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  • Constitution, Europe, External Affairs and Culture Committee Pre-Budget Scrutiny 2025-26

    The Committee agreed to take a cumulative approach to budget scrutiny over Session 6, focusing on the culture spending portfolio. This inquiry follows on from the Committee’s previous pre-budget scrutiny in advance of Budget 2022-23 , 2023-24 and 2024-25 . The Committee wants to hear from individuals, groups and businesses operating within the culture sector. These views will help the Committee to make recommendations to the Scottish Government ahead of its Budget for 2025-26.... More
    Closes 9 August 2024
  • Pre-budget scrutiny for 2025-26

    The Rural Affairs and Islands Committee will undertake its pre-budget scrutiny in the autumn ahead of publication of the budget in December. The Committee will look at the following things as part of its pre-budget scrutiny— how last year’s budget was used to meet the national outcomes; how the cuts to some budget lines in last year’s budget have impacted on service delivery and implementation; the Scottish Government’s proposals to transition to new four-tier... More
    Closes 9 August 2024
  • Managing Scotland’s Public Finances: A Strategic Approach

    Background To inform this year’s pre-budget scrutiny, the Finance and Public Administration Committee will focus on three key areas: progress on the Scottish Government’s public service reform programme the Scottish Government’s approach to taxation - including what its draft tax strategy should include and how potential behavioural responses impact business and individuals how the Scottish Government is using its capital expenditure to achieve innovation,... More
    Closes 12 August 2024
  • Climate Change Targets Bill

    The Scottish Government has announced it will introduce legislation to amend its approach to setting targets for carbon emission reduction. It intends to move to a system of 5-yearly carbon budgets and away from a system of annual targets. The Scottish Government intends to lodge the Bill in the Scottish Parliament “as soon as possible after [Summer] recess”. The Cabinet Secretary for Net Zero and Energy has said that the existing target for emission reduction by 2030 is out of reach... More
    Closes 16 August 2024
  • Assisted Dying for Terminally Ill Adults (Scotland) Bill: Financial Memorandum

    About the Bill Liam McArthur MSP introduced this Member’s Bill. It will allow terminally ill adults in Scotland, who are eligible, to lawfully request, and be provided with, assistance by health professionals to end their own life. Current Status of the Bill This Bill was introduced in the Scottish Parliament by Liam McArthur MSP on 27 March 2024. Read and find out more about the Bill: Assisted Dying for Terminally Ill Adults (Scotland) Bill . Stage 1 The... More
    Closes 16 August 2024
  • Assisted Dying for Terminally Ill Adults (Scotland) Bill - Sharing your views

    About this call for evidence - please read before progressing The purpose of this call for evidence is to gather views on the Bill. Those views will inform the Committee’s scrutiny. The call for views and analysis: aim to help the Committee understand the reasons people have for either supporting or opposing the Bill aim to help the Committee understand how people would like to see the Bill amended will not establish whether more people support or oppose the Bill... More
    Closes 16 August 2024
  • Pre-budget 2025-26 scrutiny - Third sector funding principles

    Every year the Social Justice and Social Security Committee looks at what the Scottish Government could consider when developing its budget. This year, the Committee has heard of concerns about funding challenges faced by the ‘third sector’. The Committee wants to examine how the Scottish Government’s approach to fair and efficient funding can contribute to the continued effectiveness of the third sector. Find out more about the background to this inquiry on the Scottish... More
    Closes 16 August 2024
  • Pre-Budget scrutiny 2025-26: Financial Position of Integration Joint Boards

    The Health, Social Care and Sport Committee is undertaking budget scrutiny for 2025-26. In recent years, in line with the recommendations of the Budget Process Review Group (BPRG) report, Scottish Parliament subject committees have undertaken pre-budget scrutiny in advance of the publication of the Scottish budget. The intention is that Committees will use pre-budget reports to influence the formulation of spending proposals while they are still in development. As part of this... More
    Closes 20 August 2024
  • Call for views on the Scottish Parliament’s new BSL Plan (2024-2030)

