January

“Abolish the ‘bedroom tax’ or give the Scottish Parliament the powers to do so” plea from the Welfare Reform Committee

31.01.2014

The UK Government should abolish the ‘bedroom tax’ or give the Scottish Parliament the powers to do so according to the Scottish Parliament’s Welfare Reform Committee.

Committee welcomes improved access to medicines

31.01.2014

Changes to the way new medicines are accessed and approved in Scotland have today been welcomed by the Scottish Parliament’s Health and Sport Committee.

Procurement Reform Bill progresses through Parliament

31.01.2014

The Procurement Reform (Scotland) Bill should continue to progress through the Scottish Parliament, is the conclusion in a report published today by the Infrastructure and Capital Investment Committee.

Has the new single fire service benefited your area?

31.01.2014

It has been almost one year since the Police and Fire Reform (Scotland) Act 2012 merged Scotland’s eight Fire and Rescue Services into one service.

Education and culture in Scotland post referendum to be examined by Scottish Parliament committee

30.01.2014

The shape of education and culture in Scotland following the result of the referendum is to be examined by the Scottish Parliament’s Education and Culture Committee in an inquiry launched today (Thursday 30 January).

Burgh Hall to be home to Scottish Parliament’s meeting on housing

27.01.2014

Burgh Hall will be home to the Scottish Parliament’s Infrastructure and Capital Investment Committee’s meetings on the Housing (Scotland) Bill next month.

Petitions Committee flying high with 1500th petition

27.01.2014

The USA has the bald eagle, New Zealand has the kiwi and now the 1500th petition submitted to the Scottish Parliament is calling for the golden eagle to be declared as the national bird for Scotland.

Rural Affairs Committee visits climate change project

22.01.2014

The Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment Committee today visited the ClimateXChange at the Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation.

Witnesses announced for the Economy Committee’s inquiry into Scotland’s economic future

22.01.2014

Senior figures from the worlds of politics, business and academia will be asked for their view of Scotland’s economic future post 2014 as part of an inquiry by the Scottish Parliament’s Economy Committee.

The impact of health inequalities in the early years to be investigated by the Health Committee

20.01.2014

An inquiry that will investigate the impact of health inequalities in the early years has been launched by the Health and Sport Committee.

Can the Scottish Government bring forward its own legislation on forced marriage asks Justice Committee?

15.01.2014

The Justice Committee is asking the Scottish Government to look again at whether it can introduce its own legislation on forced marriage.

Four Parliamentary Committees to scrutinise national planning framework

14.01.2014

The National Planning Framework, which sets the context for development planning across Scotland, will be scrutinised by four parliamentary committees.

Standards Committee welcomes parliamentary reforms

14.01.2014

A package of reform measures introduced in 2012 by the Scottish Parliament have been welcomed in a parliamentary committee report published today.

National strategy needed to tackle child sexual exploitation

14.01.2014

Scotland lacks a clear strategy to tackle child sexual exploitation. This is just one of the key recommendations from a report issued today (Tuesday) by the Scottish Parliament’s Public Petitions Committee.

New prisoner monitoring model needs tweaking, says Justice Committee

13.01.2014

Proposed changes that would abolish volunteer-led Prison Visiting Committees and replace them with two levels of paid and unpaid monitors, have been questioned by the Justice Committee in a report published today.

Policing Committee embarks on local visits around Scotland

13.01.2014

Members of the Justice Sub-Committee on Policing will embark on a series of fact-finding visits across Scotland beginning today in Dumfries.

Do single dads get a fair deal, asks Equal Opportunities Committee?

11.01.2014

Do single dads get a fair deal? That is the question posed by the Equal Opportunities Committee today with the launch of its inquiry on issues facing single fathers.