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  • Alternative pathways into primary care (Survey)

    Experiences of alternative pathways in primary care The Health, Social Care and Sport Committee is undertaking an inquiry about the different ways patients access healthcare services in Scotland. Primary care services provide the first point of contact in the healthcare system,... More
    Opened 21 January 2022
  • Health, Social Care and Sport Committee inquiry into Alternative pathways to healthcare (Written Submissions)

    The Health, Social Care and Sport Committee is undertaking an inquiry into how patients access primary care in Scotland. Primary care services provide the first point of contact in the healthcare system, acting as the ‘front door’ of the NHS . When a person seeks... More
    Opened 20 January 2022
  • The Sea Fish (Prohibition on Fishing) (Firth of Clyde) Order 2022 (SSI 2022/5)

    The Committee wants to hear from you The Rural Affairs, Islands and Natural Environment Committee wants your views on The Sea Fish (Prohibition on Fishing) (Firth of Clyde) Order 2022 (SSI 2022/5). https://www.legislation.gov.uk/ssi/2022/5/made ... More
    Opened 19 January 2022
  • The Scottish Attainment Challenge

    The Scottish Attainment Challenge was launched in 2015 and is funded by a number of programmes including Pupil Equity Funding. A total of £750m has been spent in the five years to 2021. The Scottish Government has said it will continue the fund and increase the amount of funding to £1bn over... More
    Opened 18 January 2022
  • Provisional Common Frameworks on Blood Safety and Quality and on Organs, Tissues and Cells

    The Health, Social Care and Sport Committee would like to invite you to respond to its call for views on the provisional Common Framework on Blood Safety and Quality and the provisional Common Framework on Organs, Tissues and Cells (apart from embryos and gametes).   ... More
    Closed 17 January 2022
  • National Planning Framework (NPF4)

    The Scottish Government has published its fourth National Planning Framework (NPF4).  It sets out how your places and environments will be planned and designed in the years to come. Read the NPF4 Send us your views on the draft NPF4  Committees want to hear your... More
    Closed 17 January 2022
  • Share your views on the Miners' Strike (Pardons) Scotland Bill

    The Scottish Parliament’s Equalities, Human Rights and Civil Justice Committee wants to hear your views to help it consider the Miners’ Strike (Pardons) (Scotland) Bill . Background The miners' strike was a bitterly fought industrial dispute which lasted from 12 March 1984 to 3... More
    Closed 14 January 2022
  • Non-Domestic Rates (Coronavirus) (Scotland) Bill

    The Committee wants to hear your views on the Non-Domestic Rates (Coronavirus) (Scotland) Bill . Non-domestic rates, also known as Business Rates, are a form of property tax for businesses which help pay for local council services. The amount of tax that is paid is based... More
    Opened 12 January 2022
  • Non-Domestic Rates (Coronavirus) (Scotland) Bill: Financial Memorandum

    Non-domestic rates, also known as Business Rates, are a form of property tax which help pay for local council services. The amount of tax paid is based on the ‘rateable value’ of the property. The ‘rateable value’ of a property is based on comparable rental values a few years before the... More
    Opened 7 January 2022
  • Good Food Nation (Scotland) Bill - call for views

    The Rural Affairs, Islands and Natural Environment (RAINE) Committee is scrutinising the Good Food Nation (Scotland) Bill and is seeking your views. What does the Bill aim to do? The Bill requires the Scottish Government and relevant authorities (e.g. health boards and local... More
    Closed 5 January 2022
  • Miners' Strike (Pardons) (Scotland) Bill - financial memorandum

    The Bill provides a pardon for miners who were convicted of certain offences relating to the 1984-1985 miners’ strike where the conditions of the pardon are met. The offences are: breach of the peace breach of bail conditions – Section 3 of the Bail etc. (Scotland) Act 1980... More
    Closed 22 December 2021
  • Inquiry into the use of the made affirmative procedure during the coronavirus pandemic

    The 'made affirmative procedure' is a type of secondary legislation, which was only used a handful of times a year before the Coronavirus pandemic. However, since March 2020, it has been used more than 100 times. The Delegated Powers and Law Reform Committee has recognised the need to use... More
    Closed 20 December 2021
  • Good Food Nation (Scotland) Bill - financial memorandum

    The Bill requires the Scottish Ministers and certain public bodies (referred to in the Bill as ‘relevant authorities’) to create Good Food Nation Plans. The relevant authorities identified in the Bill are health boards and local authorities (or councils). Other public bodies may be... More
    Closed 17 December 2021
  • Framework for the Resource Spending Review

    The Scottish Government has published a ‘ consultative framework document ’ on its forthcoming Scottish Resource Spending Review. Resource Spending is the spending on day-to-day running costs of government programmes and administration. The purpose of a Resource Spending Review is to set... More
    Opened 13 December 2021
  • Coronavirus (Discretionary Compensation for Self-isolation) (Scotland) Bill - call for views

