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Public sector equality duty in Scotland

In this section you can read about the public sector equality duties and find out how it affects public life in Scotland.

Coronavirus: PSED reporting obligations

Due to the coronavirus outbreak, we have reviewed the PSED specific duty reporting obligations.

The requirements of the general duty remain in force and are critical in ensuring that public bodies consider the needs and disadvantages faced by people with protected characteristics as they respond to coronavirus.

The Coronavirus (Scotland) Act 2020, is due to expire on 31 March 2021. The Act allows public authorities to postpone publication of statutory reports if it would impede their work to restrict or control the transmission of COVID-19. While we understand that the pandemic has changed the way we all work, equality remains fundamental to public authorities and how they respond to the pandemic.

Public authorities that are required to publish equality information by 30 April 2021 under the Scottish specific duties (including a new set of equality outcomes, pay gap information and equal pay statements) must do so. We also expect public authorities to publish reports on their progress on achieving their equality outcomes and on mainstreaming equality by this date.

In December 2020, we ran a series of workshops about setting equality outcomes to tackle the most significant inequalities in our communities. In May 2021, we will examine the equality outcomes published and, we may follow up to see how the outcomes have been embedded and how change will be measured.

Last updated: 23 Feb 2021