The twin stresses of the Covid-19 pandemic and the significant turbulence in the UK energy market must be tackled to address fuel poverty according to a letter issued by the Scottish Parliament’s Social Justice and Social Security Committee.
Policies governing the development of Scotland’s cities, towns and rural areas until 2045 are to be scrutinised across several Scottish Parliament committees. The fourth National Planning Framework sets out the Scottish Government’s strategy for Scotland’s long-term development and
Ariane Burgess MSP, convener of the Scottish Parliament’s Local Government, Housing and Planning Committee Agenda, is urging Scottish residents to have their say on short-term lets legislation. Scotland has some of the most beautiful natural scenery in the world. It is no wonder that plac
Western Isles MSP Alasdair Allan has warned that new housing ventilation standards are letting too much wind into homes. Alasdair Allan said the measures were “somewhat counterproductive and unsuitable for the local environment here in the Western Isles”.
Tens of thousands of unpaid carers will receive a double payment of the Carer’s Allowance Supplement this winter under legislation passed unanimously by the Scottish Parliament. Recognising the additional pressures unpaid carers face as a result of the pandemic, the December payment of the Car
Legislation that will lead to increased vital support to more than 19,400 children and young people to help their families heat their homes this winter has been laid in the Scottish Parliament. The legislation extends the eligibility for the Child Winter Heating assistance to young people aged 16 to
Finance secretary Kate Forbes will publish the 2022-23 Scottish Budget and the Medium Term Financial Strategy on Thursday 9 December 2021, following agreement of the date with the Scottish Parliament’s Finance Committee. The agreed timetable will ensure sufficient time to scrutinise the Scotti
A Scottish Parliament Committee has criticised the implementation of the 2015 Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act saying that not enough has been done to empower people from deprived backgrounds to take action in their communities. The report by the Local Government and Communities Committee reflec
Representatives from the Scottish social care sector have told the Scottish Parliament's 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. The views of the care sector are highlighted by
It is highly likely that COVID-19 has exacerbated existing structural inequalities in Scotland, according to the Scottish Parliament's Finance and Constitution Committee’s budget report published today.
A Scottish Parliament Health and Sport Committee report into the future of social care has said those delivering and receiving care must be at the heart of social care reform with the current model described as unsustainable.
The Scottish Parliament’s Justice Committee has backed the underlying intentions behind the Scottish Government’s new Domestic Abuse Bill, but warned that serious practical concerns raised during the course of its scrutiny need to be addressed. Both legal bodies and the police signalled
New legislation to improve the benefits system to help those who need it most was unanimously passed by the Scottish Parliament yesterday. The Social Security Administration and Tribunal Membership (Scotland) Bill supports the delivery of the new Scottish Child Payment, to provide low-income familie