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Local Government, Housing and Planning Committee

Work Programme

The Local Government, Housing and Planning Committee is still working up its programme for the rest of 2021 and into 2022.

At its meeting on 31 August, the Committee agreed how it was going look at some more immediate issues. On this page you can see what those immediate issues are and what the Committee is planning to do in looking at them. This page will be updated to include more long-term plans once the Committee has agreed them.

Changes to electoral arrangements

The Committee will consider draft laws on changes to electoral arrangements in six council areas.

These changes relate to:

  • Highland Council
  • Argyll and Bute Council
  • North Ayrshire Council
  • Shetland Islands Council
  • Orkney Islands Council
  • Comhairle nan Eilean Siar (Western Isles Council)

The Committee will be hearing during September from those councils, Boundaries Scotland, who have proposed the changes, and the Deputy First Minister to help the Committee decide whether to recommend to the Parliament that it should approve these draft laws.

Key Priorities

In September the Committee will be taking evidence from the Cabinet Secretaries who are held responsible by the Committee. The Committee will also have roundtables with key organisations to help the Committee decide what its priorities should be.


Budget 2022-23

The Committee is responsible for looking at how the Scottish Government spends its money in the subject areas it focuses on.

The Committee will be writing to the Cabinet Secretaries who are held responsible by the Committee in early autumn before the Scottish Government published its draft budget. These letters will give the Committee’s view on where the Scottish Government should be spending its money.

The Committee will be using the evidence sessions it’s having in September on key priorities to ask witnesses where they think spending should be focussed.

Short Term Lets

The Committee will be considering draft laws on the licensing of short term lets in November.

A short term let is when residential accommodation is provided by a host, for a fee, for a short period of time.

To prepare for that the Committee will be asking for views on the suggested licensing scheme later in September.

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