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Summary

  1. The Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee takes evidence on the replacement Forth Crossing from Economy Secretary Keith Brown
  2. Rural Economy Secretary Fergus Ewing gives evidence, after the government again asked for an extension to the deadline for making EU farming payments.
  3. Communities, social security and equalities ministers are in the hot seats during portfolio questions
  4. The Scottish government leads a debate on the next steps for education governance
  5. Labour MSP James Kelly leads a debate entitled 'Charter of Rights for People with Dementia and Carers'

Live Reporting

By Colin Bell and Craig Hutchison

All times stated are UK

Goodnight from Holyrood Live

Holyrood
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That brings our coverage of the Scottish Parliament on 28 June 2017 to an end.

We'll be back tomorrow morning at 9am as The Culture, Tourism, Europe and External Relations Committee takes evidence on the Presidency of the Council of the European Union.

We'll see you then. Have a good night.

Carers will have a right to a carer's support plan to identify their needs

Maureen Watt
BBC

Ms Watt says she is grateful to all who have contributed to the Scottish government's third dementia strategy which aims to put the person suffering with dementia at the centre of decisions about their ongoing care.

The mental health minister says it is not just about this strategy in isolation and improving the care of dementia sufferers is everyone's business.

She says carers will have a right to a carer's support plan to identify their needs.

Ms Watt says carers will be involved in dementia sufferers discharge plans and Carer's Allowance will be increased to the same level as Jobseeker's Allowance.

Background: Family of Billy McNeill confirm he has dementia

Billy McNeill was diagnosed with dementia seven years ago, his family said
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Billy McNeill was diagnosed with dementia seven years ago, his family said

In February we reported the family of former Celtic manager and player Billy McNeill confirmed he had dementia.

Mr McNeill, who has been described as the club's "greatest ever captain", led the team which won the European Cup in 1967.

His family told a Sunday newspaper he was diagnosed with the illness seven years ago and is now unable to speak.

Celtic chief executive Peter Lawwell said Mr McNeill was facing his situation with "true bravery".

Rights based approach can make a fundamental difference to dementia sufferers - minister

Mental Health Minister Maureen Watt
BBC

Mental Health Minister Maureen Watt says she and Irene Oldfather previously shared stories on how their mother's dementia was progressing.

Ms Watt says it is clear that a rights based approach can make a fundamental difference to dementia sufferers and their carers.

The mental health minister says we have come a long way since 2009 including embracing the principle of personalised dementia care.

She says that work has been informed from listening to people with dementia, their families and staff.

Background: New kit allows 'dementia experience' in Aberdeen

New kit allows 'dementia experience' in Aberdeen

A kit which allows people to experience what it is like to have dementia and other conditions has been introduced in Aberdeen.

Workshops are being held at the the city's Royal Cornhill Hospital using specially modified goggles, gloves and other equipment to simulate symptoms.

It is aimed at carers and those who have friends or relatives affected by such conditions.

BBC Scotland's Fiona Stalker tried out the equipment.

Tory MSP questions why post-diagnostic waiting lists are so long

Tory MSP Peter Chapman
BBC

Tory MSP Peter Chapman says there are an estimated 90,000 people suffering from dementia in Scotland.

Mr Chapman questions why post-diagnostic waiting lists are so long.

He says there are no plans coming forward to improve these waiting times.

The Tory MSP says dementia does not discriminate and can strike at any age.

Background: Virtual reality used to help design buildings for people with dementia

Virtual reality used to help design buildings for people with dementia

A Scottish architect has helped pioneer a virtual reality guide to designing buildings for people living with dementia.

Charities say more than 90,000 people in Scotland currently have dementia.

It's hoped that allowing architects to "virtually" attain a dementia patient's point of view will mean more sympathetic designs. Aileen Clarke reports.

Glasgow aims to become a dementia friendly city

SNP MSP Sandra White
BBC

SNP MSP Sandra White says she knows from working with Irene Oldfather and Tommy Whitelaw that a lot of the campaigning comes from personal experience which says a lot of their integrity.

