Approach to work this session:
In considering its future work programme the Committee agreed that the following three strategic priorities will guide its future inquiry work over this session. These priorities will be reviewed periodically to ensure they remain relevant and appropriate:
PRIORITY 1: Local Government, the future of local democracy, local services and the financing and fiscal affairs of local government.
PRIORITY 2: The planning system and meeting the needs of communities for housing, place making and other developments.
PRIORITY 3: Power to the people (empowering local communities).
Please note that any dates provided below are a guide and are therefore subject to change.
Planning (Scotland) Bill
The Committee was designated as lead Committee for this Bill which was introduced into Parliament on 4 December 2017. On 17 May 2018 the Committee published its Stage 1 Report. The Committee completed its Stage 2 consideration on 14 November 2018. Information on the Committee's consideration as a whole to date can be found here.
Fuel Poverty (Target, Definition and Strategy) (Scotland) Bill
The Committee was desigated as lead Committee for this Bill which was introduced into the Parliament on 26 June 2018. The Committee launched a call for views on the Bill on 17 September 2018 which closes on 9 November 2018. Following the closure of the call for views, the Committee will hold evidence sessions with stakeholders and the Scottish Government on the following dates:
- 21 November 2018: Panel 1
- 28 November 2018: Panels 2 and 3
- 5 December 2018: Panel 4
The Committee will also undertake a series of engagement events and fact-finding visits during November and December 2018.
2019-20 Scottish Budget
The Committee agreed its approach to its scrutiny of the Scottish Government's 2019-20 Budget at its meeting on 2 May 2018. As part of this scrutiny, the Committee took evidence on workforce planning on 20 June 2018 and on housing adaptations on 3 October 2018. The Committee will take evidence on the Budget from the Accounts Commission, COSLA and the Scottish Government in late December 2018 / early January 2019.
Scrutiny of public bodies
The Committee will undertake annual scrutiny of the Commissioner for Ethical Standards in Public Life in Scotland, the Scottish Public Services Ombudsman and the Scottish Housing Regulator.
The Committee will also take evidence bi-annually from the Accounts Commission on their financial overview and overview of local government in Scotland.
The Committee expects to return to the following topics, subject to availability in its work programme, in the medium to long term:
The Committee will also review its work programme periodically.