New approach called for to tackle health inequalities in Scotland


Despite significant investment in tackling health inequalities in Scotland since devolution, the gap between rich and poor remains persistently wide, according to an inquiry by the Health and Sport Committee.

Video gaming comes to Holyrood


Over the festive season, children and adults alike will be entertained by some of the leading edge technology created by the video games industry.

Impact Of Welfare Reforms On Households To Be Examined


New research on the impact of welfare reform on Scottish households has been commissioned by a Scottish Parliament committee for 2015.

The Scottish Parliament 2014: a year in numbers


As a momentous year for Scotland draws to a close, the Scottish Parliament marks its fifteenth year with a round-up of the numbers at Holyrood in 2014.

Scotland’s international engagement to be explored at Holyrood


Scotland’s connections to the wider world will be examined in 2015 when the European and External Relations Committee begins an inquiry into how Scotland can engage most effectively in a globalising world.

Holyrood prepares to debate welfare as UK Minister agrees to meet MSPs


Scotland Office Minister, David Mundell MP, has agreed to meet with members of the Welfare Reform Committee in the New Year, it was announced today as MSPs prepared to debate welfare reform.

Achievability of A and E waiting time standard questioned


The achievability of the waiting time standard of seeing patients in less than 4 hours in 98 percent of all visits to A and E has been questioned by the Scottish Parliament’s Public Audit Committee.

Members’ expenses information published


Latest details of all MSPs parliamentary expenses are published on the web today.

Views sought on Poll Tax Debts Bill


Views are being sought on the Community Charge Debt (Scotland) Bill, it was announced today.

Committee calls for improved wildlife crime detection and prosecution


Rates of wildlife crime detection and prosecution must be improved, following an inquiry by the Scottish Parliament’s Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment Committee (RACCE).

Economic impact of Scotland’s creative industries to be examined


How to successfully grow Scotland’s creative industries will be the focus of a new inquiry announced today by the Scottish Parliament’s Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee.

Scottish Welfare Fund Supported


Plans to create a duty to provide crisis grants for people on low incomes and to support independent living have been welcomed by the Scottish Parliament’s Welfare Reform Committee.

Promotion of BSL – the Scottish Parliament wants your views


Promoting the use of British Sign Language (BSL) is the focus of a new bill being considered by the Scottish Parliament’s Education and Culture Committee.

Living Wage to be paid to all Parliamentary workers


All contractor staff working at the Scottish Parliament will be guaranteed a Living Wage, Presiding Officer Tricia Marwick announced today.

Holyrood plays host to budding debaters


The eighth annual St Andrew’s Day Debate will take place in the Scottish Parliament on Monday 1 December.

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