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Summary

  1. The Finance and Constitution Committee take evidence on the EU Withdrawal Act from Brexit Secretary Mike Russell
  2. Environment, climate change, land reform and rural economy ministers face portfolio questions
  3. The Scottish government delivers a statement on transvaginal mesh, following calls for an inquiry after the death of a woman was linked to controversial mesh implants
  4. MSPs debate the suicide prevention action plan
  5. Scottish Green co-convener leads a debate on social enterprise and child poverty

Live Reporting

By Craig Hutchison and Louise Wilson

All times stated are UK

  1. That's all from Holyrood Live

    The mesh implants are used to ease incontinence and to support organs
    Image caption: The mesh implants are used to ease incontinence and to support organs

    Goodbye from Holyrood Live on Wednesday 12 September 2018.

    Scotland's health boards have been ordered to "immediately" halt the use of vaginal mesh implants in surgery.

    The controversial implants were listed as an underlying cause of death of a woman in August, sparking calls for an inquiry and an outright ban.

    Health Secretary Jeane Freeman said NHS boards had been told to stop using mesh in cases of pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence.

    This will continue until a new "restricted use protocol" is drawn up.

  2. Welfare cuts push families into poverty says communities secretary

    Communities Secretary Aileen Campbell
    Image caption: Communities Secretary Aileen Campbell

    Communities Secretary Aileen Campbell praises the work of Womankind in her own constituency.

    She says the social enterprise should never let governments off the hook for their obligations and points to the child poverty action plan published by the Scottish government earlier this year.

    In the short time since its publication, it is already delivering tangible change Ms Campbell states.

    She points to the school clothing grant, which will see all eligible families have access to the same level of support for uniforms.

    The cabinet secretary asserts UK government welfare cuts have and continue to push families into poverty.

    The Scottish government will continue to work with social enterprise to give every child an opportunity to flourish, Ms Campbell concludes.

  3. Background: Poverty and inequality on the rise in Scotland

    After adding in housing costs official figures revealed one million people in Scotland live in poverty
    Image caption: After adding in housing costs official figures revealed one million people in Scotland live in poverty

    Poverty rates in Scotland are continuing to rise, official figures have suggested.

    In each year between2014 and 2017, one million people in Scotlandwere living in poverty, which was up slightly on previous years.

    The latest statistics also show 8% of people are in "persistent poverty".

    The Scottish government said it was "absolutely committed" to ending poverty and would set out its plan to eradicate child poverty by 2030.

  4. Labour MSP praises the work of Apparel Xchange

    Labour MSP James Kelly
    Image caption: Labour MSP James Kelly

    Labour MSP James Kelly says the work of Apparel Xchange is excellent.

    Mr Kelly points out some families cannot afford uniforms and the social enterprise redistributing school uniforms lets them get them at a lower cost and is also environmentally friendly.

    He also praises the work of CPAG on this issue.

  5. Background: One in three children living in poverty by 2031, says new analysis

    The analysis suggested that 16% of children will be in "persistent" poverty by 2030/31
    Image caption: The analysis suggested that 16% of children will be in "persistent" poverty by 2030/31

    One in three children will be living in absolute poverty by 2030/31, according to new analysis published by the Scottish government.

    It commissioned independent projections as part of work to draw up a poverty action plan.

    Ministers said the figures reflected the damage caused by UK government welfare cuts.

    Opposition parties said the SNP had to do more to tackle the "complex causes" of deprivation.

    The Scottish government commissioned the research into child poverty levels as part of its Tackling Poverty Delivery plan, due to be published later this week.

  6. Tory MSP highlights similar social enterprise in her own region

    Tory MSP Michelle Ballantyne
    Image caption: Tory MSP Michelle Ballantyne reads the words of 16-year-old Alex

    Tory MSP Michelle Ballantyne praises the work of a social enterprise in her own regions and says it is vital to support the development of social enterprise.

    Ms Ballantyne then goes on to highlight some comments made to her by Alex, a 16-year-old currently working in her office.

    Alex said that mental health, lack of family structure and falling education standards have been overlooked when considering child poverty.

    He suggests all parties have too narrow a view of poverty and have therefore attempted to tackle it in flawed ways.

    Poverty effects communities, not just individuals, Alex wrote.

  7. Background: Complex challenge of tackling impact of poverty on education

    Jamie McIvor

    BBC Scotland education correspondent

    Purse

    Scotland's largest teaching union, the EIS, is arguing that teachers need help to tackle the impact of poverty on children's education.

