Alert messaging test – staff and solicitors
The annual test of the alert messaging system with Scottish Parliamentary Service staff and solicitors is scheduled for Thursday 2 February 2017. The test will require a simple response to an SMS text message. In preparation for the test, please add or update your mobile phone number on the e-HR system by 5pm on 31 January.
The Supreme Court has ruled that the UK Government cannot trigger the process to leave the EU without legislation authorising it to do so. It also recognised that the devolved legislatures do not have a veto on the UK’s decision to withdraw from the EU and that their consent is not needed for the UK Government to act.
In a statement in the House of Commons on 24 January, the Secretary of State for Exiting the EU announced that a bill would be introduced shortly in the UK Parliament. During Prime Minister’s Questions on 25 January, Theresa May MP announced that the UK Government would set out its plans in a white paper.
Also on 25 January, Michael Russell MSP, Minister for UK Negotiations on Scotland’s Place in Europe, made a statement in the Scottish Parliament on the UK Supreme Court judgement on triggering Article 50.
The Culture, Tourism, Europe and External Relations Committee has published 'Brexit: What Scotland thinks'. Based on evidence from all sectors, this report provides an insight into how Scotland sees Brexit and its impact.
Scottish Parliament social media survey
The Scottish Parliament wants to know what you think about our social media channels. Take part in a short online survey to give your views.
Digital service toolkit
The Government Digital Service has launched a toolkit that aims to be a one-stop shop for digital service design resources.
Tackling climate change
The Scottish Government has published its draft Climate Change Plan, setting out how it proposes to achieve a 66% reduction in Scotland’s greenhouse gas emissions by 2032. The draft plan will be scrutinised by the Scottish Parliament over a 60-day period, after which the final Climate Change Plan will be published.
Size of the House of Lords
The Lord Speaker's committee on the size of the House has launched an inquiry into how the size of the House of Lords might be reduced. The deadline for submissions is 20 February and the committee intends to report by early summer 2017.
Party spending on SP election
The Electoral Commission has published the final campaign spending figures for the 2016 Scottish Parliament election. The total reported spend by parties was £3,335,901 in 2016, up from £2,631,246 at the 2011 election.
The asset transfer section of the Community Empowerment Act (Scotland) 2015 came into force on 23 January 2017. This allows community-led organisations to request to buy, lease or use any land or buildings belonging to local councils, Scottish Ministers or a range of other public bodies. Requests must be agreed to unless there are reasonable grounds for refusal.