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Summary

  1. MSPs take evidence on legislation brought in after the Supreme Court ruling on the named persons scheme
  2. Finance, constitution and economy ministers are in the hot seats for portfolio questions.
  3. MSPs continue to debate the programme for government

Live Reporting

By Craig Hutchison and Colin Bell

All times stated are UK

  1. Goodnight from Holyrood Live...

    Holyrood

    That ends today's coverage of the Scottish parliament.

    We'll be back tomorrow morning with the Social Security Committee as it takes evidence from benefit claimants involved in the 'Your Say' project from 09:30.

    We'll see you then.

  2. Government appreciates high quality early years learning is important

    Mark McDonald

    Mr McDonald says the government knows that high quality early learning is important which is why it is increasing childcare hours.

    The childcare minister says the government appreciates that high quality early years learning is important.

    He says he is keen to see the development of great work that is happening in Scotland and spread this as widely as possible.

  3. The minister was too modest to boast about the bean bag challenge..........

    Generations Working Together

    The minister was too modest to boast about the bean bag challenge, but we have no such issue!

  4. Background: Generations Working Together

    Generations Working Together
    Image caption: Generations Working Together

    Generations Working Together provides information, delivers support and encourages involvement to benefit all of Scotland’s generations, by working, learning, volunteering and living together.

    VISIONThat all generations in Scotland will work together to create a better and fairer country for all.

  5. Government takes isolation and loneliness seriously

    Childcare and Early Years Minister Mark McDonald

    Childcare and Early Years Minister Mark McDonald says inter-generation practices aims to promote interaction between children and the elderly.

    Mr McDonald says he recently had to explain the concept of waiting for photos to be developed after taking a picture of his nieces and nephews on a disposable camera.

    The childcare minister says the Scottish government is keen to promote best inter-generation practice.

    He says the government takes isolation and loneliness seriously.

  6. People living longer a significant social challenge says SNP MSP

    SNP MSP Gail Ross

    SNP MSP Gail Ross says during parliamentary recess she visited the Brora Village Hub in Sutherland.

    Ms Ross says the hub helps older people and that staff and volunteers there clearly love their work.

    The SNP MSP says people are living longer which is proving to be a significant social challenge.

  7. BreakingMichel Barnier to meet Europe Committee on Monday

    Mr Barnier with Eurogroup President Jeroen Dijsselbloem
    Image caption: Mr Barnier with Eurogroup President Jeroen Dijsselbloem

    The European Commission’s Chief Negotiator for Brexit, Michel Barnier, will meet the Scottish Parliament’s European Committee next Monday (11 September 2017). The Committee will hear first-hand about the progress of the negotiations and the respective positions of the EU and the UK from the European Commission’s perspective.

    This meeting comes at a critical juncture in the negotiations. Following the last round of talks between the UK and the EU, Mr Barnier said that there had been a lack of decisive progress on the main areas of the negotiations.

    This visit will follow an evidence session on Thursday 7 September where the Committee will hear from Michael Russell, Minister for UK negotiations on Scotland’s Place in Europe regarding Article 50 Withdrawal Negotiations.

  8. The work of Generations Working Together is 'invaluable'

    Tory MSP Michelle Ballantyne
    Image caption: Tory MSP Michelle Ballantyne

    Tory MSP Michelle Ballantyne praises the work of the Generations Working Together.

    Ms Ballantyne says intergenerational bonds need not be traditional or biological.

    She says the work of Generations Working Together is invaluable.

  9. Minister visits Newbyres Nursery............

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    Ms Grahame points out that Childcare and Early Years Minister Mark McDonald visited the Newbyres Nursery earlier today.

  10. Generations Working Together

    Generations Working Together homepage

    Generations Working Together provides information, delivers support and encourages involvement to benefit all of Scotland’s generations, by working, learning, volunteering and living together.

  11. 'Laughter fills the room all by itself'

    Ms Grahame says the benefits to children and residents are there for all to see and that "laughter fills the room all by itself."

    The SNP MSP says there are 20 local networks across Scotland that allow people to get together.

    She says this can tackle community issues such as loneliness, isolation and ill health.

  12. Children visiting older residents - to their mutual benefit

    SNP MSP Christine Graham
    Image caption: SNP MSP Christine Graham

    SNP MSP Christine Grahame celebrates the innovative collaboration between Newbyres Village and Newbyres Nursery in Gorebridge, where children visit older residents on a weekly basis, having recently just discovered it.

    Ms Grahame says this is to the mutual benefit of the children and the older residents.

    The Midlothian South, Tweeddale and Lauderdale MSP says, on these visits, the children paint with the residents, are told stories, plant sunflowers, are taught nursery rhymes and play hilarious games, which assist hand and eye co-ordination of both young and old.

    She congratulates the charity, Generations Working Together, and Newbyres Village and Newbyres Nursery, on supporting this initiative, and notes the recommendations for similar projects elsewhere in Scotland.

    Of her visit she says: "It is the fun and the laughter that I remember".

  13. Here is the motion in full......

    Moton
  14. 'Generations Working Together' debate

    Old and young play

    SNP MSP Christine Grahame will now lead a debate celebrating Generations Working Together.

  15. That concludes today's debate on the programme for government

    Montage

    That concludes today's debate on the programme for government, but fret not there's more tomorrow afternoon!