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New Inquiry launched: ‘ The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on equalities and human rights.’

    On April 27th 2020 Scottish Parliament’s Equalities and Human Rights Committee launched a COVID-19 Inquiry which seeks to identify the evidence that some groups of people are experiencing disproportionately negative impacts of the coronavirus, and by some of the measures taken to deal with it. This Inquiry is open for responses until January […]

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Health & Sport Committee Inquiry into Adult Social Care Support

We shared information with you at the end of last year about the Health and Sport Committee’s launch of an inquiry into Adult Social Care Support. The Committee wants to explore the future delivery of social care in Scotland and what is required to meet future needs. Key questions for the inquiry focus on hearing […]

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Freedom of Information extension of coverage consultation

The Scottish Government is consulting on whether certain organisations – or classes of organisation – delivering health and social care functions, but currently not subject to the Freedom of Information Act Scotland, should be brought within scope of the Freedom of Information legislation.  This could, of course, impact on the SDSS members. The full consultation […]

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Disclosure bill update.

The Disclosure (Scotland) Bill was introduced to the Scottish Parliament on 12 June 2019. A copy of the bill can be found on the Scottish Parliament website here. The bill sets out proposals to modernise and improve the proportionality of the state disclosure system in Scotland. The Government’s response to the consultation has now been […]

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Public Health Scotland Consultation: have you say!

      The Scottish Government, in partnership with COSLA has published a six week consultation seeking views on Public Health Scotland and the necessary legislative changes that are required to establish the body. The consultation will focus on a number of areas including: Governance and accountability Outcomes and performance Functions and structure Future relationships […]

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Scottish Government consultation: Timescales for adult carer support plans and young carer statements for carers of people who are terminally ill.

The Government have opened a consultation which will be used to inform regulations that will set prioritised time limits for the preparation of adult carer support plans and young carer statements for carers of people who are terminally ill. The Carers (Scotland) Act 2016 extends and enhances the rights of unpaid carers in Scotland by […]

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Scottish Government consultation: Changing Places Toilets.

The government has launched a consultation on proposals to introduce a requirement for Changing Places Toilets through revisions to the building standards system. Changing Places Toilets (CPTs) offer larger, supported facilities that address the needs of people for whom current accessible sanitary accommodation is inadequate. A network of nearly 200 Changing Places Toilets exists across […]

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SDS Implementation Plan 2019-21, what’s next?

Many of you will have been involved in the development of the existing SDS Implementation Plan and will be wondering what next for SDS implementation? The current Implementation Plan runs from 2016-2018, and Scottish Government wants to hear from you on what is working well, what needs to change at national level, and what you […]

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Have your say about local communities deciding their own future.

The Scottish Government is consulting on local decision making in Scotland, saying: ‘In recent years, something has begun to change. There is a growing recognition that it is often better for decisions about the issues that affect different communities in Scotland to be taken with more active involvement of those communities. Whether that is communities […]

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The Independent Review of learning disability and autism in the mental health act

The Independent Review of learning disability and autism in the mental health act is looking at whether this law needs to change for people with autism or people with learning disability. The review is looking at whether the law promotes and protects people’s human rights. If the review finds that the law needs to change […]

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