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Welfare Reform Committee 26 June 2014 : Thursday, June 26, 2014 view accessible version view PDF version
Kevin Stewart We all agree that it is best if folk get back to work, but your austerity measures are not helping with job creation.

On the further £12 billion of cuts to welfare that have been proposed by the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how involved are you and the Secretary of State for Scotland in t...
Welfare Reform Committee 26 June 2014 : Thursday, June 26, 2014 view accessible version view PDF version
Kevin Stewart Obviously, I mean the welfare spending cap that your Government has put in place. Has any analysis been done on its impact on child poverty?

Welfare Reform Committee 26 June 2014 : Thursday, June 26, 2014 view accessible version view PDF version
Kevin Stewart That was not an answer to the question that I asked. I asked whether the spending cap was informed by research and whether the UK Government has analysed or estimated its impact. A simple yes or no would probably suffice. Was any analysis done before you decided to implement the policy?

Welfare Reform Committee 26 June 2014 : Thursday, June 26, 2014 view accessible version view PDF version
Kevin Stewart It is informed by affordability. In that case, I will move on.

The Child Poverty Action Group has estimated that child poverty in Scotland could increase by up to 100,000 by 2020 as a consequence of the cap and other welfare reforms. Save the Children has estimated that, as a result of th...
Welfare Reform Committee 26 June 2014 : Thursday, June 26, 2014 view accessible version view PDF version
Kevin Stewart From the minister’s responses, it seems that the UK Government has done no analysis. It also seems that the analyses that have been carried out by CPAG and Save the Children are being disregarded by the minister here today.

The further welfare cuts that George Osborne envisages to the soc...
Welfare Reform Committee 26 June 2014 : Thursday, June 26, 2014 view accessible version view PDF version
Kevin Stewart (Aberdeen Central) (SNP) My colleague, Jamie Hepburn pointed out that, in 2013-14, 22,387 children used Trussell Trust food banks, which is an increase of 1,103 per cent on the previous year. Has the UK Government made any estimate of the impact on child poverty of the introduction of the spending cap?

Meeting of the Parliament 26 June 2014 : Thursday, June 26, 2014 view accessible version view PDF version
Kevin Stewart (Aberdeen Central) (SNP) The appearance in an Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant—ISIS—recruitment video of a young man who was raised in Aberdeen has shocked our Muslim community and all the people of the city. Does the First Minister agree that one individual’s actions should not reflect on an entire community? Will he j...
Local Government and Regeneration Committee 25 June 2014 : Wednesday, June 25, 2014 view accessible version view PDF version
The Convener (Kevin Stewart) Good morning and welcome to the 20th meeting in 2014 of the Local Government and Regeneration Committee. I ask everyone present to switch off mobile phones and other electronic equipment, as they affect the broadcasting system. Some committee members may consult tablets during the meeting, because w...
Local Government and Regeneration Committee 25 June 2014 : Wednesday, June 25, 2014 view accessible version view PDF version
The Convener As agreed, we now move into private session.

10:01 Meeting continued in private until 10:58.
Meeting of the Parliament 25 June 2014 : Wednesday, June 25, 2014 view accessible version view PDF version
Kevin Stewart Parents of children with additional support needs have raised with me concerns that Aberdeen City Council, which has no autism strategy, is not getting it right for their children. Do the inspection bodies inspect the education of children with such needs, and are specific audits undertaken on wheth...
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