    Welcome to our British Sign Language (BSL) Plan consultation. We invite you to share your thoughts on how we intend to use and promote BSL in the Scottish Parliament over the next six years. Since the BSL (Scotland) Act was passed in 2015, public bodies like the Scottish Parliament need to prepare a document called a BSL Plan every six years. The first BSL Plan was published in 2018 and is due to be followed up with a second BSL Plan. For a refresher on the first BSL Plan’s... More
    Closes 23 August 2024
  • National Care Service (Scotland) Bill (Stage 2) - Your views on draft amendments

    Background The Scottish Government introduced the National Care Service (Scotland) Bill in the Scottish Parliament on 20 June 2022. The Parliament’s Health, Social Care and Sport Committee published its Stage 1 report on the general principles of the Bill on 22 February 2024. On 29 February 2024, the Parliament voted to approve the general principles of the Bill at Stage 1. During the course of its Stage 1 scrutiny of the Bill, the Health, Social Care and Sport Committee... More
    Closes 30 August 2024
  • Education (Scotland) Bill - Detailed call for views

    The Bill was created to support the education and skills reform being taken forward by the Scottish Government. The changes brought in by the Bill respond to a range of reports and reviews, including: the OECD Review of the Curriculum for Excellence Professor Ken Muir’s report, “Putting Learners at the Centre. Towards a Future Vision for Scottish Education” The Bill was introduced on 4 June 2024. Purpose of the Bill The Bill establishes a new body... More
    Closes 30 August 2024
  • Education (Scotland) Bill - Shorter call for views

    The Bill was created to support the education and skills reform being taken forward by the Scottish Government. The changes brought in by the Bill respond to a range of reports and reviews, including: the OECD Review of the Curriculum for Excellence Professor Ken Muir’s report, “Putting Learners at the Centre. Towards a Future Vision for Scottish Education” The Bill was introduced on 4 June 2024. Purpose of the Bill This Bill establishes a new... More
    Closes 30 August 2024
  • Education (Scotland) Bill: Financial Memorandum

    About the Bill The Bill is in two main parts. Part 1 of the Bill establishes Qualifications Scotland. Qualifications Scotland will: replace the Scottish Qualifications Authority, which is dissolved by the Bill develop and award qualifications (other than university degrees) have an independent Accreditation Committee to regulate qualifications (other than university degrees) and the organisations that award them give advice to Scottish Ministers produce... More
    Closes 30 August 2024
  • Schools (Residential Outdoor Education) (Scotland) Bill: Financial Memorandum

    About the Bill Liz Smith MSP introduced this Member’s Bill. It will establish that all pupils in state and grant-aided schools will have the chance to experience at least four nights and five days of residential outdoor education during their school career. Current Status of the Bill This Bill was introduced in the Scottish Parliament by Liz Smith MSP on 20 June 2024. Read and find out more about the Bill: Schools (Residential Outdoor Education) (Scotland) Bill . ... More
    Closes 4 September 2024
  • Schools (Residential Outdoor Education) (Scotland) Bill

    The Education, Children and Young People Committee is scrutinising the Schools (Residential Outdoor Education) (Scotland) Bill. The Bill was introduced on 20 June 2024 by Liz Smith MSP, the Member in Charge, and its aim is to ensure that young people have the opportunity to experience residential outdoor education. Find out more about the Bill About this call for views We're particularly keen to hear from: children and young people teachers residential... More
    Closes 4 September 2024
  • Post Legislative Scrutiny of the Child Poverty (Scotland) Act 2017

    The Child Poverty (Scotland) Act 2017 aims to measure, tackle and report on child poverty in Scotland. The Act: sets the Scottish Government targets to reduce the number of children experiencing the effects of poverty by 2030 requires Scottish Ministers and public bodies to create delivery plans and reports to help reach those targets The Committee will examine the impact of the Act since it came into effect. Find out more about the background to the Act and... More
    Closes 13 September 2024
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