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).