to 15,500 homes in the social sector. The legislation will protect the investment that has been made in social housing over many generations. With the removal of the right to buy, social landlords will now have the confidence to build new homes.

I believe that, despite the challenges that face the house building sector, we are heading in the right direction. The initiatives that have been introduced by the Scottish Government have provided an environment in which the industry can grow with confidence.

Housing has always been an emotional subject. In my many years as a councillor, I was able to help nearly 5,000 people gain council houses. On referendum day, I was humbled by a constituent who thanked me for changing her family’s life by helping her to secure a council house many years ago. Yes—we can all work together to secure more housing. Let us do it.

I remember that, in the 1970s—which many here today will not remember—the Labour Party and the Tories continually outbid each other on how many council houses they could build. Let us all work together to build a better type of council house and a better future for the people of Scotland.

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Meeting of the Parliament 14 August 2014 : Thursday, August 14, 2014
Richard Lyle (Central Scotland) (SNP)

5. To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to reduce the cost of childcare. (S4O-03455)

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S4M-11304.3 Michael Russell: Addressing the Attainment Gap in Scottish Schools—As an amendment to mo
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S4M-11304 Liz Smith: Addressing the Attainment Gap in Scottish Schools—That the Parliament believes
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YesCarried

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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Motion S4M-09751: Richard Lyle, Central Scotland, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 17/04/2014 Show Full Motion >>
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Question S4O-03194: Richard Lyle, Central Scotland, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 28/04/2014 Show Full Question >>
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