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Delivering Record Social Security Investment in Scotland to Tackle the Cost of Living Crisis and Inequality

  • Submitted by: Shirley-Anne Somerville, Dunfermline, Scottish National Party.
  • Date lodged: Monday, 05 February 2024
  • Motion reference: S6M-12079
  • Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Wednesday, 07 February 2024

That the Parliament believes that social security plays a vital role in tackling poverty and reducing economic and social inequalities, and that the Scottish social security system must have dignity, fairness and respect at its heart; welcomes the Scottish Government’s record investment of £6.3 billion in social security expenditure in 2024-25 and that the Scottish Fiscal Commission has forecast that this is an investment of £1.1 billion more than the funding received from the UK Government through the social security block grant; notes that this investment includes the Best Start Grant and Best Start Foods, as well as the landmark, and extended, Scottish Child Payment, which is estimated to lift 50,000 children out of relative poverty in 2024; recognises that £614 million of Scotland-only benefits are being delivered in 2024-25, which is support that is unparalleled across the UK; further recognises the substantial difference that Social Security Scotland is making through improved disability and carers benefits; notes that Scottish Government support is being delivered despite continued UK Government block grant cuts and continued UK Government austerity, and calls on the UK Government to drop planned Work Capability Assessment changes, introduce an essentials guarantee and immediately scrap the two-child cap and the associated so-called rape clause.


Supported by: Patrick Harvie, Paul McLennan, Emma Roddick

Vote

Result 62 for, 51 against, 0 abstained, 16 did not vote Vote Passed

Scottish National Party

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Scottish Labour

Scottish Green Party

Scottish Liberal Democrats

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Alba Party

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No Party Affiliation

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Defeated amendments

Motion ref. S6M-12079.1

Delivering Record Social Security Investment in Scotland to Tackle the Cost of Living Crisis and Inequality - Amendment - Amendment

Submitted by: Paul O'Kane, West Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date lodged: Tuesday, February 6, 2024

Supported by: Paul Sweeney
Current status: Taken in the chamber on Wednesday, February 7, 2024

Result 18 for, 94 against, 3 abstained, 14 did not vote Vote Defeated


Motion ref. S6M-12079.2

Delivering Record Social Security Investment in Scotland to Tackle the Cost of Living Crisis and Inequality - Amendment - Amendment

Submitted by: Jeremy Balfour, Lothian, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date lodged: Tuesday, February 6, 2024

Current status: Taken in the chamber on Wednesday, February 7, 2024

Result 30 for, 85 against, 0 abstained, 14 did not vote Vote Defeated