Working with the UK Covid-19 Inquiry
How does the Scottish Covid-19 Inquiry fit with the UK Covid-19 Inquiry?
If you live in Scotland, you may be affected by the investigations of both the Scottish Covid-19 Inquiry and the UK Covid-19 Inquiry. The website for the UK Covid-19 Inquiry can be found here.
People living in Scotland are governed by laws made under powers devolved to the Scottish Government and Parliament, and laws made under powers reserved to the UK Government and Parliament. A list of reserved matters is set out in Schedule 5 of the Scotland Act 1998. They include, for example, social security schemes such as universal credit, immigration and asylum, product safety, health and safety at work, and employment rights and duties.
The response to the pandemic involved both Scottish and UK authorities. The combination of the Scottish and UK Covid-19 Inquiries aims to ensure that both the devolved Scottish response and the UK response to the pandemic are investigated. The Scottish Covid-19 Inquiry will investigate areas devolved to Scotland. The specific matters that it will investigate are set out in its Terms of Reference. They relate broadly to the devolved areas of education, health, welfare assistance and financial support. The UK Covid-19 Inquiry's investigations will extend to other issues relating to the pandemic response in Scotland in reserved areas. The specific matters that it will investigate are set out in its Terms of Reference.
The Scottish Covid-19 Inquiry is liaising with the UK Covid-19 Inquiry to minimise any duplication of investigation, evidence gathering and reporting.