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Equality Updates 7th May

Scottish Government

Funding to connect the most vulnerable
A new £5 million programme will offer an internet connection, training and support, and a laptop or tablet to vulnerable people who are not already online during the response to coronavirus (COVID-19).

Extra payment for unpaid carers
As part of the next emergency coronavirus legislation, the Scottish Government is proposing an additional £19.2 million investment in Carer’s Allowance Supplement.

Aid for private rental landlords – support to protect tenants
A £5 million fund will offer interest-free loans to landlords whose tenants are having difficulty paying rent during the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis.

£75 million boost for Scottish university research
One-off Government payment to help mitigate financial effects of COVID-19.

Scottish Human Rights Commission

Evidence from Experience: Covid-19 Briefing
Experiences of the Adequate Standard of Living Reference Group during the first five weeks of lockdown.

Terrence Higgins Trust Scotland

Additional Client Support
People living with HIV and other blood borne viruses can now access emergency support through our new Lottery funded COVID-19 service. This is non-means tested and will be tailored to meet the additional support needs of those living with HIV/BBVs during the COVID-19 crisis.  Self referrals and enquiries from service partners: Call 0141 332 3838 email Message us privately on Facebook or Twitter THTScotland

Institute of Race Relations

Beyond English Borders: Asylum Hostels And Asylum Hotels In A Time Of Covid-19
John Grayson of South Yorkshire Migration & Asylum Action Group continues his exposés of conditions in Scotland, Ireland and other countries of Europe for asylum seekers in supposedly safe accommodation.

The Young Women’s Movement

Young Women Lead 2019/20 Inquiry Launch: transition from education to employment for young Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) women
SURVEY 1 – Young BAME Women’s In Employment In Scotland
Survey 2 – Employers And BAME Women In Scotland’s Workforce
Survey 3: Teacher Survey
Survey 4: Education Survey

Glasgow Disability Alliance

GDA's Covid 19 Resilience Response
For help, call 0141 556 7103, text 07958 299 496 or email us at

Glasgow Centre for Population Health

Our response to COVID-19 and thoughts for the future

LGBT Health and Wellbeing

Lots and lots going on: events and socials, screenings, support services

Child Poverty Action Group

Can You Help? Life Under Lockdown
The Cost of the School Day team wants to hear from parents and children about life since schools closed. Lots of support has been put in place around things like learning at home and help with the cost of food – we want to hear from parents and children about what is working well, and what could be improved.

Disability News Service

Coronavirus round-up: Supercharged inequalities, shielding, and wellbeing concerns


Blog | Coronavirus and my mental wellbeing

Women’s Support Project

Launch of new helpline for women selling or exchanging sex
The Women’s Support Project is a partner on the CLiCK project, launching a brand new helpline that women who sell/exchange sex or images online can use to get in touch with a CLiCK Women’s Worker. The Helpline number is 0300 124 5564 and is available: Tuesday 3pm-5pm, Wednesday 11am-7pm, Thursday 6pm-9pm, Saturday 12pm-2pm

Scottish Parliament

Justice Committee call for views on the Hate Crime and Public Order (Scotland) Bill
Submit views before 24 July

Justice Committee stresses new laws on family breakdowns must be properly funded if they are to help children

SeeMe Scotland

Talking about Mental Health During the Coronavirus Outbreak

Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland

A public health approach to reducing gambling harms in Glasgow
Written by: Councillor Annette Christie, Convener for Wellbeing, Empowerment, Community & Citizen Engagement (WECCE) Policy Development Committee, Glasgow City Council

Scottish Commission for Learning Disability

Scottish Learning Disability Week is nearly here…
SCLD’s Engagement & Influencing manager, Kenneth Fleming, writes about why holding Scottish Learning Disability Week is more relevant now than ever in this time of global crisis…

NHS Health Scotland

Survey for front line services: Protecting and supporting people vulnerable to harms associated with gambling online during COVID19
Responses due by 15 May 2020

Public Health Scotland

COVID19: the story behind the data
Today, we are publishing the first of a series of weekly reports intended to provide a narrative around the statistics and data that are routinely published on COVID19.

GCVS Employers Advice Service

Upcoming Training
Furlough – 18th May, 2pm to 4pm
Homeworking/Loneworking – 28th May, 10am to 12noon
Managing Leave – 15th June, 2pm to 4pm
Managing Stress – 24th June, 11am to 12.30pm
Data Protection – 1th July, 11am to 12.30pm
Restructure & Redundancy – 24th July, 2pm to 4pm


+2 UK and International News and Events

Fawcett Society

Parents Are Struggling To Cope Financially & Women Key Workers Are More Anxious

Office for National Statistics

Coronavirus (COVID-19) related deaths by ethnic group, England and Wales: 2 March 2020 to 10 April 2020
When taking into account age in the analysis, Black males are 4.2 times more likely to die from a COVID-19-related death and Black females are 4.3 times more likely than White ethnicity males and females.

Equality and Human Rights Commission

Employers face raft of disability discrimination claims amid Covid-19 crisis

Coronavirus (COVID-19) guidance for employers

Making the right decisions during Covid-19

Women’s Budget Group

We need a way out for Migrant women experiencing domestic abuse in lockdown

Joseph Rowntree Foundation

Food banks report record spike in need as coalition of charities call for lifeline (Coronavirus Emergency Income Support Scheme)

Talking about coronavirus and poverty: a guide to framing your messages

Women's Aid Federation of England

Survivors say domestic abuse is escalating under lockdown
Women’s Aid Survivor Survey published ahead of the domestic abuse bill’s second reading.

Women’s Budget Group

Easing Lockdown: potential problems for women

Report Launch: Covid-19: No safety net for migrant women

Latest Report: Migrant Women and the Economy

Institute of Race Relations

Black educational organisation warns that Ofqual grading consultation is deeply flawed


The coronavirus (COVID-19) has had a proportionally higher impact on the most deprived areas

UK Human Rights Blog

What are the data privacy considerations of Contact Tracing Apps?

COVID-19 and Immigration Detention

Plan International UK

1 in 5 girls (19%) have experienced street harassment during lockdown

LGBT Foundation

The unequal impacts of Covid 19


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