Commissions and commissioners: executive summary - easy read

Easy read version of a report which sets out research findings exploring the role of commissions and commissioners in supporting rights in Scotland and the UK. The research was commissioned by Scottish Government and undertaken by Research Scotland in 2022/23.

What is a commission?

A Commission is an organisation that is set up to get people their rights.

Sometimes the Commission is for a group of people that face discrimination, like children.

Sometimes the Commission is for an issue where some people do not get their rights, like mental health.

Commissions always work separately from the government.

The powers that they have are always set out in law.

A Commissioner is one person who speaks for a certain group.

A Commissioner is usually supported by a team of staff.

In Scotland Commissioners are always picked by the Scottish parliament.

There are already a number of Commissions and Commissioners in Scotland.



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