Social & Community Development Committee Meeting – Wednesday 9 October 2019

The Social & Community Development Committee (SCDC) held their monthly meeting on Wednesday, 9 October 2019.

The Committee supported the introduction of legislation to protect the vulnerable and disabled people but first wished to clarify the position as to what precisely is required, what already exists in law and might need strengthening (employment legislation) and what the needs are in legislation terms after this review is conducted. The CEO of the Equality & Human Rights Commission who presented the proposal will be taking this forward with the Attorney General’s Chambers. Supporting the discussions were the Inclusion Officer (Education & Employment), Crown Counsel (Community Care) and the Legislative Drafter.

The Committee will consider endorsing proposals expected on the review of the Immigration Ordinance and Immigration Policy after a presentation of the recommendations has been made to all Elected Members.

The recommendations from the Social Security Review had been presented to the Committee which was a very good piece of work undertaken by the Working Group. A further meeting will be held to take the recommendations forward.

The Social & Community Development Committee were voting members Councillors Anthony Green (Chairman), Cyril Leo (Deputy Chairman), Derek Thomas and Non-Voting Member, Deputy Chief Secretary, Gillian Francis. Councillor Gavin Ellick and Non-Voting Member Director Children and Adults Social Care, Tracy Poole-Nandy were excused for this meeting. The Committee’s Secretary is Nicole Plato.

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18 October 2019

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