Coronavirus (Scotland) (No.2) Bill

On behalf of deafscotland, Mark Griffin MSP, Convenor of the Cross Party Group on Deafness agree to take forward an amendment to the Coronavirus (Scotland) (No.2) Bill on Inclusive Communication.

“Amendment 51 seeks to ensure that, in using its powers under the bill, the Government does so in a way that is inclusive and communicates appropriately with all people, particularly those who have a disability or communication needs. The amendment, which is sponsored by deafscotland would align the duties on Government under the bill with those in the Social Security (Scotland) Act 2018 and the recently passed Consumer Scotland Bill.”

To read the rest of what Mark had to say, go to http://www.parliament.scot/parliamentarybusiness/report.aspx?r=12646&i=114412

 

In the grouping of amendments (https://beta.parliament.scot/-/media/files/legislation/bills/current-bills/coronavirus-scotland-no2-bill/stage-3/groupings-of-amendments-at-stage-3-coronavirus-no2-scotland-bill.pdf?la=en) and marshalled list of amendments to the Coronavirus (Scotland) (No.2) Bill, there is an amendment on Inclusive Communication:

Michael Russell
1 In section 6, page 2, line 7, at end insert—
<(2) In subsection (1)(a), “communicating in an inclusive way” means communicating in a way that ensures that individuals who have difficulty communicating (in relation to speech, language or otherwise) can receive information and express themselves in ways that best meet each individual’s needs.
(3) Section 9 (advancement of equality and non-discrimination) of the Coronavirus
(Scotland) Act 2020 is amended by subsections (4) to (6).
(4) The existing text becomes subsection (1).
(5) In that subsection, for “regard” substitute “regard—
(a) to the importance of communicating in an inclusive way,
(b)”.
(6) After that subsection insert—
“(2) In subsection (1)(a), “communicating in an inclusive way” means
communicating in a way that ensures that individuals who have difficulty
communicating (in relation to speech, language or otherwise) can receive
information and express themselves in ways that best meet each individual’s
needs.”.>

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