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Meeting of the Parliament 27 November 2014 Business until 13:00 : Thursday, November 27, 2014
Stuart McMillan

I am sure that the First Minister will agree that the report should be a wake-up call for all society, bearing in mind the fact that Scotland and the UK are wealthy countries.

Does the First Minister consider that the failings and, more specifically, delays of welfare reform could have been prevented? That would have ensured that many of our citizens need not have been forced to go to food banks.

Does the First Minister also welcome the support that many of the 42 Scottish Professional Football League football clubs, to which I have written, are giving to their local food banks? That support also aims to remove the stigma among some supporters and the feeling that food banks are not for them, even in times of need.



Meeting of the Parliament 27 November 2014 Business until 13:00 : Thursday, November 27, 2014
6. Stuart McMillan (West Scotland) (SNP)

To ask the First Minister what the Scottish Government’s response is to the Trussell Trust report indicating that the number of people in Scotland visiting food banks has doubled. (S4F-02425)



Local Government and Regeneration Committee 26 November 2014 : Wednesday, November 26, 2014
Stuart McMillan

I have a brief supplementary. You mentioned local authority reserves. A number of local authorities are running quite substantial reserves at present. Does the Scottish Government take a view on the deployment of those reserves and their levels, particularly given that, as we enter austerity phase 2, many local authorities probably should be looking to draw down some of those reserves to prepare their services for the worst that could come from Westminster austerity?



Local Government and Regeneration Committee 26 November 2014 : Wednesday, November 26, 2014
Stuart McMillan

Thank you. I posed a question in the earlier evidence session on census figures. The City of Edinburgh Council indicated in its submission that as a consequence of its overestimating Edinburgh’s population, it received more money in the funding allocation but that after the 2011 census figures showed that there was not as much population growth as expected, there was a reduction in its funding money. The flipside of that is that there might be local authorities whose population growth has been underestimated and who have a shortfall in moneys as a consequence. What actions would the Scottish Government take to assist any local authorities in that position?



Local Government and Regeneration Committee 26 November 2014 : Wednesday, November 26, 2014
Stuart McMillan

Good morning, Deputy First Minister, and congratulations on your appointment.

In our previous evidence session, I asked the representative of Moray Council about non-domestic rates recovery, as the council’s submission suggested that the delay of six months before it can attempt to recover outstanding moneys is too long. I went on to ask all three council officials whether they had contacted the Scottish Government on that point, and it turned out that they had not. However, is the Government considering doing something about the six-month delay to assist local authorities?



Local Government and Regeneration Committee 26 November 2014 : Wednesday, November 26, 2014
Stuart McMillan

What about people in more deprived areas? Is there still a challenge there?



Local Government and Regeneration Committee 26 November 2014 : Wednesday, November 26, 2014
Stuart McMillan

Mr Dunn, have you noticed a variation in the demographics that are getting involved in the consultation?



Local Government and Regeneration Committee 26 November 2014 : Wednesday, November 26, 2014
Stuart McMillan

Have any of the local authorities made representations to the Scottish Government on that point? The panellists are indicating that they have not. Okay. Do you have a comment, Mr Keenan?



Local Government and Regeneration Committee 26 November 2014 : Wednesday, November 26, 2014
Stuart McMillan

Okay. Mr Freeland, do you have any comments to add?



Local Government and Regeneration Committee 26 November 2014 : Wednesday, November 26, 2014
Stuart McMillan

Mr Dunn was nodding his head in approval at that.

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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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YesCarried

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

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-11726: Stuart McMillan, West Scotland, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 26/11/2014 Show Full Motion >>
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Motion S4M-11594: Stuart McMillan, West Scotland, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 18/11/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-11577: Stuart McMillan, West Scotland, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 17/11/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-11491: Stuart McMillan, West Scotland, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 10/11/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-11232: Stuart McMillan, West Scotland, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 16/10/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-11231: Stuart McMillan, West Scotland, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 16/10/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-11058: Stuart McMillan, West Scotland, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 01/10/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-10998: Stuart McMillan, West Scotland, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 25/09/2014 Show Full Motion >>
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Question S4F-02425: Stuart McMillan, West Scotland, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 24/11/2014 Show Full Question >>
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