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Summary

  1. The Europe Committee takes evidence of the impact of leaving the EU for the Scottish Budget
  2. Mental health first aid and the minor ailment service are raised during general questions
  3. Nicola Sturgeon is quizzed by opposition MSPs during first minister's questions
  4. SNP MSP Stuart McMillan leads this afternoon's member's debate entitled 'Barnardo's Scotland, Nurture Week'
  5. The Scottish government leads a debate on Scotland's Social Enterprise Strategy

Live Reporting

By Colin Bell and Craig Hutchison

All times stated are UK

The government motion is agreed to

The government motion as amended, by the Tory amendment, is agreed to. 

The chamber laugh again as the Presiding Officer meant to say that the Tory amendment was in fact agreed to. 

Motion
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Tory amendment
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The Greens amendment is not agreed to

The Greens amendment is not agreed to.

Greens amendment
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The Labour amendment is not agreed to

The Labour amendment is not agreed to. 

Labour amendment
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Confusion over Tory amendment

The result of the Tory amendment is yes 95 and no 12.

He says the amendment is not agreed to and the chamber laugh in confusion. 

Tory amendment
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'HIE have been fully involved in the development of the Social Enterprise Strategy'

Angela Constance
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Ms Constance says the government recognises the importance of hard data.

Lib Dem Leader Willie Rennie asks the minister why HIE is not included in the strategy.

The communities secretary says HIE were involved in the strategy and that it was led by the sector.

Ms Constance says "HIE have been fully involved in the development of the Social Enterprise Strategy".

She says the public sector has a good record in utilising public procurement. 

Background: Social Enterprise Strategy 2016-2026

Social Enterprise Strategy 2016-2026
Social Enterprise Strategy 2016-2026
Social Enterprise Strategy 2016-2026

The government's Social Enterprise Strategy 2016-2026 focuses on three main priorities:

  1. Stimulating social enterprise
  2. Developing stronger organisations
  3. Realising market opportunities

Important to recognise and celebrate the success of the social enterprise sector.

Communities Secretary Angela Constance
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Communities Secretary Angela Constance

Communities Secretary Angela Constance says this debate is about looking to the future. 

Ms Constance says she is happy to meet with Johann Lamont and other co-operative members as requested. 

The communities secretary says it is important to recognise and celebrate the success of the social enterprise sector. 

She says, in terms of data, there is good baseline information for social enterprise. 

Nearly a consensual debate says minister

Communities Secretary Angela Constance says there has been a large amount of consensus but not unanimity.

'We make a living by what we earn, but we make a life by what we give'

Winston Churchill
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We make a living by what we earn, but we make a life by what we give."

Winston ChurchillFormer prime minister

Mr Golden praise his colleague John Scott for quoting Winston Churchill.

Tories support government motion and Labour amendment but not Greens amendment

Tory MSP Maurice Golden says he welcomes much of the strategy but he would like the government to focus on action plans.

Mr Golden says he is supportive of the government motion and the debate has had a high degree on consensus.

The Tory MSP says his party share the vision that social enterprises will grow and expand the market.

He says the sector is female led.

Tory MSP Maurice Golden
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Tory MSP Maurice Golden

"We will support the Labour amendment although after Richard Leonard spoke I nearly changed my mind," he says.

Mr Golden says his party will not support the Green amendment.

He says he is keen to see whether the government commit to extra enterprise funding.

'Leave HIE well alone'

Labour MSP Jackie Baillie
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Labour MSP Jackie Baillie

Labour MSP Jackie Baillie says cooperators is the term that should be used this afternoon, not colleagues or comrades.

Ms Baillie says there are 5,200 social enterprises in Scotland with over 110,000 people working for them. 

She says many have said in this debate "leave HIE well alone".

"It works so please don't tinker with it," adds Ms Baillie.

Social enterprise support 'must be conditional'

Andy Wightman
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In closing for his party, Greens MSP Andy Wightman says his party agree with other members who have underlined the importance of co-operatives. 

Mr Wightman says the danger is that the Scottish government places too much emphasis on the social aspect rather than enterprise.