Ms White says her own mother had dementia and it is difficult for families to know what is going on and there must be more support in this.

The SNP MSP says she is proud of her own city, Glasgow, which aims to become a dementia friendly city.

Background: Experts excited by brain 'wonder-drug'

In April the BBC reported that scientists hoped they had found a drug to stop all neurodegenerative brain diseases, including dementia.

In 2013, a UK Medical Research Council team stopped brain cells dying in an animal for the first time, creating headline news around the world.

But the compound used was unsuitable for people, as it caused organ damage.

There is no drug that slows the pace of dementia
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There is no drug that slows the pace of dementia

Now two drugs have been found that should have the same protective effect on the brain and are already safely used in people.

"It's really exciting," said Prof Giovanna Mallucci, from the MRC Toxicology Unit in Leicester.

She wants to start human clinical trials on dementia patients soon and expects to know whether the drugs work within two to three years.

Read more here.

Cuts to local authorities seriously impact dementia care

Labour MSP Colin Smyth
BBC

Labour MSP Colin Smyth says people with dementia simply don't have the time to wait for future policies.

Mr Smyth says the cuts to local authorities seriously impact dementia care.

He calls on the minister to regularly report back to parliament on the new strategy.

Dementia in football: Frank Kopel's wife calls for introduction of 'Frank's Law'

BBC Sport Scotland

Frank Kopel and his wife Amanda during a visit to Tannadice in 2014
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Frank Kopel and his wife Amanda during a visit to Tannadice in 2014

Triumph and tragedy are the extremes of professional sport.

Frank Kopel, the former Dundee United and Manchester United defender, experienced both.

Jim McLean's first signing at Tannadice, he won two League Cups having previously been at Manchester United under Sir Matt Busby.

His wonder strike against Anderlecht is widely regarded as one of Dundee United's finest ever goals.

Frank's biggest battle, though, a heart-breaking and tragic one, resulted in his passing in 2014 after a fight against debilitating dementia.

His family still strive to ensure their struggle was not in vain.

Read more here.

Tory MSP to ledge motion on Frank's Law

Tory MSP Miles Briggs
BBC

Tory MSP Miles Briggs says the increase of those being diagnosed with dementia is a real concern and this has increased by a third in the past six years.

Mr Briggs announces that he will be lodging a motion on Frank's Law next week.

He says the figure of those being diagnosed with dementia is expected to continue to rise which will be a challenge for the NHS.

Background: Neurodegeneration

Neurodegeneration

  • A neurodegenerative disease is one in which the cells of the brain and spinal cord are lost
  • The functions of these cells include decision making and control of movements
  • These cells are not easily regenerated, so the effects of diseases can be devastating
  • Neurodegenerative diseases include Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, multiple sclerosis and Huntington's

Source: London Brain Centre

Labour MSP pays tribute to Tommy Whitelaw

Labour MSP Jackie Baillie
BBC

Labour MSP Jackie Baillie says that Tommy Whitelaw gave up his job touring with world-famous musicians to care for his mother who passed away in 2012.

Ms Baillie says what Mr Whitelaw did next was inspiring because he used his expertise and experience to raise awareness with his tommyontour blog.

The Labour MSP says former MSP Mary Scanlon, who was awarded a CBE by the Queen, and Richard Baker are also in the gallery and helped set up the cross-party group with Irene Oldfather on dementia.

Former MSPs in the gallery
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Former MSPs in the gallery

Background: Alzheimer's Scotland

Alzheimer's Scotland
Alzheimer's Scotland
Alzheimer's Scotland

From the Alzheimer's Scotland website:

"Alzheimer Scotland provides a wide range of specialist services for people with dementia and their carers.

"We offer personalised support services, community activities, information and advice, at every stage of the dementia journey."

Dementia can affect people in their 60s, 50s and even 40s

SNP MSP Clare Haughey
BBC

SNP MSP Clare Haughey says she doubts that there are many people in Scotland who have not lost someone to dementia and she means lost in every sense.

Ms Haughey says the care of someone with dementia should take into account the person's own personal circumstance.

