Hello, and happy new year! I'm reliably informed that this is the last day we can get away with saying that, so we're squeaking in under the wire. However, it's only 19 days until Chinese New Year when we can bring it out again...
2017: The Year of the Rooster
If you can remember back to our last newsletter of 2016 (and that's a big ask: I could barely remember where my desk was this morning), you'll remember we let you know about two upcoming calls for views. However, I see from my stats that only one in seven of you read that newsletter, and trust me, it was a good one - not least because it had a photo of R2D2 and C3PO. I'm chalking it up to Christmas excitement, but this may be an opportune moment to say that if you have any comments about this newsletter, its usefulness or otherwise, do let us know!
But rather than repeat, I will point you towards that previous edition for a refresher and remind you of the highlights.
- we've launched our call for views for our next inquiry, which is on the effect of the gender pay gap on Scotland's economy. The Committee will start looking at this in March, but you can submit your views from now until 10 March. If you'd like to have a chat about how to make a submission or get involved with this piece of work, please get in touch.
- we're expecting the Climate Change Plan this month, and will have a call for evidence launched once it's published. The turn-around will be short, though, so if you're interested in submitting views, this is your heads-up that it will be coming soon.
Our first meeting of the year takes place tomorrow. We'll be agreeing the report on the Draft Budget, so the meeting will take place entirely in private. We will, of course, let you know when the report is agreed and published, though.
That's plenty for this week, and we leave you with this offering from Very British Problems. House!