Equalities

What has the Scottish Parliament done?

Here are a few examples of what has been done in this area:

Legislation


This act seeks to pardon persons convicted of certain historical sexual offences and to provide a process for convictions for those offences to be disregarded.

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This act seeks to promote the use of British Sign Language (BSL). It requires the Scottish Government to prepare and publish a BSL National Plan for Scotland. It also requires certain authorities (including the Scottish Parliament and councils) to prepare and publish their own BSL Plans. The first national plan was published in October 2017 and the first authority plans are scheduled for publication in October 2018. 

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This act specifies the steps recruiters should take in terms of representation of women on public boards. 


This act reduced the voting age to 16 at elections for membership of the Scottish Parliament and local government elections.

Summary (114KB pdf)


This act made provision for the marriage of persons of the same sex.

Summary (118KB pdf)

Committee inquiries

The committee heard evidence that Scotland’s ethnic minorities are on average more likely to be unemployed or in low-paid work. The committee called on the Scottish Government to commit to long-term, practical action, such as encouraging the use of public sector procurement contracts to open up jobs to ethnic minority groups who are under-represented in certain industries. 


What is the Scottish Parliament doing?

Here are some examples of what is currently being done in this area:

Several Social Security benefits are about to be devolved to Scotland following the Scotland Act 2016. This Act provides the framework for the forthcoming changes, including a broad outline of the eligibility criteria. The bill received Royal Assent on 1 June 2018.

The Equalities and Human Rights Committee is looking at the issue of destitution amongst asylum seekers or those with insecure immigration status in Scotland.

Follow the work of the Equalities and Human Rights Committee on its webpage.


Official Report

What is said in public in committees and in the Chamber, including debates and statements by Scottish Government Ministers, is recorded in the Official Report.

Use the Official Report search to find details of MSPs’ discussions in the Parliament on a particular issue. 

Questions and motions

MSPs ask questions and lodge motions, some of which are debated, to gather information and raise awareness of issues.

Enter a keyword in the search to find out what MSPs have said about a specific subject. 

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