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S5W-10439: Adam Tomkins (Glasgow)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 25 July 2017

To ask the Scottish Government how many independent advisers have been appointed to serve the Cabinet Secretary for Communities, Social Security, and Equalities; what role the cabinet secretary had in making these appointments; what the selection process was; who they are; what their duties are; when they were appointed, and how long they have been appointed for.

Answered by: Kevin Stewart 9 August 2017

The only independent adviser appointed to report directly to the Cabinet Secretary for Communities, Social Security and Equalities has been the Race Equality Framework Adviser, Kaliani Lyle. Ms Lyle was appointed as a direct Ministerial appointment on 7 December 2016 for an initial period of two years.

Appointments of this nature are made based on the relevant experience of the candidate and their fit with the role. In the case of Ms Lyle, she had recently stepped down as Scotland’s Commissioner for the Equality and Human Rights Commission and as a former member of the Christie Commission was a natural choice.

The Race Equality Framework Adviser provides strategic independent expertise, insight and advice to the Scottish Government in taking forward the actions in the framework.

Additional independent advice comes from a range of sources with the recently established Poverty and Inequality Commission and the Advisory Council for Women and Girls set to be strong contributors.