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Public Audit Committee 25 June 2014 : Wednesday, June 25, 2014 view accessible version view PDF version
Colin Keir Okay. In the interests of time, I will leave it at that.

Public Audit Committee 25 June 2014 : Wednesday, June 25, 2014 view accessible version view PDF version
Colin Keir When people reach the point at which they have to decide on the way forward—whether they want self-directed support in the purest sense or to stay with the local authority—do the local authorities have the arrangements in place to signpost people to the options that are available to those with their...
Public Audit Committee 25 June 2014 : Wednesday, June 25, 2014 view accessible version view PDF version
Colin Keir I have a couple of questions. First, in the second paragraph of case study 6 on page 24, you state:

“There have been some tensions between the council and providers, who feel they were not fully involved in developing the strategy.”

I would like to know a wee bit more about the...
Public Audit Committee 25 June 2014 : Wednesday, June 25, 2014 view accessible version view PDF version
Colin Keir That takes us back to one of the first questions that we asked: do people understand what self-directed support is?

Public Audit Committee 25 June 2014 : Wednesday, June 25, 2014 view accessible version view PDF version
Colin Keir At the back of my mind, I thought that the council was saying, “This is the service that we want,” and that the provider was saying, “Well, there is actually a better way of doing that.” That is my assumption about where the problem started. Is my assumption wrong?

Public Audit Committee 25 June 2014 : Wednesday, June 25, 2014 view accessible version view PDF version
Colin Keir (Edinburgh Western) (SNP) One thing that I can remember knocking around in my days as a councillor is the issue of equal pay and the pressures arising from that. You point out in paragraphs 17 to 19 of the overview report that there are still pressures in that regard and that there is a review. Are some councils handling the...
Public Audit Committee 25 June 2014 : Wednesday, June 25, 2014 view accessible version view PDF version
Colin Keir In paragraph 53, you talk about councils needing to develop strategies for their areas. The last sentence of that paragraph caught my attention. It states:

“The risk is also greater for specialised types of services that relatively few people need, such as care for people with Huntington’...
Health and Sport Committee 17 June 2014 : Tuesday, June 17, 2014 view accessible version view PDF version
Colin Keir (Edinburgh Western) (SNP) I am the MSP for Edinburgh Western.

Meeting of the Parliament 17 June 2014 : Tuesday, June 17, 2014 view accessible version view PDF version
Colin Keir (Edinburgh Western) (SNP) I congratulate Cameron Buchanan on bringing this debate to the chamber.

Nothing comes to my inbox more often than the strategic plan and the effects of the proposed local development plan. It is the thing that we have to deal with in the constituency office. I find myself in agreement wit...
Meeting of the Parliament 12 June 2014 : Thursday, June 12, 2014 view accessible version view PDF version
Colin Keir (Edinburgh Western) (SNP) There is something deeply satisfying about cash coming from the criminal fraternity and heading back into society. We have all been speaking about that, and many have mentioned it. We have to look at the fact that it is doing a lot of good, despite some of our differences about evaluation and some o...
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