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An important part of our campaigning work is done through our input to government policy. 

ENABLE Scotland has submitted evidence to two Committees of the Scottish Parliament: the Health and Sport Committee on the Health (Tobacco, Nicotine etc. and Care) (Scotland) Bill; and the Devolution (Further Powers) Committee on the Scotland Bill. 

  • The Health (Tobacco, Nicotine etc. and Care) (Scotland) Bill 

This Bill proposes to introduce a statutory duty of candour on organisations providing health and social care requiring them to disclose incidents where an individual has been harmed, to the harmed person, or their representatives; to take steps required by the duty of candour procedure which the Bill introduces; and to publish a report on incidents triggering the duty. The Bill is also intended to create a new offence of wilful neglect or ill-treatment in health and social care settings; applying to both workers and providers.

In our evidence ENABLE Scotland welcomed the Scottish Government taking forward actions to reflect the learning from the Winterbourne scandal by bringing forward a Bill to protect the dignity and rights of vulnerable adults, including those who have learning disabilities.  Our response highlights how these provisions should be strengthened by ensuring they sit properly within the current landscape of protection and regulation; and that people are enabled to exercise their rights and access justice.  You can read the full response here.

This is the first stage of the Bill’s journey through Parliament. The Campaigns and Policy Team will keep us up to date with how it progresses and we will keep you updated on what it means for you and your role as it does so. 

  • The Scotland Bill

The Scotland Bill is currently progressing through the House of Commons. The Bill intends to transfer more powers to the Scottish Parliament in line with the Smith Commission Agreement made at the start of this year. ENABLE Scotland is keen to ensure that the devolution of more powers on welfare and employment support results in positive outcomes for people who have learning disabilities and their families. To that end our Campaigns and Policy Team have been working with Westminster Parties to make changes to the Scotland Bill. In particular, to the definitions of carers and disabled people used in the Bill, which may restrict the Scottish Parliament’s discretion to create disability and carers benefits that are fit for purpose and meet the needs of all disabled people and carers in Scotland.  This week, we have also submitted evidence to that effect to the Devolution (Further Powers) Committee. You can read this hereYou can also find an easy-read briefing here​. ​

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