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Policy Update

We keep track of the latest policy developments in Scotland and across the UK. (updated 20/3/17)

This week in the Scottish Parliament: 

Tuesday, 21 March

The Scottish Parliament will be asked to pass a motion that will mandate the Scottish Government to discuss with the UK Government details of an order that will ensure it can legislate for a second independence referendum.

Last week our Head of Policy, Amy Woodhouse, called for children and young people to be meaningfully involved in any plans to hold a second independence referendum. Read her comments here

The Justice Committee will consider key issues emerging from the evidence received on the Limitation (Childhood Abuse) (Scotland) Bill.

The Health and Sport Committee will consider regulations relating to the sale of tobacco and nicotine vapour products by children and young people under the age of 18. In private, it will consider its approach to the findings of its work around child protection in sport.

Wednesday, 22 March

The Education and Skills Committee will take evidence from the Law Society of Scotland, taking stock of reforms of the Children’s Hearings System.

The Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee will take evidence on the Seat Belts on School Transport (Scotland) Bill.

Thursday, 23 March

At 2:30pm there will be a ministerial statement on the expansion of free early learning and childcare.

The Equalities and Human Rights Committee will take evidence from a range of experts relating to destitution, asylum and insecure immigration status in Scotland. The panel includes Rachel Morley, Principal Psychologist, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Psychological Trauma Services; Arun Singh, Child and Family Services Manager, South Lanarkshire Council; and Sean Bell, Acting Senior Manager, Children’s Practice Teams, City of Edinburgh Council.

This week in Westminster

Tuesday 21st

Tuesday will see a debate in Westminster Hall on the UN International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. 

The Home Affairs Committee will meet to discuss hate crime and its violent consequences. 

Wednesday 22nd

Wednesday will see the Women’s and Equalities Committee take evidence on fathers in the work place. 

Owen Thompson MP will ask the secretary of state for the Cabinet Office “if he will make it his policy to include in National Insurance notification letters to 15 and 16 year olds information on being able to register to vote from the age of 16.”. While voting age is devolved for Scottish elections, the UK government still makes decisions on the voting age for future Westminster elections. 

Wednesday will also see a Westminster hall debate on the roll out of Universal Credit. 

Thursday 23rd 

The women and equalities minister will take questions from the house; these can be found at:

The house will also later hear the Social Mobility Commission State of the Nation report, the report will warn the house that social mobility is getting worse despite measures to promote it. 

This week in the European Parliament

Wednesday 22rd 

The Human Rights Committee will be exchanging views on human rights in Bolivia with a particular focus on child labour. There will also be a presentation of the Study on "Sexual violence against minors in Latin America"