THE Scottish Cabinet is to meet in a picturesque village on the country’s west coast as the government sees the return of a policy which has been frozen since the Covid pandemic.

The public will also be invited to quiz ministers at an event in Inveraray, on the shores of Loch Fyne in Argyll and Bute.

The village, known for being home to the seat of Clan Campbell at Inveraray Castle (below), will host Scotland’s top Government ministers as the “Travelling Cabinet” programme resumes.

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Members of the public can also sign up to attend a public meeting with the Cabinet on Monday October 2, with a question and answer session to be followed by “light refreshments”.

The Scottish Government said it will be the 51st time that a Travelling Cabinet has been held, with the policy having been launched in 2008.

The most recent event was in Stirling in 2019 before a now four-year pause was precipitated by the Covid pandemic.

SNP leader Humza Yousaf said: “As First Minister, I am looking forward to getting out and about with the Cabinet to meet people in and around Inveraray and listen to their views.

“I’ll be laying out my vision to boost growth, reduce poverty and build a more equal and just society, and look forward to discussing with the people of Argyll and Bute how to achieve this within their local communities.

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“This will be the first of many more Cabinet public discussion events I intend to host, providing an opportunity for local people to engage directly with Ministers and to help shape and inform Government decision making.

“Your voice is important and it is vital it is heard – I’m really looking forward to listening to and engaging with the people of Argyll and Bute during this Travelling Cabinet session.”

The National: The George Hotel, InverarayThe high street at Inveraray is known for its white terraces

The Government has created an Eventbrite page where people can sign up to attend the public session, which will be held at the Inveraray Inn from 14:30 to 1600.  Audience members will then “be invited to join members of the Cabinet for light refreshments” for one hour.

The Cabinet meeting will take place at the Inveraray Parish Church beforehand.

The Government said there will be security measures in place including a need to prove name and address on entry (with ID such as a driving licence) and all bags searched.

You can sign up to attend the event here.