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  • Animals and Wildlife (Scotland) Bill

    At its meeting on 8 October 2019, the Committee agreed its approach to consideration of the Animals and Wildlife (Penalties, Protections and Powers (Scotland) Bill. The Committee agreed to issue a call for evidence and to invite key stakeholders to submit their views. The Bill The Animals and Wildlife (Penalties, Protections and Powers) (Scotland) Bill was introduced in Parliament on 30 September. The aim of the Bill is to provide further protections to... More
    Closed 12 November 2019
  • Initial Teacher Education

    Introduction Thank you for taking the time to complete this survey. It will only take a few minutes. We are seeking views from people who are taking part in, or who have recently completed, Initial Teacher Education in Scotland. Other opportunities are available to say more about your views and experiences - details are at the end of the survey. The results from this survey will be analysed and reported in an anonymised / generalised form. Background ... More
    Closed 27 January 2020
  • The Forensic Medical Services (Victims of Sexual Offences) (Scotland) Bill

    Background The Forensic Medical Services (Victims of Sexual Offences) (Scotland) Bill was introduced in the Scottish Parliament on the 26th November 2019 by the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport, Jeane Freeman, MSP. The Bill places duties on health boards regarding forensic medical services for victims of sexual offences (and harmful sexual behaviour by children under the age of 12). A forensic medical examination enables evidence to be collected for use... More
    Closed 2 February 2020
  • Social Care Inquiry

    Following closures of residential care facilities and general funding issues with independent, voluntary and council run facilities, the Health and Sport Committee has agreed to undertake an inquiry into social care for adults over 18 years. We want to explore the future delivery of social care in Scotland and what is required to meet future needs. What are the key questions in the call for views? Experiences of social care in Scotland We... More
    Closed 20 February 2020
  • COVID-19 Testing

    The Scottish Parliament's Health and Sport Committee is looking into COVID-19 testing. The purpose of the Call for Views is to understand the role testing should play in tackling the pandemic and what is needed to deliver an effective testing regime. The evidence you share will support the Committee to question the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport at a Committee meeting on Tuesday 26th May 2020. What are the key questions? What role... More
    Closed 18 May 2020
  • COVID-19 and care homes

    The Scottish Parliament's Health and Sport Committee is looking into how COVID-19 has impacted on care homes. The purpose of the survey is to understand to what extent care staff, families and residents feel that care homes have contained and prevented cases of COVID-19 and to what extent residents have been protected from infection. The experiences you share will support the Committee to question the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport at a Committee meeting on Tuesday... More
    Closed 20 May 2020
  • COVID-19: Resilience and emergency planning

    Thank you for responding to the invitation to submit evidence. The Scottish Parliament's Health and Sport Committee is looking into resilience and emergency planning and the lessons that can be learned from the COVID-19 pandemic . The purpose of the Call for Views is to understand how to better manage any future outbreaks of COVID-19 or any other pandemic. The evidence you share will support the Committee to question the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport at a... More
    Closed 3 June 2020
  • Race equality, employment and skills inquiry

    What is being done in Scotland to make sure that people from minority ethnic communities have the same employment and training opportunities as everyone else? Having a job can help someone with: housing education health poverty feeling involved in the community We want to hear your views on what can be done to improve employment and skills opportunities for people from minority ethnic communities in Scotland. Background The Scottish Parliament... More
    Closed 30 June 2020
  • COVID-19: Economic impact on young people

    The Economy Energy and Fair Work Committee will continue to focus on the impact of COVID-19 in the autumn and invites you to submit evidence on the specific issues outlined below: Impact on businesses and workers as lockdown eases ; Impact on young people; Role of the enterprise agencies and SNIB ; Plans for economic recovery (including scrutiny of the AGER report) . This specific consultation focuses on the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on... More
    Closed 31 July 2020
  • COVID-19: Economic recovery

    The Economy Energy and Fair Work Committee will continue to focus on the impact of COVID-19 in the autumn and invites you to submit evidence on the specific issues outlined below: Impact on businesses and workers as lockdown eases ; Impact on young people ; Role of the enterprise agencies and SNIB ; Plans for economic recovery (including scrutiny of the AGER report). The AGER report can be read here . This specific consultation focuses on economic... More
    Closed 31 July 2020
  • COVID-19: Impact on businesses and workers

