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Summary

  1. Scottish Greens demand Green New Deal at heart of next budget
  2. Minister says climate change will be at the core of the next programme for government and spending review
  3. Committee on Climate Change calls for UK strategy for decarbonised heating system

Live Reporting

By Louise Wilson and Craig Hutchison

All times stated are UK

  1. That's all from Holyrood Live!

    That's all from Holyrood Live on Tuesday 14 May 2019.

    The Scottish Green Party said it would not negotiate with the Scottish government over the next budget unless it has climate change and a Green New Deal at its heart.

    A Green New Deal means a large scale re-imagining of how economies should work to deal with the root causes of climate change.

    Green MSP Mark Ruskell made the pledge as the Climate Change Secretary Roseanna Cunningham outlined the government's response to the climate emergency declared by Nicola Sturgeon.

    Green MSP Mark Ruskell and Climate Change Secretary Roseanna Cunningham
    Image caption: Green MSP Mark Ruskell and Climate Change Secretary Roseanna Cunningham

    Ms Cunningham said climate change would be at the core of the next programme for government and spending review.

    Earlier the CEO of the Committee on Climate Change told MSPs he was delighted with the Scottish government's quick adoption of its recommended net-zero target for greenhouse gas emissions of 2045.

  2. Scottish government 'determined' to improve perinatal mental health

    Children's Minister Maree Todd
    Image caption: Children's Minister Maree Todd

    Children's Minister Maree Todd highlights how common perinatal depression is and praises Home-Start for offering support to families affected by it.

    She highlights that Scottish government has expanded the health visitor workforce and the baby box, which she says offers practical support.

    We recognise the important role the third sector, including Home-Start, play in helping families Ms Todd says, pointing to investment in such organisations.

    We are determined to improve the recognition and treatment of perinatal mental health and tackle the stigma which surrounds it, the minister states.

  3. Background: What is Home-Start?

    Website

    Home-Start is a UK wide charity which works with parents and families.

    It offers support for families impacted by bereavement, disability, separation and mental illness, among others.

    The charity also offers services to help families manage their finances and access local support services.

    Read more on their website.

  4. SNP MSP praises the work of Home-Start Glenrothes

    SNP MSP Jenny Gilruth
    Image caption: SNP MSP Jenny Gilruth

    SNP MSP Jenny Gilruth said when she first visited Home-Start Glenrothes she walked in to a feeling of support and of empathy.

    Ms Gilruth points out supported families can come from all walks of life and the support offered is wide ranging.

    The SNP MSP says 33% of all Glenrothes Home-Start referrals come from Fife's social work department.

    All volunteers attend a 10 week training course before being able to visit homes to provide practical and emotional support, she elucidates.

    "The work of Home-start supports both mums and dads."

  5. Debate: Home Start Glenrothes Turns 21

    SNP MSP Jenny Gilruth is highlighting the work of Home-Start Glenrothes as it marks its 21st anniversary.

    Here is her motion.

    Motion
  6. Place principle amendment and motion backed by MSPs

    Labour's amendment to the place principle motion is agreed, with 74 MSPs backing it and 30 voting against.

    The Scottish government's motion, as amended, as also agreed 74 to 30.

    Motion and amendment
  7. 'We do seek to empower communities' - cabinet secretary

    Communities and  Local Government Secretary Aileen Campbell
    Image caption: Communities and Local Government Secretary Aileen Campbell

    Communities and Local Government Secretary Aileen Campbell says this has been a robust but good debate, which is what it should be as this is not an "esoteric beard-stroking philosophy".

    Ms Campbell this is about trying to ensure we create a country and a society that sees everyone benefits from what government does.

    She says the 20th anniversary of this parliament is a good point to see where the balance of power lies.

    "We do seek to empower communities," the minister adds.

    She cites the local government review and insists people are up for the 'place principle'.

  8. Labour and Tory closing speeches...

    Labour MSP Alex Rowley says there is nothing in the Scottish government motion today to disagree with but he argues "there is no question" that austerity has impacted on communities.

