20 February 2017
David has given his support to the following members' motions in the Scottish Parliament
One Million Days in Temporary Accommodation
That the Parliament acknowledges the findings of Shelter Scotland's annual report on the use of temporary accommodation in Scotland, which shows that families with children spent a total of almost one million days in temporary accommodation last year, that 13% of families with children were in temporary accommodation for longer than a year and that Scottish Government statistics show a 17% rise in the number of homeless children in temporary accommodation between 2015 and 2016; understands that long periods in temporary accommodation can damage children's mental and physical health and disrupt their education; notes Shelter Scotland's call for a new national homelessness strategy and guidance on standards for temporary accommodation, and supports all efforts to tackle homelessness.
Victims of Crime Day
That the Parliament notes that 22 February is European Victims of Crime Day 2017; understands that, in Scotland, around one-in-seven people each year are victims of crime; recognises the work of Victim Support Scotland (VSS) in supporting people both in communities and in courts who are affected by crime; welcomes and supports the charity’s awareness-raising campaign #VSS1mile, in which its staff and volunteers will be rising to the challenge to walk, run, cycle and swim 1,000 miles in February in an attempt to cover the distance between all of its office locations; notes that the campaign aims to ensure that as many people as possible know where to turn if they have been a victim or witness to crime and learn how they can support the charity, and encourages all members to come together to support VSS in this campaign.
Celebrating Fairtrade Fortnight from 27 February to 12 March 2017
That the Parliament notes that Fairtrade Fortnight 2017 will take place from 27 February to 12 March and will have the theme, It’s time to put Fairtrade in your break; understands that Fairtrade Fortnight will be celebrated in the South Scotland region and across the country with events being held to illustrate how millions of farmers and workers in developing countries are not paid what they deserve and to encourage people to learn more about fair trade; commends everyone in Scotland who has expressed their commitment to fair trade and who will be holding events, and congratulates the Scottish Fair Trade Forum on its leadership in supporting the continued status of Scotland as a Fair Trade Nation.
Captain David Seath Memorial Fund
That the Parliament recognises Fiona Chalmers, an ex-soldier from the Black Isle, who is taking part in the Stirling Scottish Marathon to raise funds for the Captain David Memorial Fund in memory of her friend who collapsed and died during the London Marathon while raising funds for Help for Heroes, and notes that the Captain David Seath Memorial Fund raises money to support sick, injured and wounded veterans through Help for Heroes.