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Petition by Laurence Slavin  
Closed Petitions - Petition PE1382  
Petition by Laurence Slavin calling on the Scottish Parliament to urge the Scottish Government to conduct a review, with the following objectives: (1) provide a right of appeal by stakeholders regarding breaches of the Schools Consultation (Scotland) Act 2010; (2) provide a clear protocol over the mechanism to change closure proposal papers after the consultation period has commenced; (3) place a legislative requirement on local authorities to provide stakeholders with full access to all supporting evidence; (4) provide for a fair, open and independent consultation process; and (5) clarify the requirements of the Educational Benefit Statement, these objectives aimed at strengthening the Act and accompanying guidance to ensure there is greater clarity over the requirements and expectations of a local authority when considering a school closure proposal.  
Petitioner: Laurence Slavin  
Number of signatures: 1  
Date lodged: 6 January 2011  
SPICe Briefing: Briefing for PE1382 

Written Questions for PE1382  

Written Submissions for PE1382  

25 January 2011 :   The Committee agreed to write to the Scottish Government and a selection of education authorities (Western Isles, Argyll & Bute, East Ayrshire and North Lanarkshire), Educational Institute of Scotland and the Scottish Parent Teacher Council seeking responses to points raised in the petition and during the discussion. Link to Official Report 25 January 2011" 

22 February 2011 :   The Committee agreed to close the petition under Rule 15.7 of Standing Orders on the grounds that the Scottish Government has no plans to amend the Schools Consultation (Scotland) Act 2010 at present. However, it has established a short-life working group to examine the guidance issued to local authorities and other pertinent matters including some raised in this petition. The group will report in due course and make any necessary recommendations. The Committee further agreed to forward a copy of the petition and the written submissions to the group. In addition, local authorities who responded have not indicated support for what the petitioner is calling for. Link to Official Report 22 February 2011" 

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