Parliamentary Engagement

Our approach to parliamentary engagement

CRER undertakes parliamentary monitoring, critical analysis, interventions, policy advocacy, and lobbying to further our aim to achieve racial equality in Scotland. We adopt a strategic approach to our parliamentary engagement, working both reactively and proactively to push forward our agenda and progress the key Scottish race equality issues.

As CRER seeks to address structural, systematic, and institutional racism, we focus our parliamentary engagement on addressing the root causes of racial inequality to ensure policies and legislation are targeted, effective, and fair.

Legislation 

CRER has also lobbied for changes to recent bill passing through the Scottish Parliament, including the Child Poverty (Scotland) Act 2017 and the Social Security (Scotland) Act 2018. 

Child Poverty (Scotland) Act

The Bill for this Act of the Scottish Parliament was passed by the Parliament on 8th November 2017 and received Royal Assent on 18th December 2017. 

The Act is available to read here

CRER worked with Jackie Baillie MSP at Stage 2 and Stage 3 of the legislative process to amend the Bill to include:

  • A requirement for Scottish Ministers to set out in the delivery plan any proposed measures in relation to equalities groups who are more likely to experience poverty due to their shared protected characteristic (s. 9(3)(b) )

  • A requirement for Scottish Ministers to consult equalities groups who are more likely to experience poverty due to their shared protected characteristic in the development of the delivery plan (s. 9(8)(e) )

  • A requirement for Scottish Ministers to include in progress reports the effect of measures taken on equalities groups who are more likely to experience poverty due to their shared protected characteristic (s. 10(2)(d) )

  • A requirement for local authorities to describe in their local child poverty action reports any measures taken in relation to equalities groups who are more likely to experience poverty due to their shared protected characteristic (s. 13(6). 

Social Security (Scotland) Act 

The Bill for this Act of the Scottish Parliament was passed by the Parliament on 25th April 2018. 

The Act is available to read here

CRER worked with Mark Griffin MSP and Jackie Baillie MSP at Stage 2 and Stage 3 of the legislative process to amend the Bill to include:

  • An overarching principle which states that opportunities are to be sough to continuously improve the social security system in ways which advance equality and non-discrimination (s. 1(f)(ii) )

  • A requirement for Scottish Ministers to consult equalities groups who are more likely to experience poverty due to their shared protected characteristic in the development of the social security charter (s. 3(3)(b) )

  • A requirement for Scottish Ministers to consult equalities groups who are more likely to experience poverty due to their shared protected characteristic in the review of the social security charter (s. 5(3)(b) )

  • A requirement for the annual report to include an assessment of how well the social security system has affected equalities groups who are more likely to experience poverty due to their shared protected characteristic, as well as a description of the equality monitoring data used in the preparation of the report (s. 6(2)(c) )

Committee engagement

Equalities and Human Rights Committee

 

CRER engages with key committees in the Scottish Parliament, particularly the Equal Opportunities Committee, to encourage discussion, inquiries, and legislative changes to advance racial equality in Scotland.

During this parliamentary term, CRER looks forward to engagement with the Equalities and Human Rights Committee (previously the Equal Opportunities Committee, but now with an extended remit to consider human rights).

The Committee's work programme can be found here.

CRER has provided the Committee with evidence on its:

Written Evidence

CRER has provided several parliamentary committees with written evidence to ensure racial equality remains on the political agenda, including the Education and Skills Committee; the Economy, Jobs, and Fair Work Committee; the Justice Committee; the Justice Sub-Committee on Policing; the Local Government and Communities Committee; and the Social Security Committee. 

These can all be found on our Consultation Response web page here

Parliamentary questions

CRER also closely monitors written and oral parliamentary questions relevant to racial equality and wider equality issues.

You can search for written questions here.

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