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Policy Update

We keep track of the latest policy developments in Scotland and across the UK. (updated 06/02/17)


 In the Scottish Parliament this week: 

Tuesday 21 February 

Minister for Public Health, Maureen Watt, will make a ministerial statement to the Parliament on the National Review of Maternity and Neonatal services. 

Annie Wells MSP will ask the Parliament to celebrate and raise awareness of LGBT History Month Scotland 2017. 

The Health and Sport Committee will host a round table event on Sport for Everyone in order to identify the main lines of inquiry going forward. The committee aim to understand the barriers to people participating in sport and identify good practice for maximising participation. 

The Health and Sport Committee will then take oral evidence on Child Protection in Sport. 

The Justice Committee will take evidence on Stage 1 of the Limitation (Childhood Abuse) (Scotland) Bill, and discuss removing the limitation on the period of actions of damages that relate to childhood abuse. 

Wednesday 22 February

Ross Greer MSP will raise a question about the Scottish Government’s position on the extension of concessionary bus travel to under 18s at portfolio questions on Rural Economy and Connectivity. 

Parliament will receive a ministerial statement on the Scottish Government Response to the Social Security Consultation. Read Children in Scotland’s response to this consultation here

The Education and Skills Committee will discuss the following subordinate legislation: The Schools (Consultation) (Scotland) Act 2010 (Modification) Regulations 2017 [draft]; and the Continuing Care (Scotland) Amendment Order 2017 [draft]. Minister for Child Care and Early Years, Mark McDonald, hopes to have both draft resolutions passed.

The Education and Skills Committee will later discuss delivery of Personal and Social Education. Read Children in Scotland’s 2014 response to the consultation on this matter here

The Social Security committee will be briefed on the Child Poverty (Scotland) Bill, and discuss the briefing in private. Read Children in Scotland’s response to the government prior consultation on the Bill here

Thursday 23 February

Johann Lamont MSP will ask when the government last met the groups representing survivors of childhood sexual abuse.

Jeremy Balfour MSP will ask what measures the Scottish Government is taking to support young people with additional support needs when they are leaving school.  

This Week in Westminster:

Tuesday 21st 

Tuesday sees the Home Affairs committee meeting at 2.30pm to gather oral evidence on Child Migrants.  

Thursday 23rd 

On Thursday Alison McGovern, Heidi Allen, Tom Brake, and Anne McLaughlin raise a discussion on Unaccompanied Children in Greece & Italy in the House of Commons 

Friday 24th

The House of Commons will have the final report stage of the Preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence (Bill). Additionally there will be debates on Gender Identity (Protected Characteristics) Bill and the adjourned 2nd reading debate on the Child Poverty in the UK (Target Reduction) Bill.