Consultation responses and parliamentary briefings

Close the Gap responds to consultations by the Scottish Government, and other key stakeholders, where appropriate. We also develop parliamentary briefings to inform debates in the Scottish Parliament.

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Submission to the Economy, Energy and Fair Work Committee on the Scottish National Investment Bank Bill

Close the Gap's written submission to the Scottish Parliament Economy, Energy and Fair Work Committee's call for evidence on the Scottish National Investment Bank Bill.

Filename: Close-the-Gap-response-to-the-EEFW-SNIB-Bill.pdf | File size: 234KB
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Close the Gap Parliamentary Briefing: Progressing Towards a Fairer Scotland for Disabled People

Ahead of the Scottish Government’s debate on the Fairer Scotland for Disabled People Plan and Disability Employment Plan, this Close the Gap briefing looks at existing evidence on disabled women’s experiences of the labour market, the lack of gender analysis in the Disability Employment Plan and the impact of social security changes on disabled women’s lives.

March 2019

Filename: Close-the-Gap-briefing-for-Scottish-Government-Debate---Fairer-Scotland-for-Disabled-People.pdf | File size: 196KB
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Close the Gap briefing for Scottish Government debate Fair Work Action Plan

Close the Gap briefing ahead of the Scottish Government debate on the Fair Work Action Plan. This briefing welcomes the publication of the action plan. However, it also highlights the lack of gender analysis and gender disaggregated data in the Plan and promotes the importance of gendered approaches to fair work.

Filename: Close-the-Gap-briefing-for-Scottish-Government-Debate---Fair-Work-Action-Plan.pdf | File size: 199KB
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Close the Gap briefing for Scottish Government debate Hear Me Too: 16 days of activism to end violence against women and girl

Close the Gap briefing ahead of the debate on the 16 Days of Activism against gender-based violence. 2018’s theme was ending gender-based violence in the world of work. The following briefing highlights existing evidence of violence against women as a workplace issue and shares details of Close the Gap’s world leading employer accreditation programme, Equally Safe at Work.

November 2018

Filename: Close-the-Gap-briefing-for-Scottish-Government-Debate---Hear-Me-Too.pdf | File size: 188KB
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Close the Gap briefing for Members’ Business: Condemnation of Misogyny, Racism, Harassment and Sexism

Close the Gap briefing ahead of a members’ debate on the Condemnation of Misogyny, Racism, Harassment and Sexism. Evidence highlights that women continue to face systemic harassment, racism and sexism in Scotland’s labour market. The #MeToo movement has highlighted the magnitude of sexual harassment and that women face significant barriers in coming forward about their experience, violence against women is a workplace issue and Black and minority ethnic women face a dual labour market disadvantage, facing racism and sexism simultaneously. This briefing summarises the findings of Close the Gap’s research into Black and minority ethnic women’s experiences of employment, violence against women as a workplace issue and the details of our new employer accreditation programme, Equally Safe at Work.

Filename: Close-the-Gap-briefing-for-Members-Debate---Condemnation-of-Misogyny-Racism-Harassment-and-Sexism.pdf | File size: 235KB
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Close the Gap briefing for Members’ Business: Equally Safe at Work

In January 2019, Gail Ross MSP took forward a members’ debate celebrating the launch of Close the Gap’s world-leading employer accreditation programme Equally Safe at Work. In addition to highlighting existing evidence on violence against women in the workplace, this briefing focuses on the details of the pilot programme, what’s involved for the seven participating councils (Aberdeen City Council, Highland Council, Midlothian Council, North Lanarkshire Council, Perth and Kinross Council, Shetland Council and South Lanarkshire Council), and the ambitions of the programme.

January 2019

Filename: Close-the-Gap-briefing-for-Equally-Safe-at-Work-Members-Debate-n.pdf | File size: 227KB
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Close the Gap's response to the Scottish Government consultation on a Scottish National Investment Bank.

Close the Gap's response to the Scottish Government consultation on a Scottish National Investment Bank.

Filename: Close-the-Gap-reponse-to-the-SNIB-Consultation---October-2018.pdf | File size: 247KB
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Submission to the Royal Society of Edinburgh Tapping All Our Talents Review 2018

Close the Gap's written submission to the Royal Society of Edinburgh Tapping All Our Talents Review 2018

Filename: Submission-to-the-Royal-Society-of-Edinburgh-Tapping-All-Our-Talents-Review-2018.pdf | File size: 264KB
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Response to the Social Security Committee inquiry into social security and in-work poverty

Close the Gap's written response to the Social Security Committee inquiry into social security and in-work poverty

Filename: Close-the-Gap-response-to-Social-Secuirty-Committee---In-Work-Poverty-and-Social-Security.pdf | File size: 297KB
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Written response to the BEIS inquiry into the gender pay gap

Close the Gap's written submission to the UK Parliament Business, Economy and Industrial Strategy inquiry into the gender pay gap.

