- Scottish news
In this section you can find press releases for news from the Commission in Scotland.
Press releases 2020
10 December 2020
Following a competitive recruitment process with a strong field of candidates, Scotland Commissioner Dr Lesley Sawers announced the appointment of six new committee members.
Scottish equality and human rights bodies welcome inquiry into implications of Covid-19 (134KB, Word)
27 April 2020
The bodies responsible for oversight of equality and human rights for adults, children and young people in Scotland, have today welcomed the decision by the Scottish Parliament’s Equalities and Human Rights Committee to undertake an inquiry into the impact of COVID-19 on equality and human rights.
Scottish equality and human rights bodies join together in call for inquiry into implications of Covid-19 (134KB, Word)
17 April 2020
The bodies responsible for oversight of equality and human rights in Scotland, have joined together to urge the Scottish Parliament’s Equalities and Human Rights Committee to consider undertaking an inquiry into the equality and human rights implications of Coronavirus.
3 April 2020
We welcome a provision in the Coronavirus Act which means that the Scottish Government must have regard to opportunities to advance equality and non-discrimination when exercising powers in the Act.
Scottish Government heeds calls to protect children from unlawful restraint and seclusion in schools (27KB, Word)
16 December 2019
Scotland’s most vulnerable children at risk of being restrained and secluded will have greater protection following successful action by the Equality and Human Rights Commission Scotland (EHRC) and the Children and Young People’s Commissioner Scotland.
26 September 2019
We have today warned transport operators that we will “vigorously defend” the rights of disabled and older passengers against companies who fail to offer accessible services. Find out more about the legal support project.
8 March 2019
Our study into the experiences of Scottish local elections candidates has revealed a clear lack of diversity among councillors.
7 March 2019
Police Scotland signed an agreement with us committing to take all reasonable steps to prevent sex discrimination against female officers who request flexible working arrangements.
6 March 2019
We welcome the Electoral Commission's revised guidance on assisting disabled people, or people with temporary incapacity, to register to vote.
4 March 2019
More employers need to overcome their fear of using positive action to increase the number of female, disabled and ethnic minority apprentices in Britain and help address the barriers these groups face in wider employment.
1 March 2019
We launch a legal inquiry into whether people with mental health conditions, cognitive impairments and conditions including autism are experiencing discrimination in the criminal justice system.
21 February 2019
We announce the removal of a racially discriminatory 'no Travellers' rule from a caravan park in Dumfries.
18 December 2018
We work with the Royal Bank of Scotland to promote access for disabled people to mobile banking vehicles.
17 December 2018
We submit evidence to a case brought by the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants, which aims to prevent the UK government from rolling out the right to rent scheme to Scotland and Wales. We believe it will increase discrimination against ethnic minorities.
10 December 2018
John Wilkes, Equality and Human Rights Commission Head of Scotland, spoke on the launch of proposals by the First Minister's Advisory Group on Human Rights Leadership.
28 November 2018
The most marginalised Scots are the biggest losers in terms of household income as a result of combined tax, spending and local services cuts between 2010 and 2022.
25 October 2018
Some of Scotland’s poorest and most disadvantaged communities risk falling even further behind, a new report from the Equality and Human Rights Commission warns today.
We announced the agreement of a settlement with Kilmarnock FC which ensures that disabled away fans will be able to sit where they want to rather than being forced to sit apart from the away supporters.
5 October 2018
Western Isles Education Authority (Comhairle nan Eilean Siar) has settled a case raised by the mother of a 10 year old disabled pupil, Jonathon Graham, who was left isolated because the school bus provided by the council wasn’t accessible to him.
11 September 2018
Scotland’s statutory equality body, the Equality and Human Rights Commission, has today published a report which examines how duties to promote socio-economic equality, introduced into Scottish legislation during the past four years, have fared.
16 August 2018
An Employment Appeal Tribunal in Edinburgh has ruled the Scottish Trade Union Congress (STUC) victimised an employee when selecting him for redundancy.
