Church of Scotland

A Strategy to Tackle Social Isolation and Loneliness

A briefing on the Scottish Government’s Strategy for Tackling Social Isolation and Loneliness sent to MSPs in advance of a Scottish Government debate on the subject.

Published: January 2019

The Scotland Act 2016

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

Lobbying (Scotland) Act 2016

This briefing was produced at Stage 2 before the bill was given Royal Assent in April 2016.

Published: February 2016

British Sign Language (Scotland) Act 2015

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

Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015

Published: July 2014

Welfare Reform: Universal Credit and the ‘Bedroom Tax’

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.

Published: May 2013

Joint Public Issues Team (JPIT)

Universal Credit

Published: January 2018

Universal Credit update

An updated briefing on Universal Credit from the Joint Public Issues Team in advance of a Westminster debate on the Rollout of Universal Credit on 18 October 2017.

Published: October 2017

Universal Credit

A briefing on Universal Credit from the Joint Public Issues Team (JPIT).

The Joint Public Issues Team is a venture of the Baptist Union of Great Britain, the Methodist Church, the United Reformed Church and the Church of Scotland. We help our four churches work together on issues of justice and inequality.

Published: October 2017