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How the spending cuts impact on LGBT people
PCS equalities has produced a report on the severity of central and local governments' spending cuts on organisations and support services which lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people use or may use. It brings together various recent reports, research and case studies.
It sets out to map the situation by introducing the current crisis that budget cuts are having on LGBT individuals and on public and voluntary services with a closer look at the impact that has had on some LGBT services across the UK.
The report then presents, in brief, some of the areas where the impact of the cuts and the ideological attacks are creating serious problems and detrimental life-changing consequences in such areas as families and the home, young LGBT people, transgender issues, justice, health, housing, immigration and education.
Impact of the spending cuts on public and local services, charities and organisations for LGBT people
If you have any comments, feedback, corrections and/or inclusions you wish to make about the spending cuts on LGBT people, then feel free to contact PCS equalities at email@example.com or call on 020 7801 2683.
PCS and Proud at STUC LGBT+ Workers Conference
This past weekend delegates from across the Scottish trade union movement gathered for the 7th Annual STUC LGBT+ Workers’ Conference to discuss the issues facing LGBT+ workers and the wider community across Scotland.
PCS was represented by Proud’s Scotland Rep, Kris Hendry, and DWP member, and first time delegate, Sarah Valentine. Conference was also addressed by Lynn Henderson, PCS Scotland National Officer and current STUC President, and Sharon Edwards, PCS representative and current chair of the STUC Women’s Committee.
A packed agenda covered a wide range of issues including gender recognition reform, marriage equality in Northern Ireland, the effect of Brexit on LGBT+ workers. PCS motions focused on building greater inclusion for asexual workers and using sport to promote LGBT+ equality and workers rights.
Guest speakers included Rhoda Grant MSP, the Love Equality NI campaign, LGBT Unity and LEAP Sports. Delegates were also able to take part in workshops which focused on mental health and how the Scottish Trade Union movement interacts with the Scottish Pride movement in the face of increasing commercialisation.
Over the course of the weekend it was also confirmed that Kris had been reelected to the STUC LGBT+ Workers’ Committee for a third year in a row, ensuring the voices of our Scottish LGBT+ members ae represented across the STUC.
Kris said, “This year has been another incredible year for PCS. Our union’s presence has been well and truly felt with both Lynn and Sharon joining us as well as the fantastic contributions of Sarah who, despite being a first time delegate, addressed conference with confidence and humour, in fact many delegates paid tribute to her efforts throughout the weekend.
“There remains a lot of work to do for LGBT+ equality and I look forward to working with the incoming committee, ensuring our union’s voice is heard as we continue to push towards full equality for all LGBT+ people in Scotland.”
STUC LGBT+ Workers’ Conference is traditionally held in late May/early June each year. Members interested in finding out more are invited to email firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can read about Sarah’s experience as a first time delegate on the PCS Blog.