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Duncan Scott, Scottish Sportsperson of the Year

That the Parliament congratulates Duncan Scott, who is a swimmer from Alloa, on being named Scottish Sportsperson of the Year; notes that this accolade followed a record-breaking year of achievement for Duncan, in which he won six medals at the Commonwealth Games  on the Gold Coast in Australia and a further four at the European Championships in Glasgow; notes that these successes included four golds; commends Duncan on the dedication and hard work that has brought him to compete at the pinnacle of his sport, and looks forward to further success for this inspirational Scot in the coming years.

Supported by: Bill Kidd, Joan McAlpine, Kenneth Gibson, Rona Mackay, Edward Mountain, Sandra White, Mark Ruskell, Stuart McMillan, Emma Harper, Ruth Maguire, Alex Rowley, David Torrance, Richard Lyle, Colin Beattie, Jenny Gilruth, Angela Constance, Fulton MacGregor

Wee County Veterans Group Celebrates Third Anniversary

That the Parliament congratulates the organisers and members of the Wee County Veterans Group on its third anniversary; commends the hard work of all concerned, which has seen the group grow over the last three years; recognises the importance of this work, which brings together veterans, their families and supporters from all over the county to events and activities; understands that the group marked its third anniversary with a celebration attended by members and guests on 14 September 2018 at Sauchie Resource Centre, and wishes it continued success in the years to come.

Supported by: Richard Lyle, Sandra White, Rona Mackay, Bill Kidd, David Torrance, Angela Constance, Emma Harper, Joan McAlpine, Jenny Gilruth, Gillian Martin, Alex Rowley

Impact of Deductions from Universal Credit Payments

That the Parliament expresses its concern regarding the findings of the Citizens Advice Scotland report, Voices from the Frontline: The impact of deductions from Universal Credit Payments; understands that the evidence led the authors to determine that the impact of universal credit deductions on claimants has been savage, with it leaving claimants with insufficient money after they bought essential items, such as food, or paid to heat their homes; believes that it reported some claimants struggling to pay off creditors due to deductions, with one person who was wanting to apply for sequestration not being able to afford the fee due to these; supports the recommendations of the report that the maximum permitted deduction rate should be reduced from the current rate of 40% of the standard allowance and that the DWP should take a holistic overview of claimants' circumstances, allowing them to negotiate the rate of deduction before it is applied, particularly if the proposed level might cause hardship, and calls on the UK Government to heed the report and implement its recommendations without delay.

Supported by: Emma Harper, Kenneth Gibson, Richard Lyle, Stewart Stevenson, Rona Mackay, George Adam, John Mason, Gail Ross, Tom Arthur, Bill Kidd, David Torrance, Fulton MacGregor, Alex Neil, Sandra White, Bob Doris, Pauline McNeill, Colin Smyth, Neil Findlay, Jenny Gilruth, Gillian Martin, Alex Rowley, Angela Constance

Home-Start Clackmannanshire Celebrates its 30th Birthday

That the Parliament congratulates Home-Start Clackmannanshire on its 30th anniversary; acknowledges the immense level of commitment from staff and volunteers, past and present, which has ensured that, since 1988, families across Clackmannanshire have and continue to receive practical and emotional support when in need; commends the organisation on being able to support parents to help them grow in confidence, overcome obstacles, strengthen their relationships with their children and widen their links with the community; understands that the birthday celebrations will be marked at the group’s AGM on 13 September 2018, and wishes Home-Start Clackmannanshire continued success.

Supported by: Joan McAlpine, Emma Harper, David Torrance, Bob Doris, Kenneth Gibson, Bill Kidd, Sandra White, Bruce Crawford, Stewart Stevenson, Fulton MacGregor, Jenny Gilruth, Richard Lyle, Angela Constance, Tom Arthur, Gillian Martin

Clackmannanshire Council Guarantees Secure Tenancy for Young People Leaving Care

That the Parliament congratulates Clackmannanshire Council on, it understands, it being the first local authority in Scotland to guarantee young people leaving care a secure tenancy; believes that the provision of suitable accommodation can make an enormous difference to a young person hoping to make a successful transition to adult living; considers that this commitment by the council will contribute to improving the lives of care-experienced young people, and encourages the country's other local authorities to follow suit.

Supported by: James Dornan, Rona Mackay, Sandra White, Bill Kidd, Joan McAlpine, Richard Lyle, Angela Constance, Jenny Gilruth, Tom Arthur, Gillian Martin, Fulton MacGregor

Clackmannanshire’s Road Safety Record

That the Parliament welcomes the analysis undertaken by the UK Department of Transport showing that Clackmannanshire has been identified as having the safest roads in the UK; notes that the analysis shows that there were no fatalities on Clackmannanshire’s roads between 2012 and 2016; congratulates all those involved in the planning, maintenance and policing of these public highways; recognises the role that the Safe Drive Stay Alive initiative has played in influencing behaviour and attitude on roads in the local area, and hopes that this record will continue to be matched in future years in Clackmannanshire and achieved across Scotland.

