1. Consultation paper

    20 Oct 2021

    Ending the need for food banks: consultation on a draft national plan

    This consultation seeks views on the Scottish Government's vision and approach to ending the need for food banks as a primary response to food insecurity, and invites further suggestions on what more can be done to shape a national plan. Views are sought by 25 January 2022.

  2. Advice and guidance

    04 Oct 2021

    Fairer Scotland Duty: guidance for public bodies

    Statutory guidance for public sector bodies subject to the Fairer Scotland Duty to help them actively consider how they can reduce inequalities of outcome caused by socio-economic disadvantage, when making strategic decisions.

  3. Consultation paper

    01 Oct 2021

    Becoming a Fair Work nation: consultation

    This consultation seeks views on achieving this vision and ensuring Fair Work remains at the heart of our labour market interventions, particularly in the context of COVID-19 and EU Exit, by identifying the relevant challenges and opportunities for Fair Work across the Scottish economy.

  4. Research and analysis

    26 Aug 2021

    Young Carer Grant: interim evaluation

    This report presents findings from the interim evaluation of Young Carer Grant. It aims to provide learning about the overall implementation of the benefit over the first 18 months of delivery, and the extent to which the short and medium-term policy objectives of Young Carer Grant have been met.

  5. Advice and guidance

    26 Jul 2021

    Young Patient's Family Fund: terms and conditions

    The Young Patients Family Fund will help to offset the cost of travelling to and from hospital during a young inpatient's (up to age 18) stay in hospital and the subsistence required to allow claimants to spend time to support the health and wellbeing of the child or young person.

  6. Form

    26 Jul 2021

    Young Patients Family Fund: claim form

    The Young Patients Family Fund will help to offset the cost of travelling to and from hospital during a young inpatient's (up to age 18) stay in hospital and the subsistence required to allow claimants to spend time to support the health and wellbeing of the child or young person.

  7. NEWS

    13 Sep 2020 00:01

    Help to get online

    Connecting Scotland programme funding to expand to £43 million.

  8. Advice and guidance

    20 Aug 2019

    Tackling inequality: guidance on making budget decisions

    Informal guidance for policy makers on equality and human rights budgeting. The booklet challenges policy makers to systematically think through 6 key questions to identify ways in which budget decisions could be improved to advance human rights and address inequalities. Budget decisions include both those made about the money we spend and decisions about how revenue is raised.

  9. Consultation paper

    17 Sep 2018

    Young Carer Grant regulations: consultation

    We are consulting on the development of the policy and regulations for the Young Carer Grant, a new benefit which will be delivered by Social Security Scotland.

  10. Impact assessment

    31 Aug 2018

    Access to free sanitary products: EQIA

    Equality Impact Assessment (EQIA) of our 2017-2018 commitment to provide access to free sanitary products in schools, colleges and universities.

  11. NEWS

    23 Nov 2017 09:35

    A Fairer Scotland

    First progress report of Fairer Scotland Action Plan.

  12. Strategy/plan

    08 Aug 2017

    Funeral Costs Plan

    Action plan to tackle funeral poverty and make more affordable funeral options available.

  13. Progress report

    03 Jul 2017

    Shifting the curve: progress report

    Update from the Independent Advisor on Poverty and Inequality on progress made in reducing the number of people living in poverty in Scotland.

  14. NEWS

    20 Apr 2017 11:05

    A broken asylum system

    Equalities Secretary speaks out on ‘outrage’ of UK’s approach to asylum.

  15. NEWS

    16 Mar 2017 12:07

    East Africa famine

    £200k towards supporting families in South Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia.

  16. NEWS

    05 Feb 2017 00:01

    Child poverty

    Rising inequality emphasises need for action.

  17. NEWS

    11 Jan 2017 10:38

    Living Wage

    700th Living Wage employer accredited.

  18. NEWS

    16 Nov 2016 11:44

    Calls to halt harmful cuts

    Finance Secretary urges UK Government to protect low-income families from continued welfare cuts.