The Greens MSP says government support for social enterprise "must be conditional" on delivering the living wage and trade unions. 

He commends the work of the Social Enterprise Academy. 

We need to grow the number of social enterprises says Tory MSP

Tory MSP John Scott
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Tory MSP John Scott

Tory MSP John Scott says he helped create the Scottish Association of Farmers' Markets. 

Mr Scott says he supports the work of Co-operative Development Scotland.

The Conservative MSP says we do need to grow the number of social enterprises.

SNP MSP says the range of contributions made by social enterprises is vast

SNP MSP Tom Arthur
SNP MSP Tom Arthur
SNP MSP Tom Arthur

Mr Arthur groans as he gets to his feet and the deputy presiding officer apologises for making him weary, saying she is looking forward to his speech.

SNP MSP Tom Arthur says the deputy presiding officer never makes him feel weary and he says he looks forward to her (Christine Grahame) being in the chair.

Mr Arthur says Scotland's Social Enterprise Strategy 2016-2026 is a joint publication, not just down to the Scottish government.

The SNP MSP says the range of contributions made by social enterprises is vast and their role in communities is key.

He says social enterprises are a big part of community empowerment.

The deputy presiding officer has to force Mr Arthur to conclude and tells him to sit down.

Labour MSP says Scotland's Social Enterprise Strategy fails on a number of levels

Labour MSP Daniel Johnson
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Labour MSP Daniel Johnson

Labour MSP Daniel Johnson questions whether Scotland's Social Enterprise Stratgy is a strategy at all.

Mr Johnson says unfortunately this document fails on a number of measures.

He says it does little to provide clarity.

'Why undermine five decades of social and economic development in the region?'

HIE
HIE
HIE

Mr Rennie praises the work of Highlands and Islands Enterprise for their work with social enterprises.

The Scottish Lib Dem leader says supporting social enterprises is one of HIE's four priorities.

Mr Rennie asks: "Why undermine five decades of social and economic development in the region?"

He asks why centralise HIE as "there is simply no basis for such a move".

He says the parliament voted decisively against the move and it is "deplorable the government has not responded" to that vote.

Scottish Lib Dem leader says his party is four square behind social enterprises

Scottish Lib Dem leader Willie Rennie
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Scottish Lib Dem leader Willie Rennie

Scottish Lib Dem leader Willie Rennie says his party is four square behind social enterprises.

Mr Rennie says all businesses should have an ethical heart, not just social enterprises, and making a profit itself in not necessarily bad.

The Lib Dem MSP says social enterprises are close to his heart and he citeCastle Furniture in Coupar and a book recycling project in Cowdenbeath.

He says both were close to his heart because his wife worked for both of them and they have now both closed down, though not because of his wife he insists.

Summary of Scottish government announcement on social enterprise

Communities Secretary Angela Constance announces "more than £1m" to help advance Scotland’s "world-leading social enterprise sector". 

According to the Scottish government, social enterprises deliver high quality products and services while conducting business in a more inclusive way, promoting inclusive growth and tackling inequalities.

Scotland's Social Enterprise Strateg
Scotland's Social Enterprise Strategy
Scotland's Social Enterprise Strateg

Scotland’s Social Enterprise Strategy was launched in December alongside £140,000 to expand the Social Entrepreneurs Fund to help individuals set up and run a social enterprise.

In addition, a further £927,107 announced today will fund a number of early actions, including:

  • Starting the country’s first ‘social impact hubs’ to encourage greater teamwork between enterprises
  • Strengthening business and leadership support for our community enterprises and development trusts
  • Setting up a partnership and procurement hub to improve the sector’s ability to collaborate and tender for contracts
  • Advancing social enterprise learning across schools in the Highlands and Islands and Southern Scotland

'Social enterprise speaks to the very best in our communities'

Labour MSP Joahan Lamont
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Labour MSP Joahan Lamont

Labour MSP Joahan Lamont says she is a Co-operative supported MSP.

Ms Lamont highlights the centenary of the Co-operative.

The Labour MSP says social enterprise speaks to the very best in our communities.

