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Summary

  1. Nicola Sturgeon delivers a statement outlining her programme for government
  2. Education Bill will deliver "radical change" in the running of schools
  3. New petrol and diesel cars and vans will be phased out in Scotland by 2032
  4. The 1% cap on public sector pay rises will be lifted
  5. Work will begin to fully implement Frank's Law
  6. A new obesity strategy will restrict marketing of foods high in fat, sugar or salt

Live Reporting

By Craig Hutchison

All times stated are UK

  1. That ends a busy day at Holyrood, here's a summary of the programme for government

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    Video caption: Nicola Sturgeon: 'Scotland to lift 1% public sector pay cap'

    The 1% cap on public sector pay rises in Scotland will be scrapped next year, Nicola Sturgeon has confirmed.

    The Scottish government has largely stuck to a UK-wide 1% limit on pay rises that was introduced in 2013 after a two-year freeze.

    But as she outlined her government's plans for the next year, the first minister said future pay rises would be based on the cost of living.

    There have been reports that the UK government is drawing up similar plans.

    The pay cap has led to complaints that public sector workers have seen dramatic real-terms drops in their earnings in recent years.

    Ms Sturgeon told the Scottish Parliament that "nurses, teachers, police officers and firefighters deserve a fairer deal for the future".

    She said: "We will, therefore, aim to secure pay rises from next year that are affordable, but which also reflect the real-life circumstances our public servants face and the contribution our public services make to the overall prosperity of our country."

  2. Boy's Brigade thanked for 'crucial work' by minister

    Childcare and Early Years Minister Mark McDonald
    Image caption: Childcare and Early Years Minister Mark McDonald

    Childcare and Early Years Minister Mark McDonald praises the work of youth workers and volunteers across Scotland.

    Mr McDonald extends his personal thank you to everyone involved in the Boy's Brigade in their crucial work helping to improve outcomes for young people.

    He wishes the Boy's Brigade well for the next hundred years.

  3. Minister praises the contribution of the Boy's Brigade to Scotland

    Childcare and Early Years Minister Mark McDonald
    Image caption: Childcare and Early Years Minister Mark McDonald

    Childcare and Early Years Minister Mark McDonald begins by admitting he was not in the Boy's Brigade but in the Scouts, leading to some good natured murmurings from his fellow MSPs.

    The minister sensibly moves on to pay warm tribute to the Boy's Brigade and the contribution the organisation makes to Scotland.

    Mr McDonald praises the volunteers who support young people.

    He recognises the contribution of the Boy's Brigade, other uniformed organisations and youth work to equity in Scotland.

  4. Background:The BB is celebrating 100 years of working with eight to 11-year olds in 2017

    The Boys’ Brigade (BB) is celebrating 100 years of working with eight to 11-year olds in 2017.

    The organisation is engaging its current members in a range of special events, challenges and programmes, to ensure that they are central to the very special celebrations.

    51st Bonnyrigg JS at Foxlake Adventures
    Image caption: 51st Bonnyrigg JS at Foxlake Adventures

    Members of the Juniors age group have been marking the milestone throughout 2017, including taking part in the Juniors100 Challenge where young people are being encouraged to complete 100 challenges including activities like ‘Taking part in a world record attempt’, ‘Learning basic first aid skills’, ‘Raising £100 for a local charity’ and ‘Trying-out a new sport’.

    The adventure for this age group started back in September 1917 and continues today with this week more than 5,000 eight to 11-year olds in the BB taking part in a fun and active programme across more than 400 groups across Scotland.

    The celebrations will run until the end of 2017 and actively encourages BB members and local communities to get together and celebrate the section whilst reaching each member’s full potential.

  5. Here's Mr Stewart's motion in full...............

    Boy's Brigade Juniors 100th Anniversary debate motion
  6. Juniors 100 Challenge

    Conservative MSp Alexander Stewart
    Image caption: Conservative MSP Alexander Stewart

    Mr Alexander uses his motion to welcome that in Autumn 2017, the Boys’ Brigade in Scotland is marking 100 years of working with the "Juniors" age group.

