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Chamber and committees

Question ref. S5W-36041
Asked by: Clare Adamson, Motherwell and Wishaw, Scottish National Party
Date lodged: 11 March 2021


To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on the promise since the publication of the outcome of the independent care review in February 2020.

Current status: Answered by Maree Todd on 23 March 2021


The Scottish Government remains fully committed to turning the vision of the Independent Care Review into reality. During this past year the Scottish Government has worked to ensure that the principles of the Promise have been and continue to be reflected in our response to the pandemic.

The independent Oversight Board, chaired by Fiona Duncan, and with half of its members being people with care experience, have now met twice. We welcome the independent scrutiny that they bring in holding Scotland to account to #keepthepromise.

We all knew that keeping The Promise would require doing things differently. I am therefore delighted to announce that ‘The Promise Scotland’ will later today be established as a non-statutory company with Fiona Duncan as ex-officio Chair. The Promise Scotland, independent from Scottish Government, will help drive forward the change needed for Scotland to keep “The Promise”. Following engagement with over 100 organisations, including The Scottish Government, they will soon publish a plan for the next three years. We recognise the pivotal role that the Scottish Government will play in responding to this. I can confirm that the Scottish Government will underpin the work that needs to be done to make the real transformation to developing policy and focus on what matters, the people, the children and families most in need of support.