She says it should be at the centre of the economic strategy.

Ms Lamont praises the work of the Co-operative Party, which works in partnership with the Labour Party.

The Co-operative Party was founded in 1917 to represent and defend the co-op movement, though our roots go back all the way to 1844 and the Rochdale Pioneers, the founders of the modern day Co-operative Movement.  

Background: Social Enterprise Scotland

Social Enterprise Scotland
Social Enterprise Scotland
Social Enterprise Scotland

Social Enterprise Scotland is The Voice of Social Enterprise - uniting social enterprises and their supporters into a strong campaigning force. We're your gateway to Scotland's social enterprise community.

Social Enterprise Scotland is an independent, Scottish, membership-led organisation, built and controlled by social enterprises. We're the first point of contact for the media and public and promote a positive vision for social enterprise. Membership is open to anyone. Join online today in a few easy steps and discover the great package of benefits and how to access our influential networks.

We're based in Edinburgh city centre with a staff team of four, three full time and one part-time, plus two or three volunteers at any one time. We have 12 Board members and a large social enterprise membership, both very active and involved in the organisation. See all staff and Board details and all members.

We're a registered Company Limited by Guarantee: SC294227. We were originally incorporated in 2005 as the 'Scottish Social Enterprise Coalition' and rebranded at the end of 2011 as 'Social Enterprise Scotland'.

Fuel poverty is a 'national disgrace'

Greens MSP Andy Wightman
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Greens MSP Andy Wightman

Greens MSP Andy Wightman says social enterprises are contributing to the social economy.

Mr Wightman says the Robert Owen Community Bank provides loans to social enterprises.

He says much of Scotland's land is owned by a very small group of private interests. 

The Greens MSP says fuel poverty is a "national disgrace" and proposes a not for profit energy service. 

The Co-op: 'Destined to be different'

The Co-operative was the most visited supermarket compared with its rivals
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The Co-operative was the most visited supermarket compared with its rivals

The Co-op is owned by the people for the people.

 It is an example of working people organising to improve their lives. 

It was founded in Rochdale by a pioneering group of workers and based on ideas of Robert Owen. 

Today it is a major worldwide organisation.

The Co-op Group had its origins in the co-operative consumer societies started by the Rochdale Pioneers.

In 1863, independent co-op societies formed The Co-operative Wholesale Society (CWS). They provided Co-op products to sell in hundreds of Co-op stores.

Over the next century, CWS went through many changes and eventually became The Co-operative Group.

Click here for a short video (2 minutes 53 seconds) tells the history of the Co-op.

A social economy is a key part of Green politics says Wightman

Scottish Greens MSP Andy Wightman
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Scottish Greens MSP Andy Wightman

Scottish Greens MSP Andy Wightman says a social economy is a key part of Green politics.

Mr Wightman says more than 11m work for social enterprises across the EU.

The Green MSP says the social economy must be seen as a whole as part of society.

He cites East Lothian Roots and Fruits as social enterprise and MidLothian Recyclying Project.

Here is the Greens amendment...

Greens amendment
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How cutting Scottish Enterprise funding by a third will help social enterprise?

Mr Leonard asks how cutting Scottish Enterprise funding by a third will help social enterprise.

Background: Airdrie Savings Bank to close its doors

Airdrie Savings Bank
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Airdrie Savings Bank, the last survivor of Britain's independent savings banks, is preparing for a "phased end to all business activities".

Staff were told the headquarters will shut, along with the remaining two branches in Bellshill and Coatbridge.

It is understood that 70 jobs are likely to be lost.

The bank is thought to have found the cost of new regulation to be too great for a small lender, and the Board of Trustees made the decision to close.

Labour would like to see the government fight for the Airdrie Savings Bank

Airdrie Savings Bank
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Airdrie savings bank began life before the Victorian era

Labour MSP Richard Leonard says his party will support the cabinet secretary and work with the government.

Mr Leonard says Labour would like to see the government fight for the Airdrie Savings Bank.

He says this parliament needs to consider an industrial reform act.

He says HIE has a close working relationship with 150 social enterprises and he wants the board to remain.