Tag Archives: Domestic Abuse

Cathy calls for local children’s project to continue

Cathy Peattie has called on the Scottish Government to continue to fund the CEDAR project which is being piloted in Forth Valley, Fife and Edinburgh.
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Domestic Abuse: more support needed

Falkirk East MSP Cathy Peattie has called on the Scottish Government to provide more secure funding for Women’s Aid.

Speaking in the Scottish Parliament she highlighted the “huge pressure” on Women’s Aid refuges and other services as a result of the removal of ring-fenced funding, and the increased funding pressures that local authorities face due to a shrinking share of Scottish Government finance coupled with the freeze on Council Tax.

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International Women’s Day

To mark International Women’s Day on 8th March, the Scottish Parliament debated a motion tabled by Falkirk East MSP Cathy Peattie. Cathy emphasised the need for central and local government and the private sector to take full account of gender issues.

Opening the debate, Cathy thanked the many MSPs who had signed her motion. Noting the many events organised throughout the world, Cathy spoke of advances that had been made and highlighted what still needs done to advance the social, political and economic equality of women.

“Many aspects of women’s rights, representation and welfare still need to be addressed through a gendered policy approach. The issues include the gender pay gap, under-representation of women in senior positions in the public and private sectors and as elected representatives, and the provision of violence against women support services.

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Map of Gaps

Falkirk East MSP Cathy Peattie has called on the Scottish Government to ensure that Scotland’s good record of support for Domestic Abuse, Rape and related services is not allowed to fall by the wayside.

Commenting on a new report highlighting the postcode lottery of services, Cathy said:

“The Map of Gaps is extremely worrying. The pioneering work that Scotland has been recognised for is in danger of being undone because the government has lost its focus on the problem. Services are already patchy – and in some areas, non-existent. That is likely to become worse.

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