Date lodged: 28 August 2018
To ask the Scottish Government what the black and minority ethnic (BME) membership of the social security charter core group is.
Answered by: Shirley-Anne Somerville 18 September 2018
The Scottish Government received more than 300 applications for the core group but, unfortunately, none of these were from black or minority ethnic communities.
Despite this, we remain committed to ensuring that the perspectives of seldom heard and hard to reach groups, including people from BME communities, are strongly reflected in the social security charter. To that end, we are working with stakeholders to run targeted focus groups in September to seek detailed feedback on the work completed to date. We will then invite representatives from each of the groups who participate in these sessions to join the core group.