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Scotland 2017

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.

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Free 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. If a person under the age limit applies to have their care needs assessed and the outcome is that care is required, they are obligated to pay for said care depending on weekly income.

Under the current law, a person under 65 years old can be assessed by their local authority as requiring personal care due to the nature of their illness or heath condition but then be told that in order to receive the care they need they will be required to fund it themselves. The current law also allows local authorities to charge for this type of care and in practice most do so.

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Gender 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. It provides procedures to ensure that women are represented as at least 50% of non-executive members.

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Inquiry 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. This refers to the systems through which NHS organisations are accountable for continuously monitoring and improving the quality of their care and services, whilst ensuring they safeguard high standards.

Throughout Scotland, women make up the majority of those with a stake in healthcare. The vast majority of the NHS workforce is made up of women across all levels. In addition, as service users, women have a greater stake in clinical governance of healthcare in Scotland as mothers, unpaid carers and patients. It is crucial that any reforms that seek to improve the quality of our health services are influenced by the voices of these women.

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Offensive 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. The purpose is to repeal in its entirety the Offensive Behaviour at Football and Threatening Communications (Scotland) Act 2012. At present, the Act makes provision for two criminal offences, one involving “offensive behaviour at regulated football matches” (Section 1), and one involving “threatening communications” (Section 6). Arguments for removal of the Act include its perceived failure to tackle sectarianism and the presence of sufficient legislation in place to cover offensive behaviour.

The Scottish Women’s Convention engages with women using numerous communication channels including Roadshow events, Thematic Conferences and regional contact groups. This submission provides the views of women and reflects their opinions and experiences in a number of key areas relevant to the impact of offensive behaviour, it also lays out vital arguments in a gendered context as to why this Bill should remain.

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Social Security (Scotland) Bill

The Social Security (Scotland) Bill was introduced in June, 2017. This landmark piece of legislation focuses on a number of powers over social security which will be transferred from the UK Parliament to the Scottish Parliament.

The Scottish Women’s Convention engages with women using numerous communication channels including Roadshow events, Thematic Conferences and regional contact groups. This submission provides the views of women and reflects their opinions and experiences in a number of key areas relevant to the issues surrounding social security and reform of this system.

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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Children (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. The aim of this proposal is to promote and safeguard the health and well-being of children and young people by ensuring they are afforded the same right to protection from assault as adults.

At present, the Criminal Justice (Scotland) Act, 2003, prohibits certain forms of physical punishment against children by parents and carers. However, this leaves room for a defence of justifiable assault under common law, specifically against children alone, as a form of punishment. In order to bring the law into line with United Nation’s guidance and the large number of countries that have already criminalised all forms of physical punishment, this proposal seeks to curtail any grounds for justifiable assault and ensure the utmost protection for children

We welcome the opportunity to respond to the proposed Bill to equate any form of physical punishment against children as that which is used against an adult and subject to prosecution. This pledges to inform at both a domestic and international level that Scotland is emboldened to commit itself to protection of all children.

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Equally 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).” The strategy envisages a Scotland where women and girls live free from all forms of violence and abuse.

This consultation focuses on the delivery plan of the strategy, which sets out the actions undertaken by the SG, the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (COSLA), and key partners to make Equally Safe a priority. In responding to this consultation, consideration is given of the actions entailed under each priority and whether they are considered relevant, effective and appropriate.

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Evidence 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”. In commissioning such a report, the Scottish Government is acknowledging that more must be done to eliminate the harm caused to women through prostitution.

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Rail Infrastructure Strategy

Scotland’s railways are a national asset. They provide a vital public service to people and communities across the country and enable businesses to move goods and materials to markets. Railways are a key part of the implementation of Scotland’s Economic Strategy, supporting a resilient and growing economy through the Scottish Government’s four priority areas of investment: infrastructure, innovation, inclusive growth and international engagement.

The Scottish Women’s Convention engages with women using numerous communication channels including Roadshow events, Thematic Conferences and regional contact groups. This submission provides the views of women and reflects their opinions and experiences in a number of key areas relevant to the issues around rail infrastructure in Scotland.

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Gender Representation on Public Boards

This consultation seeks views on the Scottish Government’s draft Gender Representation on Public Boards (Scotland) Bill. The Bill is a key commitment in the Scottish Government’s Programme for Government 2016-17: A Plan for Scotland, and represents a further step towards the realisation of women’s equality in Scotland, a goal which remains at the heart of the Scottish Government’s vision for an equal Scotland.

Using the new competence transferred to the Scottish Parliament through the Scotland Act 2016, the Bill will require positive action to be taken to redress gender imbalances on public sector boards.