Filename: Close-the-Gap-submission-BEIS-inquiry-gender-pay-gap.pdf | File size: 209KB
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Response to the Economy, Jobs and Fair Work Committee consultation on business support

Close the Gap's written response to the Economy, Jobs and Fair Work Committee consultation on business support

Filename: Close-the-Gap-Response-to-Business-Support-Inquiry---August-2018.pdf | File size: 246KB
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Response to the Scottish Government’s consultation on Increasing the Employment of Disabled People in the Public Sector

Close the Gap's written response to the Scottish Government’s consultation on Increasing the Employment of Disabled People in the Public Sector

Filename: Close-the-Gap-Response-to-Consultation-on-Increasing-Employment-of-Disabled-People.pdf | File size: 272KB
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Submission to Women and Equalities Committee inquiry into sexual harassment

Close the Gap's written submission to the UK Women and Equalities Committee inquiry into sexual harassment in the workplace.

Filename: UK-WEC-sexual-harassment-inquiry.pdf | File size: 230KB
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Women's sector response to the Gender Recognition Act consultation

Close the Gap worked with Engender, Scottish Women's Aid, Rape Crisis Scotland, Zero Tolerance and Equate Scotland to produce a joint response to the Scottish Government consultation on proposed changes to the Gender Recognition Act.

Filename: Scottish-Womens-Sector-response-to-the-consultation-on-proposed-changes-to-the-Gender-Recognition-Act.pdf | File size: 479KB
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Response to EHRC enforcing the gender pay gap regulations

Close the Gap's response to the Equality and Human Rights Commission proposals to enforce the gender pay gap information regulations.

Filename: EHRC-Enforcement-of-gender-pay-gap-regulations.pdf | File size: 504KB
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Response to the Scottish National Investment Bank consultation

Close the Gap's response to the Scottish Government consultation on a Scottish National Investment Bank.

Filename: Close-the-Gap-response-to-the-SNIB-consultation.pdf | File size: 523KB
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Submission to Economy Jobs and Fair Work Committee inquiry on Scotland’s Economic Performance: trends, challenges and future developments

CLose the Gap's response to the Economy, Jobs and Fair Work Committee's call for evidence on trends, challenges and future developments around Scotland’s economy.

Filename: Submission-to-Economy-Jobs-and-Fair-Work-Committee-inquiry-on-Scotland.pdf | File size: 568KB
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The socio-economic duty consultation: Equality sector response, September 2017

A response from a coalition of national equalities organisations, including Close the Gap, to the Scottish Government’s proposals for the socio-economic duty.

Filename: Socioeconomic-duty-consultation-equality-sector-response-September-2017.pdf | File size: 680KB
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CtG submission to the Scottish Parliament Equalities and Human Rights Committee on the Gender Representation on Public Boards (Scotland) Bill

Taking steps to address women’s under-representation on public boards is a necessary action towards closing the gender pay gap, and tackling women’s economic inequality. This is Close the Gap's submission to the Scottish Parliament Equalities and Human Rights Committee's scrutiny of the Gender Representation on Public Boards (Scotland) Bill.

Filename: CtG-submission-EHRiC-Gender-Representation-on-Public-Boards-Scotland-BIll.pdf | File size: 525KB
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Close the Gap submission to the Scottish Expert Advisory Panel on the Collaborative Economy

The problems associated with the gig economy, insecure work and bogus self-employment have a significant impact on women. This is Close the Gap's evidence submission to the Scottish Expert Advisory Panel on the Collaborative Economy.

Filename: Close-the-Gap-Submission-to-the-Expert-Advisory-Panel-on-the-Collaborative-Economy.pdf | File size: 623KB
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Joint response to the Scottish Parliament Economy, Jobs and Fair Work Committee inquiry report into the gender pay gap

Gender equality organisations Close the Gap, Engender, Equate Scotland, Scottish Women’s Aid and Zero Tolerance welcome the report of the Scottish Parliament Economy, Jobs and Fair Work Committee inquiry into the gender pay gap, and call for action.

