This is a briefing on the Scotland Act 2016 which was given royal assent on 23 March 2016, and grants new devolved powers to the Scottish Parliament.
Published: April 2016
This briefing was produced at Stage 2 before the bill was given Royal Assent in April 2016.
Published: February 2016
Mark Griffin MSP (Labour) introduced a Members’ Bill aiming to promote the use of British Sign Language (BSL). It was given Royal Assent in October 2015.
Published: November 2014
Published: July 2014
This briefing sets out the main aspects of the new ‘Universal Credit’, and focuses on one recent aspect of reform – the spare room subsidy, also known as ‘the bedroom tax’. Although not intended to be an exhaustive description of the changes taking place, this briefing considers the roles of the UK Government, Scottish Government and local authorities in these reforms. At the end of the briefing, there are a number of action points for individuals and congregations to consider.