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July 31, 2014 - The Alliance Equality Seminar by Professor John Curtice

Social Attitudes in 21st Centurey Scotland - are we a more equal and inclusive country?

Cohesion Medical joined over 100 delegates from The Alliance gathered at the Lighthouse in Glasgow on Thursday 31 July to consider the extent to which Scotland has a distinctive attitude to equality and inclusion.


Read the report from The Alliance below;


"Organised by the  Health and Social Care Academy in partnership with the  University of the West of Scotland >,the event heard Scotland's leading political and polling expert, Professor John Curtice explore where social attitudes in Scotland stand on some of the key issues raised in the ' Scotland-small country, big ideas - imagining our future' publication."


"As a society, do we accept that when people experience health problems or the variety of other issues we may face as individuals, we have a collective responsibility for trying to help them deal with it? In other words, how committed are we to the idea of collective provision for the covering of what are known as social risks?"


"The statistics indicated that there is a slightly greater commitment to collective provision in Scotland, (for example, 61 percent of people in Scotland say we should spend more on benefits for disabled people compared to 54 percent in England) but this doesn't mean that Scotland has been immune to its attitudes going in the opposite direction over time. Evidence would suggest, for example, that support for free personal care in Scotland has been in decline in recent years."


"Delegates heard that the third sector does indeed enjoy a better image than the private sector when it comes to being involved in providing public services, yet at the same time there are limits on this role due to the value Scottish society places on state provision. Additionally, the statistics highlighted that the principles of choice and the involvement of people who use support and services is accepted as something that should happen, yet is not thought to be delivered in practice."


"So are the issues of equality, welfare and service provision ones which are likely to play a central role in informing voters' decisions come the independence referendum? The statistics suggest not, and delegates were left to consider for themselves whether this represented good or bad news."


Click here to read the full article on The Alliance website.










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