Filename: Joint-response-to-the-Scottish-Parliament-Economy-Jobs-and-Fair-Work-Committee-inquiry-report-into-the-gender-pay-gap.pdf | File size: 2557KB
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Response to the consultation on the Equally Safe draft delivery plan

Close the Gap's response to the Scottish Government consultation on the Equally Safe draft delivery plan.

Filename: 1498750312_Response-to-the-consultation-on-the-Equally-Safe-draft-delivery-plan.pdf | File size: 1150KB
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Response to consultation on the draft Gender Representation on Public Boards (Scotland) Bill

Close the Gap's response to the Scottish Government consultation on the draft Gender Representation on Public Boards (Scotland) Bill.

Filename: CtG-consultation-response-gender-balance-on-boards-bill.pdf | File size: 362KB
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Submission to the Economy, Jobs, and Fair Work Committee inquiry to the pay gap

Close the Gap's written submission to the Scottish Parliament Economy, Jobs and Fair Work Committee inquiry into the gender pay gap

Filename: Close-the-Gap-submission-to-pay-gap-inquiry.pdf | File size: 584KB
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Response to STEM education and training strategy consultation

Close the Gap's response to the Scottish Government consultation on the STEM education and training strategy.

Filename: STEM-education-training-strategy.pdf | File size: 434KB
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Response to the social security consultation

Close the Gap's response to the Scottish Government consultation on the future of social security.

Filename: Close-the-Gap-response-to-social-security-consultation.pdf | File size: 565KB
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Response to the draft regulations on mandatory pay gap reporting

This is Close the Gap's response to the UK Government's consultation on the draft regulations to require large private and third sector organisations report on their gender pay gap.

Filename: Draft-regulations-on-mandatory-pay-gap-reporting-March-2016.pdf | File size: 290KB
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Supplementary evidence to Women & Equalities Committee inquiry into the pay gap

This supplementary written evidence to the UK Women & Equalities Committee inquiry into the gender pay gap for women aged over 40 years focuses on recommendations for key stakeholders.

Filename: Supplementary-evidence-to-the-Women-and-Equalities-Committee-inquiry-into-the-pay-gap.pdf | File size: 288KB
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Submission to the UK Women and Equalities Committee inquiry into the pay gap

Close the Gap's written evidence to the UK Women and Equalities Committee inquiry into the gender pay gap for women aged over 40 years.

Filename: 1452700772_Close-the-Gap-submission-to-Women-and-Equalities-Committee-inquiry-into-the-pay-gap.pdf | File size: 433KB
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Submission to the Welfare Reform Committee's scrutiny of the draft budget 2016/17

Close the Gap's written submission the Scottish Parliament Welfare Reform Committee's scrutiny of the draft budget 2016/17, for which the Committee is using a gender analysis.

Filename: Close-the-Gap-submission-to-Welfare-Reform-Committe-scrutiny-of-draft-budget-2016-17.pdf | File size: 156KB
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Submission to the UK Women and Equalities Committee inquiry into the pay gap

Close the Gap's written submission to the UK Parliament Women and Equalities Committee inquiry into the gender pay gap for women aged over 40 years.

Filename: Close-the-Gap-submission-to-Women-and-Equalities-Committee-inquiry-into-the-pay-gap.pdf | File size: 433KB
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Response to the consultation on amendments to the public sector equality duty regulation

Close the Gap's response to the Scottish Government consultation on proposals to amend the public sector equality duty regulations. Proposed amendments include the introduction of diversity succession planning for boards, and the lowering of the threshold for publishing gender pay gap information and equal pay statements.

Filename: Close-the-Gap-response-to-PSED-regulations-amendment-consultation-November-2015.pdf | File size: 294KB
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Written evidence to the Welfare Reform Committee inquiry into future delivery of social security

Close the Gap's written submission to the Scottish Parliament Welfare Reform Committee inquiry into the future delivery of social security in Scotland, November 2015.

Filename: Welfare-Reform-Committee-evidence-on-the-future-delivery-of-social-security.pdf | File size: 287KB
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Response to Scottish Government consultation on employability

Close the Gap's response to the Scottish Government consultation on the devolution of new powers on employability support.

Filename: Close-the-Gap-response-consultation-on-employability.pdf | File size: 381KB
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Response to the UK Government consultation on closing the gender pay gap

Close the Gap's response to the UK Government consultation on requiring large private and voluntary sector organisations in the UK publish their gender pay gap.

Filename: Close-the-Gap-response-to-the-UK-Government-consultation-on-closing-the-gender-pay-gap---August-2015.pdf | File size: 446KB
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Engender Shadow Report to ICESCR

This the Engender Shadow Report submitted to the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights which Close the Gap have signed in support. It is the sixth periodic report of the government of the UK on measures taken to give effect to the International Covenant of Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR).

