Scotland The Welcoming Country

Scotland Has Lowest Pay Gap In UK Between Disabled And Non-Disabled

"From A Fairer Scotland for Disabled People Employment Action Plan – Progress Report, released today, we can see that Scotland has the smallest gap between median pay for the disabled and non-disabled. https://www.gov.scot/publications/fairer-scotland-disabled-people-employment-action-plan-progress-report/

This is not the result of median wages for the non-disabled in Scotland being particularly low as Scotland has the highest median pay outside of the South of England and London. And, the above fits in with a wider pattern in Scotland which we can be proud of..."

Scotland Protects Unaccompanied Child Asylum Seekers

"In the HOUSE OF LORDS European Union Committee 48th Report of Session 2017–19 HL Paper 428 Brexit: refugee protection and asylum policy, we read: ‘The Refugee Council, for example, noted that unaccompanied children seeking asylum in Scotland and Northern Ireland had access to independent guardians, but that an equivalent service was only available to children in England and Wales who had [and who could prove that they had] experienced modern slavery.’"

Scotland's Young Carer Grant Extended To Asylum Seekers

Scotland’s Young Carer Grant is to be  extended to include Asylum Seeker young people.

Last year the Best Start Grant was extended to young asylum seekers. The Best Start Grant is available to ‘Those aged under-18 ; and will ‘ not jeopardise their immigration status’. It provides £600 for the first child and £300 for each subsequent child.’ Immigration is a power reserved to the UK Government and the Scottish Government have been in lengthy negotiations to establish these payments for young asylum seekers. Whilst going through the immigration process asylum seekers are unable to access the welfare benefits that Scottish and UK citizens are entitled to.

The Young Carer Grant will also be extended to young asylum seekers. It is worth £300.

Scotland's Pioneering Approach To Supporting Refugee Children

"From the Scottish Refugee Council yesterday: Research being presented today in Glasgow shows that Glasgow Clyde College is leading the way in educating young people who have been trafficked or arrived in Scotland alone seeking asylum….On average, five children arrive in Scotland every month who have been trafficked or are seeking asylum, according to the Scottish Guardianship Service who currently work with over 200 young people….Today, new research will be presented in Glasgow which documents what has been learnt through the 16+ESOL project, the specific needs of separate children, and compares this research against international practice. Scotland has a pioneering approach to supporting separated children, thanks to tireless work by the Scottish Guardianship Service and Glasgow Clyde College."