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Local Government Finance Order

Andy Wightman MSP Fri 10 Mar

Yesterday Andy spoke in the Local Government Finance (Scotland) Order 2017 [draft] debate. 

He said, 'Not only is it important to have more transparent reporting... we need a completely new approach to local government finance' 

The link to the Official Report is below. 

http://www.parliament.scot/parliamentarybusiness/report.aspx?r=10830  

Social Enterprise Debate Closing Speech

gma16133 Thu 16 Feb

Last week Andy spoke in the Social Enterprise debate. Above is his closing speech, his amendment and a link to the official report. 

Andy's amendment:

Social Enterprise Debate Opening Speech

gma16133 Thu 16 Feb

Last week Andy spoke in the Social Enterprise debate. Below is his opening speech, his amendment and a link to the official report. 

Andy's amendment:

Planning Debate

gma16133 Thu 9 Feb

On the 26th of January Andy spoke on behalf of the Green MSPs in the 'Improving Scotland's Planning' debate.

Andy said 'we support a third party right of appeal in order to equalise the power relationship in the planning process' and that the existence of any right of appeal is an anachronism hanging over from the 1947 Town and Country Planning (Scotland) Act. 

Forestry Debate- Opening Speech

gma16133 Wed 1 Feb

On Tuesday the 24th of January Andy spoke in the debate on Forestry and tabled an amendment to the Scottish Government motion.

Government motion:

Forestry Debate

Andy Wightman MSP Fri 27 Jan

On Tuesday Andy spoke in the debate on Forestry and tabled an amendment to the Scottish Government motion.

Government motion:

General Questions: Short term holiday lets

Andy Wightman MSP Thu 19 Jan

Today during General Questions Andy asked the Scottish Government whether it will take action to regulate growth in short-term letting of residential property.

The Minister for Local Government and Housing gave the following answer: 
The Scottish Government has no plans to regulate the growth in short-term letting. However, we recognise that some concerns exist and we welcome the opportunity to engage further with stakeholders on the matter.

Highlands and Islands Enterprise Debate

Andy Wightman MSP Thu 19 Jan

Yesterday MSPs voted to oppose the Scottish Government's plans to abolish the board of Highlands and Islands enterprise.

Andy asked 3 critical questions of the Government, these are below along with the Minister's response.

1.Can the Cabinet Secretary explain how scrapping the board and amalgamating it with other agencies will ensure a continued focus on the Highlands and Islands?

Short term holiday lets need better regulation

Andy Wightman MSP Thu 12 Jan

 Just before Christmas, I was privileged to contribute to a debate in the Scottish Parliament led by Gordon Lindhurst MSP on the future of Edinburgh’s World Heritage Site. During the debate, I was reminded of Alexander McCall-Smith’s depiction of Edinburgh as “a city of shifting light, of changing skies, of sudden vistas. A city so beautiful it breaks the heart again and again”. Yet listening to the thoughtful words of MSPs, it became clear to me that this is indeed a city, which is breaking residents’ hearts in other ways.

Eight tools to tackle fuel poverty

Andy Wightman MSP Wed 16 Nov

Many houses and tenements across Scotland have stood for 100 years or more. With some investment and maintenance, they can remain homes for another century.   

We pay to live in our homes, either as tenants or owners, but when we are gone another generation will move in. Well built, warm and watertight homes will last across generations. In this sense, Scotland’s housing stock is not a private asset. Taken together it is a public good that we should steward for the future.