Equality and diversity/Fairer Scotland Duty

Reporting on equality and diversity

Equality and diversity relates to all of the Scottish Borders community, including our staff and members, so is integral to everything we do.

We have a duty to:

  • eliminate discrimination and harassment
  • promote equality of opportunity
  • foster good relations

To demonstrate how we are achieving this we are required to produce an Equality Mainstreaming Report every four years, with an update in the two year period in between.

These reports set out the progress we have made in embedding equality and diversity within our work and services.

We are also obliged to publish equality outcomes in the Equality Mainstreaming Report. These are results we aim to achieve to further equality and diversity.

Our first Equality Mainstreaming Report was published in 2013 and covered the period 2013-2017. An Equality Mainstreaming Update Report was published in 2015 covering the period 2013-2015. We are therefore required to publish an updated Equality Mainstreaming report for the period 2017-2021. 

Equality Mainstreaming Report and Equality Outcomes 2017-2021

Background

The development of the Equality Mainstreaming Report 2017-2021 has taken account of the work that we have undertaken on equalities over the past four years and the legislative, economic and social changes, both locally and nationally, that have impacted on equality matters. We have been looking at progress in taking forward the eight equality outcomes contained within the initial Equality Mainstreaming Report; and embedding equalities in our policies, processes and work practices.

Executive Summary

The report lists our Equality Outcomes, and describes how we are considering equality in our work as:

  • a service provider
  • a policy maker
  • an employer

We are also considering our engagement with local communities and the general public.  

By the use of many examples the report demonstrates why it is important to mainstream equality and in doing so the benefits that it can bring. Progress against the Equality Outcomes is reported along with details on mainstreaming the equality duty in Education and as an employer which are specific requirements for reporting in the equalities legislation.

The Equality Mainstreaming Report concludes that the equality outcomes set during 2013-2017 are still relevant and should be maintained. A set of high level actions together with performance indicators have been produced to facilitate further progress in embedding equalities within the Council for the period 2017-2021.   

The Equality Mainstreaming Report provides details on our Employee Data analysed by the protected characteristics and operational aspects. It also includes information on Equal Pay and the Gender Pay Gap. 

Mainstreaming report and equality outcomes 2017-2021

The report and its appendices can be assessed: 

Give feedback on the Equality Mainstreaming Report 2017-2021

Mainstreaming report and equality outcomes progress report 2017-2019

The report can be assessed:

Mainstreaming report and equality outcomes 2013-2017