This blog post details my work done within the Scottish Parliament.
Here is the most recent motion that I have lodged in the Parliament:
S3M-07896 Robin Harper (Lothians) (Scottish Green Party): Being Young Being Heard, Citizens Advice Scotland— That the Parliament welcomes Citizens Advice Scotland’s (CAS) most recent research report, Being Young Being Heard, outlining the impact of the recession on young people living in Scotland; commends CAS for undertaking what it considers to be this important piece of research on the problems faced by young people; notes that young people in Scotland are having to cope with serious issues such as debt and unemployment; is concerned that young people are three times more likely to be unemployed compared with the rest of the working-age population; is particularly concerned that during the recession East Lothian saw an increase of 172% in young people claiming Jobseekers Allowance, the largest increase in Scotland; is further concerned that the average debt held by young Citizens Advice Bureaux clients in Scotland is £10,000 and that these debt problems are often instigated by unemployment and in-work problems faced by young people; considers there to be an urgent need for programmes that assist young people with their problems, and would welcome new and improved policies and practices that benefit young people across Scotland.
Below are other recent motions:
S3M-07786 Robin Harper (Lothians) (Scottish Green Party): Unemployment Services in Edinburgh— That the Parliament notes with concern the news that the Scottish Government is planning to cut almost half of its budget for employment programmes in Edinburgh; notes that this would be in addition to the cuts already experienced by the City of Edinburgh Council; recognises that this funding, which historically has come to the Edinburgh Partnership, is used to support the Joined Up For Jobs strategy and to fund specialist programmes designed to fit the needs of local communities and priority groups; believes that the removal of these local services would impact greatly on those living in the most disadvantaged areas of the city and severely reduce the opportunities for unemployed young people and those who have experience of homelessness or addictions; recognises that, on 20 January 2011, members debated the need to provide opportunities for young people through establishing a microcredit scheme, and considers that such a scheme would greatly complement the retention of Edinburgh’s existing unemployment services.
S3M-07587 Robin Harper (Lothians) (Scottish Green Party): Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh— That the Parliament considers the Assembly Rooms in Edinburgh to be one of the city’s historic, architectural and cultural assets; notes the plans by the City of Edinburgh Council for refurbishment of the Assembly Rooms and that this includes converting the lower floors of the building to shops and a restaurant; is concerned at the apparent lack of public awareness of this scheme until very recently; understands that the council planning committee voted not to allow discussion on the planning application for the scheme; notes that a decision on the scheme will be taken by the City of Edinburgh Council on Thursday 16 December 2010 and that, if agreed, the final approval would have to be given by ministers, and recognises the Save the Assembly Rooms campaign, its website at www.savetheassemblyrooms.com and its petition, which now has around 6,000 signatories.
S3M-07326 Robin Harper (Lothians) (Scottish Green Party): River Basin Management Plans— That the Parliament notes the progress being made in reducing flood risk as a result of the Flood Risk Management(Scotland) Act2009; further notes that the act is designed mainly to make sure that those at risk from flooding are kept aware of the dangers and up to date with events; notes that, under the terms of the Water Environment and Water Services (Scotland) Act 2003, river basin management plans should by now have identified and begun to implement what soft engineering options are available in upriver catchment control of the water environment, and urges the Scottish Government to review and comment on what progress has been made through river basin management plans to provide long-term embedded reduction in flood risk.
To see previous motions search for my name here
The most recent written questions which I asked the Scottish Government were on Marine Environment and can be seen is you search for my name here, as well as other written questions.
For more information on me see my MSP page on the Scottish Parliament website.