Covid recovery strategy must not exacerbate existing inequalities finds MSPs


Issues faced by protected and disadvantaged groups should be proactively addressed as the country navigates its post-Covid recovery to ensure that nobody is left behind, according to a report from the Equalities and Human Rights Committee.

Scottish Human Rights Commission: new part-time members appointed


Two new part-time members of the Scottish Human Rights Commission (SHRC) are to be appointed following an open recruitment competition, it has been announced.

MSPs say greater supply of affordable housing and better data is needed to tackle housing sector issues, including rising rents


An increased supply of affordable housing and better data are key to tackling the issues facing Scotland’s housing sector, according to a Scottish Parliament Committee.

Scottish Parliament to host an international summit of parliamentarians on climate change


One of the largest gatherings of international parliamentarians to discuss the climate emergency will take place at the Scottish Parliament in November, it has been announced today*.

Scottish Parliament Committee report details serious flaws in the Scottish Government handling of harassment complaints


The Scottish Government’s handling of harassment complaints, and the subsequent judicial review, was ‘seriously flawed’, according to a report issued today by Holyrood’s Committee on the Scottish Government’s Handling of Harassment Complaints.

National Day of Reflection to be marked at the Scottish Parliament


The National Day of Reflection, commemorating a year since the country first went into lockdown, will be marked in the Scottish Parliament today in a series of tributes.

Parliament Committee say pandemic provides once in a lifetime opportunity to implement long overdue reform of the health service


The COVID-19 pandemic offers a once in a lifetime opportunity to bring about long overdue reform and modernisation of the health service, according to a Scottish Parliament Committee.

Independent impact assessment of the Lobbying (Scotland) Act 2016 is needed, says Holyrood’s Public Audit Committee


The Scottish Government must commission a full and independent impact assessment of the Lobbying (Scotland) Act 2016, according to a report published by Holyrood’s Public Audit & Post Legislative Committee.

Funfairs reform desperately needed as showpeople’s way of life under threat, warns Holyrood Committee


MSPs have warned that urgent action is needed to help protect showpeople’s livelihoods, despite proposals for a bespoke licensing system for travelling funfairs failing to gain the support of the Local Government and Communities Committee.

Full impact of Brexit likely to intensify as Scotland emerges from pandemic, says Holyrood Committee


The Scottish Parliament’s Culture, Tourism, Europe and External Affairs Committee has stated that the societal and economic impact of Brexit is likely to intensify as Scotland begins to emerge from the Covid-19 pandemic.

MSPs demand better oversight for police technology


Police use of drones and body worn video must be subject to better scrutiny by the Scottish Police Authority (SPA), and early oversight from the incoming Biometrics Commissioner, according to MSPs...

MSPs call on UK Government to make the £20 Universal Credit uplift permanent to aid recovery from the pandemic


A Scottish Parliament Committee has called on the UK Government to make permanent the temporary £20 Universal Credit (UC) uplift

Audit report accountability must sharpen up, says Holyrood’s Public Audit Committee


A fundamental shift in the way public bodies and the Scottish Government view and respond to audit reports is essential, according to a legacy report published today by Holyrood’s Public Audit & Post Legislative Committee.

Scottish Parliament to agree nomination of new Biometrics Commissioner


The nomination for Scotland’s new Biometrics Commissioner is set to be agreed by the Scottish Parliament on Thursday 11 March.

Urgent action is needed if Scotland’s ambitious climate change targets are to be met


Urgent action across all sectors is essential if Scotland’s ambitious climate and net zero emissions targets are to be met, according to the reports of four Holyrood Committees published today.

International Women’s Day event to celebrate the role of Scottish Women during COVID-19


The frontline role of women across Scotland in dealing with the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic is to be celebrated as part of a virtual event, to be held on International Women’s Day.

Rights of vulnerable must be at centre of recovery from pandemic, says Holyrood Committee


The rights of women, older people, children and black and minority ethnic communities must be at the forefront of policy-makers’ minds as Scotland exits the pandemic

Social care reform needs action not words, say sector representatives


Representatives from the social care sector have told the Health and Sport Committee that proposals to reform the sector should be implemented as soon as possible, and not be another positive set of words with no action.

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