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 strategic approach to equality and diversity 2017-20 can be found in our Equality Outcomes and Mainstreaming Report April 2017.

This report shows how we continue to embed equality across our organisation and provides updated employee equality monitoring data and equal pay information. The report also summarises the work under our revised equality outcomes and how we will measure progress towards achieving them.

Impact of Covid-19: delay to publication of Equality Outcomes and Mainstreaming Report

The planned publication of our Equality Outcomes and Mainstreaming Report for May 2020 has been delayed due to the need for staff resource to be directed at emergency changes to the operation of the legal aid schemes.

We will publish our report once our new corporate plan has been finalised, in October 2020.

Our equality outcomes for 2017-2020

  1. Our diverse workforce is aware and understands equality and diversity and the impact of this in helping us manage and deliver our business
  2. Minority ethnic people and disabled people experience equal access to quality accessible services and information about legal aid
  3. System users and legal aid applicants are aware of why we collect equalities information and can conveniently disclose this information.

Our equality outcomes are relevant to all the protected characteristics, with the exception of outcome two which specifically refers to the characteristics Race and Disability.

Related information:

File Type Size
Equality Outcomes and Mainstreaming Progress Report Oct 2018 680 KB | 9 May 2019 PDF 680 KB
Equality monitoring of protected characteristics 2017 to 2018 284 KB | 9 May 2019 PDF 284 KB
SLAB Equal Pay Analysis 2016 87 KB | 9 May 2019 PDF 87 KB

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: 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

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:

Louise Baggott

Corporate Policy Officer (Equalities)

Direct dial: 0131 240 1981
E-mail: baggottlo@slab.org.uk