This may have been blogged before however no harm in relisting. If you would like to have some additional reading or reference points on Official Publications it is worth taking a look at the SCOOP Blog. (Standing Committee on Official Publications). SCOOP has aimed to improve the access to, and availability of, UK official public…
In January this year the UK Government published a consultation document to gather public opinion on the proposal by the Scottish National Party (SNP) to hold a referendum on Scottish independence. The consultation was open until Friday 9th March and gathered views from all members of the UK public.
On the 4th of April the UK Government published a command paper (Cm. 8326) summarising the 2,857 responses to the consultation. This document is available on-line from the Scotland Office by clicking the following link:-
The Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne MP, presented his Budget to Parliament today, 21 March 2012. This is the third Budget of the Coalition Government. In his Budget speech the Chancellor outlined how the Government plans to raise and spend money in the coming year. Some key points of the Budget include:-
From April 2013, the 50p top rate of tax will be cut to 45p
Automatic review of state pension age to ensure it keeps pace with increasing lifespans
Personal income tax allowance raised to £9,205 from April 2013
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Living and Dying Well: Building on Progress – the Living and Dying Well action plan to provide high-quality end-of-life care was launched in 2008. This report looks at the progress made since and work still to be done
Stage 1 Report on the Public Records (Scotland) Bill (SP Paper 580) – 1st Report from the Education, Lifelong Learning and Culture Committee in support of the bill which was introduced in the Scottish Parliament in October 2010 with the aim of ensuring effective methods of records management
Cancun: UN Climate Change Negotiations (SPICe Briefing 10/87) – the UN Climate Change Conference takes place in Cancun between 29 November – 10 December. This paper looks at developments since the last conference in Copenhagen and possible outcomes of this years
Children’s Hearings (Scotland) Bill [As passed] (SP Bill 41B, Session 3, 2010) – new legislation which establishes Childrens Hearings Scotland, a new corporate body, and changes previous legislation regarding the Childrens Panel and hearings system
Demographic Change in Scotland – the population of Scotland is changing in many ways but most importantly it is decreasing and ageing. This research report looks at evidence on which to base future policy decisions
Review of Class Size Control Mechanisms: Report of the Working Group – this group analysed current practice in Scotland, which is thought to be too complex, and compared this against practice in other countries. Guidance is provided on how best to set class sizes, but the decision should rest with education authorities who can make informed decisions at school level
Spending Implications of Demographic Change (Financial Scrutiny Unit Briefing 10/60) – paper looks at measures which could be taken now to prepare for sound public spending in the future. For example, health services and pensions are under threat due to our ageing population in Scotland