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  • Call for views on the establishment of a COVID-19 public inquiry

    Created: 22/09/2021

    Scottish Ministers have announced that a Scottish public inquiry will be established this year to consider Scotland’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic.

    An Aims and Principles paper was published on 24 August that forms the basis of the stakeholder engagement, which will shape the Terms of Reference for the inquiry. 

    The Scottish Government is keen to hear a wide range of views on the Aims and Principles paper. To do this, your organisation, and any of its members, can send an e-mail to [email protected] - there is no requirement for e-mails to be in any particular format.

    The deadline for sending comments is midnight on 30 September 2021.

    Additionally, the team leading on the inquiry wants to set up a number of discussions for those who would like to share their views with the Government on the establishment of the Inquiry. The discussions will take around 90 minutes and focus on the same questions in the above Aims and Principles Paper.

    Upcoming sessions are for human rights, community, and equalities stakeholders via Microsoft Teams. If you would like to book, please get tickets here:

    • Event is on 23 September at 10:00 
    • Event is on 23 September at 12:30 
    • Event is on 29 September at 15:00 
    • Event is on 30 September at 12:00 

    Places are limited - however, as mentioned above, comments given in writing will be treated in the same way as those made in the group discussions.

    Please let the team know of any accessibility requirements.

    In October, analytical colleagues from the Scottish Government will develop a report in order to capture input from across the three different forms of engagement. The analysis will be conducted by analysts in line with the Government Social Research Code and its core values of integrity, honesty, objectivity and impartiality.

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