Equality Budget Advisory Group

Role of the group

The Equality Budget Advisory Group (EBAG) is a non-statutory advisory group, convened by the Scottish Government, the remit of which is to help shape the Scottish Government's equality and human rights approach to the budget. EBAG does this by:

  • supporting a process of equality analysis to ensure the equality and human rights implications of the Scottish Government's policy process are informing budgetary decisions, and that equality information presented in the Scottish budget documents is clear
  • contributing to mapping the pathway between evidence, policy and spend
  • identifying linkages between the Draft Budget, the National Performance Framework and the Economic Strategy and supporting scrutiny of these outcomes
  • contributing to improved awareness of and commitment to mainstreaming equality into policy and budget processes
  • responding to requests by Parliamentary Committees for advice and information

Previous minutes of this group are available in the website archive.


Scottish Government officials:

  • Liz Hawkins, Equality and Tackling Poverty Analysis
  • John Nicholson, Finance Policy
  • Gary Gillespie/Uzma Khan, Office of the Chief Economic Adviser (OCEA)

External Members:

  • Lorraine Cook, COSLA Policy Manager (Migration, Population and Diversity)
  • James Fowlie, COSLA Director (Integration and Development)
  • Alison Hosie, Research Officer, Scottish Human Rights Commission
  • Jim McCormick, Associate Director Scotland, Joseph Rowntree Foundation
  • Angela O'Hagan, Research Fellow, Glasgow Caledonian University/Scottish Women's Budget Group
  • Chris Oswald, Head of Policy and Communications (Scotland), Equality and Human Rights Commission