1. To engage with citizens and interest groups in the run up to Brexit, across Scotland
Status: ✔ Complete
The Brexit Stakeholder Engagement Fund was set up in May 2018, to enable organisations to have detailed discussions and give their views on Brexit to the Scottish Government.
The following document was published on 13 June 2019, Brexit: Unheard Voices document which encapsulated the views and findings from the stakeholder groups across Scotland on leaving the EU: https://www.gov.scot/publications/brexit-unheard-voices-views-stakeholders-scotland-leaving-eu/
Further to the Brexit Stakeholder Engagement Fund, Ministers engaged with their stakeholder across Scotland in various sectors and locations.
2. To engage rural communities and work with Scottish Rural Parliament and potentially others, to deliver a discussion on the impacts of Brexit on rural communities
Status: 🙂 On Track
The Scottish Government has funded two projects aiming to: 1) facilitate an open dialogue between people in rural communities (led by Scottish Rural Action) and 2) to help ensure that island communities have the opportunity to contribute to and influence policy and development around Brexit (led by Scottish Islands Federation).
Scottish Rural Action held 20 events in rural Scotland and also at the biennial meeting of the Rural Parliament in November 2018. They specifically heard from people living in the remotest parts of Scotland, young people, crofters and smallholders, women and rural homeless persons.
The funding also enabled the Scottish Island Federation to bring island community groups together to openly discuss, research and present the implications of Brexit. The discussions, consultation and reporting has formed firm foundations to some of their work in the longer-term.
3. To work with Children in Scotland to deliver a young people’s advisory panel on Brexit and MyLifeMySay to deliver Brexit Cafes for young people to understand their concerns and views on the future UK-EU relationship with a report due for publication in Spring 2019
Status: ✔ Complete
The Scottish Government set up a “standing council” for children and young people [Children and Young People’s Panel] to enable their views on Brexit to be heard. The group held four panel meetings to identify concerns around children and young people’s rights and how Brexit will impact them.
The panel met with the First Minister’s Standing Council, and were interviewed on BBC Radio 5 live, and met with a cross party group at the Scottish Parliament.
The Panel provided recommendations around all the main themes surrounding Brexit.
Children in Scotland Report - https://childreninscotland.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/Brexit_FINAL_nobleed.pdf
My Life My Say partnered up with Social Bite in Scotland to deliver this project that was aimed at college and university aged students and under 25 Young Professionals. The aim of these cafes was to create open dialogue between young people with different views on Brexit and to look at raising awareness in regards to their opinions. The three Scottish cafés also fed into an overall report that was produced by the London School of Economics. Youth Scotland (the network for community based youth work) and YouthLink Scotland (the national agency for youth work) also collaborated to investigate the impact of Brexit on the youth work sector in Scotland and to support youth workers in their work with young people on Brexit.
My life My Say and Social Bite Report - https://www.mylifemysay.org.uk/2018/11/my-life-my-say-launches-new-appg-lse-youth-brexit-report
4. As set out in the Scottish Government’s Programme for Government, we are making provision for a service that will provide practical advice, information and support for EU citizens in Scotland. We envisage a service that will improve awareness and understanding of rights, entitlements and requirements, and we will set out more details of the service in the coming weeks.
We will make provision for an advice and support service for those 235,000 EU citizens resident in Scotland. This will seek to offer information on the new settled status scheme and provide support to EU citizens in understanding the impact Brexit will have on them
Status: 🙂 On Track
The Scottish Government announced just before Christmas that it would be providing funding to the Citizens Advice Scotland to make provision for such a service. The service is now fully operational and is focused on providing advice and support to people with more complex needs who are less able to engage with and apply to the EU Settlement Scheme without support. The operation of the service will be kept under review to ensure advice and support is available to those who need it.
The Scottish Government has also provided funding to the EU Citizens’ Rights Project to enable them to engage with and provide information and support to EU Citizens in Scotland.
In April the First Minister launched the ‘Stay in Scotland’ campaign to further raise awareness of the Settlement Scheme and to provide direct support to EU citizens in Scotland. The campaign reinforces the message that EU citizens are welcome in Scotland and that the Scottish Government will do what it can to help them to stay. It includes £250k for community based support to empower community groups and organisations across Scotland to deliver practical on-the-ground advice and support. The first grants under the scheme have been made and we will be announcing further details shortly.
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