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To ask the Scottish Government when it will publish the findings of the period poverty pilot that took place in Aberdeen.


Answered by Angela Constance (16/05/2018):

Our pilot in Aberdeen has allowed us to gain insight into the issue of lack of access to sanitary products and test different approaches to providing free sanitary products to those who need them most. This project has helped over 1,000 people in Aberdeen and parts of Aberdeenshire access products they couldn’t afford.

We expect to publish the report on the Scottish Government website by the end of May.


Current Status: Answered by Angela Constance on 16/05/2018

To ask the Scottish Government what its response is to reports that, in order to signpost vulnerable people to assistance, suicide prevention organisations are charged premium advertising rates by search engines.


Answered by Maureen Watt (22/05/2018):

Decisions taken by private businesses to charge organisations for advertising are a matter for them and their customers rather than being something within Scottish Government control.

Whilst not a search engine, Mygov does provide links to support for mental health issues, including NHS Inform and the Scottish Association for Mental Health, on the following page:- https://www.mygov.scot/financial-support-mental-illness/

Suicide prevention is a top priority for this government. In our engagement process which ended on April 30, we acknowledged the importance of promoting suicide prevention through multiple approaches. One of the proposed aims in the draft suicide prevention action plan is developing the use of social media and online resources. A good example of an existing online resource for suicide prevention is the local Choose Life North East Suicide Prevention App.

Scottish Government is aware that organisations such as “Google for Non-profits” can offer UK charities access to discounted or free products.


Current Status: Answered by Maureen Watt on 22/05/2018

To ask the Scottish Government what its response is to calls for women to be categorised as an economic growth sector.


Answered by Jamie Hepburn (15/05/2018):

The Scottish Government is committed to supporting the success of female-led enterprises, which cut across many sectors and have a diversity of needs. Work to address these needs is currently being taken forward through the Women in Enterprise Action Group, which I chair. The question of treating women's enterprise as a growth sector can and will be considered as part of the Action Group's Work.


Current Status: Answered by Jamie Hepburn on 15/05/2018

To ask the Scottish Government, in order to help tackle stigma, whether it will issue guidelines to schools, colleges and universities regarding providing access to free sanitary products in a discreet manner.


Answered by Angela Constance (16/05/2018):

In partnership with key stakeholders including COSLA, Universities Scotland, Colleges Scotland and the National Union of Students, we have developed a set of guiding principles to underpin delivery of our commitment to provide access to free sanitary products in schools, colleges and universities. These have been shared widely across the education sector via the key stakeholders.

The principles include protecting students’ dignity; giving them choice about the products they want to use; and ensuring sanitary products are easily accessible to meet individual needs. The principles also require that education establishments undertake awareness raising and education to both promote the provision and to change cultural norms.


Current Status: Answered by Angela Constance on 16/05/2018

To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to ensure that the Scottish National Investment Bank will promote equality of access to funding with regard to gender.


Answered by Paul Wheelhouse (22/05/2018):

I shall reply to the member as soon as possible.

 


Current Status: Holding Answer issued by Paul Wheelhouse on 22/05/2018

To ask the Scottish Government what assurances it can give in relation to biosecurity concerns that the tree stock for compensatory planting along the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route (AWPR) is sourced and grown in the UK.


Answered by Keith Brown (10/05/2018):

All trees used in landscaping on the AWPR project are sourced and grown in the UK, with the exception of Larch and Norway Spruce. The two non-native species are commonly found in the area and are fast growing species, used to provide visual screening, these species make up less than 10% of the total planting on the project.

Biosecurity is taken very seriously and the supplier of trees for the project meet all the relevant standards to ensure the strictest provenance and controls for non-native species. The project contractor also operates a further internal approval procedure to check the provenance of all trees before they are used on site.


Current Status: Answered by Keith Brown on 10/05/2018

To ask the Scottish Government what percentage of premises in each local authority area is able to access fibre broadband through (a) commercial deployment and (b) the Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband (DSSB) programme.


Answered by Fergus Ewing (01/05/2018):

The table below details the percentage of premises in each Local Authority area by:

- predicted commercial coverage figures, based on those obtained during the 2012 Open Market Review

- current percentage of premises connected to fibre through DSSB and the predicted commercial deployment.

