Devolution of employment powers to tackle poverty
6th June 2021 by admin
Social Justice Secretary Shona Robison has called on party leaders at Holyrood to back a bid for full devolution of employment powers to the Scottish Parliament to support post-pandemic recovery. Writing in a letter to opposition leaders, Ms Robison also urged cross-party support for the Scottish Parliament and Scottish Government to support a national mission...
Period Products in Schools Regulations coming in to force
19th October 2020 by Aileen Campbell
Having your period is natural and normal. Period products are not a luxury. That’s why the Scottish Government is campaigning to tackle the stigma around menstruation and period products, and why we are investing and taking action to make sure that everyone has access to vital products. Today marks a significant milestone in our journey...
Two child benefit limit should be scrapped
1st August 2019 by Shirley-Anne Somerville MSP
The two-child benefit limit implemented by the UK Government should be scrapped. The latest statistics released on the number of people affected by the cap on Child Tax Credits and the Child Element of Universal Credit is sad reading. Behind every number is a family denied and a child that has not received support they...
Gender recognition consultation is a vital conversation
14th November 2017 by Angela Constance MSP
One of the benefits of devolution has been an ability to defend and promote LGBTI rights. Scotland was the first country in the UK to consult on same sex marriage, and we’ve reformed adoption law to permit same sex couples to adopt jointly. We also want to do more to ensure that we are creating...
Social Innovation for Hidden Disabilities
15th August 2017 by michellekerr
Many thanks Glyn Morris from Friendly Access who has provided our first guest blog: I have always said “we all know that whilst an impairment cannot necessarily be changed, the environment often can, making the environment the disabling factor”. It’s for this reason Friendly Access was established to holistically address and improve accessibility across Scotland, regardless...
Fairer Scotland Action Plan Launched
12th October 2016 by Shona McTavish
On Wednesday 5 October 2016 Angela Constance, Cabinet Secretary for Communities, Social Security and Equalities launched the Fairer Scotland Action Plan at the Princes Trust in Glasgow. The plan is a clear commitment to the people of Scotland that we are taking long term action to change our society and make it a fairer and...
Denial of Dignity
27th June 2016 by Shona McTavish
Definition The definition of dignity is self-respect and self-worth. The UN Declaration of Human Rights is clear that everyone has the right to dignity. For many people living on benefits, or in poverty dignity is all that they can lay claim to. But even this, is now being eroded, by welfare and disability reforms. Sanctions,...