June

Committee recommends greater powers for local authorities

27.06.2014

Local authorities should have increased freedoms and powers according to a report issued today by the Scottish Parliament’s Local Government and Regeneration Committee.

Views called for on changes to mental health legislation

27.06.2014

Views on changes to the treatment of those with mental health disorders have today been called for by the Scottish Parliament’s Health and Sport Committee.

Putting the ‘power’ in community empowerment?

26.06.2014

Proposals to give communities across Scotland the right to purchase land will be considered by the Scottish Parliament’s Local Government and Regeneration Committee

Committee seeks views on Welfare Funds (Scotland) Bill

25.06.2014

The Scottish Parliament’s Welfare Reform Committee has asked for views on the Scottish Government’s Welfare Funds (Scotland) Bill.

Committee commissioned research details local impact of welfare reform: Glasgow wards worst hit

23.06.2014

The impact of welfare reform on local electoral wards in Scotland has been revealed today by research commissioned by the Scottish Parliament’s Welfare Reform Committee.

Health Committee to visit projects aimed at reducing health inequalities in the West of Scotland

20.06.2014

Projects that aim to reduce health inequalities in the West of Scotland will be the focus of a visit by the Scottish Parliament’s Health and Sport Committee on Monday (23 June).

Scottish Parliament to welcome honey bees

18.06.2014

The Parliament will today (18 June) become a hive of activity when it welcomes its newest arrivals on site - honey bees.

Increasing demand and budget pressures make progress on care for older people more difficult, says parliamentary committee

17.06.2014

Scotland’s ageing population combined with a decreasing overall annual Scottish Government budget will make progress in shifting care for older people from hospitals to the home more difficult, according to a Holyrood parliamentary report.

Presiding Officer meets with Western Balkans Network

16.06.2014

Supporting democracy and parliamentary scrutiny will be the focus when the Scottish Parliament’s Presiding Officer meets with representatives from eight legislatures in the Western Balkans today (Monday 16 June).

Health Committee to visit Edinburgh early years project

13.06.2014

Projects aimed at improving the lives of children and young families in Edinburgh will be the focus for members of the Scottish Parliament’s Health and Sport Committee

The rebuilding of Glasgow School of Art Mackintosh building to be discussed by Education Committee

13.06.2014

How one of Scotland’s cultural icons is to be rebuilt will be the focus for the Scottish Parliament’s Education and Culture Committee next week (17 June) as it holds a one off evidence session on the Glasgow School of Art.

Releasing the potential of Scotland’s Historic Environment

12.06.2014

Measures aimed at unlocking the potential of Scotland’s historic environment have today been welcomed by the Scottish Parliament’s Education and Culture Committee.

Queen’s Baton Relay to pass through Scottish Parliament

11.06.2014

On Saturday 14 June, the Scottish Parliament’s Presiding Officer the Rt Hon Tricia Marwick MSP will welcome the Queen’s Baton as it arrives in Scotland and passes through Holyrood.

Benefit sanctions lead to spiral of decline and destitution

11.06.2014

Benefit sanctions can lead to a spiral of decline and potentially destitution, often getting in the way of people getting back to work. That is the stark conclusion of the Scottish Parliament’s Welfare Reform Committee in a report published today.

Malawi Visit for Orkney MSP

09.06.2014

As part of the Scottish Parliament’s continuing links with Malawi, Liam McArthur MSP will undertake a four day visit beginning on Tuesday (10 June).

Examination of an independent Scotland’s place in the world continues

05.06.2014

An independent Scotland’s position in the world will continue to be examined by the European and External Relations Committee next week (Thursday 12 June).

Public Audit Committee expresses concern over NHS waiting list times

03.06.2014

Holyrood’s Public Audit Committee has expressed concern that some eligible patients in Scotland are not being treated in accordance with the NHS’s Treatment Time Guarantee (TTG), according to a parliamentary report published today.

Department of Work and Pensions in denial on food banks

02.06.2014

The Department of Work and Pensions within the UK Government is in denial about the cause of the increase in food bank use. This is the conclusion of the Scottish Parliament’s Welfare Reform Committee in a report published today.

Scotland’s finest young debating talent on show at Holyrood

02.06.2014

On Thursday Scotland’s finest young debaters gather for the final of the Law Society of Scotland Donald Dewar Memorial Debating Tournament 2014