Newly published official publications from :
The Scottish Parliament and Government
Review of Children (Scotland) Act 1995 consultation: analysis – “The Scottish Government is committed to improving family law and how the child’s voice is heard within cases, and to ensure that the child’s best interests are at the centre of the system. To assist the Scottish Government to target any necessary changes, a public consultation ran between May and September 2018 seeking views on potential changes to Part 1 of the Children (Scotland) Act 1995 (the 1995 Act).
This report provides an analysis of the consultation responses from the consultation on the Review of the Children (Scotland) Act 1995.”
New national public health body ‘Public Health Scotland’: consultation – “This consultation document invites views on the proposals for a new national public health body in Scotland, to be known as ‘Public Health Scotland’.”
Incorporating the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child into Scots Law: consultation – “Views sought on how best to incorporate ‘gold standard’ for children’s rights into domestic law and improve the lives of children and young people.
In line with the Programme for Government 2018-19 commitment, this consultation looks at how a new Act could incorporate the UNCRC into domestic law.
It is important that we develop a model of incorporation that will deliver the best outcomes for children, young people and families in Scotland.”
Westminster and the UK Government
Banking scams – “This briefing answers frequently asked questions about banking scams, and describes: the scale of the problem; the types of scam; what help is available for victims; and, government and industry action.“
Leadership Elections: Conservative Party – “The Prime Minister, Theresa May, announced her intention to stand down as leader of the Conservative Party on Friday 24 May. She will stand down on Friday 7 June, starting the latest leadership contest of the Conservative Party.
This briefing paper sets out the current rules on Conservative Party leadership elections and the background to their introduction in 1998. It sets out details of the previous elections held under the current rules. It also includes brief details of the pre-1998 rules.”
Northern Ireland, Citizenship and the Belfast/Good Friday Agreement – “The definition of ‘EEA citizen’ in the rules for the Home Office’s settled status scheme has recently changed. What are the consequences? How do these changes affect the people of Northern Ireland? Why are some people unhappy with these changes? What does British nationality law say about people born in Northern Ireland? How do these nationality laws interact with the birthright provision of the Belfast/Good Friday Agreement? What does the European Convention on Human Rights say about identity and immigration? What do the people of Northern Ireland say when they are asked about their nationality? This paper looks at the complex issues behind all these questions.“
The European Union
Attitudes of Europeans towards Biodiversity – “This survey was designed to explore European citizens’ awareness of and views on biodiversity and nature. Earlier surveys on the same topic were made in 2007, 2010, 2013 and 2015. The current survey (carried out in December 2018) addresses a sub-set of the questions asked in the previous ones and explores more particularly citizens views and opinions on the following topics: – Awareness of the term “biodiversity” – Perceptions of the biggest threats to biodiversity – Reasons for stopping the loss of biodiversity – What the EU should do to prevent the loss of biodiversity – Awareness about the Natura 2000 network, of the importance of nature protection areas and of attitudes to developments that may damage these areas.”
Public opinion in the EU regions – “The Flash Eurobarometer, “Public opinion in the EU regions”, is the third of a series of surveys conducted at the request of the Directorate-General for Communication with the aim of exploring public opinion at regional level by measuring perceptions of Europeans concerning the economy, the quality of life and the main issues being faced by the region where they currently live, their expectations for the region in the next twelve months and who, among political representatives, they think can best explain the regional impact of European policies. The questionnaire also includes questions aiming at measuring the optimism of Europeans concerning the future of their region, and the level of trust in the national government and in the EU at regional level. The first results of this survey were published in November 2018 and the full report is published today.”
The rights of LGBTI people in the European Union – “The prohibition of discrimination, and the protection of human rights are important elements of the EU legal order. Nevertheless, discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) persons persists throughout the EU, taking various forms including verbal abuse and physical violence. Sexual orientation is now recognised in EU law as grounds of discrimination. However, the scope of the provisions dealing with this issue is limited and does not cover social protection, healthcare, education and access to goods and services, leaving LGBTI people particularly vulnerable in these areas. Moreover, EU competence does not extend to recognition of marital or family status. In this area, national regulations vary, with some Member States offering same-sex couples the right to marry, others allowing alternative forms of registration, and yet others not providing any legal status for same-sex couples. Same-sex couples may or may not have the right to adopt children and to access assisted reproduction. These divergent legal statuses have implications, for instance, for partners from two Member States with different standards who want to formalise/legalise their relationship, or for same-sex couples and their families wishing to move to another Member State. Combating discrimination has become part of EU internal and external policies, and the subject of numerous resolutions of the European Parliament. However, action in this area remains problematic when it touches on issues pertaining to areas traditionally reserved to Member States, such as marital status and family law. This is a further updated version of a Briefing originally drafted by Piotr Bakowski. The previous edition was published in June 2018.”
Office for National Statistics
Travelpac: travel to and from the UK – “Quarterly data on travel to and from the UK, taken from the International Passenger Survey (IPS). Includes detail on age and sex of travellers, purpose and length of trip, and spending. These data are in a form suitable for small businesses and students.”
Internet users, UK: 2019 – “Internet use in the UK annual estimates by age, sex, disability and geographical location.”
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