The SNP MSP says dementia can affect people in their 60s, 50s and even 40s, therefore more people are being seen trying to juggle work with a dementia diagnosis.

She says employers are legally obliged to support people with dementia and the awareness should be raised amongst employers

Background: Alliance's Dementia Carer Voices project

Alliance's Dementia Carer Voices
Alliance's Dementia Carer Voices
Alliance's Dementia Carer Voices

From the Alliance's Dementia Carer Voices project

"Dementia Carer Voices is a Scottish government funded project to 2016 to engage with Health and Social Care professionals and students to promote a fuller understanding of the carer journey, provide a platform where carers can express their views and experiences of caring for a loved one with dementia and to harness the awareness raising activity undertaken by Tommy Whitelaw."

Rights based approach is 'absolutely crucial'

James Kelly
BBC

Mr Kelly pays tribute to Tommy Whitelaw who was his late mother's carer and continues to campaign on dementia.

The Labour MSP says a rights based approach is "absolutely crucial" because it gives those who are suffering from dementia a voice.

He says a lot of progress has been made since the original motion in 2009 but there is still progress to be made.

Background: Tommy and Joan Whitelaw

Tommy Whitelaw calls for more support and respect for people living with dementia.

Tommy Whitelaw, who was his late mother's carer, calls for more support and respect for people living with dementia.

Mr Whitelaw says: "If we really are going to make a difference to each other we have to change the conversation from 'what's the matter with you' to 'what matters to you'".

There is a growing number of people suffering from dementia in Scotland

Labour MSP James Kelly
BBC

Labour MSP James Kelly says there is a growing elderly population in Scotland and there is a growing number of people suffering from dementia.

Mr Kelly says these people suddenly enter a vulnerable position in the later part of their lives.

The Labour MSP pays tribute to former MSP Irene Oldfather for her work in the 2009 motion and says Ms Oldfather is in the gallery today.

Mr Kelly says it is frustrating enough having an illness but particularly with dementia.

Labour MSP calls for more to be done on rights issues relating to dementia

Mr Kelly uses his motion to say while progress in rights-based approaches has been made, more can be done to increase visibility and access to rights.

The Labour MSP says there are 8,116 people and he cites the feelings of loneliness and isolation that are central to the caring process

He praises the work of the Alliance's Dementia Carer Voices project in reaching out to 80,000 people, resulting in 14,000 pledges across the UK to make a difference to the lives of people with dementia and their carers

Dementia brain
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This was based on the life experience of Tommy and Joan Whitelaw.

Mr Kelly says the analysis of 6,000 pledges in Scotland describes the views of frontline staff regarding the importance of time for compassionate caring/

He says experience and stories of over 90,000 people with dementia and their families are key to driving forward improvement.

Here is the motion to the debate

Debate motion
Scottish Parliament

'Charter of Rights for People with Dementia and Carers' debate

Dementia
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Labour MSP James Kelly will now lead a member's debate entitled 'Charter of Rights for People with Dementia and Carers '.

The vote on the government motion, as amended, is rerun and is agreed to

The government motion as amended by the Lib Dems is agreed to with 96 MSPs agreeing to it and with 27 against.

Point of order: Not a unanimous vote!!

Green MSP Ross Greer raises a point of order saying his party did not vote for the amended motion.

The government motion as amended is unanimously agreed to

The government motion as amended by the Lib Dems is unanimously agreed to.

Motion
Scottish Parliament
Lib Dem amendment
Scottish Parliament

The Lib Dem amendment is unanimously agreed to

The Lib Dem amendment is is unanimously agreed to to some laughter.

Lib Dem amendment
Scottish Parliament
Tavish Scott
BBC

The Green amendment is rejected

The Green amendment is rejected with 30 MSPs voting for it and with 92 against.

Green amendment
Scottish Parliament

The Labour amendment is rejected

The Labour amendment is rejected with 30 MSPs backing it and with 93 against.

Labour amendment
Scottish Parliament

The Tory amendment is rejected

The Tory amendment is rejected with 31 MSPs backing it and with 92 against.

Tory amendment
Scottish Parliament

Decision time

We now move to decision time.

