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New UK Government appointments and Scottish Government Programme for Government

On 6 September 2022 Liz Truss, the new Prime Minister, announced her Cabinet and other ministers, while the Scottish Government published its annual Programme of Government.

UK Government

Michelle Donelan was appointed as Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport on 6 September 2022 and replaces Nadine Dorries. For more information about Michelle Donelan, see her profile on the UK Parliament website. See also Michelle Donelan succeeds Dorries as culture secretary by Lauren Brown in The Bookseller 6 September 2022.

Scottish Government

The Scottish Government’s Programme for Government is published every year at the beginning of September and sets out the actions the government will take in the coming year and beyond. The current programme – A stronger and more resilient Scotland: the Programme for Government 2022 to 2023 – published on 6 September 2022 includes the legislative programme for the next parliamentary year. The full programme is set out on the Scottish Government website.

See in particular the plans for:

Change to charities regulation which may affect Publishing Scotland and some members

The Circular Economy Bill and the targets for overall net zero by 2045 

SMEs: the Scottish Government is working with Scottish businesses to press the UK Government for measures including:

  • Protection from energy price rises for SMEs
  • A VAT reduction on business energy bills
  • An expansion of shortage occupation lists to enable improvements in filling vacancies from overseas
  • Support in handling business debt including the extension of the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme and other loans

Fair Work: publish a refreshed Fair Work Action Plan and introduce Fair Work conditionality for Scottish Government grants, subject to devolved competence