Filename: Engender-shadow-report-ICESCR-UK-2015.pdf | File size: 777KB
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Submission to Economy, Energy and Tourism inquiry into work, wages and well-being

Close the Gap's written evidence to the Scottish Parliament Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee's inquiry into work, wages and well-being.

Filename: Close-the-Gap-submission-to-the-Economy-Energy-and-Tourism-Committee-inquiry-into-work-wages-and-well-being---August-2015.pdf | File size: 322KB
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Submission to the Equal Opportunities Committee inquiry into race, ethnicity and employment

Close the Gap's submission to the Scottish Parliament Equal Opportunities Committee inquiry into race, ethnicity and employment.

Filename: Close-the-Gap-Submission-to-Scottish-Parliament-Equal-Opportunities-Committee-Inquiry-into-Race.pdf | File size: 311KB
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Welfare Reform Committee scrutiny of the Draft Budget 2015-16 Joint response, November 2014

A joint submission from Close the Gap, Engender, Scottish Women's Aid and Scottish Refugee Council to the Welfare Reform Committee on their scrutiny of the Scottish Government Draft Budget 2015-16. November 2014

Filename: 1411-WR-committee-Draft-Budget.pdf | File size: 469KB
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Women on Boards - consultation response July 2014

This is Close the Gap's response to the Scottish Government's consultation on gender quotas on public boards.

Filename: Close-the-Gap-response-to-Women-on-Boards---July-2014.pdf | File size: 226KB
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Close the Gap submission to the Smith Commission October 2014

Submission to the Smith Commission on the devolution of further powers to the Scottish Parliament.

Filename: Close-the-Gap-submission-to-the-Smith-Commission-on-the-devolution-of-further-powers-to-Scotland-Oct-2014.pdf | File size: 357KB
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Response to the consultation on European Structural and Investment Fund 2014 - 2020 Programmes

This is a joint submission from Close the Gap and Engender. It outlines our concerns that the proposals within European Structural and Investment Fund Programmes are likely to have a negative impact on women.

Filename: Structural-funds-Engender-and-Close-the-Gap-January-2014.docx | File size: 392KB
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Women and work consultation Feb 2013

This is a response to the call for evidence from the Equal Opportunities Committee at the Scottish Parliament. The paper discusses the current challenges facing women in paid work, this includes occupational segregation, and considers solutions to these issues.

Filename: Women-and-work-consultation-February-2013.pdf | File size: 284KB
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Close the Gap PSED respondent information Nov 2011

This contains information about the project in relation to the response to the Scottish Government's consultation on the Public Sector Equality Duty November 2011.

Filename: Close-the-Gap-PSED-consultation-response-respondent-information-Nov-2011.pdf | File size: 92KB
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Single Equality Duty consultation November 2011

The project's response to the Scottish Government's consultation on the Public Sector Equality Duty (PSED) November 2011.

Filename: Single-Equality-Duty-consultation-November-2011.pdf | File size: 206KB
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RSE Lifting the Barriers for Women in STEM

The Royal Society of Edinburgh tasked a small group of experts to investigate the barriers facing women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. This is Close the Gap's response which highlights the well documented barriers facing women wanting to enter or remain in STEM occupations.

Filename: CTG-response-to-RSE-Women-in-STEM-Aug-ust-2011.doc | File size: 386KB
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Local Area Labour Markets in Scotland Publication

A response to the consultation on the Local Area Labour Markets in Scotland Publication June 2011.

Filename: Close-the-Gap---consultation-response-LALMSP-2.doc | File size: 358KB
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Single Equality Duty Consultation response

The project's response to the 2010 Scottish Government consultation on the form and function of the single equality duty in Scotland.

Filename: Single-Equality-Duty-consultation-January-2010.pdf | File size: 113KB
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Science and Innovation Strategy for Scotland Consultation response

Close the Gap's response to the 2006 Science and Innovation Strategy for Scotland Consultation, which discusses the occupational segregation that persists within STEM.

Filename: Science-and-innovation-strategy-consultation-Dec-2006.pdf | File size: 96KB
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Public Sector Employment Statistics Consultation response

Response to the 2010 Public Sector Employment Statistics Consultation, which sets out the benefits of gender-disaggregated statistics.

Filename: PSE-Consultation-Close-the-Gap-response-April-2010.pdf | File size: 116KB
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