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Scottish Parliament Election: 5 May 2016: Guidance for the Scottish Government, its agencies and national devolved public bodies

Scottish Parliament Election: 5 May 2016: Guidance for the Scottish Government, its agencies and national devolved public bodies

Thursday, January 28, 2016

ISBN: 9781785449963

Guidance for civil servants on the handling of business up to and during the 2016 Scottish Parliament election period.

Executive Summary

The election to the Scottish Parliament takes place on 5 May 2016. It has significant implications for the work of the Scottish Government, its agencies and national devolved public bodies.

These arise from the special character of Government business during an election campaign, and from the need to maintain the impartiality of the Civil Service and to avoid any criticism of an inappropriate use of official resources.

Special arrangements apply to the handling of Government business during the election period.

The “election period” means the period between the dissolution of the Scottish Parliament and the election on 5 May. It will begin on 24 March (following the dissolution of the Scottish Parliament the previous day).