Scottish Parliament briefing: Immigration policy – the countdown to Brexit

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‘It has been argued that the implications of the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) recommendations and White Paper proposals being implemented would likely be: labour shortages, tax rises, administrative overload, population decline, and increased potential for constitutional conflict.’

This is from a January 2019 Scottish Parliament briefing on immigration policy (pdf) ahead of Brexit. The briefing provides an overview of the main decisions, proposals and reactions relating to the UK’s post-Brexit immigration system since the referendum to leave the EU in June 2016.

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The Traveller Movement report: Beyond the tickbox

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The Traveller Movement have released a report from their 2018 conference, looking at the impact of institutional bias and discrimination on Gypsy, Roma and Traveller (GRT) communities. The report notes that the institutional bias that exists across many aspects of public life, from governmental departments to law enforcement institutions, is what perpetuates negative stereotypes and poor treatment of GRT people. Continue reading “The Traveller Movement report: Beyond the tickbox”

Agenda report: Hand in hand

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‘Despite experiences of contact with multiple services, in many cases the lack of information, inadequate risk assessment, and multi-agency work, means that many women continue to fall through the gaps, remaining invisible.’

This is from a January 2019 report (pdf) from Agenda, AVA (Against Violence & Abuse) and the Lloyds Bank Foundation. The report examines the experiences of women facing multiple disadvantage around domestic and sexual abuse, focusing particularly on the women’s experience of support and service provision.

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Hope not Hate report: Deepening divides – how to solve the Brexit Deadlock

‘While Brexit has always been a divisive issue, the process adopted by the government to leave the EU has made things worse.’

This is from a January 2019 report by Hope not Hate (pdf) on public attitudes around Brexit two years after the referendum. The report draws on polling data, focus groups and constituency estimates using multi-level regression analysis.

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EU Justice Sub-Committee correspondence: The Political Declaration and the European Convention on Human Rights

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The House of Lords EU Justice Sub-Committee has exchanged letters, dated December 2018 and January 2019, with the Government about the Political Declaration. The correspondence relates to a change in wording to the Declaration regarding the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR).

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Shelter campaign: Build more social housing

‘The number of social homes being built is at its lowest for 70 years, and we face a chronic lack of housing that people can afford.’

This is from Shelter’s January 2019 campaign lobbying the government to build more social housing. The campaign aims to influence the government ahead of the comprehensive spending review, to make funding available for much-needed new social housing.

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The Social Security (Scotland) Act 2018 – A Rights-Based Approach to Social Security?

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‘[The Act’s] provisions are designed to reflect a rights-based approach to social security, which marks it out as an interesting departure from the legislative status quo.’

This is according to a January 2019 article in the Edinburgh Law Review on the Social Security (Scotland) Act 2018.

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