The Scottish Community Safety Network (SCSN) strongly opposes the UK Government’s decision to block the Gender Recognition Reform (Scotland) Bill.

We are adding our name to this joint statement, shoulder to shoulder with other Scottish civil society organisations, condemning this intervention.

SCSN’s primary consideration is to community safety. We have noted the concerns, regarding possible conflicts between the aims of the Bill and women’s safety and equality. We do not believe these concerns are sufficiently evidenced, or that the Bill changes the status quo for women accessing services, or that it represents a risk to women’s equality, rights and safety in Scotland. 

We stand alongside many other equalities organisations and leading experts on the provision of services to women experiencing violence in Scotland.

We remain extremely concerned about the levels of misinformation circulating this issue, and the impact this has had on the Trans community in Scotland, UK and worldwide.