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UK and Scottish Government

Government Responsibilities

A brief guide to the different roles and responsibilities of the Scottish Government and the UK Government in regard to disability issues is provided below.

Scottish Government - The Scottish Government has responsibility for the majority of public services including local councils, education, housing, social work and the National Health Service.

UK Government - For disabled people in Scotland the UK Government is responsible for equality legislation including the Disability Discrimination Act, the Disability Rights Commission, employment and income and benefits.


United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD)

Below is the Scottish Government's report on the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. This contribution, along with contributions from other devolved administrations, will be incorporated into the UK Government's first report to the United Nations Committee. The UK Government is expected to submit its first report to the Committee on measures being taken to implement the Convention by July 2011.

Scottish Government's Contribution to the UK Government's Report to the UN Committee

Easyread version of the Scottish Government's Contribution