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Summary

  1. PLEASE SCROLL DOWN FOR LIVE TEXT COVERAGE
  2. The European and External Relations Committee took evidence on alternatives to EU membership
  3. Social care, computer programming and tax reform were all discussed during general questions
  4. Nicola Sturgeon faced opposition party leaders during first minister's questions
  5. SNP MSP Christian Allard led a debate focusing on the impact of the UK Immigration Bill on Scotland.
  6. The Private Housing (Tenancies) (Scotland) Bill was debated for the first time
  7. The Scottish government lead a debate celebrating the success of Scotland’s young people and youth work

Live Reporting

By Craig Hutchison and Colin Bell

All times stated are UK

  1. That's all from Holyrood Live for this week

    The parliament is adjourned ending our Holyrood Live coverage of the Scottish Parliament on Thursday 21 January 2016.

    Holyrood at night
    Image caption: Holyrood at night, much like the chamber this afternoon!

    We hope you all have a good weekend and we'll be back next week.  

  2. MSPs agree general principles of the Private Housing (Tenancies) (Scotland) Bill

    Deputy Presiding Officer Tricia Marwick says the parliament power supply was interrupted twice this afternoon, with the loss of lighting. 

    The cause was external, says Ms Marwick.

    Deputy Presiding Officer Tricia Marwick

    MSPs agree the general principles of the Private Housing (Tenancies) (Scotland) Bill.

    The government motion from the Celebrating the Success of Scotland's Young People and Youth Work debate is passed unanimously.

    The Labour amendment was defeated.

  3. Happy 60th Birthday Duke of Edinburgh Awards - Minister

    Ms Campbell praises the Duke of Edinburgh Awards and wishes them a happy 60th birthday.

    The minister says the UK government wants to apply a one size fits all approach through the cadets system.

    Duke of Edinburgh at awards ceremony
    Image caption: 'Happy 60th birthday' Duke of Edinburgh awards

    She calls on the UK government to take cognisance of all youth work in Scotland, which we should be proud of. 

    The Youth Awards Networks future looks very bright, says the minister.

    Ms Campbell concludes saying there is a good story to tell about youth awards, with 73,000 stories of young people helping their communities. 

  4. Minister says the reach of youth work is vast

    Young People's Minister Aileen Campbell highlights the power of what youth work can achieve.

    It can keep young people in education longer and can reach those furthest away from achieving qualifications, says the minister.

    Young People's Minister Aileen Campbell

    Ms Campbell says the reach of youth work is vast and its impact must be understood in an evidenced way. 

    She says there is nothing worse than adults assuming what children want. 

  5. Recharge in Tranent praised by Labour MSP

    Labour MSP Iain Gray says there were 73,000 youth awards last year and there has been cross-party praise of the youth work sector during the debate.

    Mr Gray says East Lothian was singled out for praise in the review of youth awards. 

    The East Lothian MSP highlights the work of Recharge in Tranent

    Recharge
    Image caption: Recharge

    The Labour MSP also praises the increasing John Muir Awards.

    Mr Gray says he is disappointed that the minister said she would not back his amendment. 

    His amendment asserts young people's achievements of all kinds should be more systematically recognised by the education system through the adoption of a universal Scottish graduate certificate encompassing academic, vocational and voluntary achievement.

  6. Tory MSP praises debate carried out in a 'Barry Manilow' atmosphere

    Scottish Conservative MSP Jackson Carlaw says the debate has been conducted in lighting that created the atmosphere of a Barry Manilow concert.

    Barry Manilow

    Mr Carlaw also praises the the deputy presiding officer, who he says is "much more electable with the lights out".

    Jackson Carlaw

    The Tory MSP praises the Duke of Edinburgh award and he highlights the increase of awards across Scotland.

    He says there must be a focus on ensuring employers are fully aware of the outcomes of the awards.

    Mr Carlaw says time in the cadets can give a lifelong appreciation of volunteering and disparages anyone who says that time creates "cannon fodder".

  7. Every confidence in future generations

    SNP MSP Graeme Day says it is important that young people's voices are heard.

    SNP MSP Graeme Day

    Mr Day says the young people he comes into contact with gives him great confidence in future generations.   

  8. There must be parity between youth work and schools - Lib Dem

    The deputy presiding officer praises MSPs for carrying on in difficult circumstances.

    Lib Dem MSP Tavish Scott begins his speech as the light gently returns to the chamber like a Spring dawn.

    Lib Dem MSP Tavish Scott

    Mr Scott, as he emerges from the gloom, praises the "excellent briefing" from YouthLink Scotland's chief executive Jim Sweeney.

    He says there must be parity between youth work and schools in trying to achieve the many goals, like closing the attainment gap. 

  9. Background: Young people's National Call to Action

    Young people have been delivering a National Call to Action to politicians across Scotland in their local constituencies. 

    In a Holyrood manifesto launch with young people at the heart of it, Scotland’s National Youth Work Agency, YouthLink Scotland has called for further investment in the youth work sector as part of the drive to close the educational attainment gap.

    First Minister Nicola Sturgeon receives a Call to Action from Scotland's young people
    Image caption: First Minister Nicola Sturgeon receives a Call to Action from Scotland's young people

    First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon is one of 150 politicians who have been visited by young local constituents. 

