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Consultation responses

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.

Related publications

A Blueprint for 2020: The Expansion of Early Learning and Childcare in ScotlandA Blueprint for 2020: The Expansion of Early Learning and Childcare in Scotland The Scottish Government’s aim is to make Scotland the best place in the world to grow up, and to give all of our children the best possible start in life.

A Criminal Offence of Domestic Abuse, April 2016A 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.

Advertising Standards Agency call for Evidence on Gender Stereotyping in Advertising June 2016Advertising Standards Agency call for Evidence on Gender Stereotyping in Advertising June 2016

Budget 2017Budget 2017 The Scottish Women’s Convention (SWC) has consulted with women throughout Scotland using a variety of communication channels including roadshows and thematic events, surveys, localised round table discussions and conferences.

CAP and BCAP Regulatory Statement on the Sexual Portrayal of Under-18s in AdvertisingCAP and BCAP Regulatory Statement on the Sexual Portrayal of Under-18s in Advertising This consultation outlines proposals to introduce new rules prohibiting the sexual portrayal or sexual representation of under-18s (or those who appear to be under 18) in advertising.

Children (Equal Protection from Assault) (Scotland) BillChildren (Equal Protection from Assault) (Scotland) Bill John Finnie, MSP, has launched a consultation relating to a draft proposal lodged at the first stage in the process of introducing a Member’s Bill into the Scottish Parliament.

Commission on Parliamentary ReformCommission on Parliamentary Reform The Commission on Parliamentary Reform was launched by the Presiding Officer of the Scottish Parliament on 26 October 2016.

Domestic Abuse BillDomestic Abuse Bill The SWC welcomes and fully supports the introduction of this Bill.

Early Learning and Childcare – 1140 Hours Expansion – Programme of Trials – Discussion Paper, April 2016Early 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.

Equally Safe – Scotland’s strategy for eradicating violence against women and girlsEqually Safe – Scotland’s strategy for eradicating violence against women and girls In 2016, the Scottish Government (SG) published a revised version of “Equally Safe: Scotland’s Strategy to Eradicate Violence against Women and Girls (VAWG).

European and External Relations Committee – Call for Evidence - Scotland’s Relationship with the EUEuropean 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.

Evidence on Prostitution in ScotlandEvidence on Prostitution in Scotland The Scottish Government is seeking comments concerning potential policy implications arising from research put forth in the report, “Exploring Available Knowledge and Evidence on Prostitution in Scotland via Practitioner-Based Interviews”.

Free Personal Care for Under 65Free Personal Care for Under 65 Within Scotland, the current procedure and criteria for free personal care stipulates an age limit of 65 and above or, alternatively, if the individual is in the last six months of a terminal illness.

Gender Representation on Public BoardsGender Representation on Public Boards This consultation seeks views on the Scottish Government’s draft Gender Representation on Public Boards (Scotland) Bill.

Gender Representation on Public Boards (Scotland) BillGender Representation on Public Boards (Scotland) Bill The Gender Representation on Public Boards (Scotland) Bill was introduced by Cabinet Secretary for Communities, Social Security and Equalities, Angela Constance MSP in June 2017.

Good College Governance Consultation ResponseGood College Governance Consultation Response The Good College Governance Task Group made a series of recommendations to improve the governance arrangements in Scotland's Colleges.

Human Trafficking and Exploitation StrategyHuman 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.

Implications of Leaving the EU on Equalities Legislation and Policy in the UKImplications of Leaving the EU on Equalities Legislation and Policy in the UK

Inquiry into NHS Clinical GovernanceInquiry into NHS Clinical Governance As part of the inquiry into the culture of the NHS, the Scottish Parliament’s Health and Sport Committee has decided to look at clinical governance within healthcare.

Intimidation Experienced by Parliamentary CandidatesIntimidation Experienced by Parliamentary Candidates The purpose of the review is to examine the nature of the problem of intimidation and consider whether current measures are satisfactory to address such behaviour, especially given the rise of social media and how enforceable these measures are.

Lord Bracadale Independent Review of Hate Crime Legislation in ScotlandLord Bracadale Independent Review of Hate Crime Legislation in Scotland Lord Bracadale has been appointed by the Scottish Ministers to undertake an independent review of hate crime legislation in Scotland.

Low Pay Commission ResponseLow 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.

Mental Health FrameworkMental Health Framework The Scottish Government is seeking views on its proposed framework and priorities to transform mental health in Scotland.

Offensive Behaviour at Football and Threatening Communications (Repeal) (Scotland) BillOffensive Behaviour at Football and Threatening Communications (Repeal) (Scotland) Bill This Bill was introduced in the Scottish Parliament on 21 June 2017 by James Kelly, MSP.

Police 2026Police 2026 The SWC has replied to Police Scotland and the SPA’s request for comment on drafting a strategy concerning significant changing in policing over the next ten years in Scotland.

Rail Infrastructure Strategy Scotland’s railways are a national asset.

Rail Infrastructure StrategyRail Infrastructure Strategy Scotland’s railways are a national asset.

Response to the Equality Statement of the Scottish Draft Budget 2016 - 2017Response to the Equality Statement of the Scottish Draft Budget 2016 - 2017 "The SWC welcomes the Equality Statement which accompanies the 2015-16 Draft Budget.

Response to the Low Pay Commission ConsultationResponse to the Low Pay Commission Consultation The Low Pay Commission (LPC) is the independent body that monitors the impact of the National Minimum Wage (NMW).

Review of the Scottish Social Housing Charter – A ConsultationReview 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 Health Conversation, January 2016Scotland’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.

Social Security (Scotland) BillSocial Security (Scotland) Bill Historic legislation to establish Scotland’s first social security system has been introduced to the Scottish Parliament.

Social Security (Scotland) BillSocial Security (Scotland) Bill The Social Security (Scotland) Bill was introduced in June, 2017.

Social Security (Scotland) Bill - Explanatory NotesSocial Security (Scotland) Bill - Explanatory Notes Explanatory Notes for the first Social Security (Scotland) Bill.

Social Security Conference ReportSocial Security Conference Report As part of the Scottish Government’s consultation ‘A New future for Social Security in Scotland’, the Scottish Women’s Convention (SWC) has engaged with women, discussing issues around social security which are important to them, their families and communities as a whole.

Social Security ConsultationSocial 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.

Thank you letter from Jeane Freeman MSP - 23rd JuneThank 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 Committee of Advertising Practice and Broadcast Committee of Advertising Practice's Consultation on the Sexual Portrayal of under-18's in AdvertisingThe Committee of Advertising Practice and Broadcast Committee of Advertising Practice's Consultation on the Sexual Portrayal of under-18's in Advertising This consultation outlines proposals to introduce new rules prohibiting the sexual portrayal or sexual representation of under-18s (or those who appear to be under 18) in advertising.

The Economy, Jobs and Fair Work Committee Inquiry on the Gender Pay Gap in ScotlandThe Economy, Jobs and Fair Work Committee Inquiry on the Gender Pay Gap in Scotland The Committee plans to focus the inquiry on three areas: • Defining the gender pay gap, and looking at how it is measured.

The Fawcett Society’s Sex Discrimination Law ReviewThe Fawcett Society’s Sex Discrimination Law Review The SWC has responded to the Fawcett Society’s Sex Discrimination Law Review’s second panel session concerning Brexit and VAWG.

The Scottish Parliament Justice Committee: Inquiry into Railway PolicingThe Scottish Parliament Justice Committee: Inquiry into Railway Policing The Scottish Parliament’s Justice Committee is seeking views on the Railway Policing (Scotland) Bill.

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