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Summary

  1. The Infrastructure and Capital Investment Committee took evidence on homelessness in Scotland.
  2. MSPs questioned finance ministers during portfolio questions.
  3. Working Together, Progressive Workplace Policies in Scotland ministerial statement.
  4. Nicola Sturgeon led the welfare debate.
  5. 'A Message for Dearest Scotland' member's debate

Live Reporting

By Craig Hutchison and Carol Duncan

All times stated are UK

Parliament is now adjourned. Thank you for joining us for our coverage of Holyrood today, we're back at 9:30am tomorrow morning with the Equal Opportunities Committee looking at homelessness.

Fiona Hyslop
BBC

Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop congratulates the Dearest Scotland organisers.

Bill Kidd
BBC

SNP MSP Bill Kidd's member's debate is the final item of business at Holyrood today.

Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop is closing the member's debate on Dearest Scotland.

Anne McTaggart, Scottish Labour MSP for Glasgow, is quoting from a 'Dearest Scotland' letter.

Dearest Scotland is based in Glasgow Clyde College and run from the Cardonald campus.

Members' Business: A message for dearest Scotland

SNP MSP Bill Kidd is leading a member's debate called the 'A message for dearest Scotland' campaign.

The campaign was set up to allow the opportunity for people of all ages, from across Scotland and beyond, to write a love letter to Scotland.

Welfare motion passed

The motion from Nicola Sturgeon is passed with 65 MSPs voting for it and 44 against.

Conservative MSP Alex Johnstone's amendment also fell with 17 MSPs backing it and 92 against.

MSPs did not pass the amendment from Labour's Jackie Baillie with 27 MSPs voting for it and 82 voting against.

Decision time

MSPs are voting on amendments and the motion from the welfare debate.

Ms Burgess concludes by saying the only way to get a welfare and social security system that is fair is to vote "Yes" in the referendum.

Welfare Minister Margaret Burgess
BBC

The minister begins by criticising Labour saying "the reality is they support the Tory welfare system".

Housing and Welfare Minister Margaret Burgess is closing the debate.

Mr McMahon, the Welfare Reform Committee convener says welfare reform is having a disgracefully disproportionate impact on Scotland's disabled people.

Labour MSP Michael McMahon
BBC

Labour MSP Michael McMahon is delivering his party's closing speech.

Tory MSP Murdo Fraser
BBC

Mr Fraser says if the other parties believe in welfare reform they must reveal their proposals for cutting the welfare budget.

Murdo Fraser is closing for the Scottish Conservatives.

Labour MSP Siobhan McMahon says for too many people the benefits system has failed them.

Alison Johnstone MSP
BBC

Scottish Green MSP Alison Johnstone points out that women are being hit disproportionately by welfare reforms.

SNP MSP Jamie Hepburn tells the chamber "We know Scotland can afford a better system" of welfare.

Alex Rowley
BBC

Mr Rowley says " We must be tough on poverty and tough on the causes of poverty."

Labour MSP Alex Rowley is making his speech.

Next up is SNP MSP Annabelle Ewing.

Lib Dem MSP Liam McArthur says: "This debate is not really about welfare, its all about the referendum."

It is now the turn of SNP MSP John Mason to have the floor.

Ken MacIntosh is the first Scottish Labour MSP to speak in open debate.

SNP MSP Kevin Stewart is first to speak after the opening speeches, calling the UK government's welfare reforms "horrendous".

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) began a rollout of the PIP in Scotland in January. Existing claimants of the disability living allowance (DLA) have been assessed for their eligibility for the PIP.

Alex Johnstone
BBC

Mr Johnstone says the change in disability benefits will actually benefit some 90,000 Scots who are most disabled and a significant part of the 100,000 moving from disability living allowance will go on to Universal Credit.

Scottish Conservative welfare spokesman Alex Johnstone is calling for support of the UK government's welfare reform.

"No costs, no detail, just vague promises of how it will all be better", is the summation of the Scottish government's welfare plans according to Jackie Baillie.

Ms Baillie says it is "criminal" if the Scottish government do not use the powers they have at the moment and accuses it of having an "obsession" with independence.

Jackie Baillie
BBC

Scottish Labour welfare spokesperson Jackie Baillie says she "will take no lessons from Nicola Sturgeon" as she can not tell us what currency the benefits will be paid in, in an independent Scotland.

Only with the full powers of independence can the UK government welfare cuts be halted says Ms Sturgeon.

The deputy first minister says that by 2018, thousands of disability living allowance (DLA) claimants in Scotland will lose some or all of their disability benefits as a result of the replacement of DLA with the personal independence payment.

Ms Sturgeon says an additional 100,000 children will be pushed into poverty, after housing costs, by 2020 as a result of Westminster policies.

A "No vote" will mean "we will be unable to stop the rise in poverty that Westminster polices will bring", with the vulnerable hit worst says the deputy first minister.

Nicola Sturgeon
BBC

Ms Sturgeon says it is a "democratic outrage" that the so-called "bedroom tax" was introduced in Scotland and calls for the powers to abolish it.

Go to today's BBC Scotland story on welfare

here.