In March 2021, the Scottish Government committed to creating a new Human Rights Bill, which will incorporate four international human rights treaties, and the right to a healthy environment, into Scots law. This Bill will have a huge impact on the lives of people in Scotland, securing key economic, social and cultural rights as well as rights specific to women, members of ethnic minorities and disabled people.
In order to ensure that the Bill is informed by the experiences of ordinary people, the Scottish Government has funded the Consortium to facilitate a Lived Experience Board.
This Board is made up of 35 people from diverse backgrounds. They met for the first time in February. So far, they have discussed the current barriers they experience to realising their rights, what the Scottish Government must do to ensure that the Bill is implemented fully, and the consultation on the Bill.
You can read or listen to the reports from the first block of Board meetings below:
Click here to read long-form report on Session 3 about the consultation
Click here to read the Easy Read report on Session 3 on the consultation
The Lived Experience Board will meet again on 9th, 16th and 23rd May, when they will be discussing advice to the Government around access to justice. Further Board meetings are planned for June and the Autumn.