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  • Disability Commissioner (Scotland) Bill - Call For Views

    Created: 10/04/2024
    News/Events Category: Consultations
    This item will show under the following categories: Health and Social Care  

    The Disability Commisioner (Scotland) Bill has been introduced by Jeremy Balfour MSP to establish a Disability Commissioner for Scotland.

    The Bill is a Member's Bill. Find out more about its development and read the responses to the Member's consultation

    The Commissioner's primary purpose will be to promote and safeguard the rights of disabled people.

    The Commissioner would be expected to:

    • Advocate for disabled people at a national level, promoting awareness and understanding of the rights of disabled people
    • Review law, policy and practice relating to the rights of disabled people
    • Promote best practice by service providers and may also promote, commission, undertake and publish research on matters relating to the rights of disabled people
    • Have the power to undertake investigations into devolved matters if the issue relates to disabled people

    Mr Balfour has indicated that he has used the Children and Young People’s Commissioner Scotland as a template. The Member's policy memorandum reflects on that role's high profile, influence and impact on matters relating to children’s rights.

    Under the proposals, the Disability Commissioner would be required to encourage the involvement of disabled people in the Commissioner’s work and to use inclusive communication to enable the fullest involvement.

    Find out more about the Bill

    How To Take Part 

    You can complete the survey online. 

    The Easy Read and British Sign Language versions can be found here. 

    The call for views closes on Friday 17 May 2024.

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