Lack of Funding for UK Deaf Sport

Motion S4M-13742: Anne McTaggart, Glasgow, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 08/07/2015

That the Parliament notes with disappointment that players in the British Men’s Deaf Football Team had to raise all the monies required to cover the costs of travel and accommodation to allow them to compete in the finals in the European Deaf Football Championships 2015 in Hanover as there is no financial support from the Football Association or UK Sport; further notes that the British Men’s Deaf Football Team finished in third place; understands that UK Deaf Sport does not qualify for any funding as deaf athletes have never been designated Paralympians; believes that the 2012 Olympics in London was a disaster for deaf sportsmen and women following the withdrawal of funding of £42,000 at the time by the UK Government, which was distributed by UK Sport in order to allow greater focus on athletes competing in the Beijing and London Games; considers this funding gap to be discriminatory and unacceptable as there are more than 10 million people who are deaf and hard of hearing in the UK, yet participation in sport by people who are deaf is much lower than average, and notes calls for the UK Government to address this issue and establish funding for deaf athletes to increase participation and provide equal opportunities for athletes with all disabilities.

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Scottish Police Launch Polish Website

Motion S4M-13804: Anne McTaggart, Glasgow, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 22/07/2015

That the Parliament welcomes the introduction of a new Facebook page, Szkocka Policja, which will post messages and appeals for Polish people living in Scotland; understands that there are around 85,000 Polish nationals living in Scotland, with a large Polish community in Glasgow, and considers that it is important to use all available media to try and focus on issues and concerns that are of interest to them; believes that Polish speakers in Scotland will now have the ability to interact with the police through Facebook in their native language as it will overcome language barriers; notes that this was made possible by the joint efforts of Police Scotland and the Polish Consulate General to Scotland, and hopes that this initiative will be rolled out in more languages.

You can find the facebook page here –

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Anne McTaggart MSP Calls Time on Nuisance Calls

Photographed by David P Scott. All rights reserved.

Photographed by David P Scott. All rights reserved.

Anne McTaggart, Member of the Scottish Parliament for Glasgow visited Which’s Calling Time roadshow when it dropped in at Glasgow’s Central Station to pledge support for the campaign to help end to nuisance calls and texts.

Visitors to the event could press a giant six foot, four inch flashing telephone to register their frustration about unwanted calls and texts and show their support for the Which? Calling Time campaign, which currently has more than 200,000 supporters

Recent Which? analysis of data from the Information Commissioner’s Office shows there have been around 61,500 official complaints about nuisance calls and texts since December. With just 2% of people who receive unwanted calls reporting them to the regulator, it means millions more are still being received.

Which?’s campaign is urging the Government, regulators and businesses to renew their efforts to help cut down on the number of nuisance calls and texts. It is also making it easier for people to report unwanted calls with its new complaints webpage where people can log the details to help identify offenders.

Anne McTaggart MSP said:

I was delighted to be able to support this vitally important Which? campaign. Being bombarded with nuisance calls and texts is not only an annoying interruption to people’s lives, it can be threatening and intimidating to the millions who endure them on a daily basis. The Government needs to look at whether the rules around how our data is collected, used and traded need to be tightened.”

 Which? Executive Director, Richard Lloyd said: 

“People are sick of being bombarded with nuisance calls that invade their privacy and waste their time so we’re giving people in Glasgow a chance to vent their frustrations and support our campaign.

“The Government knows what’s required to tackle nuisance calls so we need to see more sustained action, with senior executives held to account, to help put an end to this everyday menace.”

Anne McTaggart MSP is asking people affected by nuisance calls or texts to pledge their support for the Which? Calling Time on Nuisance Calls and Texts campaign at


  • Which?’s Calling Time campaign is lobbying for:

– the Government to make directors accountable for their company’s nuisance calls;

– businesses to show their number when they call;

– regulators to give people more power by putting them in control of how their personal data is used.

  • The ICO had 61,500 official complaints reported from Dec 2014 to April 2015.









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Anne McTaggart MSP – Rising Rents Must Be Tackled

Scottish Labour MSP Anne McTaggart has called for rising private sector rents to be tackled by new laws.

Information released by letting agents Your Move this week show the average rent in Glasgow and Clyde standing at a new high of £570.

National figures from the research also show a spike in landlord returns, and more tenants struggling to pay their rent on time.

Glasgow MSP backs banning rip off rent rises, and supported Scottish Labour proposals to the Housing (Scotland) Act last year to deliver them, only to see them blocked by the SNP Government.

With over 36,000 renters in Glasgow city Anne McTaggart has said that the SNP Government should admit they got it wrong and revisit Labour’s plans.

Scottish Labour MSP for Glasgow Anne McTaggart said:

“These new figures show Landlords making more whilst more tenants struggle, the SNP Government in Edinburgh cannot continue to turn a blind eye to rent reform. The 36,000 private renters in Glasgow deserve better than that.