Our July ebulletin features two articles which examine two separate instances where we have been involved in recent successful court actions. The first looks at the case of a nine year old child who was excluded from school as a result of behaviour that was linked to his Asperger’s Syndrome.
The second article explores the difficulties experienced by successful claimants in enforcing awards made by the Employment Tribunal.
In addition to these, the ebulletin provides information on a series of recent roundtables on Brexit, links to our newly published videos covering discrimination and the Equality Act, and a short piece on religion and belief in Europe.
Our latest ebulletin features an article by one of our solicitors, Frank Jarvis, on the UK Government’s welfare reforms and their effect on people with protected characteristics. It includes our recently published inquiry into housing for disabled people and information on signing up to our mailing list.
We also highlight a recent Employment Tribunal decision which, for the first time in Scotland, accepted the menopause as falling within the definition of disability for the purpose of hearing a discrimination claim under the Equality Act 2010.
31 May 2018
John Wilkes, Head of the Equality and Human Rights Commission in Scotland, issues a comment on the day of the launch of Lord Bracadale’s review of hate crime legislation in Scotland.
11 May 2018
Scotland’s disabled people are being failed by government policy and local government inaction which leaves thousands with no decent home to live in says an Equality and Human Rights Commission inquiry into disabled people’s housing.
21 March 2018
A joint statement from the Equality and Human Rights Commission, the Scottish Human Rights Commission, the Human Rights Consortium Scotland, the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations and Together, Scotland’s Alliance for Children’s Rights.
10 January 2018
The Equality and Human Rights Commission in Scotland has announced the appointment of three new committee members.
8 December 2017
The Commission in Scotland published its latest report on public bodies' performance under the Scotland Specific Equality Duties.
3 October 2017
The Equality and Human Rights Commission has launched a programme of work in Scotland to engage with Local Authorities and their partners across the country on City Region Deals.
15 August 2017
All jobs should be advertised as available for flexible working, and greater effort placed on ending bias in recruitment, promotion and reward in a shake-up of culture and working practices to reduce pay gaps, the Equality and Human Rights Commission in Scotland said today.
7 August 2017
Punishing people for a lack of jobs, or for discrimination in the labour market against disabled people or young carers, simply doesn’t work, the Scottish Equality Commissioner has said today.
6 July 2017
John Wilkes, the Commission's Head of Scotland, responded to the Scottish Parliament’s Equalities and Human Rights Committee report into prejudice-based bullying and harassment of children and young people in schools.
26 June 2017
John Wilkes, the Head of the Equality and Human Rights Commission in Scotland, welcomed the recommendations of the Scottish Parliament's inquiry into the gender pay gap.
15 June 2017
The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) in Scotland has reached a successful conclusion in its case against the owners of a bed and breakfast. The EHRC had received several complaints about the Cromasaig Bed and Breakfast website, which previously stated it is a 'heterosexual friendly bed and breakfast'.
4 April 2017
Progress towards real equality for disabled people in Scotland over the past twenty years is at risk of stalling unless a concentrated effort is made to tackle issues in housing, hate crime, mental health, employment and education.
Tuesday 14 March 2017
Following a second vote, the members of Muirfield golf club have voted to allow female golfers to join the club.
Monday 13 March 2017
A new report says both the UK and Scottish governments need to take urgent action to allow disabled people to access all their rights. The report has been submitted to the UN by the Scottish Human Rights Commission (SHRC) and the Equality and Human Rights Commission.
Wednesday 8 February 2017
The Equality and Human Rights Commission in Scotland has announced the appointment of four new committee members to progress equality in the country.
The new committee members are Professor Nicole Busby, Professor of Labour Law at the University of Strathclyde; David Crichton, Chair of NHS Health Scotland; Claire MacGillivray, Development Coordinator for Edinburgh Tenants Federation and Naomi McAuliffe, Amnesty International Programme Director – Scotland and Manager of Human Rights Consortium Scotland.
