My latest motions to the Scottish Parliament:

 Motion S5M-10324: Mary Fee, West Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 06/02/2018
That the Parliament congratulates Arlene Smith, who is from Renfrew, on being nominated as a finalist for the Evening Times Scotswoman of the Year title; recognises that Arlene has been recognised for her work with the charity, the Brightest Star; acknowledges that this provides Scotland’s first support ambulance, which allow parents with seriously ill children to accompany them to hospital and has secured a commitment from the Scottish Ambulance Service to provide a further two support ambulances in the near future; understands that Arlene founded it in memory of her six-year-old son, Jack Kennedy, who passed away suddenly on 19 December 2012; commends the service on it meeting its founding aim of supporting families that have experienced child bereavement; notes that it has now supported over 500 families and appreciates its work; acknowledges that these awards have been recognising the achievements of women for over 50 years, have been founded in 1963; congratulates all of the nominees, and notes that the winner will be announced on 15 February 2018.

Supported by: David Torrance, Ruth Maguire, Richard Lochhead, Rona Mackay, Bill Kidd, Richard Lyle, Gil Paterson

Motion S5M-10350: Mary Fee, West Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 06/02/2018
That the Parliament notes that 20 February 2018 marks the 10th annual UN World Day of Social Justice; considers that the social justice agenda is central to the global effort to eradicate all forms of discrimination and working towards building a more peaceful, prosperous and tolerant world; understands that the theme is, Workers on the Move: The Quest for Social Justice, which will focus on the global migration of peoples who are in search for a better life and a higher standard of living through seeking meaningful, rewarding, secure and non-exploitative employment; believes that there are over 117 million women migrants who live and work abroad, with around 50% employed as domestic workers or in low-skilled service employment; condemns the exploitation experienced by millions of women migrants who are subject to forced labour and human trafficking, and further condemns all other forms of modern day slavery across the globe.

Supported by: Iain Gray, Richard Lyle, Alex Neil, Sandra White, James Dornan, Ruth Maguire, David Torrance, Richard Lochhead, Kezia Dugdale, Fulton MacGregor, Neil Findlay, Bill Kidd, John Mason

Motion S5M-10202: Mary Fee, West Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 30/01/2018
That the Parliament celebrates what it sees as the rich social and cultural contribution that the Gypsy/Traveller community has made to society in Scotland since the 12th century; acknowledges that the Equality and Human Rights Commission has estimated that the country’s Gypsy/Traveller population is between 15,000 to 20,000; understands that the term, “Gypsy/Traveller”, refers to distinct groups, including Romany Gypsies, Scottish and Irish travellers, and others who regard travelling as being part of their ethnic identity; believes that they experience a variety of issues related to provision of adequate housing and access to public health services, with a much higher proportion rating their health as “bad’ or “very bad” compared with the national average; believes that this contributes to a male life expectancy of 55 years, 12 years shorter than the average; understands that they are a disproportionately marginalised and discriminated group and are stigmatised by inaccurate myths and stereotyping about their culture; notes with distress that the most recent statistics from the Scottish Social Attitudes Survey suggests that 31% of people would be “unhappy or very unhappy” about a close relative marrying a Gypsy/Traveller, and that 35% said that a Gypsy/Traveller would be “very/fairly unsuitable” as a primary school teacher, and notes the calls on the Scottish Government to increase its commitment to eliminating discrimination against the Scottish Gypsy/Traveller community in West Scotland and throughout the country through strengthening existing equality legislation and providing greater support for inclusivity and equality training to ensure greater protection.

Supported by: Monica Lennon, John Mason, Iain Gray, Andy Wightman, Richard Lyle, Stewart Stevenson, Patrick Harvie, Rona Mackay, Jackie Baillie, John Finnie, David Torrance, Richard Lochhead

Motion S5M-09511: Mary Fee, West Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 11/12/2017
That the Parliament congratulates Alexis Spragg, senior pupil at St. Columba’s High School, Kilmacolm on being selected to represent her school in the Euroscola project; recognises that Euroscola is a project that involves rotary clubs sponsoring secondary school pupils who are proficient in French to join with other school students from across Europe on a visit to the European Parliament in Starsbourg; notes that Alexis was sponsored by the Rotary Club of Gryffe Valley after impressing the interview panel; understands that the European Parliament established the Euroscola project in 1990 to allow thousands of secondary school students from across Europe to travel to Strasbourg and learn about the functions and processes of the European Parliament, the European Union and the work of Members of the European Parliament (MEPs), and recognises what it sees as the benefits of the Euroscola project in giving students the opportunity to interact and exchange information in a foreign language, highlighting the benefits of cross-cultural communication.

