Equalities and diversity

We are committed to equality of opportunity and a culture that respects individuality. The Equality Act 2010 and Scottish specific equality duties provide a clear planning and reporting framework to help us achieve this.


Our equality outcomes for 2021-2023

  1. People with disabilities and people who speak languages other than English can access our services and funding of appropriate communication support with ease
  2. SLAB gathers and uses equality data to inform our policies and improve our services
  3. SLAB employees maintain good mental and physical health during the covid-19 pandemic and recovery phase.

Our Equality outcomes plan 2021-23 provides a high level overview of the activity that will help us to achieve these outcomes, what success will look like and how we will measure the impact on relevant equality groups.

Our review of evidence, and specifically that gathered through direct research and engagement about SLAB’s remit as a service provider and employer has led to a focus on the protected characteristics of age, race, disability, sex and pregnancy and maternity.

The evidence does not suggest that the remaining protected characteristics of religion or belief, sexual orientation, gender reassignment or marriage and civil partnership face specific barriers in relation to the themes of our equality outcomes.  However, we will monitor this through any equality impact assessments completed as part of the work to deliver our equality outcomes.

Our Equality outcomes progress and mainstreaming report (October 2020) includes:

  • The progress we have made against our equality outcomes
  • an update on our work to mainstream equality into the way we work
  • a summary of our employee equality information
  • details of our gender pay gap and our equal pay statement.


Related information:

Equality Impact Assessments (EqIAs)

Transparency in our decision making is supported by our equality impact assessment (EqIA) process.

Our approach to this ensures we consider the impact of new and current policies or projects on protected equality groups.

It also helps us meet the general public sector equality duty to have due regard to the need to:

  • Eliminate unlawful discrimination, harassment and victimisation.
  • Advance equality of opportunity between people who share a relevant protected characteristic and those who do not.
  • Foster good relations between people who share a relevant protected characteristic and those who do not.

Completed EQIAs: 2021

File Type Size
EQIA Online Form 2 694 KB | 18 February 2021 PDF 694 KB
EQIA Systems Letters April 2021 502 KB | 13 April 2021 PDF 502 KB
EQIA IoJ summary proceedings 405 KB | 15 April 2021 PDF 405 KB

Completed EQIAs: 2020

File Type Size
Solicitor Contact Line (SCL) EQIA 171 KB | 23 January 2020 PDF 171 KB
Research Full Equality Impact Assessment 140 KB | 24 January 2020 PDF 140 KB
Severe Weather and Travel Disruption Policy 273 KB | 9 June 2020 PDF 273 KB
Payments 226 KB | 24 July 2020 PDF 226 KB
Direct Services EqIA 345 KB | 31 August 2020 PDF 345 KB
Grant Funding Programme 2020 EqIA - Debt Advice Journey 277 KB | 23 September 2020 PDF 277 KB
Covid 19 HR Policy Changes EQIA 400 KB | 14 October 2020 PDF 400 KB
EqIA Criminal Summary and Solemn Special Urgency 328 KB | 29 October 2020 PDF 328 KB
Solicitor engagement EqIA 300 KB | 10 December 2020 PDF 300 KB

Completed EQIAs: pre 2020

File Type Size
LAOL EQIA 137 KB | 9 May 2019 PDF 137 KB
EQIA Guidance on Special Urgency Applications July2016 157 KB | 9 May 2019 PDF 157 KB
Special Urgency 208 KB | 9 May 2019 PDF 208 KB
Section 31 151 KB | 9 May 2019 PDF 151 KB
Children's 165 KB | 9 May 2019 PDF 165 KB
Contact guidance 150 KB | 9 May 2019 PDF 150 KB
EQIA Form 2 170 KB | 9 May 2019 PDF 170 KB
Streamlining EQIA 127 KB | 9 May 2019 PDF 127 KB
CJ Act 147 KB | 9 May 2019 PDF 147 KB
CLAO database technical upgrade 144 KB | 9 May 2019 PDF 144 KB
CLAO Business Plan EQIA 161 KB | 9 May 2019 PDF 161 KB
SNSIAP 198 KB | 9 May 2019 PDF 198 KB

Criminal Justice Disability Project (CJDP)

A Criminal Justice Disability Project (CJDP) was set up by the Justice Board to promote and enable accessibility of service across the criminal justice sector in Scotland for people with disabilities.

The member organisations have published a final report of the CJDP.

A large print version is also available or you can view a BSL version of the Executive Summary.

Contact us

We are keen to hear your views about:

  • The priorities we have identified.
  • How you think our policies or functions impact on equality.

Please provide feedback or let us know if you would like to get involved in our equality work by contacting our Corporate Policy Officer (Equalities) using the details below:

Direct dial: 0131 240 1981
Email: equalities@slab.org.uk