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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5W-19078: Kezia Dugdale (Lothian)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 26 September 2018

To ask the Scottish Government what its position is on whether housing and homelessness services should be required to record, monitor and report on equality data, with specific reference to (a) sexual orientation and (b) gender identity.

Answered by: Kevin Stewart 15 October 2018

The Scottish Government’s position on recording, monitoring and reporting equality data is that sexual orientation and gender identity protected characteristics are particularly sensitive and if people are already in a vulnerable position it may not be appropriate to collect data at point of service provision. However, we and all our partners are committed to upholding both the letter and the spirit of the Public Sector Equality Duty in this area, to ensure that nobody loses out because of a protected characteristic in their engagement with housing and homelessness services.