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. The latest update on our equality work is published in our annual report.  This includes:

  • the progress we have made against our equality outcomes (pages 21 – 26)
  • an update on our work to mainstream equality into the way we work (pages 32, 38-40 & 51)
  • a summary of our employee equality information and how we use it (pages 68-74)
  • details of our gender pay gap (pages 71-72), and
  • our equal pay statement (published every three years – see our Equality Outcomes Progress and Mainstreaming Report (October 2020).

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: 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 Accounts Assessment 419 KB | 8 April 2022 PDF 419 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 Solicitor Contact Line (SCL) 171 KB | 23 January 2020 PDF 171 KB
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 Criminal Justice Act 147 KB | 9 May 2019 PDF 147 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.

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