About the Inquiry
The Equalities and Human Rights Committee (the Committee) is responsible for scrutinising financial matters within its remit. The next Scottish Government’s Draft Budget will be 2020-21.
Budget scrutiny is based on a full-year approach. In practice this means the Committee scrutinises the development of equality and human rights-based budget policy and delivery of outcomes, through its ongoing inquiry and legislative scrutiny work.
During this Parliamentary session the Committee has also held specific budget inquiries to examine the Scottish Government’s approach to national priorities for delivering equality and human rights outcomes and how it can be better held accountable for these cross-cutting topics (2017). Following this inquiry, the Committee explored how national and local priorities could be better delivered through local authorities’ equalities and human rights decision making and budget setting processes (2018).
At its meeting on 6 June, the Committee agreed to build on this work by undertaking an inquiry into third sector funding to deliver national equalities and human rights priorities and outcomes. This recognises the third sector has a vital role to play in progressing national outcomes.
Remit of the inquiry
To explore public sector funding to third sector organisations that deliver national equalities and human rights priorities, and to assess the accountability of public bodies partnering with the third sector in achieving better outcomes for those groups who have equality needs or require support to access their rights.