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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5W-07833: Jackie Baillie (Dumbarton)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 8 March 2017

To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to improve consistency of reporting on public sector equality duties.

Answered by: Angela Constance 22 March 2017

As part of its responsibilities under the Scottish Ministers’ Equality Duty, the Scottish Government has undertaken a number of actions to help public sector authorities to better meet the reporting requirements of the Scottish specific equality duties.

In December 2013 four areas were identified where evidence showed public sector needed support most (http://www.gov.scot/Publications/2013/12/9408/downloads), and SNEIP (Scottish National Equality Improvement Project) was established to take these proposals for activity forward. A report outlining progress made in these four areas was published in December 2015: http://www.gov.scot/Publications/2015/12/2411/0.

The Scottish Government continues to work together with the public sector authorities through SNEIP, with particular focus being on identifying and sharing best practice. Last November the Scottish Government held the Equal Scotland Live conference to which representatives of all public authorities subject to the Scottish specific equality duties were invited. The event included over 20 learning sessions, as well as networking opportunities between the public authorities and with equality organisations.

The Scottish Government’s remit does not include monitoring how well the public sector authorities are meeting the requirements of the public sector equality duty. This remit falls to the Equality and Human Rights Commission.