Local Authority

Assumed percentage of premises connected to fibre broadband through commercial deployment as predicted at 2012

Current percentage of premises connected to fibre broadband by DSSB plus predicated commercial deployment

Aberdeen City

72.4%

97.7%

Aberdeenshire

25.1%

90.7%

Angus

69.7%

92.7%

Argyll & Bute

28.1%

84.9%

City of Edinburgh

89.1%

97.1%

Clackmannanshire

71.1%

99.4%

Dumfries & Galloway

26.0%

91.7%

Dundee City

95.0%

98.6%

East Ayrshire

61.1%

97.2%

East Dunbartonshire

76.2%

96.5%

East Lothian

66.7%

94.8%

East Renfrewshire

81.5%

97.0%

Falkirk

88.0%

97.6%

Fife

69.2%

98.7%

Glasgow City

75.5%

97.5%

Highland

25.3%

87.7%

Inverclyde

79.7%

96.6%

Midlothian

78.5%

98.2%

Moray

28.0%

94.2%

North Ayrshire

65.3%

97.7%

North Lanarkshire

84.2%

98.3%

Orkney

0.0%

74.7%

Perth & Kinross

41.2%

91.9%

Renfrewshire

76.1%

96.0%

Scottish Borders

39.3%

91.4%

Shetland

0.0%

79.6%

South Ayrshire

68.5%

95.9%

South Lanarkshire

81.5%

97.2%

Stirling

59.0%

93.6%

West Dunbartonshire

91.5%

98.7%

West Lothian

72.9%

97.6%

Western Isles

0.0%

75.9%

 


Current Status: Answered by Fergus Ewing on 01/05/2018

To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to ensure that people who repeatedly perpetrate online harassment are identified and investigated by the police.


Answered by Michael Matheson (25/04/2018):

Police Scotland's advice to the public is clear. If it is illegal off-line, it is illegal online. The investigation of alleged crimes is an operational matter for Police Scotland, taking account of any directions to the Police issued by the Lord Advocate.

The Policing 2026 strategy emphasises Police Scotland’s commitment to improving its cyber-capability in order to respond to online crimes.


Current Status: Answered by Michael Matheson on 25/04/2018

To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to support people facing redundancy as a result of the takeover of Maersk Oil by Total.


Answered by Paul Wheelhouse (29/03/2018):

The Scottish Government is saddened to learn of the expected redundancies at Total and will do everything it can to support those affected. The oil and gas sector remains a key component of our energy system and our economy. This will be a very difficult time for those employees affected and their families.

The Scottish Government stands ready to offer every assistance to any affected employees through our Partnership Action for Continuing Employment (PACE) initiative. PACE support was offered via engagement with the HR team at TOTAL on 19 March when our PACE team provided full information on PACE support to the company. In addition, with the information we have, we believe that staff affected in this situation are highly likely to meet the eligibility criteria for accessing the Transition Training Fund and its associated support programmes. It is in our objective to ensure our agencies and partners are able to provide skills development and employability support, and in this way PACE aims to minimise the time people affected by redundancy are out of work. I hope it is of some reassurance that PACE has an excellent track record of supporting individuals with work and other positive destinations such as self-employment.


Current Status: Answered by Paul Wheelhouse on 29/03/2018

To ask the Scottish Government what support it has provided to the film and video sector in each year since 2008, including how much funding Scottish Enterprise has invested.


Answered by Fiona Hyslop (27/03/2018):

The Scottish Government provides support for the film and video sector through Creative Scotland and Scottish Enterprise as well as other bodies and projects such MG Alba (for the Gaelic short film competition FilmG), the Glasgow Short Film Festival, the National Film and Television School, the Centre for the Moving Image and the Moving Image Archive. Details of these are in the following table. The Scottish Government also funds other bodies with broader remits some of whose work can contribute to the sector such as Creative Skillset, Event Scotland and the Edinburgh Festivals Expo Fund. O ver the past five years (2011-12 to 

‎ 2016-17), Scottish Enterprise has invested over £11 million (£11.5million) in 38 games companies.

2008-9

2009-10

2010-11

2011-12

2012-13

2013-14

2014-15

2015-16

2016-17

2017-18

Scottish Screen/Creative Scotland

3.24

4.17

6.07

4.63

7.81

8.15

8.74

9.87

10.93

tbc

Scottish

Enterprise

    

0.542

0.486

0.818

0.195

1.545

tbc

Moving Image Archive

      

1.25

1

2

 

Scottish Government funding for FilmG

  

0.035

0.010

0.060

0.025

0.055

0.025

0.065

0.025

National Film and TV School

         

0.23

Glasgow

University

        

0.01

 

Centre for the Moving Image

   

0.04

0.106

  

0.05

 

0.195

Festival City Theatres Trust

  

0.25

       

Glasgow Short Film Festival

    

0.01

0.01

    

TOTAL (£m)

3.24

4.17

6.355

4.68

8.538

8.671

10.863

11.140

14.550

tbc

Source: Creative Scotland, Scottish Enterprise, Scottish Government

1. The data for Creative Scotland and Scottish Enterprise is for screen funding so may relate in part to television.

2. Data for Scottish Enterprise is for screen industries, encompassing companies working in animation, content production, digital technologies, the supply chain and associated projects.

3. Due to data capture systems used prior to 2012, Scottish Enterprise has been unable to disaggregate film and video data for that period.

 


Current Status: Answered by Fiona Hyslop on 27/03/2018