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Scotland 2016

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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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. The Act created the offences of human trafficking and of slavery, servitude and forced or compulsory labour, with a maximum life sentence possible for those convicted of committing those crimes.

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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.

The SWC has used a number of platforms to discuss key aspects of a new Scottish specific system with women. These have included the use of an online survey, questions within the organisation’s annual roadshow programme, targeted roundtable discussions and a wider consultation event. The information contained within this response reflects their issues, ideas and concerns for the future of social security delivery.

This consultation marks another important step in the Scottish Government’s journey towards delivering a Scottish social security system in line with the vision and principles set out in ‘A New Future for Social Security in Scotland’. It also represents 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 Scottish Government believe there are two things they must get right. First, they must start as they mean to go on, by putting their principles at the heart of all that they do. Secondly, they must get off on the right foot, by taking the time to ensure that they have the right systems, people and processes in place. This will ensure continuity, making absolutely certain that everyone who currently receives the benefits being devolved has their benefit transferred safely across to the new system.

The Scottish Government will be open and inclusive and will welcome the views of those who will be affected the most. New powers will be implemented carefully and thoughtfully, taking into account the views of experts, practitioners and users.

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Mental Health Framework

The Scottish Government is seeking views on its proposed framework and priorities to transform mental health in Scotland. The new mental health strategy will be published in late 2016 and will cover a 10 year period. The Scottish Government has already carried out engagement with people and groups to help shape and develop the new strategy. They are now seeking views on:
• Priorities for transforming mental health in Scotland;
• The early actions they propose to take to deliver this transformation; and
• How the Scottish Government should measure success over the 10 year period.

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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. In order to support the inquiry, the Committee has agreed to issue a call for evidence on a range of issues relating to the implications for Scotland."

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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."

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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. The background is the recent introduction of the National Living Wage (NLW), which has introduced a higher rate for workers aged 25 and over."

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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. This means the whole system, including out
of school care, and not just the Government funded hours. "

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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."

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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. Many services are not consistent. Women in
rural areas often have to travel long distances to access basic support."

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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. The recognition by the Scottish Government of the impact of
spending decisions on various equality strands is extremely important."

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