    Many teachers are concerned that there is little they can do about some of the issues they see in their classrooms.

    It is hard to say with absolute certainty that teachers are seeing more of the effects of poverty and disadvantage.

    The evidence of its day-to-day impact on schoolchildren is largely anecdotal and not formally recorded by councils or the government.

    However, the largest teachers union, the EIS, has been monitoring the issue since 2013 and believes the problem is worsening.

    Issues such as welfare changes, local unemployment black spots and zero-hours contracts are sometimes cited.

    Read more here.

  8. School day costs must be minimised says Harvie

    Mr Harvie insists basic education should be free today and the school day costs should be met.

    These costs must be minimised to make sure all young people have access to education regardless of their family income, he insists.

    The Scottish Green co-convener calls on the UK government to change its austerity and welfare policies.

  9. Here's the motion to the debate...............

    Motion
  10. Harvie praises Apparel Xchange for reducing uniform costs

    Scottish Green co-convener Patrick Harvie
    Image caption: Scottish Green co-convener Patrick Harvie

    Scottish Green co-convener Patrick Harvie welcomes to opportunity to highlight the work of Apparel Xchange.

    He says the social enterprise works to reduce both the financial and environmental cost of school uniforms through reuse.

    Mr Harvie praises the low price of the uniforms and also highlights a scheme to provide free uniforms to families unable to afford them, including asylum seekers and refugees.

    Social enterprise has a really good knack of joining up social, economic and environmental policies, he states.

  11. We now move to a member's debate on social enterprises working to tackle child poverty....

    Apparel Xchange
    Image caption: Apparel Xchange

    Scottish Green Party co-convener Patrick Harvie leads a member's debate celebrating the work of the Glasgow-based social enterprise, Apparel Xchange.

    It aims to promote reuse and recycling of school uniforms to reduce costs to families.

    The motion explains school uniforms cost an average of £130 per year which many parents struggle to pay.

    It also praises the work done by the Child Poverty Action Group and others on the costs of the school day.

  12. All amendments backed unanimously, as is final amended motion

    Motion and amendments
  13. 'In Scotland every life does matter'

    Ms Freeman
    Image caption: Ms Freeman

    Ms Freeman says the challenge is to keep physical activity beyond school, particularly for young woman, and she says the Scottish Womens' football team qualifying for the World Cup really matters.

    Learning from reviews from those suicides that do happen will help going forward, she says.

    The health secretary concludes saying "in Scotland every life does matter."

  14. Background: Suicide Prevention Action Plan

    Suicidal man

    Here's some of the actions from the government's Suicide Prevention Action Plan:

    • The Scottish government has set a target of reducing the country's suicide rate by 20% by 2022
    • refreshed mental health training for the public and private sectors, including for all NHS staff, by May 2019
    • reviews of all deaths by suicide so lessons can be learned
    • a new national suicide prevention leadership group, to be in place by Septembe
    • development of innovative use of digital technology to prevent suicidenew public awareness campaigns
    • new public awareness campaigns
    Summary of Actions
    Image caption: Summary of Actions
  15. £3m for mental health services is additional to the £2m already allocated

    Health Secretary Jeanne Freeman
    Image caption: Health Secretary Jeanne Freeman

    Health Secretary Jeanne Freeman begins by replying to Anas Sarwar's query, saying the £3m for mental health services is additional to the £2m already allocated.

    Ms Freeman explains the leadership group's role is to provide recommendations on priorities and the use of resources to the minister and indeed to Cosla.

    She thanks all those who helped create the Suicide Prevention Action Plan.

    The cabinet secretary tells the chamber men are the single group that has shown an increase in suicide in recent years.

  16. 'Every single life really does matter'

    Conservative health spokesperson Miles Briggs
    Image caption: Conservative health spokesperson Miles Briggs

    Tory MSP Miles Briggs states more clarity is needed on the resources which will back up the plan.

    Delivering on the plan is vital, he says.

    There is much to be done in preventing suicide in our economically disadvantaged communities notes the Tory MSP.

    He hopes the leadership group will therefore give local programmes a strong focus and backing.

    The Conservative health spokesperson backs having trauma-trained people within public services.

    Referring to the death of Scott Hutchison of band Frightened Rabbit earlier this year, Mr Briggs says this increased understanding of how mental health impacts men in particular.

    "Every single life really does matter," he concludes.