The meeting opened at 10.06am
It was agreed that the Convener
and the Clerk would pursue the issue of room arrangements.
Action points from previous meeting:
It was agreed that the Clerk would review action taken on decisions made
in previous meetings of the committee.
It was agreed that the Clerk would contact SPICe about the mapping
exercise of social inclusion work in Scotland requested by the Committee.
It was agreed that the Convener would seek clarification from the Scottish
Executive about the status of the fifth Social Inclusion Action Team Report
Social Inclusion Action Teams: The committee considered two reports
from Social Inclusion Strategy Action Teams, and heard evidence from:
Joy Barlow and Rozanne Foyer (Social Inclusion Action Team - Excluded
Gill Stewart, Trevor Lakey and Paul Zealey (Social Inclusion Action Team
Impact of Local Anti-Poverty Action).
It was agreed that a number of issues raised by the Action Teams would be
referred to the ad hoc Anti-Poverty Strategy Working Group including:
Welfare and benefits.
It was agreed that issues raised by the Teams regarding homelessness would
be referred to John McAllion as Reporter for housing issues, and that those points
regarding drugs would be fed into the Committees drugs inquiry.
Remit of reporters: It was agreed that the ad
hoc Anti-Poverty Strategy Working Group would report back to the Committee once it had
It was agreed that the Clerk would prepare a briefing paper on the remit
of reporters and working groups and also the issue of sub-committees.
timetable of the first stage of the Bill was considered.
Abolition Of Poindings & Warrant Sales Bill:
Timetable: The Convener proposed that the
Committee adopt the timetable as drafted by the Clerk but with one of the housing stock
transfer sessions rearranged, to allow time to hear extra evidence on the Abolition Of
Poindings & Warrant Sales Bill in the first two weeks of January.
Alex Neil proposed an amendment that the Committee should complete its
work on the Abolition Of Poindings & Warrant Sales Bill in December. The amendment was
defeated by eight votes to three.
The meeting closed at 12.37pm
Clerk to the Committee