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SOCIAL INCLUSION, HOUSING AND VOLUNTARY SECTOR COMMITTEE

MINUTES

7th Meeting, Session 1 (1999) 

Wednesday 3 November

 

  

Present:

Bill Aitken Robert Brown
Cathie Craigie Margaret Curran
Fiona Hyslop John McAllion
Alex Neil Lloyd Quinan
Keith Raffan

Mike Watson

Karen Whitefield

Also present:

Tommy Sheridan

 

The meeting opened at 10.06am

 

  1. Action points from previous meeting: It was agreed that the Convener and the Clerk would pursue the issue of room arrangements.

  2. 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 (‘Evaluation Framework’).

     

  3. 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 Young People);

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:

  • Funding strategy

  • Working/training

  • 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 Committee’s drugs inquiry.

 

  1. Remit of reporters: It was agreed that the ad hoc Anti-Poverty Strategy Working Group would report back to the Committee once it had agreed recommendations.

  2. 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.

     

  3. Abolition Of Poindings & Warrant Sales Bill: The timetable of the first stage of the Bill was considered.

 

  1. 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

 

Martin Verity
Clerk to the Committee

  
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