“We need to reform the private rental sector to make it work for everyone, rather than simply act as a cash cow for landlords it needs to serve families unable to get a foot on the property ladder or access to social housing.

“I back Scottish Labour plans to ban rip off rent rises. This is about making the system fit for purpose. When the SNP opposed our plans last year they sided with Tories and bad landlords, rather than with tenants in Glasgow and across Scotland.”

Information from Your Move:

Rents June 1 month change Annual Change Yields  June 2015 Yields June 2014
East £531 0.2% 4.0% 3.3% 3.6%
Edinburgh & Lothians £604 1.7% 0.8% 3.0% 3.4%
Glasgow & Clyde £570 0.6% 4.6% 4.7% 4.9%
Highlands & Islands £563 2.4% 4.3% 4.0% 4.2%
South £512 0.5% 2.1% 4.1% 4.4%
Scotland £549 0.8% 3.1% 3.8% 4.0%

The Scottish Government’s own Expert Working Group on Welfare recommended rent caps

“We believe it is important to strike the right balance between supporting a well-functioning private rental market and preventing excessive rents that can arise through pressures in the private rental sector in areas of high demand and low supply. This means looking at the nature of tenancies, for example, giving tenants in the private sector longer-term tenancies than generally exist at present, as well as building into tenancy agreements that rents should increase in line with inflation but not above it, at least for the duration of a tenancy.”

Source here


Joseph Rowntree Foundation Report on Housing:

“The number of households in poverty in the PRS has doubled in the last decade to 120,000, while the number in social housing has almost halved to 190,000.”

“At the start of the 2000s, poverty in Scotland was predominantly in the social rented sector but this is no longer the case. Two fifths of households in poverty live in social housing, compared to three fifths a decade ago. Meanwhile a quarter live in the PRS, up from 1 in 10.”

Source here

Nearly half of the private rented sectors in Scotland are families

Source here


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My Interview with the Scottish Churches Parliamentary Office

I was delighted to be interviewed by the Scottish Churches Parliamentary Office recently.

The interview, which mainly covers the Organ Donation Bill but also looks at issues such as women’s role in politics, can be read here.

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Questioning the The Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning


  • 13. Anne McTaggart (Glasgow) (Lab):

    To ask the Scottish Government when it last met the management of Glasgow Clyde College and what was discussed. (S4O-04500)

  • The Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning (Angela Constance):

    There have been no recent meetings with the management of Glasgow Clyde College. One of my officials attended a meeting of the college’s board on 19 May 2015, at the invitation of the board’s chair, to outline the expectations of the Scottish ministers in relation to compliance with the “Code of Good Governance for Scotland’s Colleges”.

  • Anne McTaggart:

    Although the cabinet secretary has not met the management of Glasgow Clyde College recently, although one of her officers has, has the Government had a discussion with the college’s management in order to reassure students and to secure nominations for executive positions? What implications are there for the funding of the college if it does not have a students association?

  • Angela Constance:

    Ms McTaggart has raised a very important issue about student representation. A few weeks ago I, with the sector, launched guidance and a body of work about how the sector should pull together to support the sustainability of student associations. I am disappointed to hear that, for a variety of reasons, no students have put themselves forward at Glasgow Clyde College. That concerns me greatly. I am paying close attention to a number of issues around that matter. I am in regular contact with my officials and with the Scottish Further and Higher Education Funding Council. Having students involved and on board is not an optional extra: it is part and parcel of what we do.

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Glasgow MSP Brings Holyrood Rocks to Parliament


Anne McTaggart MSP was delighted to welcome Holyrood Rocks, a cross party, Scotland-wide music initiative by the Scottish Political and Cultural Partnership (SPCP) to the Scottish Parliament for its launch on 27th May.

The event featured performances by Rock the House Scotland 2015 winner, Euan Ryan, known as Yew and Musichoir, a modern music choir which fuses Pop, Rock, Funk, Gospel, Soul, Jazz, RnB and Musical Theatre.

There will be 8 regional events across Scotland, open to musicians and acts of any kind, taking place as part of the Rocktober Festival in October this year. One winner from each regional heat will then play at the Holyrood Rocks final at the Scottish Parliament on Saturday 31st October at the Scottish Parliament.

Anne McTaggart MSP said “I’m delighted to have brought this event to the attention of the Scottish Parliament and to support the aims of the SPCP.

“Our young people are hugely enthused in politics after the independence referendum and it is vital that all parties do what they can to sustain and improve on the progress made so far.

“I’m particularly pleased that this project is cross-party, as I firmly believe that by working together as a Parliament, we can achieve great things.

“Given that Glasgow is a UNESCO City of Music and is home to perhaps the most vibrant music scene in the world, I’m delighted that Holyrood Rocks will have a Glasgow heat and encourage Glaswegian acts of all kinds to apply and become involved in this fantastic project.”

More information, including how to apply, can be found or at

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