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S5W-10389: Elaine Smith (Central Scotland)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 19 July 2017

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S5W-10012 by Angela Constance on 18 July 2017, whether it will provide a breakdown of what specific action it is taking to address discrimination against Roman Catholics in response to the findings in the report; what outcomes it expects from this, and how it will measure the success of it.

Answered by: Kevin Stewart 9 August 2017

Our ambition is to create cohesive, supportive and resilience communities where hate crime and prejudice is reduced and community cohesion is strengthened. In June, the Scottish Government set out a range of steps to tackle hate crime and prejudice in our action plan Tackling Prejudice and Building Connected Communities. This is available at http://www.gov.scot/Publications/2017/06/1336.

Information on current funded projects to tackle sectarianism in Scotland is available athttps://beta.gov.scot/news/500-000-for-anti-sectarianism-projects/. Wren and Greyhound carried out an evaluation of the community based projects between 2012 and 2016, and a summary of this report is available at http://www.gov.scot/Resource/0052/00522251.pdf. Alongside regular statistical publications on hate crime, we use measurements such as the Scottish Social Attitudes survey to understand how attitudes to different groups have changed.

The Minister for Community Safety expects to meet with representatives of the Catholic Church following the summer recess to discuss these issues.