Cash-First: Towards ending the need for food banks in Scotland Equality Impact Assessment

The Equality Impact Assessment considers the impact of the Scottish Government’s Cash-First Plan and associated actions to improve the response to financial crisis and reduce the need for emergency food parcels

Stage 5 Authorisation of EQIA

Please confirm that:

  • This Equality Impact Assessment has informed the development of this policy:


  • Opportunities to promote equality in respect of age, disability, gender reassignment, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation have been considered, i.e.:
    • Eliminating unlawful discrimination, harassment, victimisation;
    • Removing or minimising any barriers and/or disadvantages;
    • Taking steps which assist with promoting equality and meeting people’s different needs;
    • Encouraging participation (e.g. in public life); and
    • Fostering good relations, tackling prejudice and promoting understanding.


  • If the Marriage and Civil Partnership protected characteristic applies to this policy, the Equality Impact Assessment has also assessed against the duty to eliminate unlawful discrimination, harassment and victimisation in respect of this protected characteristic:

Not applicable


I am satisfied with the equality impact assessment that has been undertaken for Cash-First – Towards ending the need for food banks in Scotland and give my authorisation for the results of this assessment to be published on the Scottish Government’s website.


Name: Julie Humphreys

Position: Deputy Director, Tackling Child Poverty and Financial Wellbeing

Authorisation date: 28 June 2023



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