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Engender welcomes the Devolution Committee’s focus on the contents of the Scotland Bill (the Bill), and the opportunity to submit our views. We have monitored the progression of the legislation from the publication of the draft clauses and UK government command paper, and due to undue speed, lack of transparency and lack of scrutiny, there have been limited avenues to raise our concerns.
We are calling on the Devolution committee to encourage the UK and Scottish Governments, wherever possible to consider the imperatives of reducing economic and social inequality within final negotiations. Critically, this includes equality for women, and for disabled people and other minority groups. This briefing takes on two tasks. It sets out how amended clauses that relate to social security, equality law, and abortion could be used to tackle gender inequality in Scotland. It also points to areas where the intention of the Smith Commission Agreement has not been delivered by the Scotland Bill. Some of these shortcomings are related to process, and we identify where we think that an abbreviated process has caused weaknesses that could be remedied to better support people who access benefits in Scotland.
Our submission to the Smith Commission on additional powers for the Scottish Parliament. Date: October 2014Filename: Engender-Smith-Commission-submission-October-2014.pdf | File size: 698KB | Tags: indyref devolution
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