Last updated 27 May 2020.
This blogpost provides a summary of SPICe work on Coronavirus (COVID-19) and some links to other useful sources of parliamentary information to assist Members and others.
The ongoing coronavirus crisis and the response by governments across the world is clearly the biggest public health and policymaking challenge for some time. SPICe has therefore been considering how we can best add value to the public debate and support parliamentary scrutiny of the Scottish Government’s actions.
This blogpost will serve as a central hub for SPICe material on the Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis, and will be updated regularly.
SPICe regular blogs – trusted information, COVID statistics and timeline
As many readers will be aware, we began producing a blogpost on trusted and official sources of information on 19 March. We plan to update this on a daily basis.
In addition, on 30 March we launched another regularly updated blogpost – a summary of the high-level statistics on Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Scotland, in the form of interactive charts and graphs.
Finally, on 1 May we introduced a new timeline on Scotland’s response to the pandemic, which will also be updated regularly.
Subject-specific SPICe material
Aside from these three regularly updated blogposts, we have also published the following blogs and briefings in specific subject areas, ordered by date of original publication:
- Coronavirus (COVID-19) – employment rights
- Conveyancing and the Coronavirus (COVID-19)
- Staying connected: broadband and Coronavirus (COVID-19)
- Coronavirus (COVID-19): Scottish Social Security
- Housing and Coronavirus (COVID-19)
- Coronavirus (COVID-19): How are deaths counted?
- Coronavirus (COVID-19): social distancing
- New Challenges for a Just Transition? COVID-19 and Green Pathways to Recovery
- Coronavirus (COVID-19) and Human Rights
- Coronavirus (COVID-19): remaking our streets
- Coronavirus (COVID-19: Non-Domestic Rates related business support FAQs
- What money is the Scottish Government getting for coronavirus (COVID-19) support and how is it being spent?
- Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Frequently Asked Questions – Health
- Destination unknown: tourism, coronavirus (COVID-19), and getting to reboot
- Coronavirus (COVID-19): trial by jury
- What does the self-employed population in Scotland look like?
- An economy fit for key workers?
- Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Frequently Asked Questions – Social Care
- Coronavirus (COVID-19): Brexit transition and access to treatments
- The Barnett formula – is it working for Scotland’s businesses?
- Coronavirus (COVID-19): How parliaments are working during the pandemic
- Guest blog: Has the coronavirus (COVID-19) lockdown reduced air pollution?
- Coronavirus (COVID-19) and Scotland’s economy
- How is the Scottish Government supporting businesses through the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic?
- Contact-tracing apps and coronavirus (COVID-19)
- Coronavirus (Covid-19): prisoner numbers
- COVID-19 impact on Scotland’s businesses, workers and the economy – views from the frontline
- Coronavirus (COVID-19) – can we calculate an exit strategy?
- The impact of Coronavirus (COVID-19) on the housing sector
- Funding for coronavirus (COVID-19) support: the evolving picture
- The European Union’s response to COVID-19
- Coronavirus (COVID-19): Transport Transition Plan
- Claimant count and the coronavirus (COVID-19) lockdown: who has been affected?
- Coronavirus (COVID-19): What can a global pandemic teach us about our food system?
Researchers across SPICe are working on further blogs relating to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis and the government response across various subject areas. Given the fast-moving nature of the crisis, these will generally be published once concrete information is available, or in response to large numbers of MSP enquiries.
COVID-19 Parliamentary Questions and Answers
From 21 April 2020 onward, the Parliament will publish daily reports on parliamentary questions on COVID-19 and answers by the Scottish Government, grouped by ministerial portfolio. These can be accessed on the Motions, Questions and Answers section of the Parliament’s website.
Coronavirus (Scotland) Bill
To inform parliamentary consideration of the Coronavirus (Scotland) Bill on 1 April 2020, we published a detailed, extended blogpost on the Bill.
Coronavirus (Scotland) (No. 2) Bill
The second piece of Coronavirus legislation was introduced in the Scottish Parliament on 11 May 2020. To inform scrutiny of the Bill, we published a detailed committee briefing on 12 May. You can read it on the COVID-19 Committee webpages.
On 20 May, we published a detailed, extended blogpost on Stage 2 amendments lodged on the Bill, to inform Stage 3 consideration by the Parliament.
Coronavirus Act 2020 – Secondary Legislation
The Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport wrote to the Presiding Officer regarding the Coronavirus Act 2020 (Commencement No1) (Scotland) Regulations 2020.
The SSI was laid before the Scottish Parliament on 3rd April 2020, and came into force on 5 April 2020
Finally, we also produced a detailed committee briefing on the UK Coronavirus Bill and the Scottish Government’s Legislative Consent Memorandum. This can be accessed via the Finance and Constitution Committee’s webpages.
Keeping up to date
Allan Campbell, Head of Financial Scrutiny Unit