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Social Renewal Advisory Board meeting: 29 July 2020

Published: 17 Aug 2020
Date of meeting: 29 Jul 2020
Date of next meeting: 5 Aug 2020

Minutes from the meeting of the group on 29 July 2020.

17 Aug 2020
Social Renewal Advisory Board meeting: 29 July 2020

Attendees and apologies

Chaired by:

  • Aileen Campbell (Cabinet Secretary for Communities and Local Government) 


  • Anna Fowlie,
  • Bill Scott,
  • Cllr Alison Evison
  • Eileen Cawley
  • Etienne D’Aboville
  • Emma Ritch
  • Fiona Lees
  • Leigh Sparks
  • Lindsay Graham
  • Louise Macdonald
  • Neil McInroy
  • Sally Thomas
  • Tressa Burke


  • Angela O’Hagan
  • Susan McPhee
  • Lisa Maclean
  • Maureen Sier
  • Jon Sparkes
  • Jim McCormick
  • Sabir Zazai

Items and actions


Aileen Campbell welcomed the Board to the meeting. 

Policy Circles Work – proposals 

Aileen Campbell welcomed representatives from each of the circles to give a brief overview of the proposals being tabled. Both the Addressing Low Income and the Cross Cutting Delivery circle offered their proposals for discussion. Board members discussed each of the proposals and gave their thoughts and insights.

It was recognised by Board members that proposals would need to be closely aligned to work taking place across both Scottish Government and with other agencies, that the sequencing of proposals would be important and that we should not lose sight of local variation and the perspectives of communities of interest and those with protected characteristics. The need for proposals to be ambitious and longer term was raised, not just project proposals, but proposals for real change which would require significant moves.


A discussion on how equalities was being embedded in the work took place. It was highlighted that for the high level ambitious of the Board to be met, all circles would need to embed equalities, social justice and human rights in their proposals. The offer from floating member’s was reiterated, with circle leads advised to contact the relevant members. The needs of specific equality groups were highlighted as being some of the most hard hit, including those who are homeless, refugees, gypsy travellers and asylum seekers.


A very brief discussion on the need to ensure that future resilience of proposals highlighted a number of difficult future possibilities including a no-deal Brexit and a second wave and potential lockdown. Economic determinates and well-being will be crucial to this as we consider what will have the most impact. 

Update on lived experience engagement

Aileen Campbell introduced a brief paper explaining the lived experience that will inform the second, longer-term part of the work of the Board and welcomed comments from the Board. Points raised include the need to open up discussions with young people around these issues, ensure that place is recognised as part of discussions. The need to absorb and build on existing primary evidence was discussed and how best to use data as we go forward – ensuring what we capture adds value. The need to link in those who have provided their experience and ensure they are kept up to date with how it is used was highlighted as crucial.


Aileen Campbell closed the meeting, thanking the Board Members once again for their attendance. The next meeting of the Board will take place on 5 August.