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Tag Archives: Scottish Government

Highland LGBT Forum and LEAP Sports Scotland in New Joint Initiative

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A leading Scottish LGBTI sports organisation, LEAP Sports Scotland, and the Highland LGBT Forum have come together in a new joint initiative following a successful bid to the Scottish Government’s Social Isolation and Loneliness Fund. They will be setting up a one year project which will aim to reduce the social, geographic and identity isolation that LGBTI people in the Highlands ...

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Scotland backs LGBTI organisations and groups

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The Scottish Government has committed nearly £5 million towards services that support LGBTI organisations since 2011, it has been revealed. The figures have been released as Edinburgh’s annual Pride attracted thousands of participants marching in support of equal rights and against discrimination. The level of funding was announced by the Cabinet Secretary for Communities, Social Security and Equalities, Angela Constance, ...

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Scottish Government Publishes Latest Hate Crime Figures

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  The Scottish Government has published Hate Crime figures for 2015 – 2016. The statistics, which show an increase in reported crimes when compared to the previous year, are based on incidents reported to the police. Race Hate incidents remain the largest category, with 3712 incidents reported. However, this is the lowest figure since 2003-04. Most other categories show an ...

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Named person: A “Snoopers’ Charter” or child protection?

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  The Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014 is due to come into force in August this year, and will require every young person under 18 to have a “named person” who will be a single point of contact for the young person or their parents. The act will require each local authority and health authority to provide a ...

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Scotland’s choice on Civil Partnerships: Discrimination or Equality?

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It is ten years since the first civil partnerships in Scotland, but there is still no equality before the law.  Now, after a rather biased consultation process, the Scottish government is about to make a choice for us.  The anniversary provides as with an opportunity to take a look at the role of civil partnerships in Scotland’s future, and ask: ...

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Scottish government launches new Human Rights campaign

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    The Scottish government has today launched a new campaign to raise awareness of the benefits of human rights. Cabinet Secretary for Social Justice, Alex Neil, launched the Fly The Flag for Human Rights campaign this morning in Edinburgh with equal marriage campaigners Susan and Gerrie Douglas-Scott. Fly The Flag aims to change the image of human rights and ...

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Politicians criticise Scottish Government’s civil partnership stance

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Scottish opposition politicians have expressed concern at the Scottish government’s announcement that it does not wish to introduce opposite-sex civil partnerships. Leading figures from the Scottish Labour, Conservative, Liberal Democrat and Green parties have been united in their calls for the Scottish government to reconsider its position. The Scottish government is currently consulting on the future of civil partnerships, but ...

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Scottish Government launch biased consultation on civil partnership

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The Scottish Government have today published their consultation on the future of civil partnership, outlining three options but stating they are not in favour of full equality. Equality and human rights campaigners have expressed their surprise and disappointment with the government’s bias against full equality in its consultation. The Scottish government outlined three options: 1) civil partnership would remain available for ...

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World Hepatitis Summit held in Glasgow

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  The inaugural World Hepatitis Summit is being held in Glasgow’s SECC, running from 2nd to 4th Stepmber. The conference has been organised jointly by the World Health Association (WHO) and the World Hepatitis Alliance (WHA). It is being hosted by the Scottish government and supported by Glasgow Caledonian University, and aims to “address the overwhelming global burden of viral ...

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Scottish government updates sexual health framework

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The Scottish Government updated the national sexual health framework today, promising to involve people affected or living with STDs, HIV positive people in decisions about services and safeguarding their welfare. The document, entitled ‘Sexual Health and Blood Borne Virus (BBV) Framework 2015 – 2020 Update’, was published at the World Hepatitis Summit in Glasgow, seeks greater community involvement of in the ...

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