Disabled people should have freedom, dignity, choice and control over their lives. We want to remove the barriers that stop people from enjoying equal access to full citizenship.




In Scotland, responsibility for issues that affect disabled people are split between issues reserved to the UK Government, and areas that we are responsible for.

We are responsible for most public services including: local councils, education, housing, social work and the NHS in Scotland.

The UK Government is responsible for equality legislation including the Equality Act 2010, the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC), employment, income and some benefits.

We make equality considerations part of our everyday work. Find out more about: mainstreaming equality.

Statistics and research evidence on disability are crucial in helping us identify issues that need to be addressed. More information on the range of evidence we use is available on the disability pages of the Equality evidence finder.

Bills and legislation

Legislation to protect the rights and welfare of disabled people in Scotland includes:


Email: ceu@gov.scot – Central Enquiry Unit

Phone: 0300 244 4000 – Central Enquiry Unit

The Scottish Government
St Andrew's House
Regent Road

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