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Month: September 2016

Faith Schools

Faith Schools

Education is devolved to the Scottish Parliament and, as such, any proposals by the UK Government on this matter will not impact Scotland and any decisions on the Scottish education system would be for the Scottish Government and MSPs in Holyrood to consider.   Currently, the setup in Scotland is different to England. Admissions policies for denominational schools are a matter for individual local authorities, and as such are not determined by the Scottish Government or by individual schools and…

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Domestic Abuse in Family Courts

Domestic Abuse in Family Courts

This statement refers to the debate in support of the Women’s Aid Child First Safe Child Contact Saves Lives campaign which aims to stop avoidable child deaths. The SNP participated in this important debate to speak up for children whose safety, wellbeing and lives are being put at risk by unsafe and poorly assess contact with parents who are known perpetrators of domestic abuse.   Responsibility for the criminal justice system in Scotland rests with the Scottish Parliament. The Scottish…

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Finance Bill and Mayfair Tax Loophole / Tax on Carried Interest

Finance Bill and Mayfair Tax Loophole / Tax on Carried Interest

A number of people have contacted me regarding the Finance Bill and the Mayfair tax loophole, in which private equity managers can exploit the opportunity to pay a lower rate of tax on carried interest. Regrettably, contrary to common belief, the Mayfair loophole has not been closed, and no proposal was put forward by the UK Government to close the loophole in this year’s Finance Bill. The SNP have consistently campaigned for the closure of the deeply unjust Mayfair loophole….

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Taxation of Workers Providing Services Through Intermediaries

Taxation of Workers Providing Services Through Intermediaries

My SNP colleagues and I were disappointed to see the changes to the taxation of workers providing services through intermediaries. We strongly opposed these changes in the Finance Bill 2016.   It is our belief that the decision to cut the travel and subsistence expenses of workers providing services through intermediaries will have a detrimental impact on the financial security of workers, and on local economies. We argued that the reductions in net income will also disproportionately impact lower paid…

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Sugar Tax

Sugar Tax

Scotland’s health is of high importance to me, which is why I am proud my colleagues in the SNP Scottish Government have ensured health spending has increased to a record level under the SNP with Scotland’s health budget rising to a record high of nearly £13 billion this year, which includes a £250 million investment to be directed to Health and Social Care partnerships, to ensure improved outcomes in social care and support integration.   However, although the SNP Scottish…

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NHS England Sustainability and Transformation plans

NHS England Sustainability and Transformation plans

Health is devolved to the Scottish Parliament and as such Sustainability and Transformation Plans only relate to NHS England and have not been implemented in Scotland. My SNP colleagues and I therefore did not vote on this matter; however, the SNP’s health spokesperson at Westminster, Dr Philippa Whitford MP, herself a consultant breast cancer surgeon, did attend and spoke on our behalf.   Scotland’s health is of high importance to me and I am pleased my colleagues in the Scottish…

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London Airport Expansion

London Airport Expansion

As you will be aware, my SNP colleagues and I at Westminster have continuously pressed the UK Government to make a decision on a new third runway in the South East of England.   The SNP welcomed the publication of the Airport Commission’s report and we believe that the operators of both Heathrow and Gatwick put forward well-thought through proposals for additional capacity at their airports. My colleagues – both at Holyrood and Westminster – have been clear that we…

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Martin Docherty-Hughes MP pledges to Count Armed Forces Community In

Martin Docherty-Hughes MP pledges to Count Armed Forces Community In

Martin Docherty-Hughes MP has declared his support for The Royal British Legion and Poppyscotland’s ‘Count Them In’ campaign, which calls for questions on the Armed Forces community to be included in the next UK Census.   It is estimated that there are currently between 6.5 million and 6.7 million members of the Armed Forces community living in the UK, representing about a tenth of the population. However, little is currently known about the exact numbers, location and needs of this…

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