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TFN referendum results debate

This news post is almost 10 years old

The role of a devolved welfare state in enabling Scotland to truly tackle poverty and social justice; the need to engage with civil society across the UK and internationally; how to ensure the Scottish independence referendum leads to consitutional reform across the UK; and how to harness the momentum of the recent debate to ensure more power to the people. These are just some of the issues tackled in our live #TFNdebate on the result of the independence referendum.

Five panellists from across the third sector this morning debated the impact that a no vote will have on Scotland's third sector and and society in general. Read the debate in full below and continue to take part in the discussion by posting commments below or getting involved on Twitter using #TFNdebate.

Panellists were:

Lucy McTernan, deputy chief executive of the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations

Gillian Wilson, chief executive of the Network of International Development Organisations in Scotland

Ian Welsh, chief executive of the Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland

Martin Johnstone, chief executive of Faith in Communities Scotland and the Poverty Truth Commission

Willie Sullivan, director of the Electoral Reform Society Scotland



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Equality Network
almost 10 years ago
The Equality Network and colleagues in some other equality groups consider that there's an opportunity to revisit the fact that equality law is almost completely reserved. Scotland could do better on equality, eg on equal pay, intersectionality, trans equality, equality for young people, and other areas, if there was devolution of equality law, as there is in Northern Ireland.Of course that would depend on real changes to the devo settlement being made!
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William Douglas
almost 10 years ago
"So, Scotland has voted no to independence. Many will see this as a failure for social justice especially as civil society has played such a strong role in the campaign. What can the third sector now do to ensure a stronger fairer Scotland, Lucy McTernan?"How about that for a balanced opening? Oh dear!Is SCVO ever going to understand that it represents all sections of the voluntary sector? SCVO needs to take cognizance of the settled will of the people which was not for Scotland to become an independent country
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