    He points to the importance of play and warns play parks are disappearing because councils a struggling to maintain them.

    Mr Rowley seeks clarity on how communities will be involved in decision making to ensure projects are community led.

    Rowley and Simpson

    Tory MSP Graham Simpson begins by saying he hates "government speak" and admits he struggled with the definition of place principle at first.

    It's basically about working with people to improve their communities and when done well, it works well he argues.

    Where it does not work is when it is used to pay lip service to communities or if it excludes groups, such as disabled people, Mr Simpson adds.

  9. Background: What is the 'place standard'?

    Place Standard

    The Place Standard tool provides a framework to structure conversations about places.

    It allows discussion about the physical elements of a place (for example its buildings, spaces, and transport links) as well as the social aspects (for example whether people feel they have a say in decision making).

    The tool provides prompts for discussions, allowing consideration of all the elements of a place in a methodical way. The tool pinpoints the assets of a place as well as areas where a place could improve.

  10. 'There's no real local government in Scotland'

    Green MSP Andy Wightman
    Image caption: Green MSP Andy Wightman

    Green MSP Andy Wightman says his party supports the place principle but does not support the principle around sustainable growth.

    There is no real local government in Scotland, compared to countries like Finland, he adds.

    Communities there have the fiscal powers to allow them to do what they wish to do in terms of services, Mr Wightman elucidates.

    The Green MSP explains that is why control over taxation must be returned to local councils.

  11. Background: What does the place principle look like?

    Elgin

    According to the Scottish government...

    "Endorsement of the Place Principle makes clear our commitment to strengthening co-ordination and integration of all place based activity geared towards achieving sustainable and inclusive growth. This means we will:

    • consider the benefits of planning, investment and implementation activity at the regional level of place - where that focus could drive faster rates of sustainable and inclusive economic growth
    • ensure that place based work at the local or regional level being led by Scottish Government and its agencies is taken forward in a way that is integrated between both levels of place and cognisant of all complementary work being taken forward in associated policy areas
    • exemplify the behaviours reflecting the core of the principle, working and planning together with our partners and local communities to improve the lives of people, support inclusive growth and create more successful places"
  12. How will the application of the place principle be monitored?

    Tory MSP Michelle Ballantyne
    Image caption: Tory MSP Michelle Ballantyne

    Tory MSP Michelle Ballantyne points out boring buildings can cause stress and architecture will always be important.

    Ms Ballantyne goes on to say: "I am an ardent believer that communities themselves know what is in their best interests."

    In many ways this makes her a supporter of the place principle she explains.

    The Tory MSP asks how the application of the place principles by councils will be monitored.

  13. Here's the amendment from Labour

    Here's the amendment from Labour
  14. 'We cannot gloss over the impact of austerity'

    Alex Rowley

    Alex Rowley says: "What is not to like about the Place Principle?"

    The Labour MSP suggests "fine words are being preached here but not practiced".

    Imposing austerity on local communities means politicians are walking around with blinkers on, he adds.

    He points out the cuts to council budgets over the last decade.

    This means in every community across Scotland issues exist and we cannot gloss over the impact of austerity, he adds.

  15. Place principle will lead to better decision making says minister

    Community Secretary Aileen Campbell

    Community Secretary Aileen Campbell says the 'place principle' will ensure better decisions are made and communities are at their heart.

    Place-based approaches will create more successful communities, she says.

    People and communities are often challenges by multiple disadvantages which is why collectively developing sustainable solutions is effective, the cabinet secretary argues.

    Ms Campbell explains the place principle seeks to drive forward an economy that works for everyone and she points to £1.7bn worth of investment in transformational programmes.

  16. Background: What is the 'place principle'?

    Peebles

    The 'place principle' promotes a more joined-up approach to services on offer in local communities.

    It calls for "all those responsible for providing services and looking after assets in a place need to work and plan together, and with local communities, to improve the lives of people, support inclusive growth and create more successful places."

    Read more here.