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Equality within the 2023-24 Programme for Government - Amendment

  • Submitted by: Paul O'Kane, West Scotland, Scottish Labour.
  • Date lodged: Wednesday, 06 September 2023
  • Motion reference: S6M-10343.1
  • Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Wednesday, 06 September 2023

As an amendment to motion S6M-10343 in the name of Shirley-Anne Somerville (Equality within the 2023-24 Programme for Government), leave out from “to build” to end and insert “, and that no real action has been set out which will reduce child poverty or mitigate the cost of living crisis for thousands of families that are struggling to make ends meet; further notes that the last UK Labour administration lifted 2 million children and pensioners out of poverty, of which 200,000 were children in Scotland, while the last decade of the Scottish National Party (SNP) administration has seen 40,000 more children, and 30,000 more pensioners slide into poverty; notes with concern that almost 9,000 children are languishing in temporary accommodation without a home to call their own because of this SNP administration’s inability to get a handle on the scale of the housing crisis facing Scotland; welcomes the UK Labour Party’s commitment to a new deal for working people within the first 100 days of a UK Labour administration, which will lift children in Scotland out of poverty by delivering a real living wage and improved working conditions, and a fundamental reform of unfair and punitive Universal Credit provisions; condemns the SNP administration’s continued failure to resolve pay disputes with education staff across local authorities in Scotland; regrets that health inequalities are exacerbated by the inertia of this SNP administration; condemns the abandonment of over 820,000 patients stuck on NHS waiting lists for tests and treatment; accepts that this SNP administration has failed to meet its targets for tackling long waits with over 77,000 patients languishing for over a year; is deeply concerned that cancer treatment targets are repeatedly missed; regrets that the mental health crisis continues unabated with almost 2,000 patients waiting for over a year for treatment, and delayed discharge remains shockingly high, costing over £193 million alone in 2022-23; acknowledges that this is largely because of the SNP administration’s failure to fix the growing crisis in social care; calls upon the SNP administration to address this crisis by immediately removing non-residential care charges and set out a workable plan for achieving a £15 an hour minimum wage for hard-working social care workers; recognises that Scotland’s NHS is facing a workforce crisis, with over 7,000 vacancies unfilled, and welcomes the fact that a Scottish Labour administration would transform the NHS to meet the needs of future generations.”


Vote

Result 19 for, 102 against, 0 abstained, 8 did not vote Vote Defeated

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Related motion

Motion ref. S6M-10343

Equality within the 2023-24 Programme for Government

Submitted by: Shirley-Anne Somerville, Dunfermline, Scottish National Party, Date lodged: Tuesday, September 5, 2023

Supported by: Michael Matheson, Paul McLennan, Emma Roddick, Humza Yousaf
Current status: Taken in the chamber on Wednesday, September 6, 2023

Result 68 for, 54 against, 0 abstained, 7 did not vote Vote Passed


Defeated related amendments

Motion ref. S6M-10343.2

Equality within the 2023-24 Programme for Government - Amendment

Submitted by: Meghan Gallacher, Central Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date lodged: Wednesday, September 6, 2023

Current status: Taken in the chamber on Wednesday, September 6, 2023

Result 31 for, 91 against, 0 abstained, 7 did not vote Vote Defeated