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Public Services Reform (Scotland) Act 2010

Miscellaneous and general

Section 41 – Dissolution of the Scottish Arts Council

71.This section dissolves the Scottish Arts Council and revokes its Royal Charter.

Section 42 – Transfer of staff etc.

72.Subsection (1) provides for the employees, property and liabilities of the Scottish Arts Council and Scottish Screen to transfer to Creative Scotland from the date on which the Scottish Arts Council is dissolved. Scottish Screen will be dissolved by non-legislative means.

73.Subsection (2) provides that the transfer of Scottish Arts Council and Scottish Screen employees does not terminate their contracts of employment and has effect as if their contracts of employment were originally made with Creative Scotland. Subsection (3) provides that all rights, powers, duties and liabilities surrounding a transferred person’s contract of employment transfer to Creative Scotland. For example, an Employment Tribunal claim actionable against the Scottish Arts Council or Scottish Screen by an employee would transfer with the employee and become actionable against Creative Scotland (subject to the time limits and other rules for bringing such claims).

74.Subsection (4) provides that a transferred person’s right to terminate their contract of employment, where there is a substantially detrimental change to the person’s contract of employment, is not affected by the provisions of subsections (1) to (3). However, a change of the identity of a person’s employer from the Scottish Arts Council or Scottish Screen to Creative Scotland is not to be treated as a substantially detrimental change to the person’s contract of employment.

Section 43 – Creative Scotland: Modifications of enactments

75.This section gives effect to schedule 10, which modifies enactments that refer to the Scottish Arts Council and Scottish Screen and where a reference to Creative Scotland is required.

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