    She met with Suleman Rehman, Yusuf Desai and Muhammad Mahmood. 

    Yusuf and Muhammad are working towards their bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award. 

    Suleman is working with a team at Southside Housing Association to design a new youth work project for young people aged 14-18 in Pollokshields.  

  10. Light in the dark!

    Labour MSP Drew Smith also bravely carries on in the near dark, as it appears a second power cut has taken hold at Holyrood. 

    Chamber

    Mr Smith says the deputy presiding officer may be gesturing for him to hurry up, but he is going to carry on as he can't see him!

    Drew Smith

    The Labour MSP commends all the good work going on in youth work across Scotland.

  11. More can be done - SNP MSP

    SNP MSP Linda Fabiani says she's quite happy to continue in the dark.

    Ms Fabiani says in her own area there is a youth club called The Key but that the youngsters there never meet young people from different clubs.

    Various clubs need to be brought together, she says. 

    The East Kilbirde MSP says there is much being done but more can be done. 

  12. The lights go out yet again at Holyrood

    The lights go out yet again at Holyrood.

    SNP MSP Linda Fabiani soldiers in the dark, given the advice of the deputy presiding officer.

    SNP MSP Linda Fabiani
  13. Background: Youth Awards Network

    YouthLink Scotland says the Youth Awards Network was established in 2008 and there has been a significant growth in participation and completion of youth awards. 

    There has been a 273% increase between 2009/10 and 2014/15 over a selection of youth awards.. 

    Youth work from YouthLink Scotland
    Image caption: Youth work from YouthLink Scotland

    The Education Scotland HMIE Report, A review of youth awards in Scotland: Helping young people to be successful, confident, effective and responsible praised the Youth Awards Network  

  14. Tories will not be supporting Labour amendment

    Scottish Conservative MSP Nanette Milne says there is more work to be done on the Labour amendment and her party will not be supporting it.

    Surely there can be no better investment than supporting the young people that need help the most in their local communities, she says.

    Scottish Conservative MSP Nanette Milne

    Ms Milne says the fact that we are debating these issues is good news going forward.

    She says she would like to see evidence based research linking the Youth Awards to attainment. 

  15. Background: Scotland's Youth Work key facts from YouthLink

    Young People

    • National Voluntary Youth Work Organisations are working with over 380,000 young people across Scotland
    • This amounts to 31% of the overall population of 5-25 year olds AND 53% of young people
    • The majority of these young people 92% are aged 17 and under.
    Scottish government/ Youth Work Strategy
    Image caption: Scottish government/ Youth Work Strategy

    Workforce

    • Over 80,000 adult working with young people through youth work – as paid employees and as volunteers. 
    • Almost 13 million hours of volunteering through National Voluntary Youth Work Organisations
    • Based on a notional sessional staff rate of £10 per hour, replacing these volunteer hours per year equates to £128 million per annum

    For further info please click here to see the full survey.   

    National Voluntary Youth Work Organisations (Scotland) Survey 2012 and YouthLink Scotland Local Authority Data Return (2014, unpublished)

  16. Investing in youth work now helps address future budget challenges

    The Labour MSP says a real partnership between formal education and youth work is essential to close the attainment gap. 

    Ms Hilton says that is why the Labour amendment asserts young people's achievements of all kinds.

    Cara Hilton

    It says these achievements should be more systematically recognised by the education system through the adoption of a universal Scottish graduate certificate encompassing academic, vocational and voluntary achievement.

    She says YouthLink Scotland's chief executive Jim Sweeney has said not all young people respond to formal education and another path is needed. 

    Ms Hilton says investing in youth work now can help to address future budget challenges. 

  17. Background: YouthLink Scotland

    YouthLink Scotland is the national agency for Youth Work, with over 100 youth organisations represented; its membership represents the whole of the youth work sector in Scotland, including youth work services in your local constituency.

    Cashback Story Book Launch Barnardo's Graffiti girl
    Image caption: Cashback Story Book Launch Barnardo's Graffiti girl

    YouthLink Scotland is a member of the Youth Awards Network, and it welcomes the recent publication of the Education Scotland report, A Review of Youth Awards in Scotland. 

    Youth Awards add a significant benefit and strength to the provision of youth work and the positive outcomes experienced by young people through youth work – and make a valued contribution to the many ways in which Youth Work Changes Lives

  18. Transgender youth told Labour MSP youth work saved his life

    Labour MSP Cara Hilton joins the minister in welcoming the success of Scotland's young people and the growth of youth awards.

    Ms Hilton says the awards have a key role to play.

    Labour MSP Cara Hilton

    The Labour MSP says for some young people youth awards can be life changing. 

    Ms Hilton says YouthLink Scotland estimate 53% of young people have worked with the National Youth Work Organisations.

    She cites the case of a young man, who is transgender, who told her that youth work saved his life. 

  19. Young people in the voluntary sector the highest in UK - Minister

    Ms Campbell says 49% of young people in Scotland are involved in voluntary work which is the highest in the UK.

    Volunteering and participating help our young people to play an important role in society, she says.

    Aileen Campbell

    The minister says the independence referendum showed how beneficial it was having young people involved in politics.

    Ms Campbell says there is more we can do to put forward the benefits of youth work.