    Before the COVID-19 pandemic, health boards were required to compensate people who they asked to self-isolate due to an infectious disease. This was required by the Public Health etc. (Scotland) Act 2008 . The Coronavirus Act 2020 changed this. The 2020 Act let health boards decide... More
    Closed 10 December 2021
  • Excess deaths in Scotland since the start of the pandemic

    The COVID-19 Recovery Committee is undertaking an inquiry into the cause of excess deaths in Scotland since the start of the pandemic. Figure 1 below highlights the total deaths, excess deaths and average deaths in the previous 5 years in the period April 2020 to October 2021. ... More
    Opened 9 December 2021
  • Coronavirus (Discretionary Compensation for Self-isolation) (Scotland) Bill - financial memorandum

    Before the COVID-19 pandemic, health boards were required to compensate people who they asked to self-isolate due to an infectious disease. This was required by the Public Health etc. (Scotland) Act 2008 . The Coronavirus Act 2020 changed this. The 2020 Act let health boards decide... More
    Closed 8 December 2021
  • Inquiry into the Health And Wellbeing of Children And Young People

    The Health, Social Care and Sport Committee is undertaking an inquiry into the health and wellbeing of children and young people in Scotland. The inquiry aims to address key issues affecting the health and wellbeing of children and young people including: Child poverty (including... More
    Closed 7 December 2021
  • Provisional Common Framework on Public Health Protection and Health Security

    The Health and Sport Committee would like to invite you to respond to its targeted call for written views on the provisional Common Framework on Public Health Protection and Health Security. Following the UK’s exit from the European Union, the explanatory cover note accompanying... More
    Closed 6 December 2021
  • Perinatal Mental Health Inquiry

    Background The Health, Social Care and Sport Committee is undertaking a short inquiry into perinatal mental health in Scotland. Perinatal mental health problems are mental health problems which occur during pregnancy and up to one year after a child’s birth. In most cases, mothers... More
    Closed 24 November 2021
  • The role of local government and its cross-sectoral partners in financing and delivering a net-zero Scotland

    The Net Zero, Energy and Transport Committee are examining progress towards Scotland’s net zero targets with a particular focus on the role of local government and its partners. The Scottish Parliament agreed statutory targets to make Scotland a net zero nation by 2045,... More
    Opened 24 November 2021
  • Continuity Act - Policy Statement and Annual Report

    In December 2020 the Scottish Parliament passed the European Union (Continuity) (Scotland) Act 2021 . This Act provides Ministers with powers to help meet the Scottish Government’s commitment that Scottish laws “keep pace” with future developments in EU law where appropriate. The Scottish... More
    Closed 11 November 2021
  • Scotland’s supply chain

    The Economy and Fair Work Committee are investigating Scotland’s supply chain. The Committee is keen to hear from businesses and industry. They would like to understand what changes could protect Scotland's supply chain. They would also like to hear what opportunities may or may not... More
    Closed 9 November 2021
  • Licensing of short-term lets

    The Scottish Government has told the Local Government, Housing and Planning Committee that it will be laying draft laws before the Scottish Parliament requiring local authorities to introduce a licensing system for short-term let accommodation. More information about what is proposed... More
    Closed 29 October 2021
  • Inquiry into the Scottish Government’s international work

    The Committee is looking at how the Scottish Government engages internationally and what it wants to achieve from this work. This includes both its EU and wider international engagement, its support for international development and how its external affairs policies interact with UK... More
    Closed 29 October 2021
  • The UK Internal Market

    The aim of this inquiry is to consider the implications of the UK internal market for Scotland including how devolution works. Background to the inquiry You may find the following information and links helpful in reading and responding to the Committee’s questions. The UK... More
    Closed 29 October 2021
  • Transvaginal Mesh Removal (Cost Reimbursement) (Scotland) Bill - financial memorandum

    The Bill seeks to refund individuals who paid for private surgery to remove transvaginal mesh from their body. It is to include the costs of removal surgery and reasonable connected expenses. Current status of the Bill  This Bill was introduced in the Scottish Parliament by the... More
    Closed 15 October 2021
  • Transvaginal Mesh Removal (Cost Reimbursement) (Scotland) Bill

    Background Humza Yousaf MSP, the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Social Care introduced the Transvaginal Mesh Removal (Cost Reimbursement) (Scotland) Bill in the Scottish Parliament on the 23 June 2021. The Bill seeks to refund individuals who paid for private... More
    Closed 13 October 2021
  • Criminal Justice Committee Pre-Budget Scrutiny of the 2022/23 Budget

    We want to hear your priorities for next year’s budget for criminal justice. We plan to write to the Scottish Government’s Cabinet Secretary for Justice later this year. We will be setting out our recommendations on how the budget should be spent. ... More
    Closed 8 October 2021
  • Health and Care Bill - Legislative Consent Memorandum

    The Health and Sport Committee would like to invite you to respond to its targeted call for written views on the Legislative Consent Memorandum (LCM) on the Health and Care Bill. The Committee is seeking your views on the LCM and those provisions of the Bill which relate to: The... More
    Closed 28 September 2021
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