Supported by: Bill Kidd, David Torrance, Richard Lyle, Sandra White, Stewart Stevenson, Joan McAlpine, Emma Harper, Alex Rowley, Jenny Gilruth, Tom Arthur, Fulton MacGregor

Action Required on Television Programme Licensing

That the Parliament notes that, under current legislation, retail outlets showing television programmes in areas such as waiting rooms are expected to pay for licensing over and above the television license to companies that represent the producers of content shown; considers that, in these cases, the showing of television programmes is not the central aspect of these businesses' activities, and believes that it would therefore be wrong to consider having a television on in such circumstances for an event or performance; further considers that the whole point of a television licence, if there is one, should be to allow television programmes to be viewed by those paying for a licence, including businesses that have television on in the background or in waiting room-type scenarios; objects to companies claiming to represent film and television programme producers contacting small businesses, such as hairdressers, demanding payment for having a television on in waiting areas for which a television licence has already been paid for, and calls on the UK Government to take action to protect these businesses and accept that television channels pay for the use of such content and that it is absurd to have a situation where small businesses are effectively being shaken down for further payments by companies claiming to act for programme producers when they have already paid for a television license for precisely this privilege.

Supported by: Emma Harper, Sandra White, Angus MacDonald, Kenneth Gibson, Richard Lyle, Stewart Stevenson, Joan McAlpine, Bill Kidd, David Torrance, John Mason, Tom Arthur, Fulton MacGregor, Maureen Watt

Dollar Academy Success at the 2018 World Pipe Band Championships

That the Parliament congratulates Dollar Academy’s Juvenile and Novice A bands on their outstanding performances at the 2018 World Pipe Band Championships, which were held at Glasgow Green on 18 August; understands that Juvenile Band retained its World Championship title, achieving a first place in drumming and winning two Champion of Champions titles, and that  the Novice A Band won both the World Championship title and the Champion of Champions trophy, making it the only band across all of the grades to achieve a grand slam for the 2018 season; commends the commitment and dedication of the band members and their instructors, who work tirelessly to ensure that the bands' performances continue to be of world class quality, and wishes them all continued success in their endeavours.

Supported by: Maureen Watt, Richard Lyle, Emma Harper, Sandra White, Kenneth Gibson, Bill Kidd, Tom Mason, Edward Mountain, Stewart Stevenson, Alexander Stewart, Jenny Gilruth, Alasdair Allan, Stuart McMillan, Fulton MacGregor, Tom Arthur, Ruth Maguire, Gillian Martin

University of Stirling, 10 Years as Scotland’s University for Sporting Excellence

That the Parliament notes that the University of Stirling is celebrating 10 years since its designation as Scotland’s University for Sporting Excellence in 2008; recognises the contribution that its students and alumni have made to Scotland’s sporting success locally, nationally and internationally, including a tally of 11 medals at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games and three at the 2016 Olympics in Rio; considers that this excellence in performance, participation, research and academia will be strengthened further by the establishment of Scotland’s National Tennis Academy and a £20 million transformation of the university’s sports facilities, and believes that a thriving sport and health culture is of benefit, not just to the university, but to the community in Stirling and Clackmannanshire.

Supported by: Richard Lyle, Liam McArthur, Sandra White, Kenneth Gibson, George Adam, Bill Kidd, Stewart Stevenson, Richard Lochhead, Jenny Gilruth, Alasdair Allan, Fulton MacGregor, Joan McAlpine, Alexander Stewart, Dean Lockhart, Claire Baker, David Torrance, Alex Rowley, Murdo Fraser, Stuart McMillan, Bruce Crawford, Tom Arthur, Ruth Maguire, Gillian Martin, Mark Ruskell

Current Status: Taken in the Chamber on 05/09/2018
Alloa Town Centre Business Improvement District Summer Programme

That the Parliament congratulates the Alloa Town Centre Business Improvement District (BID) team on its first-class programme of summer events, which took place in the performance area at the heart of the town’s High Street; understands that the free performances, ranging from animal petting sessions to magic shows, drew large crowds to the town centre and entertained the audiences that attended, and commends the BID team on its commitment to ensuring that the High Street remains vibrant over the summer period.

Supported by: Jenny Gilruth, George Adam, Kenneth Gibson, Fulton MacGregor, Tom Arthur

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