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Good College Governance Consultation Response

The Good College Governance Task Group made a series of recommendations to improve the governance arrangements in Scotland's Colleges. The report also covers the equality impact concerning appointments to college boards, and states that any appointment must take into account the effect on a board’s gender balance when selecting a candidate.

The Scottish Women’s Convention engages with women using numerous communication channels including Roadshow events, Thematic Conferences and regional contact groups. This submission provides the views of women and reflects their opinions and experiences in a number of key areas relevant to the issues around the appointment of women to board memberships.

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The 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.

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Police 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. The response focuses on emphasising the need for a strong gender focus within the created strategy in order to tackle VAWG and inequality.

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Lord 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. Looking at the existing offences that come under the umbrella of “hate crime”, views will be taken as to how well the present law works; whether changes need to be made; whether the offences should be extended to cover other groups; and whether all hate crimes should be brought into one area of legislation. The review covers questions that will allow him better to understand what people identify as hate crime; and learn about personal experiences and the impact that hate crime has had on those affected. This includes hate crime committed online.

The Scottish Women’s Convention is happy for any of this response to be used to be used as part of the consultation paper.

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Domestic Abuse Bill

The SWC welcomes and fully supports the introduction of this Bill. The creation of a specific offence of abusive behaviour towards a person’s partner or ex-partner, as well as reforms to current legislation and criminal procedure, has the potential to afford not only justice to more women, but also safety and security for them and their families. This is extremely positive and demonstrates the commitment of the Scottish Government to tackle and eradicate violence against women and girls (VAWG).

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Rail Infrastructure Strategy

Scotland’s railways are a national asset. They provide a vital public service to people and communities across the country and enable businesses to move goods and materials to markets. Railways are a key part of the implementation of Scotland’s Economic Strategy, supporting a resilient and growing economy through the Scottish Government’s four priority areas of investment: infrastructure, innovation, inclusive growth and international engagement.

The Scottish Women’s Convention engages with women using numerous communication channels including Roadshow events, Thematic Conferences and regional contact groups. This submission provides the views of women and reflects their opinions and experiences in a number of key areas relevant to the issues around rail infrastructure in Scotland.

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The 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 gender profiles of Scotland’s public and private sectors, looking at good and bad practice in these areas and the benefits to businesses of closing the pay gap.
• What action the Scottish Government is taking, and could take, to reduce the gender pay gap.

The Scottish Women’s Convention engages with women using numerous communication channels including Roadshow events, Thematic Conferences and regional contact groups. This submission provides the views of women in a number of key areas relevant to the gender pay gap.

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Commission on Parliamentary Reform

The Commission on Parliamentary Reform was launched by the Presiding Officer of the Scottish Parliament on 26 October 2016. The remit of the Commission is to consider how the Scottish Parliament:
• Can increase engagement with wider society and involve the public;
• Can clarify its identity, as distinct from the Scottish Government; and
• Can be assured that it has the right ‘checks and balances’ to enable effective conduct of parliamentary business.

The Commission wants to hear views about how the Scottish Parliament is performing in these areas. It plans to engage with people across Scotland in a number of ways.

The Scottish Women’s Convention engages with women using numerous communication channels including Roadshow events, Thematic Conferences and regional contact groups. This submission provides the views of women and reflects their opinions and experiences in a number of key areas relevant to the issues around engagement with the Scottish Parliament. We used these voices to submit this response to the Parliamentary Reform

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Budget 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.

Our response to the Equality Statement of the Scottish Draft Budget for 2017-18 is informed by the voices of women who have participated in SWC activities. The main focus of our work during 2016 concentrated on consultation throughout Scotland on a variety of issues including access to services, employment and education opportunities for women, health and social care, social security and the impact of the UK’s decision to leave the European Union.

Although some issues are specific to certain geographical areas, in the main, women throughout Scotland have concerns and opinions on a number of key issues.

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CAP 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. It is being carried out by CAP and BCAP.

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The Scottish Parliament Justice Committee: Inquiry into Railway Policing

The Scottish Parliament’s Justice Committee is seeking views on the Railway Policing (Scotland) Bill. The Bill was introduced in the Scottish Parliament on 8 December 2016. The Bill seeks to make the arrangements for the policing of the railways and railway property by transferring the responsibility for policing from the British Transport Police in Scotland to Police Scotland.

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A 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. It is widely acknowledged that the provision of universally accessible and high quality Early Learning and Childcare enriches children with skills and confidence to carry into, and multiply, throughout their schooling, and is a cornerstone for closing attainment and inequality gaps.

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