The SWC consults with women throughout Scotland around the issues that matter the most to them. Discussions have taken place with women from a variety of different backgrounds and of all ages.
The SWC uses the voices of these women to respond to Scottish and UK Government consultations.
Consultations, Enquiries and Calls for Evidence are one of the key ways in which the SWC communicates its wealth of evidence directly to policy makers. For this reason, our consultation development is at the heart of what we do, as it's the main way we see women's lived experiences being utilised to create positive change.
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Archived Consultation Responses
We are proud to have submitted a large number of consultation responses since our founding. These have covered a wide variety of issues impacting women, from Living Wage, affordable housing and meantal health, to pregnancy and maternity discrimination, tax reform and Brexit.
Through our work during SWC conferences, roundtables, and roadshows, we have developed a wealth of knowledge from women across Scotland sharing their lived experiences. This has provided guidance and evidence for our Consultation responses and other interactions with decision-makers.
In this section
“Tackling Harmful Gender Stereotypes in Advertising The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA), the body that administers the UK Advertising Codes, published a report last year – Depictions, Perceptions and Harm.
A Blueprint for 2020: The Expansion of Early Learning and Childcare In order to ensure that the funded early learning and childcare entitlement is delivered in high quality settings, the Scottish Government (SG) will introduce a new, and more progressive, service model in 2020.
A Criminal Offence of Domestic Abuse, April 2016 "The Scottish Government have been engaging with stakeholders to develop a specific offence of domestic abuse which is intended to improve how Scotland’s justice system responds to this kind of offending.
A Rural Conversation: “Together We Can, Together We Will” The National Council of Rural Advisers are consulting in order to explore the opportunities Scotland’s rural economy presents and the potential recommendations for the Scottish Government stemming from these.
Benefit Take Up The Scottish Parliament's Social Security Committee has launched an inquiry into benefit take-up.
Best Start Grant Regulations Following the passage of the Scotland Act 2016 and the subsequent devolution of new social security powers to Scotland, the Scottish Government has released a number of calls for views regarding the regulations regarding the new Social Security (Scotland) Bill.
Children (Equal Protection from Assault) (Scotland) Bill The Children (Equal Protection from Assault) (Scotland) Bill was introduced in the Scottish Parliament on 6 September 2018.
Children (Scotland) Bill The Scottish Parliament’s Justice Committee is asking for views on the Children (Scotland) Bill.
Draft for Consultation: Carer's Strategy Policy Statement The Carers Strategic Policy Statement is intended to maximise the benefits from national policies and approaches to support carers (including major ongoing reforms such as implementation of the Carers (Scotland) Act and the development of new social security powers for carers).
Early Learning and Childcare – 1140 Hours Expansion – Programme of Trials – Discussion Paper, April 2016 "The Scottish Government’s aim is to develop high quality, flexible early learning and childcare (ELC) which is affordable and accessible for all.
European and External Relations Committee – Call for Evidence - Scotland’s Relationship with the EU "The European and External Relations Committee is conducting an inquiry into the implications for Scotland’s relationship with the EU after the referendum result.
Extending Restrictions in Unsuitable Temporary Accommodation The Programme for Government announced by the First Minister on 5 September 2017 set out a new commitment to eradicate rough sleeping, transform the use of temporary accommodation in Scotland and end homelessness.
Good Work Plan: Proposals to Support Families The UK Government is seeking views on proposals to better support parents to balance work and family-life.
Human Trafficking and Exploitation Strategy In October 2015 the Scottish Parliament passed the Human Trafficking and Exploitation (Scotland) Act 2015, the first dedicated Scottish legislation on this issue.
Inquiry into Sexual Harassment and Inappropriate Conduct at the Scottish Parliament The Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee is holding an inquiry into sexual harassment and inappropriate conduct at the Scottish Parliament.
Interlinkages between Poverty and Human Rights in the United Kingdom The United Nations Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights will undertake an official visit to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland His visit will focus, in accordance with his mandate, on the interlinkages between poverty and the realization of human rights in the United Kingdom.
Interlinkages between Poverty and Human Rights in the United Kingdom The United Nations Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, Professor Philip Alston, will undertake an official visit to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland from 6 to 16 November 2018 at the invitation of the UK Government.
Low Pay Commission Response “The Low Pay Commission has been asked to recommend to the UK Government of the UK’s minimum wage rates to apply from April 2017-2018.
Low Pay Commission, 2019 The Low Pay Commission is the independent body that advises the Government on the level of the minimum wage.
Mental Health Framework The Scottish Government is seeking views on its proposed framework and priorities to transform mental health in Scotland.
Out of School Care in Scotland – A Draft Framework for Consultation The Scottish Government’s draft framework on Out of School Care sets out what is known about the out of school care sector in Scotland and asks questions about what the Scottish Government can do to support families in accessing high quality, flexible and affordable services which benefit children and parents and carers.
