Holyrood Magazine issue 358 / 04 April 2016

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Scottish parliament election 2016 special focus on welfare and social justice, ahead of the devolution of new powers. Also includes analysis from Professor John H McKendrick, Dr Gerry Mooney and Emeritus Professor Gill Scott and a look at representation of disabled people in politics. Comment from Henry McLeish, John McTernan and Kevin Pringle


3 Editor’s note

Kezia Dugdale didn’t need to revisit her rebate plan – she was never going to have to put it into practice – she could have sat back and watched the SNP’s credibility on tax fall apart


6  Roundup

Pictures and numbers from the past two weeks


8 Talking Point

The Scottish Parliament independence camp shows some still cling onto the referendum


10 Political Spotlight

Tax, rather than spend, dominates the election campaign so far


12   Cover Story:  Welfare & Social Justice

Welfare hasn’t topped the agenda of election debate, but tackling poverty is key to success in other policy areas


18  Special feature: SFHA

Holyrood talks to Scottish Federation of Housing Associations chief executive Mary Taylor about welfare reform


20  Focus: Disability

Holyrood talks to Inclusion Scotland about increasing equality and access to politics for people with disabilities


22  Q&A: Academics

Three experts in social policy give their views on how Scotland should be using its new welfare powers


28 Comment

Henry McLeish: A policy debate is one thing; confronting a ‘mood’ is much more difficult


30 Spadversaries

John McTernan and Kevin Pringle reflect on the campaign trail


32 Diary

How dogs are the new babies, David Coburn’s periscope goes down and nicky sweeties 

33 On the campaign trail

The Scottish Greens’ Glasgow Kelvin campaign office


34 Last Word

Sketch: Liam Kirkaldy’s trip to the Scottish Labour conference

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