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Community take over, 17/06/15 [S]
More support and advice will be available for communities to take over land and buildings in their areas, Community Empowerment Minister Marco Biagi has announced.

More powers for Scotland, 15/06/15 [S]
Proposals to give Scotland more powers to create and protect jobs, lift people out of poverty and create a fairer society have been published.

Call for views launched on Smoking Prohibition Bill, 29/04/15 [S]
A call for views on legislation which will create a new criminal offence for adults who smoke in a motor vehicle in the presence of a child has been launched today by the Health and Sport Committee.

Engagement with BSL users needed to deliver improvements, 29/04/15 [S]
New measures to promote and raise awareness of British Sign Language (BSL) came a step closer today.

Scottish Welfare Fund helps nearly 135,000 households 28/04/15 [S]
Nearly 135,000 households have been helped by the Scottish Welfare Fund, since the scheme began in April 2013. During its first 21 months of operation, around £56 million has been allocated, providing a safety net to households in a disaster or emergency and helping people set up home or stay in the community rather than being in care.

New measures to promote British Sign Langauage, 27/04/15 [S]
New measures to promote and raise awareness of British Sign Language (BSL) came a step closer today. But improvement will require a commitment from public bodies to consult with BSL users, according to the Scottish Parliament’s Education and Culture Committee’s report on the British Sign Language (Scotland) Bill.

Justice Committee welcomes measures in the Human Trafficking and Exploitation Bill, 24/04/15 [S]
The Justice Committee has today supported the general principles of a Bill that aims to strengthen the criminal law against human trafficking and exploitation as well as ensuring that victims have access to appropriate support immediately.

Carers asked for their views on legislation
Carers are today being asked for their views on legislation that aims to improve the support available to them and set out their rights in law.

Parents and schools must work together according to survey of parents 27/03/15 [S]
Parents and schools need to work to together to help children achieve their best. This is just one of the findings to come from a survey of parents conducted on behalf of the Scottish Parliament’s Education and Culture Committee.

Improving attainment for children with a sensory impairment 25/03/15 [S]
How attainment levels for school pupils with a sensory impairment can be improved is to be the focus of a short inquiry announced today (25 March) by the Scottish Parliament’s Education and Culture Committee.