SNP failing to lead by example with women on boards

Scottish Liberal Democrat Jim Hume MSP has criticised the Scottish Government for failing to lead by example on efforts to increase the number of women on public sector boards.

The recently appointed Scottish Fiscal Commission tasked with reviewing receipts of the devolved taxes including those to come from the Scotland 2012 Act has only one woman member.

Following the Ministerial Statement on workplaces in Scotland, the Cabinet Secretary for Training, Youth and Women’s Employment Angela Constance refused to commit to ensure greater female representation on the Scottish Fiscal Commission.

Speaking after the statement, Mr Hume said:

“We all want to see more women on public sector boards but the SNP government’s words don’t match their actions. It’s disappointing that the SNP have failed to meet their own policies in their own government. There was only one female appointee to the newly created Scottish Fiscal Commission. There is no need to wait for legislation. SNP Ministers should practise what they preach and deliver balance in appointees to government boards, as well as leading calls for balance in public sector boards.”

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