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To ask the Scottish Government what discussions it has had with relevant bodies regarding the recent fire and ongoing situation at the Glasgow School of Art.


Current Status: Taken in the Chamber on 19/06/2018

To ask the Scottish Government what support it can provide to the people of Palestine through its International Development Fund.


Answered by Alasdair Allan (13/06/2018):

The Scottish Government’s new International Development Strategy, published in 2016, focuses our work on four partner countries with which we have strong historic and contemporary links to ensure our £10 million International Development Fund has the greatest impact. Those four partner countries are Malawi, Rwanda, Zambia and Pakistan.

However, Scottish based organisations working in any country whose Human Development scores medium or low on the current United Nations Human Development Index are eligible to apply to our Small Grants Programme for Feasibility or Capacity Building grants of up to £10,000. The State of Palestine is currently ranked as a country of medium human development in the UN’s Human Development Index (ranked 114 in the 2016 HDR), and therefore eligible organisations would be able to apply for these two types of grant within our Small Grants Programme.


Current Status: Answered by Alasdair Allan on 13/06/2018

To ask the Scottish Government what impact UK Government welfare policies are having on people in Scotland renting in the (a) private and (b) social sector.


Answered by Jeane Freeman (29/05/2018):

I refer the member to the report published on 13 May 2018 for the Scottish Government’s assessment of the impact of welfare reform on tenants in both the private and social rented sector. This is the third follow up paper to the Annual Report on Welfare Reform, and covers the impact of welfare cuts on the Housing Sector.

The Scottish Government believes that UK Government Welfare policies are limiting access to affordable, appropriate private sector accommodation for those on low incomes, and as such increases the risk of hardship and homelessness. We know from the National Audit Report, published in September, that the UK Government did not effectively assess the impact of welfare reforms on homelessness.

Across the ninety Broad Rental Market Areas (BRMA), Local Housing Allowance (LHA) rates are only able to meet the costs of rents, at the bottom 30% of the market, in ten areas. In half of the LHA rates less than 20% of the local market is affordable without topping up from other resources and in 26 out of the 90 rates the shortfall in cash terms between the LHA ate and the actual thirtieth percentile of rents exceeded £10 per week.

In the Social Rented Sector the single most substantial cut, the Bedroom Tax has been mitigated in full by the Scottish Government through DHPs, at a cost budgeted at £50m. However landlords and local authorities report that the roll out of Universal Credit is leading to an increase in rent arrears.

As well as the changes to direct support for housing costs tenants in both the private and social rented sectors will be affected by changes and cuts made across the welfare system increasing the financial pressures on households, and the ability to meet rent.

We will continue to work with local authorities and landlords to better understand the situation.


Current Status: Answered by Jeane Freeman on 29/05/2018
 
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