    The Economy Energy and Fair Work Committee will continue to focus on the impact of COVID-19 in the autumn and invites you to submit evidence on the specific issues outlined below: Impact on businesses and workers as lockdown eases; Impact on young people ; Role of the enterprise agencies and SNIB ; Plans for economic recovery (including scrutiny of the AGER report) . This specific consultation focuses on the impact on businesses and workers as lockdown... More
    Closed 31 July 2020
  • COVID-19: Role of enterprise agencies, SNIB and other economic development partners

    The Economy Energy and Fair Work Committee will continue to focus on the impact of COVID-19 in the autumn and invites you to submit evidence on the specific issues outlined below: Impact on businesses and workers as lockdown eases ; Impact on young people ; Role of the enterprise agencies and SNIB; Plans for economic recovery (including scrutiny of the AGER report) . This specific consultation focuses on the role of enterprise agencies, the... More
    Closed 31 July 2020
  • How well is the Care Inspectorate fulfilling its statutory roles?

    Thank you for responding to the invitation to provide your views to the Committee. We appreciate you taking the time to share your views and experiences. The Scottish Parliament's Health and Sport Committee is looking into the work of the Care Inspectorate in relation to adult social care as well as its role and response during the COVID-19 pandemic. We want to hear from care providers on your experiences between March - June... More
    Closed 10 August 2020
  • Review of the Lobbying Act (Scotland) 2016

    Call for written views The Scottish Parliament’s Public Audit and Post-legislative Scrutiny Committee is seeking views on the operation of the Lobbying (Scotland) Act 2016 (“the Lobbying Act”) . What are the key questions in the call for views? You don’t need to answer every question if it’s not relevant to you. What has changed In your view, what concerns was the Lobbying Act... More
    Closed 28 August 2020
  • How has Covid-19 impacted on care and support at home in Scotland?

    The Health and Sport Committee is looking into social care for adults over 18 years. Earlier this year we planned to explore how social care could work differently in the future. However, our work was paused due to the Covid-19 pandemic. For more information, see the Committee webpage . The pandemic has highlighted several issues in relation to social care. We are now holding an inquiry to look at: the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic on the social care sector; wider... More
    Closed 7 September 2020
  • The impact of COVID19 on the financial sustainability of local government in Scotland.

    The Scottish Parliament’s Local Government and Communities Committee wants to hear your views on the impact of COVID-19 on the financial sustainability of local government in Scotland. We would welcome your views to the questions posed below by Friday 4 September. Council services Local authorities arrange or deliver a huge range of important services that are an everyday but crucial part of our daily lives; from social care and public libraries... More
    Closed 7 September 2020
  • Liability for NHS Charges (Treatment of Industrial Disease) (Scotland) Bill

    Background The Liability for NHS Charges (Treatment of Industrial Disease) (Scotland) Bill was introduced in the Scottish Parliament on the 9 March 2020 by Stuart McMillan MSP. It was referred to the Health and Sport Committee on 18 March 2020. The Bill would amend the Health and Social Care (Community Health and Standards) Act 2003 to include industrial diseases within its scope. The Bill aims to: free up NHS resources for others in... More
    Closed 30 September 2020
  • The role of Scottish Social Security in Covid-19 recovery

    Thank you for sharing your views. Your views will help us understand how Covid-19 has impacted people in Scotland and how Scottish social security can respond. We want to understand how Scottish social security, and its part within the broader context of all UK social security, should contribute to the social and economic recovery from Covid-19 through support to those in or out of, or seeking, work with a focus on deliverable change from 2021 onwards. ... More
    Closed 14 October 2020
  • UN Convention on the Rights of the Child Bill

    United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (Incorporation) (Scotland) Bill The Equalities and Human Rights Committee (EHRiC) wants to hear your views on the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (Incorporation) (Scotland) Bill. The Bill The Bill will make the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) part of Scottish law – this is often called “incorporation”. This would mean the government would have to respect the UNCRC... More
    Closed 16 October 2020
  • Coronavirus Acts: third report to Scottish Parliament

    Introduction Thank you for taking the time to complete this consultation. As part of its response to Covid-19, the Scottish Government has temporarily been given new powers in a broad range of areas of the law. We want to hear from people or organisations who have been affected by these new powers. We will use the consultation responses to question the Scottish Government in an upcoming committee meeting. Share your views with the Covid-19 Committee We want to hear your... More
    Closed 19 October 2020
  • University of St Andrews (Degrees in Medicine and Dentistry) Bill

