Equality and Human Rights Budget Advisory Group


The Equality and Human Rights Budget Advisory Group (EHRBAG) is a non-statutory advisory group, convened by the Scottish Government. In September 2022, the name of the group was changed to include 'Human Rights' in recognition of the human rights aspects the group covers. 

The remit of the group is to help shape our equality and human rights approach to the budget. The Equality and Human Rights Budget Advisory Group does this by:

  • supporting a process of equality analysis to ensure the equality and human rights implications of the policy process informing budgetary decisions, and that corresponding information presented in the Scottish budget documents is clear
  • contributing to mapping the pathway between evidence, policy and outcomes with the allocation and spend of public finance
  • identifying linkages between the Draft Budget, the National Performance Framework, the Economic Strategy and policy making in general, supporting scrutiny of outcomes in relation to these measurements
  • contributing to improved awareness of and commitment to mainstreaming equality and human rights analysis into policy and budget processes

Read the group’s workplan (as of February 2023). This is a live document, content will be subject to continual improvements and updates are to be expected.

The Equality and Human Rights Budget Advisory Group collaborated in producing informal guidance for policy makers on equality and human rights budgeting, published in August 2019.

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


In 2021, the group set out recommendations to the Scottish Government on equality and human rights budgeting. Since then a response has been published outlining the actions that the Government intends to take to progress these recommendations. 



Scottish Government officials:

  • Rob Priestley, Mainstreaming and Strategy Unit
  • David Holmes, Equality, Policy and Capability Division
  • Tom Lamplugh, Social Policy
  • Simon Wakefield, Public Spending Analysis
  • Fiona Robertson, Scottish Budget
  • Joanne Briggs, Office of the Chief Economic Advisor

External members:

  • Angela O'Hagan, Glasgow Caledonian University (Chair)
  • Chris Birt, Joseph Rowntree Foundation
  • Emma Congreve, Fraser of Allander Institute
  • Carmen Martinez , Scottish Women’s Budget Group
  • Alison Hosie, Scottish Human Rights Commission
  • Mirren Kelly, COSLA
  • James Campbell, Equality and Human Rights Commission


  • Naomi Clark, Mainstreaming and Strategy Unit
  • Niamh Cannon, Mainstreaming and Strategy Unit





Telephone: 0300 244 4000

Equality and Budget Advisory Group
Scottish Government

Mainstreaming and Strategy Unit
Area 3H North
Victoria Quay

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