Twenty SPICe Spotlight blogs for 20 years of the Scottish Parliament

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On 4 January 2019, the Parliament announced a year-long programme to mark 20 years since the creation of the Scottish Parliament.  The programme will include a new public exhibition, a national photography competition and a major event in the Chamber on 29 June, marking almost 20 years to the day since the Parliament officially assumed it’s legal powers.

To mark the 20th Anniversary, SPICe will publish twenty “20 year” blog posts on SPICe Spotlight over the course of 2019.

Posts in this series will both look back over the last 20 years at how Scotland has changed, and look forward over the next 20 years at what might be coming down the line.

The series will cover aspects of all the major devolved subject areas, as well as looking at wider, cross-cutting issues.

Next week we will publish the first in the series, on the huge change in the treatment of debt and debtors in Scotland over the last 20 years.  Following this, in the first few months of the year, we will publish blogs on:

  • the state of the nation’s health and health service
  • the history of the Scottish budget
  • changing attitudes to equalities and human rights.

We hope you find the 20th Anniversary series of blog posts interesting and informative. If you have any comments, please contact SPICe via email at

Allan Campbell, Head of Financial Scrutiny Unit, SPICe