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Policy Update

We keep track of the latest policy developments in Scotland and across the UK. (updated 24/04/17)



This Week in the Scottish Parliament


Tuesday, 26 April

The Health and Sport Committee will take evidence on how well Integration Authorities are engaging with stakeholders over the design and future of health and social care in their local area.  Children in Scotland will be interested to see whether integration authorities have engaged with children and young people.

The committee will later consider reports on Healthcare in Prisons and Sport for Everyone. Read Children in Scotland’s full response to the call for evidence on Healthcare in Prisons here.

The Economy, Jobs and Fair Work Committee will continue its inquiry into the Gender Pay Gap.

The Culture, Tourism and External Affairs Committee will discuss Scotland’s future relationship with the EU. Discussions will include youth representatives. 

George Adam MSP will ask the Scottish Government what its response to the Poverty Alliance survey, which suggests 1/3 people on a low income in Scotland are struggling to afford food. 

The main chamber will later see a Scottish Government-led debate on Child Tax Credit cuts.


Wednesday, 26 April

The Education and Skills Committee will take evidence from Education Scotland on their response to the Scottish Government’s report on Key Education and Skills Bodies.

A debate in the main chamber, led by the Scottish Greens, will focus on carers and social care.


Thursday, 27 April

The Equalities and Human Rights Committee will take evidence on Departure of the UK from the European Union - implications for equalities and human rights.

The Committee will later consider their approach to the inquiry into bullying and harassment of children and young people in schools.

The Social Security Committee will take evidence on Stage 1 of the Child Poverty (Scotland) Bill. Children in Scotland resonded to the Scottish Government's call for written evidence on the Child Poverty (Scotland) Bill in March. Read our full response here.   

General Questions in the main chamber will see Anas Sarwar MSP ask the Scottish Government how it is assisting local authorities to provide welfare advice. John Lamont MSP will later ask what progress has been made in closing the attainment gap in the Scottish Borders. 

There will be a ministerial statement on the Social Security Agency in the main chamber, followed by a Stage 1 debate on the Limitation (Childhood Abuse) Scotland Bill.


This Week in Westminster


Wednesday, 26 April


A Westminster Hall debate, raised by Barry Sheerman MP, will focus on learning outside the classroom.

The Women and Equalities Committee will continue to take evidence on the gender pay gap.


Thursday, 27 April

Topical questions on Britain’s exit from the EU. The impact of Brexit on children and young people in Scotland will be the focus of our forthcoming Children’s Sector Forum. Find out more and book here.


This Week in the European Parliament


Wednesday, 26 April

Wednesday will see a decision take on the European Pillar of Social Rights and work-life balance initiative.