This week in the Scottish Parliament 20th April 2015


Holyrood’s Welfare Reform Committee continues taking evidence, this time, on the impact on children’s services and the Devolution Committee considers the reduction of voting age Bill


Welfare Funds (Scotland) Act 2015 (asp 5) – received Royal Assent on 8 April 2015

Air Weapons and Licensing (Scotland) Bill – stage 1 debate scheduled for 23 April 2015

Welfare Reform Committee

Impact of welfare reform on children’s services: The Committee will take evidence from– Alistair Gaw, Vice President, Social Work Scotland; Stephen Brown, Head of Service, Children, Families and Criminal Justice, North Ayrshire Council; Richard Gass, Welfare Rights Manager, Glasgow City Council; Margaret Kinsella, District Manager, Care and Learning, The Highland Council.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting, on 5 May, the Committee expects to conduct a ‘Your Say’ oral evidence session on Personal Independence Payments and consider its annual report.

Devolution (Further Powers) Committee 23 April 2015

The Committee will take evidence on the Scottish Elections (Reduction of Voting Age) Bill: The Committee will take evidence on the Bill at Stage 1 from– John McCormick, Electoral Commissioner, and Andy O’Neill, Head of Office Scotland, The Electoral Commission; Ian Milton, Grampian Assessor & Electoral Registration Officer, Chair of the Scottish Assessors Association (SAA) Electoral Registration Committee, Member of the Electoral Management Board for Scotland; Ken Macdonald, Assistant Commissioner for Scotland and Northern Ireland, Information Commissioner’s Office; and then from– Young Scot; Scottish Youth Parliament; Centre for Excellence for Looked After Children in Scotland; Inclusion Scotland; and NUS Scotland.

The committee will draft a report on proposals to devolve further powers to Scotland and scrutiny of the UK Government’s draft legislative clauses.

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