government publication

Scottish spending review 2011 and draft budget 2012-13

Scotland's spending plans from 2012-13 to 2014-15 together with the draft Scottish budget 2012-13 for consultation with the Scottish Parliament and the people of Scotland.

Renewing Scotland: the government's programme for Scotland 2011-2012

Programme for government that set out the steps that will be taken in the year ahead to deliver its commitment to make Scotland better.

Scotland's people: annual report 2009/2010 - Scottish household survey

The Scottish Household Survey (SHS) is a continuous survey based on a sample of the general population in private residences in Scotland.

Scottish social attitudes survey 2010: attitudes to discrimination and positive action

Report that presents key findings from a study of public attitudes towards discrimination and positive action. Based on data from the Scottish Social Attitudes survey (SSA), the study aimed to:

• Measure the extent and character of discriminatory attitudes in Scotland in 2010
• Assess the extent of support for positive action to try and achieve equality for different groups
• Examine how attitudes have changed over time.

The Social Fund: a review of selected literature

Review with the objective to examine what the Social Fund currently consists of and explore how it operates; and consider whether the Fund could be made more responsive to Scottish Government priorities and look at the possible consequences of devolving responsibility for it.

The review was completed in May 2010 and presents evidence relating to the Social Fund and discusses the Scottish and UK Government policy context which was operational at the time of writing. There have been significant developments in UK Government policy since then which are not covered in this report.

The role of the probation service: eighth report of session 2010-12 (Volume 1)

Probation is an essential part of the criminal justice system and at its best the probation service delivers community sentences which are tough, challenging offenders to change their offending lifestyles.

Report on the session 2010-12.

Respite care in Wales 

The main aims for the research were set out in the contract specification as follows. 

Caring together: the carers strategy for scotland 2010 - 2015

The Scottish Government and COSLA are determined to ensure that carers are supported to manage their caring responsibilities with confidence and in good health, and to have a life of their own outside of caring. This is the strategy to make that happen.

Care 21: the future of unpaid care in Scotland - headline report and recommendations

This report projects a bold new vision for unpaid carers in Scotland — a vision based on a strong framework of rights, in line with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. In this vision, the caring contribution of carers to society will be fully recognised, the economic impact of their contribution accepted, and as such they will be wholly included in a society which will provide adequate support to carers.