Ministers insists there will not be top down regional collaboration overseen by ministers

Pupils
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Mr Swinney says there are issues to be addressed about the regional collaboratives.

He insists there will not be top down regional collaboration overseen by ministers.

The education secretary says education policy will be the responsibility of the Scottish government not Education Scotland.

Regional collaboratives an attempt to improve sharing of best practice

John Swinney
BBC

Mr Swinney says local authorities have not been good at sharing best practice and regional collaboratives are an attempt to address this.

Labour MSP Johann Lamont intervenes to say Mr Swinney's model "hurts your brain even to read" and is highly bureaucratic.

Education secretary insists he listens to teachers

Tory MSP Graham Simpson says the new regional bodies amount to more centralisation not autonomy.

Education Secretary John Swinney says he will go onto the regional collaboratives in a moment.

Mr Swinney insists he listens to teachers and they have informed his proposals.

pupils
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The education secretary says the commitment to empower headteachers comes from sentiments from teachers expressed to him.

Labour MSP Iain Gray says the government's own formal consultation process disagrees with him.

Mr Swinney says he can't be accused of not listening to teachers and listening to teachers at the same time.

'There is not a true holy grail about what is the right thing to do'

Education Secretary John Swinney
BBC

Education Secretary John Swinney welcomes Tory MSP Tom Mason and associates himself with the tribute to the late Alex Johnstone saying that he is missed.

Mr Swinney says "there is not a true holy grail about what is the right thing to do" in education governance.

The education secretary says there is a natural contradiction in the Scottish Conservative argument about the balance of power between headteachers and local authorities.

Tory MSP wonders if John Swinney understands what autonomy means

Pupils
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Tory MSP Graham Simpson says the autonomy of schools should be increased.

Mr Simpson says Mr Swinney uses the word but he wonders is he understands it.

He says the education secretary should not be setting up a an extra layer of governance accountable to him.

The Tory MSP local government has been stripped of powers and he ask what the point of education committees and directors will be now.

'Educational performance is in the see me after class category'

Tory MSP Graham Simpson
BBC

Tory MSP Graham Simpson says, back in March 2013, the commission on school reform published research which was a detailed attempt to improve educational performance.

Mr Simpson says nothing has happened since then, "we've got worse".

The Tory MSP says "the education system is Scotland is too uniform" and that is why the Scottish Conservatives have been arguing for proper diversity and the empowerment of headteachers for years.

Mr Graham says it is nice that the Scottish government have finally come to the table.

He says our "educational performance is in the see me after class category".

Labour MSP says there has been falling education budgets and falling attainment

Labour MSP Monica Lennon says this government has had a decade in power and yet there has been falling education budgets and falling attainment.

Ms Lennon asks where are the progressive voices in the SNP.

She says there are 4,000 fewer teachers and 1,000 fewer support staff.

Pupil
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SNP MSP James Dornan asks whose responsibility it is to hire teachers and support staff.

Ms Lennon says Mr Dornan switches between his party hat an Education Committee convener hat very easily.

She says we need more teaching staff.

'Turn your listening ears on'

Labour MSP Monica Lennon
BBC

Labour MSP Monica Lennon says things cannot go on in Scottish education and her party disagrees with Mr Swinney's diagnosis and prescription.

Ms Lennon says Labour will not support the government motion or the Tory amendment.

The Labour MSP says her teachers used to encourage her to "turn your listening ears on" and this is something that the Scottish government could try.

She says the government plans will only increase bureaucracy and take away local power which is why Mr Swinney should "stop, listen and reset".

Green MSP says budget cuts and workload are the most pressing issues in education

Green MSP Ross Greer
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Green MSP Ross Greer

Green MSP Ross Greer says he wants pupils with additional support needs to have that support significantly approved.

Mr Greer says there must be enhanced quality assurances procedures to address this and to help avoid a post-code lottery.

He says budget cuts and workload are the most pressing issues in education.

The Green MSP says Holyrood has the powers to raise taxes for education and it is a political choice if they are used.

He says there is no evidence for the wholescale structural reforms.