31 March 2017
This subject profile provides an overview of the equalities legislative framework at International, EU, UK and Scottish levels.
21 February 2017
The Child Poverty (Scotland) Bill is a Scottish Government Bill introduced in the Scottish Parliament on 9 February 2017. This briefing discusses the main provisions in the Bill.
26 October 2016
This briefing considers the impact Brexit will have on equalities and human rights. The focus is on legislation which has a basis in EU law, the protections currently offered, and what this could mean in the future.
09 June 2016
The Scotland Act 2016 devolves Carer’s Allowance to Scotland.
3 June 2016
This is part of a series of SPICe briefings on the social security powers that will be devolved by the Scotland Act 2016.
03 June 2016
The Scotland Act 2016 devolves a range of social security powers to the Scottish Parliament.
15 March 2016
This briefing aims to support MSPs with their constituency casework relating to major housing adaptaions.
24 February 2016
This briefing examines the Blue Badge scheme in Scotland.
09 June 2015
This briefing provides general statistical and research information on the labour market position of ethnic minorities in Scotland.
21 January 2015
This briefing provides a background to the UK Government’s current welfare reform agenda, details of the main political parties’ submissions to the Smith Commission, and details of the proposals made by the Smith Commi
8 August 2014
This briefing summarises the key points of debate at Stage 1 and the main conclusions made by the Local Government and Regeneration Committee in its Stage 1 report.
15 May 2014
This briefing provides information about the similarities and differences relating to marriage of same sex couples and the legislation which provides for it.
19 March 2014
The Disabled Persons’ Parking Badges (Scotland) Bill was introduced in the Parliament by Dennis Robertson MSP on 17 December 2013, and is primarily aimed at improving the ability of local authorities to tackle misuse.
29 January 2014
This briefing summarises the main recommendations made by the Equal Opportunities Committee in its stage 1 report and the Scottish Government response. It also summarises the key amendments passed at stage 2.
30 August 2013
This Bill briefing has been produced to provide the Parliament with information on the provisions in the Marriage and Civil Partnership (Scotland) Bill. It offers an overview of the provisions within this Bill.
20 September 2011
This subject profile provides an overview of Equal Opportunities at International, EU, UK and Scottish levels.
22 June 2011
This paper highlights the key changes implemented by the Equality Act 2010 and refers to specific provisions relevant to Scotland.
15 March 2011
This briefing considers the main points that arose at Stage 1, including the recommendations made by the Equal Opportunities Committee in its Stage 1 report, and the amendments that were lodged at Stage 2.
24 November 2010
The Scottish Government published ‘Scotland’s Spending Plans and Draft Budget 2011-12’ on 17 November. This paper provides an overview of the local government, housing and regeneration budgets proposed for 2011-12
22 November 2011
The briefing provides background on the issue of forced marriage, existing legal protection for victims of forced marriage and a discussion of the main provisions in the Bill itself.
6 February 2009
This paper provides information on unpaid carers in Scotland, including statistics, legislation, policy, and financial support in both Scotland and the UK as a whole.
13 June 2008
This paper explains the current process for implementing disabled persons’ parking places and discusses changes proposed by the Bill.
13 September 2007
This subject profile provides an overview of Equal Opportunities at EU, UK and Scottish levels.
SPICe Brexit/EU hub
Find out more information on the UK's decision to leave the European Union in the SPICe Hub (external site).
Briefings on digital hub
You'll find all SPICe Briefings published from April 2017 onwards on our digital hub.