Swinney accused over charity lobbying


Swinney accused over charity lobbying (The Times)

In a response to a parliamentary question in December, he said that the “only” government contact between October 25 and November 8 with a string of children’s organisations came on October 25, 26 and November 8. However, in response to a question last week, he said that special advisers, who are not bound by civil service rules around impartiality, “engaged” with Social Work Scotland twice, and Children 1st, Aberlour and Children in Scotland once, in the time period.

The contact was not disclosed in the earlier response. The groups, with the exception of Children 1st, went on to sign a letter to the committee, on November 6, urging MSPs to back the legislation.