Shona McTavish

Written 8 posts

Social Justice Stakeholder Engagement Officer

Fairer Scotland Action Plan Launched

12th October 2016

On Wednesday 5 October 2016 Angela Constance, Cabinet Secretary for Communities, Social Security and Equalities launched the Fairer Scotland Action Plan at the Princes Trust in Glasgow. The plan is a clear commitment to the people of Scotland that we are taking long term action to change our society and make it a fairer and…

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Consultation on ending Child Poverty

8th August 2016

Key dates – Monday 8 August to Friday 30 September This consultation sets our proposals for a Child Poverty Bill for Scotland that will: Enshrine in legislation the Scottish Government’s ambition to eradicate child poverty. Place a duty on Scottish Ministers to publish a Child Poverty Delivery Plan every 5 years, and to report on…

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Dundee has a Fair Way to Go

8th August 2016

Why are things so unfair? That’s a hard question but it’s the one asked by Councillor Jimmy Black, the chair of the Dundee Fairness Commission, in our report, A Fair Way to Go. It has a whopping 56 recommendations – way more than anyone planned. But to understand how we ended up with so many…

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Work Experience in the Scottish Government

28th June 2016

A Work Experience Student from James Hamilton Academy, Kilmarnock writes about ‘life as a Civil Servant’ for a week. Why politics at 14? At the age of 14, the Scottish Independence Referendum had a major impact on my outlook on life and my goals. As a strong Yes supporter without a vote I was extremely…

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Denial of Dignity

27th June 2016

Definition The definition of dignity is self-respect and self-worth. The UN Declaration of Human Rights is clear that everyone has the right to dignity. For many people living on benefits, or in poverty dignity is all that they can lay claim to. But even this, is now being eroded, by welfare and disability reforms. Sanctions,…

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The story so far…

27th June 2016

Fairer Scotland Since June last year the Fairer Scotland conversation has been going strong throughout the country. People have had their say on how they perceive Scotland to be fairer and what has to change to help us all achieve that goal. We encourage people to continue this conversation during this difficult time following the…

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The forgotten victims of crime

27th June 2016

Voices of the young adults whose family are in prison It’s estimated that 27,000 children and young people experience the imprisonment of a family member each year in Scotland KIN is a partnership project between Vox Liminis and Families Outside who help those aged 16-25. It is a new step in opening up the conversation…

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The Fantastic Four of Southcraig Campus

28th January 2016

An inspirational chat with four awesome students… truly the ’Fantastic Four’. On the 10th November I had the honour of meeting four remarkable young adults at Southcraig Campus, Ayr. Their teacher, Yvonne, had written to the Fairer Scotland Team [via the mailbox!] inviting me to talk with the fantastic pupils of Southcraig campus, who had…

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