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The Scottish Women’s Budget Group is an independent campaigning and research group which believes in greater equality for women and men in Scotland. We are committed to the promotion of gender analysis in all of government budget processes, and we seek to engage with the Scottish Parliament and the Scottish Government to change the way decisions are made about how public money is spent.

Women and men use public services differently – they have different life experiences and face different economic realities and challenges. Women are often disadvantaged by policies that do not recognise these different experiences. We hope that by working with women, communities, statutory and voluntary agencies, trades unions and other partners – including government – we can make public spending more effective and responsive to the lives of women in Scotland.

The SWBG regularly submits a response to Scottish Government spending plans and also responds to other Government consultation documents that may have an impact on the allocation of public funds. We submit these responses after consulting with members of the group and other organisations who share our vision of gender equality in public spending. We have provided evidence to Scottish Parliament Committees and advice to Scottish Government departments.

The SWBG is also happy to provide information on gender budget analysis to any other initiatives or groups across Scotland who are also seeking to influence policy on public services – the services that matter to everyone – such as health services, housing, education and transport.

 

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