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Five Things Happening This Week

Henry Anderson

No Fighting: Conservative conference began on Sunday. The party is taking its cue from Peaky Blinders, also set in Birmingham, as Brexiteers feud with Theresa May and ministers take potshots at one another. Ruth Davidson spoke on Monday, David Mundell is due to give a speech tomorrow and the PM will close the conference on Wednesday. If you prefer more party unity, the SNP’s annual gathering begins this Sunday in Glasgow. Take a look at the agenda and get in touch if you’d like to arrange any coverage.

No Business Like Committee Business: It’s a busy week for the Scottish Parliament’s committees, with Derek Mackay appearing before Finance and Jean Freeman taking questions from Health & Sport on the Health & Care (Staffing) (Scotland) Bill. Elsewhere, Rural Economy & Connectivity Committee continues its consideration of its report into salmon farming in private. This has proved a controversial topic, with the Committee’s previous deliberations marred by accusations of leaking private discussions. Finally, in a seamless segue into our next topic, Shirley-Anne Somerville is giving evidence to the Social Security Committee…

Safe & Secure: Thursday sees a Scottish Government debate on the Social Security Charter, which is the set of principles that will underpin the operation of Social Security Scotland, the body that will administer Scotland’s devolved benefits. The Scottish Government has stressed its ambition to co-design the Charter in partnership with those who have lived experience of the welfare system, through experience panels made up of carers and people with disabilities and health conditions.

Waste Not, Want Not: The Scottish Resources Conference takes place on Wednesday and Thursday. The largest gathering of its type in Scotland, the event brings together representatives of business groups, local authorities and Scottish Government agencies such as Zero Waste Scotland and SEPA. Roseanna Cunningham is a keynote speaker.

State Your Intentions: Stretching the definition of five things happening this week, here’s something that’s not currently on the agenda – a statement from John Swinney responding to the Government defeat over standardised testing for P1 pupils. Opposition parties have been demanding the Cabinet Secretary “respect the will of the Parliament” – when will he give a statement?

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