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 502 KB | 13 April 2021 PDF 502 KB
EqIA IoJ summary proceedings 405 KB | 15 April 2021 PDF 405 KB
EqIA Covid-19 operational change 450 KB | 20 August 2021 PDF 450 KB
EqIA Section 31 314 KB | 4 October 2021 PDF 314 KB

Completed EQIAs: 2020

File Type Size
EqIA Solicitor Contact Line (SCL) 171 KB | 23 January 2020 PDF 171 KB
EqIA Research 140 KB | 24 January 2020 PDF 140 KB
EqIA Severe Weather and Travel Disruption Policy 273 KB | 9 June 2020 PDF 273 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 Covid-19 HR Policy Changes 400 KB | 14 October 2020 PDF 400 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

Completed EQIAs: pre 2020

File Type Size
EqIA Legal Aid Online (LAOL) 137 KB | 9 May 2019 PDF 137 KB
EqIA Guidance on Special Urgency Applications 157 KB | 9 May 2019 PDF 157 KB
EqIA Special Urgency 208 KB | 9 May 2019 PDF 208 KB
EqIA Children's 165 KB | 9 May 2019 PDF 165 KB
EqIA Contact guidance 150 KB | 9 May 2019 PDF 150 KB
EqIA Form 2 170 KB | 9 May 2019 PDF 170 KB
EqIA Streamlining 127 KB | 9 May 2019 PDF 127 KB
EqIA Criminal Justice Act 147 KB | 9 May 2019 PDF 147 KB
EqIA CLAO database technical upgrade 144 KB | 9 May 2019 PDF 144 KB
EqIA CLAO Business Plan 161 KB | 9 May 2019 PDF 161 KB
EqIA 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