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Equality Duty Revised Draft Regulations Analysis of Consultation Findings, 09/03/12 [S]

The Scottish Government has published a summary of an analysis of the consultation carried out by the Scottish Government between September and the end of November 2011 on the Public Sector Equality Duty Revised Draft Regulations.

The new Public Sector Equality Duty, contained in the Equality Act 2010, has two parts: a General Duty, and provision for Specific Duties to be made by Scottish Ministers through Regulations, and imposed on Scottish Public Authorities. Scottish Ministers intend to make Specific Duties, and a set of draft Regulations were introduced to the Scottish Parliament in 2011, then re-examined. The proposed revisions to the draft Regulations were the subject of this consultation. 140 responses were received and this paper summarises the findings.

  • Overall, a large majority of respondents expressed agreement with all aspects of the revised draft Regulations.
  • There was a high level of support for the proposed amendment relating to whether a public authority should have to publish reasons if equality outcomes do not cover all protected characteristics
  • There was a high level of support for the proposed amendments relating to assessment and review
  • There was a high level of support for the proposals relating to employment information
  • There was a high level of support for the proposals relating to specific procurement duties
  • Many additional comments were made at each question, and although there were variations by issue, a number of common themes emerged. In all cases, comments covered: perceived benefits or general support for the proposals; issues or concerns; and suggestions or perceived requirements for the way forward. A number focused on benefits and suggestions, while comments on issues or concerns were the least common.
The Scottish Government also published its own response to the consultation findings.

For full details see the Scottish Government website.

Further Information

Equality Duty Revised Draft Regulations Analysis of Consultation Findings
Equality Duty Revised Draft Regulations Analysis of Consultation Findings - Research Findings
Equality Duty Revised Draft Regulations - Scottish Government Response to Consultation Findings