Fairer Scotland Duty

The Fairer Scotland Duty, Part 1 of the Equality Act 2010, came into force in April 2018. The duty places a legal responsibility on particular public bodies in Scotland to pay due regard to (actively consider) how they can reduce inequalities of outcome, caused by socio-economic disadvantage, when making strategic decisions. Bodies are required to publish a written assessment showing how they have done this.

National guidance is available at on the Scottish Government website.

The Improvement Service is working with the Scottish Government to support the implementation of the duty, to help public bodies to share practice through regional meetings, working to improve the guidance over time and manage the intersections between duties focused on socio-economic concerns, human rights and equality.

A Knowledge Hub group has been established to share practice, encourage discussion and debate and provide useful information.

There is also a Fairer Scotland Duty Leads Network which meets regularly. To join this network contact Miriam McKenna.


Socio-economic Disadvantage and Protected Characteristics: Sex and Gender - Women

This briefing forms part of a series looking at different protected characteristics. It aims to provide an introduction to the inequalities of outcome faced by people with protected characteristics through reporting the key facts and statistics and highlighting things to consider when implementing policy changes.

Miriam McKenna - Programme Manager, Inequality, Economy and Climate Change