August 2016

The Society’s committees have been working on a number of Scottish Parliament and UK Parliament Bills and consultations including new proposals to introduce a no-blame redress scheme for the healthcare sector, new police powers for stop and search and the Investigatory Powers Bill.

Key areas are highlighted below. For more information see the law reform section of the website

Halving the Disability Employment Gap

The Equalities Law Committee has provided written evidence to an All Party Parliamentary Group for Disability to inform its inquiry into how the UK Government can fulfil its pledge to halve the disability employment gap.

The issue of the disability employment gap is a pressing concern in Scotland, as well as in the UK as a whole. In addition to the inequalities experienced in employment, there are wider issues that now need to be considered, such as the growing number of people seeking work through online platforms and the role that internships, work experience and benefits now play in the job market.

We have also taken the opportunity to encourage the Scottish Parliament to re-establish its Cross-Party Group on Disability.

Our written evidence is available to read on the law reform section of the website