    The group was established in September 1917 when the Brigade Council, the Brigade's governing body, established the Boy Reserves to cater for boys aged from nine to 12.

    The Tory MSP says members of the Juniors have been marking the milestone throughout 2017, including taking part in the Juniors 100 Challenge where young people are being encouraged to complete 100 challenges.

    Mr Alexander tells the chamber these challenges include activities such as taking part in a world record attempt, learning basic first aid skills, raising £100 for a local charity and trying out a new sport.

  7. The Boy's Brigade

    Glasgow Science Centre Giant Sleepover
    Image caption: Glasgow Science Centre Giant Sleepover

    Mr Alexander says more than 5,000 eight to 11-year olds are taking part in a fun and active programme across more than 400 groups throughout Scotland.

    The Tory MSP says membership of The Boys' Brigade offers young people so much, the chance to excel in new skills or talents, to explore, discover new things and provide opportunities and, above all, to have fun.

    He says membership of The Boys’ Brigade can help children and young people’s health, tackling childhood obesity and helping bridge the educational attainment gap.

  8. Boys' Brigade Juniors 100th Anniversary member's debate

    Conservative MSP Alexander Stewart will now lead a member's debate celebrating the Boys' Brigade Juniors 100th Anniversary.

  9. That end's today's debate on the programme for government.........here's a recap:

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    Video caption: Nicola Sturgeon: 'Scotland to lift 1% public sector pay cap'

    The 1% cap on public sector pay rises in Scotland will be scrapped next year, Nicola Sturgeon has confirmed.

    The Scottish government has largely stuck to a UK-wide 1% limit on pay rises that was introduced in 2013 after a two-year freeze.

    But as she outlined her government's plans for the next year, the first minister said future pay rises would be based on the cost of living.

    There have been reports that the UK government is drawing up similar plans.

    The pay cap has led to complaints that public sector workers have seen dramatic real-terms drops in their earnings in recent years.

    Ms Sturgeon told the Scottish Parliament that "nurses, teachers, police officers and firefighters deserve a fairer deal for the future".

    She said: "We will, therefore, aim to secure pay rises from next year that are affordable, but which also reflect the real-life circumstances our public servants face and the contribution our public services make to the overall prosperity of our country."

  10. Swinney praises 'the boldness of the government's agenda'

    Deputy First Minister John Swinney
    Image caption: Deputy First Minister John Swinney

    Deputy First Minister John Swinney says his party have strived to establish the link between poverty and education, citing efforts to tackle the attainment gap.

    Mr Swinney says the challenges in housing were produced by the "recklessness of Conservative housing policy".

    He says the boldness of the government's agenda has been captured by SNP backbenchers reflecting on measures to strengthen the economy.

  11. NEWS: First minister pledges to 'fully implement' Frank's Law

    Amanda Kopel has campaigned for a change in the law since her husband Frank's death
    Image caption: Amanda Kopel has campaigned for a change in the law since her husband Frank's death

    The first minister has pledged to "fully implement" Frank's Law, the extension of free personal care to under 65s with degenerative conditions.

    It is named after former Dundee United footballer Frank Kopel, who died in 2014 after being diagnosed with dementia.

    Mr Kopel's wife, Amanda, has been campaigning for a change in the law since 2013.

    Frank Kopel was diagnosed with vascular dementia and Alzheimer's in 2008, aged 59.

  12. Tory MSP says of programme for government 'same old, same old'

    Conservative MSP Jackson Carlaw
    Image caption: Conservative MSP Jackson Carlaw

    Conservative MSP Jackson Carlaw welcomes the Frank's law proposal and the organ donation legislation.

    However Mr Carlaw says on the NHS, education and police the government has "run its course".

    He says "We were promised a refresh."

    But alas, Mr Carlaw says: "Same old, same old".