September 30th 2020 - October 1st 2020 | Central Edinburgh

Day 2: Scottish Government Explained

08:45

Registration and Refreshments

09:25

Welcome and Introduction from the Chair

Henry McLeish, former First Minister of Scotland

 

SESSION ONE

THE SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT EXPLAINED

09:30

The Scottish Government Structure

  • Devolved Powers
  • The structure of Government
  • The role of the Civil Service
  • Who’s who
  • Directorates and portfolios
  • Relationship of Government with Parliament

James Hynd, Head of Cabinet, Parliament and Governance Division, The Scottish Government

Q&A

09:55

What's Changed? Governing in a Pre and Post Pandemic Environment

Mike Russell MSP,  Cabinet Secretary for the Constitution, Europe and External Affairs, Scottish Government 

Q&A

10:25

In-Government Panel

  • Setting the agenda
  • Working with the civil service
  • Where advice comes from

Panel discussion with former government ministers

Lord Jim Wallace of Tankerness, Former Deputy First Minister

Aileen McLeod, Former Minister for Environment, Climate Change & Land Reform and Former MEP

Further speakers tbc

SESSION TWO

THE FUNCTION & FINANCING OF GOVERNMENT AND HOW TO ENGAGE WITH DECISION MAKERS

11:00

Engaging with Decision Makers

  • Exploring the process, including consultations
  • How to influence
  • Understanding the timeline

Craig Wilson, Public Affairs Officer, SCVO

Q&A

    11:20

    Making the Numbers Add Up: Budgeting and Tax

    • How the Scottish government is funded
    • How it works out its budget and spending priorities
    • Alternative funding mechanisms including City Region & Growth Deals
    • Replacements for European Structural Funds Post-Brexit

    Professor Graeme Roy, Director, Fraser of Allander Institute & Head of Department, Economics, University of Strathclyde

    Q&A

    11:40

    Lunch and Networking

     

    SESSION THREE

    2020 VISION: SCOTLAND - AN INTERNATIONAL PERSPECTIVE

     

    12:30

     

    Senior speaker tbc

    SESSION FOUR

    GOVERNMENTS EXPLAINED: LOCAL GOVERNMENT AND RELATIONS BETWEEN NATIONAL GOVERNMENTS

     

    13:00

    Local Government Explained

    • The state of Local Government in 2020
    • Roles and responsibilities
    • The Growth of ‘Region’ and how this affects policymaking at a local level
    • How Local Government has pivoted its operations to deal with the pandemic

    Senior speaker to be confirmed from COSLA

    Q&A

    13:30

    Inter-Governmental Relations

    • How the UK Government works with the Scottish Government 
    • Maintenance and evolution of the devolution settlement
    • The architecture and soft diplomacy of intergovernmental relations

    Iain Stewart MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Office of the Secretary of State for Scotland, UK Government 

    Q&A

    14:00

    Chairs Closing Remarks 

    14:10

    End of Event