Wednesday, 22 December 2010

The Autism (Scotland) Bill

A PLAN to boost the quality of autism care for children in the Lothians has been rejected by the Scottish Parliament.

It was hoped that the Autism Bill, which had considerable input from Edinburgh experts, would remove barriers for families with youngsters with the learning disability.

But ministers, while praising the Bill's intentions, rejected its implementation at the first stage.

Committee convener, MSP Karen Whitefield MSP, said: "We recognise the good intentions and goodwill behind it, and that this Bill has led to a number of significant steps being taken by the Scottish Government on autism.

"However, the committee is not convinced the proposed Scottish Government strategy on autism would be improved by passing autism-specific legislation."

The Autism (Scotland) Bill has now reached its most crucial and important stage – its first Parliamentary vote. 
On the day that guidance was issued for England as a consequence of the Autism Act there was a significant setback for the Scottish Autism Bill. The Education, Lifelong Learning & Culture Committee has decided not to support the Bill believing instead that sufficient legislation already exists.
Despite this disappointing report we want Members of the Scottish Parliament to know that things need to change for people with autism across Scotland.
In January MSPs will vote on whether or not they agree with the general principles of the Autism Bill.
Please, email your local MSPs by filling in this form and ask them to back the Bill.


  1. Oh dear - that's not good.
    Hope you and yours have a lovely Christmas!

  2. Sorry I missed this Tilly. I hope you had a wonderful festive season and looking forward to reading your blog soon. xx


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