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Submission to the Equalities and Human Rights Committee's inquiry into the impact of COVID-19

Citizens Advice Scotland (CAS) has responded to the Equalities and Human Rights Committee’s inquiry into the impacts of COVID-19.

The response draws on data collected which allows CAS to analyse the characteristics of people seeking advice during the pandemic. 

That data suggests that clients seeking advice on COVID-19 related issues are no more likely than clients at Citizens Advice Bureaux as a whole to be from protected groups under the Equality Act 2010.

In view of this, CAS considers that the Scottish Government should adopt a broad approach to tackling the human rights impact of COVID-19, considering its effects across the Scottish population as a whole.  

CAS also draws the Committee’s attention to the proportionally large rise in requests for employment-related advice since the start of the pandemic, which suggests that measures responding to the employment impacts of the pandemic will play an important role in any COVID response.

Tracey Reilly
Publication date
September 2020
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