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 2023-2026

  1.  Create the conditions to narrow the gender, disability and ethnicity pay gaps.
  2.  Gather and use equality data to inform our policies and improve our services.
  3.  Gather and use equality data to advise Ministers as part of our advice on legal aid reform and work to monitor availability and accessibility of legal services.
  4.  Make key information about our work and legal aid accessible to those who need our help.

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Our new Equality Outcomes Plan 2023-26 provides an overview of the work that we are going to undertake to achieve our outcomes and how we will measure the impact on relevant equality groups.

The plan is aligned to our new corporate plan and it contributes to our vision, mission, purpose and corporate objectives.

We want to help people access the legal support they need and empower our people to shape and deliver a legal aid system that supports a just, safe and resilient Scotland.

To find out more about our previous equality work, you can read our Equality Outcomes Progess Final Update 2021-23 in the Related information section below.

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: 2023

File Type Size
EqIA SLAB website 446 KB | 11 January 2023 PDF 446 KB
EqIA Procurement Policy 351 KB | 23 May 2023 PDF 351 KB
EqIA Managing Absence 724 KB | 12 June 2023 PDF 724 KB
EqIA Recruitment and Selection 523 KB | 12 June 2023 PDF 523 KB
EqIA Pay and Pay Supplements 478 KB | 12 June 2023 PDF 478 KB
EqIA Network Desktop and Security Policy 334 KB | 21 June 2023 PDF 334 KB
EqIA Means Assessment Aggregation of partner or spouse resources 390 KB | 30 June 2023 PDF 390 KB
EqIA Customer Communication Support Services 253 KB | 5 October 2023 PDF 253 KB
EqIA Provision of free sanitary products 327 KB | 19 October 2023 PDF 327 KB
EqIA Civil Legal Aid Means Assessment 499 KB | 13 November 2023 PDF 499 KB
EqIA Flexible Working Policy 500 KB | 12 December 2023 PDF 500 KB
EqIA Dignity at Work Policy 378 KB | 12 December 2023 PDF 378 KB
EqIA Family Friendly Policy 316 KB | 13 December 2023 PDF 316 KB

Completed EQIAs: 2022

File Type Size
EqIA CLAO and PDSO Premises Move 416 KB | 17 March 2022 PDF 416 KB
EqIA Shower refurbishment 301 KB | 4 April 2022 PDF 301 KB
EqIA Return to Workplace Policy: Covid-19 554 KB | 7 April 2022 PDF 554 KB
EqIA Lift modernisation in Thistle House 298 KB | 18 July 2022 PDF 298 KB
EqIA SLAB Digital Design Standards and Principles 476 KB | 20 July 2022 PDF 476 KB
EqIA Special Leave Policy 378 KB | 20 July 2022 PDF 378 KB
EqIA Interim approach to Work Policy 730 KB | 16 August 2022 PDF 730 KB
EqIA Accounts Assessment 447 KB | 28 September 2022 PDF 447 KB
EqIA Applicant monitoring for strategic development 396 KB | 29 September 2022 PDF 396 KB
EqIA PDSO Dundee Office Move 580 KB | 3 October 2022 PDF 580 KB
EqIA Complaints Handling Procedure 406 KB | 19 October 2022 PDF 406 KB
EqIA Unacceptable Behaviour Policy 333 KB | 4 November 2022 PDF 333 KB
EqIA Customer Service Policy 276 KB | 7 November 2022 PDF 276 KB

Completed EQIAs: 2021

File Type Size
EqIA Systems Letters 502 KB | 13 April 2021 PDF 502 KB
EqIA IoJ summary proceedings 405 KB | 15 April 2021 PDF 405 KB
EqIA Section 31 314 KB | 4 October 2021 PDF 314 KB
EqIA Covid-19 operational change 365 KB | 1 November 2021 PDF 365 KB
EqIA Online Form 2 544 KB | 1 November 2021 PDF 544 KB
EqIA Data Gathering 276 KB | 26 November 2021 PDF 276 KB

Completed EQIAs: 2020

File Type Size
EqIA Research 140 KB | 24 January 2020 PDF 140 KB
EqIA Payments 226 KB | 24 July 2020 PDF 226 KB
EqIA Direct Services 345 KB | 31 August 2020 PDF 345 KB
EqIA Grant Funding Programme - Debt Advice Journey 277 KB | 23 September 2020 PDF 277 KB
EqIA Criminal Summary and Solemn Special Urgency 328 KB | 29 October 2020 PDF 328 KB
EqIA Solicitor engagement 300 KB | 10 December 2020 PDF 300 KB
EqIA Covid-19 HR Policy Changes 672 KB | 1 November 2021 PDF 672 KB
EqIA Severe Weather and Travel Disruption Policy 316 KB | 10 November 2021 PDF 316 KB

Completed EQIAs: pre 2020

File Type Size
EqIA Legal Aid Online (LAOL) 137 KB | 9 May 2019 PDF 137 KB
EqIA Special Urgency 208 KB | 9 May 2019 PDF 208 KB
EqIA Children's 424 KB | 1 November 2021 PDF 424 KB
EqIA CLAO database technical upgrade 206 KB | 1 November 2021 PDF 206 KB
EqIA CLAO Business Plan 228 KB | 11 November 2021 PDF 228 KB
EqIA SNSIAP 211 KB | 11 November 2021 PDF 211 KB
EqIA Guidance on Special Urgency Applications 221 KB | 11 November 2021 PDF 221 KB
EqIA Form 2 392 KB | 11 November 2021 PDF 392 KB
EqIA Contact guidance 408 KB | 12 November 2021 PDF 408 KB

Legal aid applicant equality data

We seek to collect equality monitoring data on applicants to help with our strategic development and for routine monitoring of our decision-making.

We publish the information we collect in line with our value of transparency.

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.

In 2013, the Justice Board within the Scottish Government asked its Equality Diversity Sub Group to address the contents of three reports:

  • Justice Disability Steering Group report – Capability Scotland 2009
  • Hidden in Plain Sight report – EHRC – 2011
  • Out in the Open Report – EHRC – 2012.

The Sub Group created a project team to take this work forward and also address the actions arising from the Keys to Life report from SOLD (Supporting Offenders with Learning Disabilities) and the recommendations arising from the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD).

The member organisations published a final report of the CJDP in June 2018.

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

Reporting on the Gender Representation Objective

The intention of the Gender Representation on Public Boards (Scotland) Act 2018 is to make provision about gender representation on boards of Scottish public authorities.

Legislation is just one measure the government is taking towards a more equal society in Scotland and it is vital that work to ensure participation and representation of women from diverse backgrounds and with intersecting identities creates lasting changes to cultures and the structures.

The “gender representation objective” for a public board is that it has 50% of non-executive members who are women.

File Type Size
Report on gender objective May 2020 - April 2021 198 KB | 23 January 2023 PDF 198 KB

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