Economy, Jobs and Fair Work Committee 23-30 January 2017

Good afternoon, and welcome to this week's missive from the EJFW massive.

Our first bit of big news: last week, the Scottish Government published the draft Climate Change Plan (CCP, sometimes called RPP3, never BB8 - although we do have a BB in the Parliament, but that's something else completely). This sets out their proposals and policies for meeting Scotland’s annual greenhouse gas emissions targets, and we'll be looking at it over the coming weeks. Our call for views is now open, and will close on 10 February. We plan to take evidence on 31 January and 7 and 21 February before publishing our report in March. As always, do get in touch if you have any questions or would like to talk through submitting your views.

In preparation for our upcoming energy work, last week members of the Committee headed out to Perth and to Dundee, where we saw some district heating schemes in action. Members learned about networks, customer service, and what Dundee Council have done to date to tackle fuel poverty in the area.

Members of the EJFW committee visit a district heating scheme in Dundee: this boiler room provides energy for the nearby tower blocks. (L-R: Gillian Martin MSP, Gordon MacDonald MSP, John Mason MSP (Deputy Convener), Liam Kerr MSP, Gordon Lindhurt MSP (Convener), Andy Wightman MSP)

Sadly, though, this picture is the last representation of the EJFW Committee as we knew it. Liam Kerr MSP has moved to the Finance and Constitution Committee as of this week. He'll be replaced on the Committee by Bill Bowman MSP, who will attend Committee for the first time tomorrow. Tune in at 10 to watch live, but don't be late: after he declares any relevant interests, we'll move into private session for the rest of the meeting to finalise our IEILEU report.

And finally, last week we invited you to send us your haikus, inspired by the draft budget. At least two of you did, and so we declared joint winners of the promised origami crane prize. It turned out, though, that origami cranes are rather tricky to make. Our lucky winners instead received folded frogs, and our deepest congratulations for a job well done go to @HolyroodLiam and @Kenny_Stewart.

EJFW Committee Clerking team

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