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Scotland 2019

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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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. The Bill requires primary and secondary schools, colleges and universities to make period products free in all appropriate toilets and enables Ministers to place a similar duty on other organisations.

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Benefit Take Up

The Scottish Parliament's Social Security Committee has launched an inquiry into benefit take-up.

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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.

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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. These SPOs will be broadly similar to the SPOs that are now available to the police to protect stalking victims in England and Wales. However, there will also be a few key differences, which are set out below alongside the detail of the proposal.

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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. The Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Action Group (HARSAG) was subsequently established to initiate these transformational changes and provided 70 recommendations to Scottish Ministers, including extending the Unsuitable Accommodation Order from pregnant women and families with children to all homeless households and introducing a legally enforceable standards framework.

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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.

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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. (Scotland) Act 2003. The HARSAG also recommended narrowing the definition of intentionality to focus on ‘deliberate manipulation’ of the homelessness system. The Scottish Government are currently considering the options regarding this element of the recommendation and are asking for views to inform further work.

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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. They would like to gather views to ensure that they have identified the best possible approach to delivering this assistance before the benefit regulations are drafted.

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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.

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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. The purpose of the Bill is to end the physical punishment of children by parents or those with caring responsibility for a child. The Bill would remove the defence of “reasonable chastisement” which can be used to justify using physical force on a child.

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