Shona Robison MSP

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Shona Robison MSP

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  • Member for: Dundee City East
  • Region: North East Scotland
  • Party: Scottish National Party

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Meeting of the Parliament 29 October 2014 : Wednesday, October 29, 2014
The Cabinet Secretary for Commonwealth Games, Sport, Equalities and Pensioners’ Rights (Shona Robison)

Local authorities are directly responsible for equality issues within their remit, including compliance with legal requirements. It is therefore for authorities themselves to identify and develop any suitable opportunities for co-operation in relation to equalities. Scottish ministers aim to create conditions for better collaborative working and co-operation across sectors, including local authorities, to improve performance against the public sector equality duty.



Meeting of the Parliament 29 October 2014 : Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Shona Robison

If the member wants to write to me with more information about the local authorities concerned, I will certainly look into the matter. It obviously makes sense for local authorities to work together across such issues. The work that is under way to develop the new strategy and action plan for Gypsy Travellers offers an opportunity to ensure that the issues are addressed. If he writes to me with more details, we can ensure that those issues are picked up both with the local authorities and as we take forward the strategy over the next few months.



Meeting of the Parliament 29 October 2014 : Wednesday, October 29, 2014
The Cabinet Secretary for Commonwealth Games, Sport, Equalities and Pensioners’ Rights (Shona Robison)

The Scottish Government has not yet had any formal discussions regarding the level of the single-tier pension. However, recent announcements at the Conservative Party conference suggest that the UK Government will set the single-tier pension at a level that is lower than our expectations. I have therefore written to the Minister of State for Pensions seeking urgent clarification.



Meeting of the Parliament 29 October 2014 : Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Shona Robison

Yes, I agree with that. The level is significantly lower than the Scottish Government’s expectations. However, the reference may be to the indicative starting rate set out previously by the UK Government, rather than a final determination of the level of the new pension. That is why I have written to the UK Government seeking urgent clarification. We argued in the referendum campaign that a starting rate of £160 per week for those with full entitlement would be fair and sustainable, helping those reaching state pension age to have a decent retirement.

Our view, which we have expressed in our submission to the Smith commission, is that we maintain that decisions on welfare, including pensions, are best made by the Scottish Parliament, as the member has said, in line with the needs of Scottish pensioners.



Meeting of the Parliament 29 October 2014 : Wednesday, October 29, 2014
The Cabinet Secretary for Commonwealth Games, Sport, Equalities and Pensioners’ Rights (Shona Robison)

The Scottish Government is actively engaged in a programme of work to improve outcomes for disabled people across all areas of daily and public life, using domestic legislation and international treaties to lever change and to measure improvement. We are committed to working in co-production with disabled people and have provided funding of almost £2.4 million over the period 2012 to 2015 to build the capacity of disabled people’s organisations in Scotland.



Meeting of the Parliament 29 October 2014 : Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Shona Robison

I will be happy to have those discussions with colleagues, and I am aware of some issues arising from blue badge applications. Some significant improvements have been made, particularly around abuse of the system, and they are to be welcomed. If the member so wishes, she can write to me with a bit more detail about the issues that she has raised. In the meantime, I will be happy to speak to colleagues who have more direct responsibility for the blue badge scheme. I will do that after this meeting.



Meeting of the Parliament 29 October 2014 : Wednesday, October 29, 2014
The Cabinet Secretary for Commonwealth Games, Sport, Equalities and Pensioners’ Rights (Shona Robison)

As the member will be aware, pension policy is currently reserved to the United Kingdom Government. Nonetheless, Scottish ministers are committed to ensuring that all Scottish pensioners receive the support to which they are entitled. The Scottish Government has already provided funding to support Age Scotland’s helpline, which ensures that older people have access to quality-assured information and assistance across a range of topics such as money and benefits. We have also agreed an additional funding grant for 2013 to 2015 to support Age Scotland in its partnership with the Silver Line and to extend the scope of the current helpline service. I met Age Scotland this morning, and am encouraged by its commitment to the issue. I will continue to work with Age Scotland and other stakeholders to consider how we improve uptake.



Meeting of the Parliament 29 October 2014 : Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Shona Robison

I certainly support the work of Rights Advice Scotland, in addition to that of Age Scotland and Citizens Advice Scotland. All provide important information to pensioners. As I said, we particularly support Age Scotland and its helpline, which has received a huge number of calls from people for information. We encourage people who are entitled to pension credit to apply for it, and we will continue to do so.

In our submission to the Smith commission, we have set out that we will continue to argue the case that decisions on pensions are best made here in the Scottish Parliament, in line with the needs of Scottish pensioners. I am sure that if we can get control over pensions through the Smith commission, we can do more for our pensioners, including those who are on pension credit.



Meeting of the Parliament 29 October 2014 : Wednesday, October 29, 2014
The Cabinet Secretary for Commonwealth Games, Sport, Equalities and Pensioners’ Rights (Shona Robison)

The Scottish Government, through sportscotland, the national agency for sport, has invested significantly in Scotland’s sports clubs, an investment that is central to the development of a world-class system for sport in Scotland.

In addition to that direct financial support, we encourage all eligible sports clubs to make full use of the range of tax breaks and other options that are available, including business rates relief. In Scotland, mandatory business rates relief of 80 per cent is granted to registered charitable sports clubs and registered community amateur sports clubs. In addition, councils have discretionary powers to grant further relief of up to 100 per cent. Of course, further investigation of tax breaks would be a real option only if full fiscal levers were devolved to Scotland.



Meeting of the Parliament 29 October 2014 : Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Shona Robison

Liz Smith makes a reasonable point; the issue is about knowing about the tax relief that is available. Sportscotland has a huge amount of information on its website, but I will ensure that it proactively informs clubs that they can apply for relief.

There are some developments on the horizon that are important to those clubs, such as the changes to water and sewerage charges. From April next year, exemptions to those charges will be awarded, subject to certain conditions, to all charities with an income of less than £200,000. That could make a big difference to clubs’ overheads.

There is a debate around tax powers and the Smith commission, and the Parliament may well debate additional tax powers once we know what those powers are. In the meantime, it is important that sportscotland informs clubs about rates relief, and I will make sure that that happens.

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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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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-11030: Shona Robison, Dundee City East, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 29/09/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-10736: Shona Robison, Dundee City East, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 05/08/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-10257: Shona Robison, Dundee City East, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 09/06/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-09293.1: Shona Robison, Dundee City East, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 11/03/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-08879: Shona Robison, Dundee City East, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 28/01/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-08797: Shona Robison, Dundee City East, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 17/01/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-08612: Shona Robison, Dundee City East, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 16/12/2013 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-08546: Shona Robison, Dundee City East, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 09/12/2013 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-07808: Shona Robison, Dundee City East, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 24/09/2013 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-07761: Shona Robison, Dundee City East, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 19/09/2013 Show Full Motion >>
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