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Briefing Papers 2017

The SWC produces briefing papers using information published by Scottish and UK Governments.

These easy-to-read, non-jargoned reports contain the key facts from each document which are relevant to women in Scotland today.

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Social Security (Scotland) Bill Briefing Paper

The Social Security (Scotland) Bill is a landmark piece of legislation. It focuses on the enactment by the Scottish Parliament of a number of powers over social security which are in the process of being transferred over from the UK Parliament.

The proportion of the social security budget that will devolve to Scotland amounts to £2.7 billion, or 15%, of the total £17.5 billion allocated to Scotland annually. The Scottish Government has set forth their legislative framework in the form of the new Bill, with a universal emphasis on respect and dignity.

The majority of recipients of social security here in Scotland are overwhelmingly women. This is due to a number of persisting inequalities faced across all levels of society such as childcare costs, gender streaming and discrimination. It is vital that their voices continue to be heard in order for Scottish Social Security to strive for equality.

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General Election 2017 - Priorities for Women

On the 18th April, Prime Minister Theresa May announced that a 'snap' general election will be held on Thursday 8th June this year.

The Scottish Women’s Convention (SWC) has consulted with individuals and women’s organisations throughout Scotland on the key issues which impact on women. Powers such as Brexit negotiations; Employment and Equalities Legislation and key aspects of the welfare system all remain with Westminster.

Women account for over 50% of the adult population in Scotland. It is vital that their voices are heard and listened to during the campaigning process.

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Analysis of Written Responses to the Consultation on Social Security in Scotland

The Scottish Government consultation on ‘A New Future for Social Security in Scotland’ marked another important step in the Scottish Government’s journey towards delivering a uniquely Scottish social security system.

It also represented the next stage in the Scottish Government’s work to ensure that the people closest to, and most impacted by, the devolution of social security powers have the opportunity to make their views known. The proportion of the Scottish social security budget that will devolve to Scotland amounts to £2.7 billion, or 15% of the total £17.5 billion spent in Scotland every year.

The consultation contained a total of 234 key questions. It was designed in order to allow people to focus on the areas of most interest of relevance to them.

Independent research to analyse the 521 responses to the consultation document was carried out by Research Scotland. This Briefing Paper provides a broad overview of the information received.

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