Devo 15: 15 great achievements in 15 years of the Scottish Parliament

Tomorrow, it’s 15 years since the first meeting of the Scottish Parliament established after may years of work and campaigning by the Scottish Constitutional Convention. In that first decade and a half, it’s done some groundbreaking and pioneering things. It has a lot to be proud of. Here are some of Holyrood’s highlights.

1.  Free personal care for the elderly – Enabling older people to live at home for as long as possible

Stay Well At Home Service, Evesham, Britain

2.  Land reform legislation – Giving communities rights to buy land

View from Knoydart


 3.  Smoking ban pioneered in Scotland – Protecting the individual’s right to lead a healthy life if they choose to

No smoking

4.  Introduction of a 50% renewable energy target – building a fairer, greener society for generations to come

Wind turbine - Some rights reserved by thomas vl

5.  Free eye and dental checks – cutting down oral cancer and detecting serious eye conditions


6.  Adults with Incapacity Act- safeguarding the welfare of adults

Young Carer

7.  Tuition fees – scrapped

LYS 2013


8.  Freedom of Information legislation – Delivering more transparency and opening up government to the people

Freedom of Information in Scotland – an introduction from SIC on Vimeo.

9.  New railways built at Stirling and Alloa when they were closing in the rest of the UK

Train at Alloa Station

10. Fairer voting system for local government

Ballot paper

11. Free bus travel for over 65s – Enabling older people to be active in their communities

Dundee bus pass card


12. Creation of Human Rights Commission – Making human right an integral part of Scotland’s culture and building a fairer society

13. Creation of the Scottish Youth Parliament – Giving young people a voice in our society

SYP Logo

14. Free school meals – Giving more children the chance they need to get on in life

school meals

15. Equal marriage – Celebrating love in an equal way across society

Jim Caron Euan Hannah at equal marriage rally 4 Feb

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