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Scotland 2018

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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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. These complement their
existing responsibilities for local government elections. Control over both sets of elections
opens up new possibilities for democratic renewal and putting the voter first. This
consultation is the first step towards these reforms. It includes a number of suggestions as
to how the new powers could be used. The Scottish Government will use the results of this
consultation process to develop policy proposals that may be taken forward in future
legislation.

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“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. These are ads that have the potential to cause harm
by contributing to the restriction of people’s choices, aspirations and opportunities, which can
affect the way people interact with each other and the way they view their own potential.

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The Impact of Leaving the European Union on Health and Social Care in Scotland

The Scottish Parliament's Health and Sport Committee has launched an inquiry into the
impact of leaving the EU on health and social care in Scotland.
The Committee will consider 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.

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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. They would like everyone to be offered the opportunity to
take part and co-create this future framework for rural Scotland.

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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. His
visit will focus, in accordance with his mandate, on the interlinkages between poverty and
the realization of human rights in the United Kingdom.

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Draft Regulations Making Provision in Relation to Social Security Appeals

Under the Heads of Agreement for further devolution of powers to the Scottish Parliament,
as set out in the report of the Smith Commission, the operation and administration of 19
reserved tribunals will be devolved to Scotland, including the Social Security and Child
Support Tribunal (SSCST). Discussions are on-going with the UK Government (UKG)
regarding the timing of the transfer of SSCST to Scotland.

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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.

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Social Security and in Work Poverty

The Scottish Parliament’s Social Security Committee has launched an inquiry into social
security and in-work poverty. The 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.

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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). The Scottish Government have already delivered a separate vitamin scheme (free vitamins
for all pregnant women) and this will continue to evolve when the power to make schemes is
commenced.

The Nursery Milk Scheme entitles all children under five to receive a drink of fresh semi-skimmed
or full fat cow’s milk (1/3 pint) on days where they have spent two or more hours in early learning
and childcare (ELC). This includes infant formula for children under the age of one.

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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. This will be built on a Funding Follows the Child
approach, a key aspect of which will be a ‘National Standard’ that all providers wishing to
deliver the funded entitlement will have to meet.

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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.

Once devolved, one particular type of assistance will take the form of the newly created Best
Start Grant (BSG) which will replace the current Sure Start Maternity Grant (SSMG) and will
be one of the first claims to be rolled out across Scotland.

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