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Scottish Parliament Update

SASW's Communications and Policy Officer, Emily Galloway, outlines what happened last week in parliament ...

Statement from First Minister Nicola Sturgeon on Covid-19 which stated there will be no immediate changes to 'albeit limited' Covid restrictions. More, here. 

Ministerial statement on the Covid-19 recovery strategy, more here. 

Ministerial statement on health and social care winter planning, including a “£300 million investment to help increase NHS and social care capacity this winter”. More, here. 

Statement on the Supreme Court judgement on incorporation of the UNCRC into Scots Law. This ruled that th Scottish Parliament did not have the power to pass such legislation, but the government  "remains committed to the incorporation of the UNCRC to the maximum extent possible". More, here. 

Carers allowance supplement (Scotland) bill passed on 7th October. Ths bill provides an increase in the amount of the carer’s allowance supplement for the period from 1 October 2021 to 31 March 2020. It also gives the Scottish Government the ability to increase the amount of carer’s allowance supplement in the future.

Good Food Nation (Scotland) Bill introduced on 7th October. This requires the Scottish ministers to prepare and publish a national good food nation plan. It also required local authorities and health boards to prepare and publish their own good food nation plans.

Proposed Right to Addiction Recovery (Scotland) Bill on 6th October. This proposed Bill  would enable people addicted to drugs and/or alcohol to access the necessary addiction treatment they require

The Equalities, Human Rights and Civil Justice Committee took evidence on the proposed Right to Food Bill and undertook pre-budget scrutiny. 

Parliament will be in recess from 9th to 24th October