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New National Hate Crime Charter for Public Transport Launched

New National Hate Crime Charter for Public Transport Launched   Today (Wednesday 24 March 2021) we are proud to launch the National Hate Crime Charter for public transport. All people using public transport networks in Scotland have the right to be free from hate crime, prejudice, bullying or harassment. The purpose of the Hate Crime Charter is to encourage transport providers, members of the public and other services to support a zero-tolerance approach to hate crime and encourage the reporting of incidents. Disability Equality Scotland developed the Hate Crime Charter in partnership with Transport Scotland, the South-East Scotland Transport Partnership
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Face Covering Exemption Cards

The Scottish Government has produced a face covering exemption card, to support those who are unable to wear one to feel more confident and safe when accessing public spaces and using public services. Cabinet Secretary for Social Security and Older People Shirley Anne Somerville said: “Everyone who can do so is legally obliged to wear a face covering where it is mandated by law. But there are some people who cannot, due to health conditions, disabilities or other special circumstances where a face covering may cause difficulty or distress. “Discrimination against people in this situation is unacceptable and will not
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Protect Scotland – Scam Warning

Protect Scotland – Scam Warning NHS Scotland have launched a new test and protect mobile phone app, “designed to help us protect each other, reduce the spread of coronavirus and avoid further lockdowns”. The app will alert you if you have been in close contact with another app user who tests positive for coronavirus and can help in determining contacts that you may have. If you are contacted by NHS Test and Protect it will be by phone on a single national telephone number 0800 030 8012 Scammers are now exploiting this to commit fraud by contacting the general public
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Message from Assistant Chief Constable Gary Ritchie

Message from Assistant Chief Constable Gary Ritchie Police Scotland is committed to keeping people safe and protecting all our communities. We understand that daily life adhering to coronavirus (COVID-19) guidelines continues to be challenging for everyone. Although Scottish Government guidance has provided flexibility for the individual needs of disabled people, we recognise this has not prevented some people becoming fearful of going out into their communities. We are aware some disabled people have reported being unfairly challenged and, on occasion, abused about issues linked to social distancing and face coverings. Our partners have shared concerns that some disabled people can
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Hate Crime and Public Order (Scotland) Bill Call for Views

Hate Crime and Public Order (Scotland) Bill Call for Views Holyrood’s Justice Committee has asked for views on The Hate Crime and Public Order (Scotland) Bill which was published on 23 April. Hate crime is the phrase used to describe crime motivated by malice or ill will towards a social group. There are already laws in place to protect certain groups from hate crime. People are currently protected by specific laws on the basis of:  disability race (and related characteristics) religion sexual orientation transgender identity The Bill will add age to the list of protected characteristics and allows sex to be added at a later date. The Bill also creates
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Safe and Inclusive Ferries for All: Customer Experience Survey

Safe and Inclusive Ferries for All: Customer Experience Survey Feeling safe to travel and get around is essential if we are going to realise our rights and achieve our potential. That is why CalMac and Disability Equality Scotland, with support from the Transport Scotland Ferries Accessibility Fund, are partnering to improve the experiences of disabled people onboard. We will be working together to ensure that disabled people have safe and inclusive journeys. An important part of this is making sure that people know how to report any abuse or mistreatment. This project builds on the success of the pilot carried
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Police Scotland – Message to Communities

Message from Assistant Chief Constable Gary Ritchie   Police Scotland continue to urge victims and witnesses of hate crime to report it during the COVID-19 pandemic. We understand the impact this type of incident can have on individuals, their families, friends and the wider community. Police Scotland is fully committed to keeping people safe and protecting all our communities and I acknowledge communities and individuals may feel vulnerable as a result of COVID-19. A hate crime can include name calling, harassment, graffiti or a physical attack motivated by prejudice or ill-will towards a social group. Social groups covered by hate
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Police Scotland ‘Your Police 2020-2021’ Survey

Police Scotland ‘Your Police 2020-2021’ Survey Police Scotland has launched a survey which asks for the views of the public on policing, particularly the police response during the Covid 19 pandemic. Both the BSL and English versions are on the Police Scotland Citizen Space page. The survey will remain open until 31 March 2021.
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Easy Read information about Domestic Abuse

Easy Read information about Domestic Abuse   People First (Scotland) have created some Easy Read information about Domestic Abuse in partnership with the Scottish Commission for Learning Disability and Scottish Government. View the information on the People First (Scotland) website.
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Supporting Domestic Abuse Victims

Supporting Domestic Abuse Victims New campaign highlights that help is still available. A national campaign is being relaunched to reassure anyone experiencing domestic abuse that support is available to them during these difficult times. Social isolation measures put in place to tackle coronavirus (COVID-19) may be adding pressure to those in abusive domestic situations. Justice Secretary Humza Yousaf said: “These are unsettling times for everyone but I want to be absolutely clear that anyone experiencing domestic abuse in the home is not alone. While they may feel isolated and vulnerable, help is still available round the clock.  “We have heard
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