21 February 2017
The Child Poverty (Scotland) Bill is a Scottish Government Bill introduced in the Scottish Parliament on 9 February 2017. This briefing discusses the main provisions in the Bill.
04 November 2016
Recent legislation has made adjustments to the legal framework for kinship care, and new regulations set out new forms of assistance and allowances.
03 November 2016
This briefing analyses the characteristics of EU nationals living in Scotland, based on the 2015 Annual Population Survey. The briefing also reviews evidence relating to the economic contribution of migrants.
3 June 2016
This is part of a series of SPICe briefings on the social security powers that will be devolved by the Scotland Act 2016.
18 March 2016
This briefing provides a summary of the parliamentary scrutiny of the Burial and Cremation (Scotland) Bill prior to the Stage 3 proceedings which are scheduled to take place on Tuesday 22 March 2016.
29 October 2015
The Burial and Cremation (Scotland) Bill was introduced in the Parliament on 8 October 2015. This briefing examines the Bill’s proposals, policy objectives and looks at the financial implications.
07 September 2015
The Smith Commission proposed further devolution of employment programmes. The Scotland Bill, as introduced, would in effect, devolve the Work Programme. This briefing sets out the current provision for employment
31 August 2015
This briefing summarises the main issues raised during the Education and Culture Committee’s deliberations at Stage 1 and the amendments put forward at Stage 2.
03 June 2015
This SPICe Briefing provides an introduction to the broad subject of land reform in Scotland, covering a range of topics, devolved and reserved, urban and rural.
1 April 2015
The Community Empowerment (Scotland) Bill was introduced in the Parliament on 11 June 2014. This briefing summarises the main changes made to the Bill during Stage 2 consideration.
15 January 2015
The British Sign Language (Scotland) Bill was introduced in the Scottish Parliament on 29 October 2014.
22 September 2014
This Briefing summarises and analyses the key provisions in the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Bill, introduced in the Parliament on 11 June 2014.
18 June 2014
This paper provides background information on the increasing demand for food banks across the UK. It considers factors driving the increase, the position and actions taken by the Scottish and the UK Governments.
28 August 2012
This briefing outlines the principles which govern the care and protection of children by public authorities, the legislation and guidance in the area and local authority child protection systems with some key stats.
25 January 2012
This briefing gives an introduction to kinship care policy in Scotland, regulations for assessment and the provision of allowances. It updates SPICe briefing SB 08/03
29 November 2011
This briefing outlines the current legislative framework in relation to fireworks.
9 September 2011
This briefing analyses the impact of the Scottish Government pay freeze on different groups within the public sector workforce.
29 June 2011
This subject profile provides an introduction to services for pre-school children. It updates and expands SB 06/83 published in October 2006.
This briefing summarises the parliamentary passage of the Children's Hearings (Scotland) Bill at stages 1 and 2.
This briefing summarises the main Stage 1 recommendations of the Local Government and Communities Committee and the response of the member in charge of the Bill, Christine Grahame MSP, in response to these recommendations.
This briefing provides an overview of the Bill's provisions, policy development since 2004 and key themes in submissions to the Education, Lifelong Learning and Culture Committee.
The Control of Dogs (Scotland) Bill was introduced on 22 June 2009 by Christine Grahame MSP. The Bill seeks to modernise the law on control of dogs. This briefing considers the provisions of the Bill in the context of the consultation.
The Scottish Government published the Draft Budget for 2010-11(Scottish Government 2009a) on Thursday 17 September. This paper provides an overview of the local government, housing and regeneration budgets proposed for 2010-11.
The Public Services Reform (Scotland) Bill was introduced in the Parliament on 28 May 2009 by John Swinney.It seeks to simplify the procedures for altering certain public bodies, creates some new ones and dissolves others.
This briefing is intended to assist MSPs and their staff in dealing with issues around care for older people that frequently arise in the context of their constituency caseload.
6 February 2009
This paper provides information on unpaid carers in Scotland, including statistics, legislation, policy, and financial support in both Scotland and the UK as a whole.
This briefing provides an overview of social work services in Scotland. It provides background information on the legislative framework underpinning social work services, the key policy themes and the organisation and funding of social work services.
This briefing provides an overview of child poverty in Scotland. The causes and effects of child poverty, and the policy responses from the Scottish and UK governments, are discussed.
This briefing sets out what is meant by kinship care, the relevant legal framework and policies intended to support kinship carers.
This briefing provides an overview of children's services looking at some key statistics, the legislative framework, main types of services provided and structures for integrated working.
This briefing provides background information on the statutory framework underpinning community care, general community care policy developments, specific policy developments for particular client groups and the organisation and funding of community care.
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