26th November 2020 by Shirley-Anne Somerville MSP
Scotland is a modern, inclusive nation which is committed to protect, respect and realise internationally recognised human rights and equality. This is at the heart of everything we are doing in the National Taskforce for Human Rights Leadership. We have been talking to a wide variety of stakeholders from grassroots organisations and community projects to...
23rd October 2020 by Shirley-Anne Somerville MSP
This week we will be sharing details of what our new disability benefits will look and feel like for those who interact with our new benefit system. In a series of policy position papers we will set out the journey from application right through to the appeal process. Something that permeates through all our...
19th October 2020 by Aileen Campbell
Having your period is natural and normal. Period products are not a luxury. That’s why the Scottish Government is campaigning to tackle the stigma around menstruation and period products, and why we are investing and taking action to make sure that everyone has access to vital products. Today marks a significant milestone in our journey...
9th October 2020 by fairer-scotland
Covid-19 has exposed faultlines of inequality and injustice that that have long existed in our society and in our homes. The way in which we recover from this public health crisis could either see a rollback of women’s rights or a step towards a world in which women have more equal access to resources, power,...
Social Renewal Advisory Board: Communities, Kindness and Compassion – Fiona Lees, Chief Executive of East Ayrshire Council
8th October 2020 by fairer-scotland
Covid-19 may be a global pandemic, but its impact and our response is found in local communities. In the worst of times we have seen the best of humanity. People have reached out to help one another and communities have felt empowered to do what needed to be done. Kindness and compassion have shone through...
Social Renewal Advisory Board: Building Back Better – Bill Scott , Senior Policy Advisor at Inclusion Scotland and Chair of the Poverty and Inequality Commission
7th October 2020 by fairer-scotland
The Covid 19 pandemic has heightened existing inequalities in Scottish society. Before the pandemic struck almost one in four children lived in poverty , however this rate was considerably higher for some families and groups including lone parents The economic impacts of the pandemic could see more Scots households facing financial insecurity – with many...
Social Renewal Advisory Board: Compassion and Equality – Maureen Sier, Director of Interfaith Scotland
6th October 2020 by fairer-scotland
Four words are carved on the Mace that sits in the heart of the Scottish Parliament. These are words that embody the values of the people of Scotland. They are universal values and are deeply meaningful. ‘Justice’, ‘Wisdom’, ‘Integrity’ and ‘Compassion’ – powerful words, which require powerful action. As Scotland plans its recovery, the economy must...
The Social Renewal Advisory Board: Housing, Homelessness and Equality – Jon Sparkes, Chief Executive of Crisis
5th October 2020 by fairer-scotland
As we went into lockdown, people experiencing homelessness who were rough sleeping or staying in night shelters were quickly moved to safe emergency accommodation, in a move that has certainly saved lives and demonstrates the determination of the Scottish Government to end homelessness. The creation of the Social Renewal Advisory Board shows that there...
Communities Secretary Aileen Campbell’s letter to Minister for Immigration Compliance and the Courts Chris Philp
27th September 2020 by Aileen Campbell
Thank you for your letter of 15 September about asylum support cessations. Your decision to restart the move on process for people with positive asylum decisions, who are permitted to work and to access other housing provision, is to be welcomed, as this will enable them to get on with establishing their lives here...
17th August 2020 by Shirley-Anne Somerville MSP
Young unemployed people, from Monday 17th August, can apply to get £250 to help with the costs of starting a new job. I’ve heard from young people about the challenges of finding work – a job offer is one of many hurdles but not the last. Some are then faced with preparation costs they simply can’t...