Equality Budget Advisory 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

EBAG 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.


Equality Budget Advisory Group: recommendations for equality and human rights budgeting - 2021-2026 parliamentary session


Scottish Government officials:

  • Tim Ellis, Performance and Outcomes
  • Liz Hawkins, Equality, Poverty and Social Justice Analysis
  • Tom Lamplugh, Social Policy
  • Lisa McDonald, Economic Policy and Capability
  • Douglas McLaren, Public Spending
  • Fiona Page, Public Spending
  • Simon Steele, Public Spending
  • Sean Stronach, Equality Unit

External members:

  • Angela O'Hagan, Glasgow Caledonian University (Chair)
  • Chris Birt, Joseph Rowntree Foundation
  • Emma Congreve, Fraser of Allander Institute
  • Sara Cowan, Scottish Women’s Budget Group
  • James Fowlie, COSLA (Integration and Development)
  • Alison Hosie, Scottish Human Rights Commission
  • Mirren Kelly, COSLA
  • Richard Robinson, Audit Scotland (observer)
  • Kenny Stewart, Equality and Human Rights Commission





Telephone: 0300 244 4000

Equality and Budget Advisory Group
Scottish Government

Mainstreaming and Strategy Unit
Area 3H North
Victoria Quay

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