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Meeting of the Parliament session 2

Thursday 16 September 2021 2:00 PM

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PORTFOLIO QUESTIONS Education and Skills Russell Findlay S6O-00149 1. To ask the Scottish Government what the recruitment policy is for its education agencies, in light of the plan to abolish the SQA and reform Education Scotland. Fiona Hyslop S6O-00150 2. To ask the Scottish Government what information and resources schools will provide to engage pupils with the issues that will be discussed at COP26. Paul McLennan S6O-00151 3. To ask the Scottish Government what analysis it has carried out of any sectorial skills and labour shortages in Scotland following Brexit. Stephen Kerr S6O-00152 4. To ask the Scottish Government what impact the COVID-19 pandemic has had on the positive destinations of school leavers. Liz Smith S6O-00153 5. To ask the Scottish Government what measures it is putting in place to support outdoor education. Bob Doris S6O-00154 6. To ask the Scottish Government how it will take forward the recommendations in Professor Gordon Stobart’s review of upper-secondary education student assessment in Scotland. Rachael Hamilton S6O-00155 7. To ask the Scottish Government how it supports schools in delivering high-quality education for children with additional support needs. Tess White S6O-00156 8. To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on the work of the Mental Health in Schools Working Group. followed by SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT DEBATE Shona Robison S6M-01248 A Land of Opportunity - Supporting a Fairer and More Equal Society That the Parliament welcomes the ambitious programme of work laid out in the Programme for Government to create a fairer society; agrees that tackling child poverty is a national mission and recognises Scottish Government actions, including doubling the Scottish Child Payment as early as possible within the current parliamentary session, new bridging payments until the Payment is rolled out to under-16s, increasing access to advice services to maximise incomes, expansion of free school meals provision, new statutory guidance to reduce the costs of school uniforms, supporting working parents with a system of wraparound childcare for school-age children and an investment of £1 billion over the session to tackle the poverty-related attainment gap; welcomes the Scottish Government’s commitment to expand early learning and childcare to one- and two-year-olds, starting with those from low-income households; further welcomes the continuation of the ambitious social security programme, including the doubling of Carer’s Allowance Supplement this year and the introduction of new disability benefits; recognises the ambitious programme of work to ensure that everyone has the right to a safe warm affordable home; welcomes the new deal for tenants; acknowledges the work needed to be done to embed and advance equality, inclusion and human rights across society, and commits to working together during Scotland’s recovery from COVID-19 in order to build a fairer and more equal society. Miles Briggs S6M-01248.1 A Land of Opportunity - Supporting a Fairer and More Equal Society As an amendment to motion S6M-01248 in the name of Shona Robison (A Land of Opportunity- Supporting a Fairer and More Equal Society), leave out from first “welcomes" to “across society” and insert “agrees that tackling child poverty is a national mission; calls on the Scottish Government to double the Scottish Child Payment within the next financial year; notes with concern the recent figures that show that 5,000 families have been living in temporary accommodation for at least a year; further notes that an Audit Scotland report released in March 2021 exposed the lack of progress that has been made in closing the poverty-related attainment gap and calls on the Scottish Government to do more to prioritise young people’s education; notes the recommendations of the Independent Care Review and calls on the Scottish Government to set out in more detail how it plans to implement The Promise Scotland; calls on the Scottish Government to implement a national minimum allowance for foster carers, as has been previously committed to; welcomes the doubling of the Carer’s Allowance Supplement this year, but regrets that the Scottish Government will not take control of all devolved benefit powers until 2025". Pam Duncan-Glancy S6M-01248.2 A Land of Opportunity - Supporting a Fairer and More Equal Society As an amendment to motion S6M-01248 in the name of Shona Robison (A Land of Opportunity- Supporting a Fairer and More Equal Society), leave out from first “welcomes” to “affordable home; welcomes” and insert "notes the programme of work laid out in the Programme for Government to create a fairer society; agrees that tackling child poverty is a national mission and calls on the Scottish Government to immediately double the Scottish Child Payment and then double it again to £40 per week in 2022-23 for all children under 16 in order to meet the interim target of child poverty levels of 18% in 2023-24, as agreed by this Parliament; notes that the Programme for Government has committed to increasing access to advice services to maximise incomes, expanding free school meals provision, new statutory guidance to reduce the costs of school uniforms, supporting working parents with a system of wraparound childcare for school-age children and an investment of £1 billion over the current parliamentary session to tackle the poverty-related attainment gap; further notes the Scottish Government’s commitment to expand early learning and childcare to one- and two-year-olds, starting with those from low-income households; recognises the continuation of the social security programme, including the doubling of Carer’s Allowance Supplement this year and the introduction of new disability benefits; acknowledges the programme of work that contributes to ensuring that everyone has the right to a safe warm affordable home; notes". followed by LEGISLATIVE CONSENT MOTION Ben Macpherson S6M-01243 Social Security (Up-rating of Benefits) Bill - UK Legislation That the Parliament agrees that the relevant provisions of the Social Security (Up-rating of Benefits) Bill, introduced in the House of Commons on 8 September 2021, relating to Industrial Death Benefit, so far as these matters fall within the legislative competence of the Scottish Parliament, or executive competence of Scottish Ministers should be considered by the UK Parliament. followed by BUSINESS MOTIONS followed by PARLIAMENTARY BUREAU MOTIONS followed by DECISION TIME The Parliament will take decisions on business considered at today's meeting of the Parliament.

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