More resource needed to ensure 2021 elections can take place


New measures to make sure next year’s Scottish Parliament elections take place have been scrutinised by Holyrood’s Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee.

Recruitment of first-ever Scottish Biometrics Commissioner gets underway


A recruitment competition has begun to appoint the first-ever Scottish Biometrics Commissioner.

Scottish Commission for Human Rights - Recruitment: 2 Part-Time Members


A recruitment competition is underway to appoint two part-time members to the Scottish Human Rights Commission.

Spotlight on obstacles facing BAME women in the workplace


Better support is needed to help BAME women in the transition from school to the workplace, according to a report issued today by a group taking part in a Scottish Parliament project aimed at increasing women’s involvement in politics.

‘Positive view’ needed to tackle Scotland’s challenges of the next decade


Scotland’s Futures Forum, the Scottish Parliament’s in-house think-tank, is today publishing the findings of its 2030 programme...

Holyrood Election Bill – Views Sought on Proposals


Ensuring next year’s Holyrood election can take place is the focus of a new Bill being considered by the Scottish Parliament’s Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee.

MSPs say dealing with financial challenges facing local government will be ‘major task’ of next Parliament


Tackling the huge financial challenges facing local government exacerbated by the Covid-19 pandemic will be a “major task” and addressing them should be an early priority in the next parliamentary session...

MSPs call for action to tackle ‘institutional racism’ in public sector employment


MSPs have called for public bodies to be compelled to publish employee ethnicity pay data to address “institutional racism” and tackle the “unacceptable” levels of unemployment and in-work poverty among minority ethnic communities in Scotland.

Author and activist Elif Shafak joins Festival of Politics line up


The Scottish Parliament’s Festival of Politics will close with an ‘in conversation’ event between award-winning Turkish-British writer and activist Elif Shafak and the Presiding Officer, Rt Hon Ken Macintosh MSP.

Tied Pubs Bill not supported by Committee at Stage One


The aim of the Tied Pubs Bill is to improve the position of tied pub tenants by requiring the establishment of a Scottish Pub Code..

Holyrood’s Culture Committee calls for 6-month Brexit grace period for businesses


The Culture, Tourism, Europe and External Affairs Committee has today written to the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster calling for a 6-month grace period to support businesses after the Brexit transition period ends in January 2021.

Scottish Parliament’s Economy Committee publishes a wide-ranging report on the impact of COVID-19 on Scotland’s economy


The Economy, Energy and Fair Work Committee has today published its interim report on the impact that COVID-19 has had on the economy in Scotland.

More than half of home care recipients say care was reduced or stopped completely as a result of pandemic, survey reveals


The impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on home care has been revealed following an online survey by the Scottish Parliament’s Health and Sport Committee.

Scottish Government must measure impact of cancelling non-urgent care as a result of pandemic, say Parliament Committee


The Scottish Parliament’s Health and Sport Committee has called on the Government to measure the consequences of cancelling all non-urgent care at the height of the pandemic

MSPs seeking views on ‘Emergency Barring Orders’


The Scottish Parliament’s Justice Committee is launching a call for views on proposals from the Scottish Government to introduce Domestic Abuse Protection Orders (DAPOs) and Domestic Abuse Protection Notices (DAPNs) into Scots Law.

A comprehensive route-map on Green Recovery is essential for Scotland, says Holyrood’s Environment Committee.


The creation of a comprehensive route-map to a green recovery from Covid-19, with policy and budgetary coherence at its heart, must be a key priority for the Scottish Government,

Human rights should be central to budget decisions post-Covid, say MSPs


A Holyrood Committee has called on the Scottish Government to set out how it intends to address the disproportionately negative impact of the coronavirus pandemic on protected groups

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