The Scottish Government uses the name Fairer Scotland to cover a few different pieces of work that are trying to address poverty and inequality.
The Scottish Government's is working to address child poverty under the Fairer Scotland banner. This includes the Child Poverty Act and Child Poverty Delivery Plan.
Fairer Scotland Action Plan
The Fairer Scotland Action Plan consists of Fifty actions to help tackle poverty, reduce inequality and build a fairer and more inclusive Scotland. Published in 2016, the actions came out of the Fairer Scotland conversations in 2015 (see below) and include actions towards ending child poverty, tackling unemployment and addressing inequalities experienced in older age.
The Scottish Government states that the Fairer Scotland Action Plan is an ongoing piece of work. A blog page exists where you can take part in the conversation.
The Fairer Scotland Duty
The Fairer Scotland Duty is a piece of legislation passed by the Scottish Parliament which places a legal responsibility on particular public bodies in Scotland to actively consider how they can reduce inequalities of outcome caused by socioeconomic disadvantage.
If there are local or national plans and strategies being developed which you feel could be stronger when it comes to addressing inequality, it may be worth looking into how the Fairer Scotland Duty could apply.
Scottish Government website contains more information on the duty.
A Fairer Scotland for Disabled People
This strand of Fairer Scotland consists of five key ambitions around disability. They are part of the Scottish Government’s response to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.The ambitions were developed through engagement with disabled people and are focused on income, work, accessible places, rights, participation and improving services. The ambitions, along with ninety-three actions, are contained in A Fairer Scotland for Disabled People: delivery plan (2016).
A key element of the delivery plan is the commitment to at least halve the employment gap between disabled people and the rest of the working age population (the disability employment gap) by 2038. As a result, A Fairer Scotland for disabled people: working for change (2018) and A Fairer Scotland for Disabled People: employment action plan (2018) set out some of the actions Scottish Government is taking to reduce the Disability Employment Gap.
Creating a Fairer Scotland
Creating a Fairer Scotland was a national 'conversation' established by The Scottish Government, designed to allow people across Scotland to have their say on what a Fairer Scotland should look like in 2030, and what should be done to make this vision a reality.
Creating a Fairer Scotland and Creating a Healthier Scotland were both part of these national conversations and opportunities for people living in Scotland to tell the Scottish Government about the issues and solutions in creating a fairer and healthier Scotland.
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