Equality and Human Rights

Equality Legislation

The Equality Act 2010 came into force on 1 October 2010.  The Act replaces all previous forms of equality legislation, providing a single legal framework that is designed to be more effective at stopping disadvantage and discrimination.

The Equality Act 2010 (Specific Duties) (Scotland) Regulations 2012 sets out further requirements on public bodies in Scotland to assist them in demonstrating their performance of the general equality duty enacted in the Equality Act 2010. The general equality duty requires public authorities to have due regard to the need to:

  • Eliminate discrimination, harassment and victimisation
  • Advance equality of opportunity between different groups
  • Develop good relations between different groups

The requirements set out in The Equality Act 2010 (Specific Duties) (Scotland) Regulations 2012 include:

  • Reporting progress on mainstreaming the general equality duty
  • Publishing equality outcomes and reporting on progress in meeting those
  • Assessing the effect of new or revised policies and practices as well as making arrangements to review existing policies and practices
  • Gathering, using and publishing employee information
  • Publishing gender pay gap information and an equal pay statement
  • Considering adding equality award criteria and contract conditions in public procurement exercises

Publications

East Dunbartonshire Council's Equality Outcomes and Mainstreaming Progress Report 2017 was published on 28 April 2017.

This sets out East Dunbartonshire Council's approach to mainstreaming equality as required by the Equality Act 2010 (Specific Duties) (Scotland) Regulations 2012. The report also provides a breakdown of employee characteristics and information on the steps being taken to reduce unlawful discrimination, advance equality of opportunity and develop good relations between different groups. Appendix 4: Employees, Equal Pay & Occupational Segregation will be available online shortly.

East Dunbartonshire Council’s Equality and Human Rights Policy was launched in 2011.  This document, setts out the Council's commitment to equality and human rights. Work is taking place in 2016 to revise this Policy document.

East Dunbartonshire Council’s Accessible Information Policy was launched in 2011. This policy provides details on the range of information methods that a member of the public, an employee or a partner organisation can expect to receive from East Dunbartonshire Council.  Accessible Information Policy 2016 - 2019.

For further information about the Council's approach to equality please contact the Policy Advisor for Equality (Community Planning and Partnerships Team) on equality@eastdunbarton.gov.uk or by phoning 0300 123 4510.

Equality Engagement Group

The Equality Engagement Group is a coordinated group of representatives from Community Planning Partners, elected members and specialist groups in East Dunbartonshire, with the strategic responsibility to influence public service delivery in East Dunbartonshire through member knowledge and expertise on equality matters. 

Select the link for current information about the Equality Engagement Group.  Alternatively please contact the Policy Advisor for Equality (Community Planning and Partnerships Team) on equality@eastdunbarton.gov.uk or by phoning 0300 123 4510.

Gaelic in East Dunbartonshire

The Council has been actively supporting Gaelic learning in area for over 25 years.  As a local authority which serves a diverse community, we are committed to developing and supporting our Gaelic-speaking population, learners and parents.

East Dunbartonshire Council’s Gaelic Language Plan 2013-2016, prepared within the framework of the Gaelic Language (Scotland) Act 2005. It sets out how we will use Gaelic in the operation of our functions, how we will enable the use of Gaelic when communicating with the public and partners and how we will develop Gaelic.

Tha a’ Chomhairle air a bhith gu gnìomhach a’ cur taic ri ionnsachadh na Gàidhlig air feadh na sgìre airson còrr air 25 bliadhna.  Mar ùghdarras ionadail a bhios a’ frithealadh air iomadh coimhearsnachd, tha rùn againn ann a bhith a’ leasachadh agus a’ cur taic ris an t-sluagh aig a bheil Gàidhlig, ris an luchd-ionnsachaidh agus ris na pàrantan againn.

Plana Gàidhlig Siorrachd Dhùn Bhreatainn an Ear 2013 - 2016 

For further information about Gaelic in East Dunbartonshire please contact the Policy Advisor for Equality (Community Planning and Partnerships Team) on equality@eastdunbarton.gov.uk or by phoning 0300 123 4510.

DisabledGo

East Dunbartonshire Council is working with an organisation called DisabledGo to develop access guides for venues and locations across East Dunbartonshire. The East Dunbartonshire pages of the DisabledGo website were launched in January 2008 following a period of consultation and research into hundreds of venues and locations in the area.

DisabledGo is a national online access guide available to everyone free of charge! The website provides factual access information on things like car parking, lifts, ramps and steps, toilets and changing areas. All of the places that are listed have been visited by a DisabledGo researcher who has recorded the information on site.

New access guides for venues and locations in East Dunbartonshire are added to the DisabledGo website annually. If there is a venue or location you would like to see included please contact the Policy Advisor for Equality (Community Planning and Partnerships Team) on equality@eastdunbarton.gov.uk or by phoning 0300 123 4510.

Select the link for further information about services for people with disabilities.

Violence Against Women and Girls

Empowered is the multi-agency Partnership of services in East Dunbartonshire which have an interest in preventing and eliminating Violence Against Women and Girls.  Empowered oversees the local implementation of Equally Safe, the Scottish Government’s strategy for Violence Against Women and Girls and works to enhance local services.

For current information about Empowered please empowerment partnership page. Alternatively you can contact the VAWG Coordinator (Community Planning and Partnerships Team) on equality@eastdunbarton.gov.uk or by phoning 0300 123 4510.

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