Translate principles into outcomes

Section: Policy into PracticeType: News Item Date Published: 23rd August 2019
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The ALLIANCE calls on Scottish public services to better implement their human rights based principles.

Replying to the Scottish Parliament’s Equality and Human Rights Committee call for views on the Scottish Government’s draft budget 2020/21, the ALLIANCE has highlighted the growing disparity between human rights based policy and the experiences of disabled people, people with long term conditions and unpaid carers using public services.

In order to tackle this, we suggest placing a greater emphasis on understanding and application of human rights by duty bearers (not just rights holders) across health and social care. We believe that prioritising the understanding of human rights and public servants duties would enable the realisation of human rights based principles outlined in 2013’s legislation which led to the integration of health and social care.

In our response, the ALLIANCE has also called for:

  • Application of a human rights framework to the Scottish Government’s budget.
  • Disaggregated data collection related to the outcomes of people from seldom heard groups.
  • Further resource being made available to the Scottish Human Rights Commission to undertake its work.
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