Conference - 21 February 2019SCOTTISH GOVT, SCOTTISH PARLIAMENT AND MSPS: HOW THEY WORK AND HOW TO INFLUENCE THEM 27 February 201911TH ANNUAL SCOTTISH RAIL CONFERENCE Conference - 21 March 2019DELIVERING EFFECTIVE JUSTICE IN SCOTLAND Conference - 25 April 2019REFORM OF ADULTS WITH INCAPACITY LAW IN SCOTLAND Conference -21 May 2019CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE'S MENTAL HEALTH IN SCOTLAND Conference - 9 May 2019NEW TRANSPORT INFRASTRUCTURE FOR SCOTLAND Conference - 27 March 2019SCOTTISH PASSENGER AND PUBLIC TRANSPORT 25 September 2019THE SCOTTISH TRANSPORT SHOW Conference - 20 June 2019BREXIT AND BEYOND: UNDERSTANDING WHAT HAPPENS NEXT

What is Scottish Policy Now?

Issue 15

GDPR, SCOTTISH PARLIAMENT, PLANNING AND....BREXIT

Scottish Policy Now is delighted to be back in its new fortnightly format. Following an extended period in which constitutional questions have dominated the policy debate - and continue to do so - SPN will focus on the policy challenges which still have to be met regardless of the wider politics. In this issue we address Brexit too and such strategic matters won't be ignored. However our main focus will always be on the policy areas directly affecting both Scottish public services delivery and Scottish economic success week in and week out. As always, we welcome comment and contributions. Please contact us if you would like to discuss advertising in or writing for a future edition at scottishpolicynow@mackayhannah.com. Issue 16 will be published in two weeks' time and then fortnightly thereafter.

Brexit - the best laid plans

The vote of 23 June 2016 will surely be seen by future modern political historians as a game changer for the United Kingdom, possibly also for Scotland and potentially for the direction of travel of the EU. We were told it was going to be easy.....

Catching up with ICO

Maureen Falconer is the Regional Manager at the Information Commissioner’s Office in Scotland. Based in Edinburgh, Maureen manages a small team who punch well above their weight in providing advice and guidance to Scottish stakeholders.

Scottish Parliament Turns 20....

The Scottish Parliament is young. Like any 20-year-old, it has had its ups and downs. It has made mistakes. It has behaved like a toddler and a teenager. It has copied its parents without asking why. But it has also shown glimpses of real talent. It has used its relative innocence to think differently. It has thrown open the doors of politics and government. In short, it has done well enough that nobody wants to get rid of it. However, many people do want to make it better. And with the 20th anniversary of its opening upon us, this is a good time to ask how we can do that.

A Perspective on the Planning (Scotland) Bill - Delivery and outcome focussed?

There is a continuing and urgent housing crisis in the UK – something we only need eyes to know with so many homeless people on the streets and with so many young people struggling to access housing beyond the parental home. This is not a new problem. The cumulative shortfall in new home building, particularly in the affordable sector, has been the case for many years. Indeed if you look at housing delivery over the last forty years you will see a clear, downward trend, spanning the inevitable cycle of boom and bust.

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