Politics returns to normal-Scottish Parliament election campaign starts today

Today both the Scottish Parliament and the European Parliament return for their summer recesses.

Our news screens will start to fill up with politicans and we now have the end of the so -called “Silly Season” of news.

But for people in Scotand, it indicates the start of the “Long Campaign” for the Scottish Parliament election in May next year.

For business it should indicate the start of the time when influencing politicans should become the norm. Currently political party manifiestos are in a draft stage and still have the opportunity for change.

However, the Party Conference season is 3 weeks away – once this is over – in October with the SNP conference- the ability to influence these policies deceases – significantly.

If you wish more information on how this will impact on your business, do contact me on

karen@perpsectivaconsultants.com

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What does the Luxembourg Presidency mean to you ?

A Union for the citizens Priorities of the Luxembourg Presidency of the Council of the European Union

On 1st July, one of the smallest states within the EU took on the Presidency, Luxembourg.

In it’s priorities document, it set out the main aims and objectives for the next 6 months are presented under the following sections:

  • Stimulating investment to boost growth and employment
  • Deepening the European Union’s social dimension
  • Managing migration, combining freedom, justice and security
  • Revitalising the single market by focusing on its digital dimension
  • Placing European competitiveness in a global and transparent framework
  • Promoting sustainable development
  • Strengthening the European Union’s presence on the global stage

From this list we can see that employment and economic growth at the heart of the EU.

It will be interesting to see how this manifests it’s when the Parliament and the Commission return from their vacation in 2 weeks time.

If you or your organisation require any assistance with these, or any other advice in dealing with politicians at any level, please do not hesitate to contact me on

karen@perspectivaconsultants.com or on 0141 333 6560

Scottish Government Consultations

With many Scottish schools holidays coming to an end, many organisations will see this as a time to return to “normal” business, whatever that is.

During the Summer period, the Scottish Government, like it’s Westminster counterpart issued a number of consultations.

Some of these, such as

Permitted Development Rights: Non-Domestic Solar Panels and Domestic Air Source Heat Pumps , 

Consultation on further extension of coverage of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 to more organisations ,

and

Consultation on the Law of Succession  still have a limited time to contribute to.

If any of these impact on your business, it is vital that you input into the process. Your business perspective is one which the Government may not have heard before and could take into account when progressing the relevant legislation.

Most business maintain that Government, irrespective of where the decisions are made, do not take their views into account.  This is your opportunity to correct this.

If you wish assistance with this process, do contact

karen@perspectivaconsultants.com

It might be recess – but Government is still busy

It might be recess but all areas of Government are still working hard. Even if the elected members are back in their constituencies.

As we are coming to the end of July, the civil servants at every level of Government are still working hard and publishing Guidance Notes, Policy Papers and public consultations at a rate of knots.

This week alone Her Majesty’s Government have issued Policy Papers on the Minimum Wage, Women on Boards, Electricity Market Reform and TTIP.  Not content with that there have also been Guidance on the Roles & Responsibilities under the Capacity Market and Information Management policies.

There has also been the start of the consultation process on Feed In Tariffs.

While many of these subjects may appear dry – and might not apply to every business.  The issue is, that somewhere, there is a business organisation which these will impact upon – and without regular advice and guidance from a professional organisation, your business may have to react to a Government decision, as opposed to influence and shape it.

In the sphere of Local Government, many residents often accuse officers of “sneaking out” contenscious planning applications during the summer break time – as they feel that they are being held back form the influencing process.

If your organisation requires guidance with this process,please do contact Perspectiva consultants, either via their LinkedIn page or their website on http://www.perspectivaconsultants.com