    We are looking for your views on the University of St Andrew (Degrees in Medicine and Dentistry) Bill. Background The Bill will remove the legal prohibition that currently prevents the University of St Andrews from holding exams and awarding degrees in medicine and dentistry. The reason for removing the prohibition at this time is to allow the University, jointly with the University of Dundee, to award undergraduate Primary UK Medical Qualifications... More
    Closed 18 November 2020
  • UN Convention on the Rights of the Child Bill - Making children's rights the law

    Images in this consultation courtesy of the Children's Parliament An easy read version of this consultation is available (PDF file download). What is the children's rights Bill? A Bill is an idea for a new law that the Scottish Parliament needs to think about. Right now, there is a new Bill that would make children’s rights part of the law in Scotland. This is sometimes called “incorporation”. Children’s rights are what children need to grow up happy,... More
    Closed 20 November 2020
  • Scottish General Election (Coronavirus) Bill

    The Scottish Government is proposing some changes to the laws relating to the 2021 general elections in Scotland. The proposals are set out in the Scottish General Election (Coronavirus) Bill . The bill was published on 16 November 2020. The Policy Memorandum has been prepared by the Scottish Government to set out the Government’s policy behind the bill. You are invited to provide your views on these proposals to the Scottish... More
    Closed 22 November 2020
  • Domestic Abuse (Protection) (Scotland) Bill

    The Justice Committee will scrutinise the Domestic Abuse (Protection) (Scotland) Bill in the coming months. The Committee is therefore asking for views on the Bill. What does the Bill aim to do? According to the Scottish Government the provisions of the Bill are intended to improve the protections available for people who are at risk of domestic abuse, particularly where they are living with the perpetrator of the abuse. The Bill will do this by providing courts with... More
    Closed 4 December 2020
  • The impact of COVID-19 on access to sport

    Impact on Individuals Survey The Health and Sport Committee is looking into the impact of COVID-19 on sport in the community. At its meeting on 3 November, Members agreed to undertake a short, focused inquiry into the impact of COVID 19 restrictions on sports clubs, leisure venues and communities. With a particular focus on any reduction s or cessation of community-based activities undertaken by sporting organisations including mental and physical health impacts on... More
    Closed 7 December 2020
  • The impact of COVID-19 on sport in the community

    Organisations Survey The Health and Sport Committee is looking into the impact of COVID-19 on sport in the community. At its meeting on 3 November, Members agreed to undertake a short, focused inquiry into the impact of COVID 19 restrictions on sports clubs, leisure venues and communities. With a particular focus on any reduction s or cessation of community-based activities undertaken by sporting organisations including mental and physical health impacts on... More
    Closed 7 December 2020
  • Travelling Funfairs (Licensing) (Scotland) Bill

    The Local Government and Communities Committee wants your views on a new Bill about travelling funfairs. This call for views runs until 7 December 2020. Background The Travelling Funfairs (Licensing) (Scotland) Bill is a Member’s Bill introduced by Richard Lyle MSP on 29 April 2020. A Member’s Bill is introduced by an individual MSP, not the Scottish Government. You can read the Bill and accompanying documents here . Richard Lyle believes that is often... More
    Closed 7 December 2020
  • Fair Rents (Scotland) Bill

    The Local Government and Communities Committee wants your views on a new Bill about private rented housing. The deadline is 7 December 2020. Background The Fair Rents (Scotland) Bill is a Member’s Bill introduced by Pauline McNeill MSP on 1 June 2020. A Member’s Bill is introduced by an individual MSP, not the Scottish Government. You can read the Bill and accompanying documents here . The Bill aims to increase private tenants’ protection... More
    Closed 14 December 2020
  • The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on equalities and human rights

    This inquiry seeks to identify the evidence that some groups of people are experiencing disproportionately negative impacts of the coronavirus, and by some of the measures taken to deal with it. The inquiry will look at the measures the Scottish Government and other public bodies, including regulatory and oversight bodies, can take to help. It will also examine measures taken by public bodies and the impacts they may have on equality and human rights. We want to hear your... More
    Closed 1 January 2021
  • Support for Disabled Young People

    The Disabled Children and Young People (Transitions to Adulthood) (Scotland) Bill is a Member’s Bill introduced by Johann Lamont MSP on 30 September 2020. A Member’s Bill is introduced by an individual MSP, not the Scottish Government. You can read the Bill and accompanying documents here . The Bill aims to improve opportunities for disabled children and young people as they grow up. The Bill would require: the Scottish Government to have a... More
    Closed 11 January 2021
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