Key issues identified include third sector funding, equalities impact of COVID-19 recovery, and the risk of digital exclusion.
The Scottish Parliament’s Equalities and Human Rights Committee recently held a number of pre-budget scrutiny sessions which heard evidence from a range of sources, including ALLIANCE Director of Policy and Communications, Lucy Mulvagh. The key points made in her submission were:
- The need to mainstream and embed equalities and human rights work across government.
- Third sector organisations supporting people living with long term conditions have experienced massively increased demand for their services as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Unpaid carers already faced barriers to realising their rights and that has worsened during the pandemic.
- The importance of a person-centred approach, and ensuring parity between different means of accessing health and care services.
The Committee have now written to the Minister for Older People and Equalities, Christina McKelvie MSP, outlining their findings. Amongst their recommendations to the Government is adherence to the PANEL Principles (Participation, Accountability, Non-discrimination and equality, Empowerment and Legality) in economic recovery planning, as highlighted by the ALLIANCE evidence.
The letter also notes the difficulties in long-term financial planning at the moment, and the impact that may have on both statutory and third sector services. Whilst welcoming the increased funding for equalities and human rights in last year’s budget, the Committee asked for analysis and assessment on the impact of that funding.
Further information is available from the following resources:
- Letter from the Equalities and Human Rights Committee (this link will take you away from our website).
- Video recording of the Committee’s evidence session attended by the ALLIANCE’s Lucy Mulvagh, starting at 1hour 15 minutes (this link will take you away from our website).
- Official written record of the Committee’s evidence session (this link will take you away from our website).