Camphill Scotland and partners meet Brexit Cabinet SecretaryType: News
Topic: Brexit | Volunteering
Published on: 30th September 2019
Last week Camphill Scotland and our partners met Mike Russell MSP, the Scottish Government’s Cabinet Secretary for Government Business and Constitutional Relations with lead responsibility for the Scottish Government on Brexit. The meeting was initiated by the Scottish Human Rights Consortium to discuss concerns around Brexit.
The meeting covered a wide range of issues including the impact of the ending of freedom of movement, the loss of EU funding for the third sector and its replacement and the challenges of keeping up with Europe in areas such as environmental protection.
There was also a discussion about Brendan O’Hara MP’s private member’s bill, the European Union Withdrawal (Evaluation of Effects on Health and Social Care Sectors) Bill. This Bill was introduced on behalf of the Alliance of Health and Social Care Scotland, Camphill Scotland, SCVO and our partners totalling 104 organisations across the UK.
By way of further background, the Bill would require the UK Government to make arrangements for an independent evaluation of the impact of Brexit upon the health and social care sectors across the UK, and for a copy of the independent evaluation report to be submitted to the UK Parliament. We believe such an evaluation is necessary to help shape and inform planning and decision-making in the health and social care sectors across the UK post Brexit.
Dr Neil Henery, Camphill Scotland’s Director, said after the meeting with the Cabinet Secretary:
This was a very positive meeting with the Cabinet Secretary. He was very sympathetic to our members’ concerns about the rights of EU citizens after Brexit, and noted the great importance of maintaining the flow of volunteers wishing to come to Camphill communities in Scotland from Europe.