Sunday, 3 January 2016
The Final Furlong
We are entering the final stages of this project. The time available was always going to be short but we have achieved a lot in a short time.
The draft final report was forwarded to the members of the Review Panel and the Steering Group on 10th December with a request for comments to be returned to me by 6th January. These comments will help the Research Group refine the report ready for publication on 1st February.
I think the draft final Report confirms that the project has assembled a large amount of very relevant information and presented it clearly. This is confirmed by the feedback I have seen from early reviewers, but the aim will be to improve the report in the remaining time available.
I look forward to the event at Battleby, on 8 February, when Dr Aileen McLeod, MSP, Minister for Environment, Climate Change & Land Reform, will launch the final report to senior guests from Forum member organisations and elsewhere. The final activity that is currently planned, will be a briefing for MSPs at Holyrood on 25th February and it is significant that the Minister will be attending this briefing.