Appointment of Scottish Government’s Race Advisor
7 December 2016
Commenting on the appointment of Kaliani Lyle to the role of Scottish Government’s Race Advisor, EHRC Scotland Director Alastair Pringle said:
"We are all delighted that Kaliani Lyle has been appointed as race advisor to the Scottish Government. She will bring a wealth of knowledge and skills to the role. Kaliani's time as EHRC Scotland Commissioner, as well as her previous work as CEO of the Scottish Refugee Council and Citizens Advice Scotland gives her an excellent mix of the practical and policy perspectives needed to fill this important role. As we deal with the implications of national and international debate on issues of race and immigration, there has never been a more important time for this work."
5 October 2016
The Equality and Human Rights Commission in Scotland today welcomed the Scottish Government’s action plan for a fairer Scotland and committed to working with the government in ensuring this leads to real change for the people of Scotland.
30 September 2016
The Equality & Human Rights Commission (EHRC) in Scotland today welcomed the findings of the Scottish Social Attitudes Survey which showed that overall, discriminatory attitudes held by Scottish people are changing for the better. However, the Commission also expressed concern about the ongoing levels of deep and sustained prejudice focused on some Scots, including those with mental health conditions, the transgender community and Gypsy/Travellers
23 September 2016
The Equality and Human Rights Commission in Scotland has welcomed the report from the ‘Independent Advisory Group on Hate Crime, Prejudice and Community Cohesion’ published today, which calls for a multi-agency approach to stamp out hate crime in Scotland.
Scotland’s Ethnic Minorities face overcrowding, poverty and unemployment, says equality and human rights body
18 August 2016
A new report published today by the Equality and Human Rights Commission on race equality, has found that in Scotland, if you are born into an ethnic minority household today, you are nearly four times more likely to be in a household that is overcrowded and up to twice as likely to be living in poverty and experiencing unemployment.
4 August 2016
The Director of EHRC Scotland, Alastair Pringle, is leading the UK delegation of national human rights institutions giving evidence to the UN in Geneva on Thursday (to the Convention for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination). As part of his evidence, he will call for the Scottish Government to implement reporting of identity based bullying in all Scottish schools.
22 June 2016
EHRC Scotland will be contacting Ayrshire and Arran NHS Board to seek assurances that their legal requirements are being met for all disabled patients. This follows a ruling from the Scottish Public Services Ombudsman that a patient at Crosshouse Hospital in Ayrshire was not provided with the reasonable adjustments she was entitled to under the Equality Act 2010.
10 Jun 2016
Commenting today on the Scottish Government’s release of new hate crime reporting figures for 2014 to 2015...
02 June 2016
The EHRC in Scotland has intervened in a case challenging the Home Office in the Court of Session this week.
28 May 2016
Spouses of refugees should be given the same rights and protection under the Domestic Violence Concession (DVC) when they leave an abusive marriage as spouses of British citizens and settled persons, the Court of Session ruled today.
20 May 2016
The Equality & Human Rights Commission (EHRC) has welcomed the positive judgement released today on HUNTER v STUDENT AWARDS AGENCY FOR SCOTLAND, THE SCOTTISH MINISTERS, and others.
19 May 2016
The Commission has commented on the exclusion of women from Muirfield golf club.
26 April 2016
The Secretary of State and Minister for Women and Equalities’ have appointed David Isaac as the new Chair of the Equality and Human Rights Commission, and Dr Lesley Sawyers as the new Scotland Commissioner.
Three out of four Scottish working mothers say they’ve experienced pregnancy and maternity discrimination
22 March 2016
New research published by the Equality and Human Rights Commission today suggests that around three quarters of pregnant women and new mothers in Scotland, the equivalent of over 30, 000 women, experience negative or potentially discriminatory treatment at work each year.
25 February 2016
The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) welcomes today’s announcement by the Scottish Government of a number of commitments which will help to tackle the problem of discrimination faced by pregnant women and new mothers every year.
27 January 2016
sportscotland and the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) have published a report into equality in Scottish sport. The report looks at who currently participates in sport, the barriers to participation, and suggests potential solutions.
21 January 2016
Scotland’s biggest ever study into equality and human rights - published today by the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) - has revealed mixed results that show improvement for some, but many others are at risk of being left behind.
Last updated: 13 Dec 2020