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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-15218: Rachael Hamilton (Ettrick, Roxburgh and Berwickshire)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 12 March 2018

To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to improve access to music venues for disabled (a) performers and (b) people wishing to attend events.

Answered by: Fiona Hyslop 20 March 2018

The Disability Action Plan A Fairer Scotland for Disabled People is removing barriers that stop disabled people from participating fully in communities. We are ensuring barriers to accessing and participating in Scotland's culture are removed. We are currently developing a culture strategy with and for the people of Scotland which will set out a vision and priorities for the future development of culture which enables everyone to have an equal opportunity to take part in and contribute to culture throughout the country.

Creative Scotland's future plans and revised Equalities Outcomes wereinformed by their review of equality, diversity and inclusion in the arts, screen and creative industries. Creative Scotland undertook a major Equalities, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Review both in Creative Scotland and in the sectors they support. They now require all their funded organisations to have Equalities, Diversity and Inclusion Action Plans in place as a condition of funding, and they are supporting organisations to be ambitious in the delivery of EDI. The EDI Review has been a comprehensive process resulting in revised EDI Outcomes 2017-21 being published including a focus on four revised outcomes and key actions being taken to support them along with a plan on measuring progress against them.One of those outcomes is widening attendance and participation in the arts, screen and creative industries. Creative Scotland are working with a range of partners, including other cultural partners, local authorities, health boards and others, to increase opportunities for engagement throughout the country, and support artists and organisations to understand their audiences better and address any barriers to engagement and participation to help tackle inequalities, deliver social justice and transform communities. Creative Scotland's EDI Report sets out the progress Creative Scotland are making to mainstream equalities and deliver their Equality Outcomes to 2017. This may be found here:- http://www.creativescotland.com/resources/our-publications/policies/equalities-in-creative-Scotland