Supported by: Richard Lyle, Bill Kidd, Clare Adamson

Motion S5M-09512: Mary Fee, West Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 11/12/2017
That the Parliament congratulates Irvine on being named as Scotland’s most improved place at the prestigious annual Scottish Urban Regeneration Form (SURF) awards; notes that the SURF awards celebrate and highlight efforts at urban regeneration that aim to address economic, physical and social challenges in communities across Scotland; understands that Irvine has already received national recognition for its regeneration earlier in 2017 with the Bridgegate public realm project receiving the British Association of Landscape Industries National Landscape Award, and recognises what it sees as the leadership of North Ayrshire Council, which has been at the forefront in the development of Irvine’s regeneration plan, “The Irvine Vision”, to revitalise the town, with a focus on town centre regeneration, in addition to retail, harbour-side and beach park expansion.

Supported by: Monica Lennon, Richard Lyle

 

 

My latest question to the Scottish Government:

Question S5O-01747: Mary Fee, West Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 24/01/2018
To ask the Scottish Government how it supports the voluntary and third sector in promoting healthy and active lifestyles.

Answered by Angela Constance (31/01/2018):
The Scottish Government works closely with a number of organisations across the Voluntary and Third Sector to help realise our ambition of a Scotland where people are more active more often. In particular we invest over £1m annually in our delivery partner Paths for All to deliver Scotland’s National Walking Strategy.

 

Question S5W-13887: Mary Fee, West Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 16/01/2018
To ask the Scottish Government what percentage of children are given a comprehensive health assessment within four weeks when taken under the care of a local authority, broken down by local authority.

Answered by Maree Todd (26/01/2018):
The information requested is not held centrally.

 

Question S5W-13886: Mary Fee, West Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 16/01/2018
To ask the Scottish Government what proportion of children are identified as having a mental health condition at the initial comprehensive health assessment when they become looked after.

Answered by Maree Todd (26/01/2018):
The information requested is not held centrally.

 

Question S5W-13888: Mary Fee, West Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 16/01/2018
To ask the Scottish Government whether it plans to revise its Guidance on Health Assessment for Looked After Children and Young People in Scotland.

Answered by Maree Todd (26/01/2018):
We have no plans to revise the Guidance on Health Assessments for Looked After Children in Scotland.

 

Question S5W-13885: Mary Fee, West Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 16/01/2018
To ask the Scottish Government how many children were looked after by local authorities in each of the last five years, also broken down by their residential status.

Answered by Maree Todd (25/01/2018):
Data on numbers of looked after children are published annually by the Scottish Government as part of the Children’s Social Work Statistics Scotland publication.

Table 3.3 (in the additional tables of the publication) includes figures for each category of accommodation within each local authority from 2012 to 2016 (the most recent figure). These are found at the following link:
http://www.gov.scot/Topics/Statistics/Browse/Children/PubChildrenSocialWork

 

Question S5O-01535: Mary Fee, West Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 20/11/2017
To ask the Scottish Government what action it has taken to engage with sports governing bodies, local authorities and sports clubs to promote greater LGBTI inclusivity.

Answered by Aileen Campbell (29/11/2017):
The Active Scotland Outcomes Framework sets out our ambitions for a more active Scotland, and is underpinned by a commitment to equality and should be no barriers at all to participating and enjoying sport.

As a Government, we work with partners including sportscotland, LEAP Sports, Stonewall, the Equality Network and the Scottish FA, among others – with the aim of removing barriers that may stop LBGT individuals participating in sport, as well as helping educate sport providers to be as open and accessible as they can be.

In April 2017, I announced an additional £2 million of investment in sports governing bodies. These extra funds being distributed by sportscotland are to help meet the Scottish Government’s priorities on reducing inequalities in sports participation, including greater engagement with LGBT communities.

SGBs are taking forward specific work, building on the LGBT Sports Charter to encourage LGBTI people to participate, with much of this initiated or enhanced as a result of the additional investment from sportscotland.

For example, Scottish Athletics have been working together with LGBTI groups to establish a non-binary category in events. As a result of this, Scottish Athletics held the Pride Run with a third gender/non-binary category in June 2017 with more planned in the future.

For my latest questions to the Scottish Government – click here.

 

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