Nicola Sturgeon is to set out the Scottish government’s plans for the year to come at Holyrood.

The first minister will announce her “programme for government” of upcoming legislation in a speech to MSPs.

This is likely to include new bills supporting the key themes of the SNP’s power-sharing deal with the Greens.

That agreement includes pledges to reform the Gender Recognition Act, set up a National Care Service, and to hold a new referendum on independence.
Opposition parties will also have a chance to set out their proposals for the year to come, with two days of debate scheduled at Holyrood.

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With Holyrood back in session after its summer recess, the first minister will set out her legislative plans for the year ahead.

It will detail how she plans to deliver on the pledges made in May’s Holyrood election campaign, and in the co-operation agreement signed between the SNP and the Greens over the summer.

Ms Sturgeon has previously highlighted the economic and social recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic, tackling climate change and holding a fresh referendum on independence as the major challenges of the coming term.
The policy programme agreed by the SNP and Greens as part of their power-sharing deal offers a range of insights into the legislation likely to be announced by Ms Sturgeon on Tuesday.

It commits the government to bringing forward legislation to reform the Gender Recognition Act to make it easier for trans people to change their legally-recognised gender “in the first year of this parliamentary session”.

Ministers have already carried out a series of consultations on what has become a fiercely-debated topic, which means a bill could be tabled in short order.

The government has also already published a one-page draft bill seeking to pave the way for a new independence referendum, another “key strand” of the power-sharing arrangement.

This is also likely to be put forward for debate at Holyrood inside the next year, with Ms Sturgeon hoping to hold a referendum in the first half of the five-year parliamentary term.

The SNP had already pledged to draw up legislation to establish a National Care Service within the first year of term, and have also promised to replace the Scottish Qualifications Authority with a new agency overseeing the schools curriculum.

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