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Chamber and committees

Meeting date: Thursday, January 17, 2019

Meeting of the Parliament 17 January 2019

Agenda: General Question Time, First Minister’s Question Time, Hospital Television Charges, Credit Unions, Poverty and Inequality Commission (Chair), Decision Time


Contents


Decision Time

The Presiding Officer (Ken Macintosh)

The first question is, that amendment S5M-15426.1, in the name of Alex Rowley, which seeks to amend motion S5M-15426, in the name of Aileen Campbell, on celebrating the role of credit unions in Scotland’s communities, be agreed to.

Amendment agreed to.

The Presiding Officer

The next question is, that motion S5M-15426, in the name of Aileen Campbell, on celebrating the role of credit unions in Scotland’s communities, as amended, be agreed to.

Motion, as amended, agreed to,

That the Parliament celebrates the vital role of credit unions in reducing inequality in Scotland by offering affordable loans and savings in the heart of communities, thereby protecting people from predatory lenders and unmanageable debt; recognises that these not-for-profit financial cooperatives provide ethical financial services to a combined membership of over 400,000 people living in Scotland; supports action to further raise the profile of this important sector, building on the Scottish Government’s recent national campaign, Credit Unions: People, Not Profit; welcomes the continued collaboration between the Scottish Government and the sector to ensure that credit unions continue to thrive for the benefit of Scotland’s communities, and calls on the Scottish Government to do more to promote the value of payroll deductions among employers and increase awareness of credit unions in schools as part of a broader programme to build financial capability.

The Presiding Officer

The final question is, that motion S5M-15423, in the name of Aileen Campbell, on the appointment of the chair of the Poverty and Inequality Commission, be agreed to.

Motion agreed to,

That the Parliament agrees with the recommendation of the Scottish Government and the Social Security Committee that Bill Scott be appointed as Chair of the Poverty and Inequality Commission.

The Presiding Officer

Given that the vote was unanimous, on behalf of all members of the Scottish Parliament, I congratulate Bill Scott on his appointment as the commissioner. [Applause.]

Meeting closed at 17:03.