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Culture and Media

Committee remit: the arts, Gaelic language, traditional Scottish culture (including music and dance), heritage and museums, the media, and tourism.  

For 2019/20, this Committee are focusing on:

  • Raising awareness of and overcoming barriers to careers in culture and media.
  • Promotion of arts teaching and progression, involving more Culture education.
  • Promotion of an education of the Gaelic language in schools around Scotland.

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Education and Lifelong Learning

Committee remit: school education, Further and Higher education, adult and community education.    

For 2019/20, the Education and Lifelong Committee are focusing:

  • Introduction of work based Learning within Scotland’s secondary school.
  • Support for ASN young people.
  • PSHE.
  • Creating stronger links between SYP and Higher and Further Education Institutions.

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Equality and Human Rights

Committee remit: human rights (including the UNCRC), accessibility, issues related to disability, gender, race, sexuality and any other issues which arise as a result of barriers to access or discrimination.  

For the year 2019/20, this Committee are focusing on:

  • Sibling separation.
  • Paid leave for domestic abuse victims.
  • Invisible disabilities.
  • Female Genital Mutilation.
  • Trans and non-binary inclusivity with SYP.

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External Affairs, UK and International Relations

Committee remit: UK and European legislation, relationships with Europe and the rest of the world, and reserved matters. 

For 2019/20, this Committee are focusing on:

  • Refugee family reunification.
  • Educate young people of SYP’s input into Brexit and make further report on the impact of a no deal on Scotland’s youth.
  • Establish a relationship with the European Youth Parliament.

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Health and Wellbeing

Committee remit: drugs, healthy living, medical costs, mental health, National Health Service, private healthcare, sexual health.  

For the year 2019/20, this Committee are focusing on:

  • Promote self-care and educate young people on how to look after themselves.
  • Raise awareness of different physical and mental conditions and the effects they can have on a person’s life.
  • Reduce the stigma around talking about mental health.

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Jobs, Economy and Fair Work

Committee remit: economic growth and sustainability, entrepreneurship, employment opportunities and rights, government training schemes and initiatives, and non-formal education opportunities.   

For 2019/20, this Committee are focusing on:

  • To open communication with the ScotParl committee regarding currently existing SYP policy, as well as any ongoing ScotParl committee work if relevant.
  • To raise awareness of and continue to support the ‘Better Than Zero’ campaign.
  • To gain a better understanding around the wages of apprenticeships.

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Justice

Committee remit: police and criminal law, the justice system, and the European Convention on Human Rights.

For 2019/20, this Committee are focusing on:

  • Tackling the unfair discrimination of young people by businesses and public services.
  • Improve the relations between the police force and young people.
  • Decriminalise substance abuse for those who need it.

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Social Security

Committee remit: housing and area regeneration, poverty and deprivation, homelessness, family issues (including adoption, fostering, carers and the care system), community empowerment, and social security system. 

For 2019/20, this Committee are focusing on:

  • Tackling youth hunger and food bank stigma.
  • Support and access to housing for care experienced young people.
  • Promotion of youth voice in the devolution of social security benefits.

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Sport and Leisure

Committee focus: sport and leisure facilities, grassroots sporting provision, national sporting achievement and diversity in sport. 

For the year 2019/20, this Committee are focusing on:

  • Equal opportunities to participate in sport.
  • Free swims for young people during school holidays.

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Transport, Environment and Rural Affairs

Committee remit: sustainable development, natural heritage, island issues, wildlife, farming and fishing, and land reform.  

For the year 2019/20, they will focus on:

  • Continue the legacy work of SYP’s All Aboard, with a focus on youth participation with ferry companies.
  • Increase the awareness of active & sustainable travel with young people across Scotland.
  • Hold Scottish Government accountable on work of increasing of rural connectivity (Internet).
  • Raise awareness of mental health services in rural areas.

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