Period Products (Free Provision) (Scotland) Bill A call for views on a Bill to ensure everyone in Scotland who needs to use period products can obtain them free of charge through a "period products scheme" which the Scottish Government would have to set up.
Proposed Fair Rents (Scotland) Bill A proposal for a Bill to protect private sector tenants by introducing measures to limit rent increases and to increase the availability of information about rent levels.
Proposed Stalking Protection (Scotland) Bill The proposal is to introduce Stalking Protection Orders (SPOs) in Scotland, and to give the police the power to apply for SPOs on behalf of victims.
Proposed Wheelchairs (Short Term Access) (Scotland) Bill A proposal for a Bill to ensure the provision of wheelchairs to anyone assessed as needing one on a short-term, as well as a long-term basis.
Response to the Equality Statement of the Scottish Draft Budget 2016 - 2017 "The SWC welcomes the Equality Statement which accompanies the 2015-16 Draft Budget.
Review of the Scottish Social Housing Charter – A Consultation "Following this consultation, the Scottish Government will develop an updated version of the Charter and ask the Scottish Parliament to consider the changes and approve a new Charter from 1st April 2017.
Scotland's National Transport Strategy The Scottish Government are consulting on the new draft National Transport Strategy to help determine whether the Strategy's Vision, Priorities and Outcomes are the right ones for Scotland’s transport network for the next twenty years.
Scotland’s Health Conversation, January 2016 "There are a number of health inequalities in Scotland, with women in deprived inner city areas living much shorter lives than their peers in less populated, less deprived parts of the country.
Scottish Government: A Consultation on Improving Disability Assistance in Scotland The Scottish Government (SG) is consulting on whether the policy intent set out in the Scottish approach to Disability Assistance will meet the needs of the children and adults it is intended to help.
Sexual Harassment in the Workplace The UK Government are looking at whether the current laws on this issue provide the protections they’re supposed to; considering whether there are any gaps and thinking about what more can be done at a practical level to ensure people are properly protected at work.
Social Security (Scotland) Bill Historic legislation to establish Scotland’s first social security system has been introduced to the Scottish Parliament.
Social Security (Scotland) Bill - Explanatory Notes Explanatory Notes for the first Social Security (Scotland) Bill.
Social Security and in Work Poverty The Scottish Parliament’s Social Security Committee will focus on the potential impact of Universal Credit on in-work poverty and is seeking input from organisations and individuals to inform their view.
Social Security Consultation The SWC’s response to ‘A New Future for Social Security: Consultation on Social Security in Scotland’ has been informed by the voices of women from a range of backgrounds, geographical areas and of all ages throughout the country.
Tackling Harmful Gender Stereotypes in Advertising The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) – the body that administers the UK Advertising Codes – published a report last year – Depictions, Perceptions and Harm- which provided an evidence-based case for stronger regulation of ads that feature certain kinds of gender stereotypical roles and characteristics.
Technical Guidance on Sexual Harassment The Commission has issued draft guidance titled ‘Technical guidance on sexual harassment and harassment at work’ to help employers, workers and their representatives understand the law in this area and to set out best practice principles for handling these issues in the workplace.
Thank you letter from Jeane Freeman MSP - 23rd June Jeane Freeman thanks all organisations and members of the public involved in the Social Security Consultation Process and getting the Social Security Bill to Parliament.
The Impact of Leaving the European Union on Health and Social Care in Scotland The Scottish Parliament's Health and Sport Committee is considering what the NHS and social care in Scotland could look like post-Brexit with a focus on how potential risks could be mitigated and potential opportunities could be realised.
The Scottish Government Call for Views: A Consultation on Commencing Local Connection and Intentionality Provisions in Homelessness Legislation This Scottish Government consultation paper invites views on implementing the Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Action Group (HARSAG) recommendation to commence the Local Connection and Intentionality provisions in the Homelessness etc.
The Scottish Government Consultation on Electoral Reform Under the Scotland Act 2016, the Scottish Parliament and Government have new powers and responsibilities relating to elections to the Scottish Parliament.
Welfare Foods: A Consultation on Meeting the Needs of Children and Families in Scotland Currently, Welfare Foods are delivered through two schemes: The Healthy Start Scheme provides vouchers (direct financial support) to pregnant women and families on low incomes to purchase affordable nutritious food; and vitamins, for children and women (during pregnancy and after birth).
Welfare in Scotland The UK Parliament's Scottish Affairs Committee has launched an inquiry into Welfare in Scotland.
Widening the Scope of the Current Victim Statement Scheme The Scottish Government has committed to consulting on the details of widening the range of serious crimes which carry the right to make a victim statement.