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Chamber and committees


Meeting Minutes

2nd Meeting, 2021

Date: Tuesday, August 31, 2021
Session: 6
Location: T4.60-CR6 The Livingstone Room
Meeting opened at: 10:01 am
Meeting closed at: 12:56 pm

Committee Members Attendees

Ariane Burgess
Meghan Gallacher
Elena Whitham
Miles Briggs
Willie Coffey
Mark Griffin
Paul McLennan


1 Decision on taking business in private:

The Committee agreed to take item 4 in private.

2 Decision on taking business in private:

The Committee agreed to consider its work programme in private at agenda item 5 and at future meetings.


3 Local Government, Housing and Planning:

The Committee took evidence from—

Kate Forbes, Cabinet Secretary for Finance and the Economy, Bill Stitt, Team Leader, Revenue and Capital, Local Government Finance and Andy Kinnaird, Strategic Engagement and Planning Reform Coordinator, Planning and Architecture Division, Scottish Government ;

and then from—

Elma Murray, Interim chair Accounts Commission,  Anthony Clark, Interim Controller of Audit, Brian Howarth, Audit Director, Carol Calder, Interim Audit Director and Blyth Deans, Audit Manager , Accounts Commission.

Meghan Gallacher declared an interest as a councillor in North Lanarkshire Council.

Paul McLennan declared an interest as a councillor in East Lothian Council.

Elena Whitham declared an interest as a councillor in East Ayrshire Council.


4 Local Government, Housing and Planning (in private):


5 Work programme (in private):

The Committee considered its work programme. It agreed its approach to—

  •  hearing from stakeholders on Local Government, Housing and Planning priorities
  •  consideration of forthcoming regulations on electoral arrangements in island areas
  • consideration of short term lets regulations
  • hearing from public bodies working within areas covered by the Committee’s remit

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