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Test and Protect: equality and Fairer Scotland Duty impact assessment

Equality and Fairer Scotland Duty Impact Assessment covering the three pillars that comprise Test and Protect: testing; contact tracing; and support for isolation.

Test and Protect: equality and Fairer Scotland Duty impact assessment


1. Section 4 of the Equality Act 2010 defines protected characteristics as including: age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation.





6. Scotland's Wellbeing: The Impact of COVID-19 | National Performance Framework


8. Public Health Scotland (2020) COVID-19 statistical report (This data is from the interactive dashboard published alongside the 25 November 2020 report)

9. National Records of Scotland (2020), using query weekly deaths by location of death, age group, sex and cause, 2020 (25 November 2020) was mentioned on the death certificate.

10. Deaths involving coronavirus (COVID-19) in Scotland | National Records of Scotland (

11. National Records of Scotland (2020) Mid-2019 Population Estimates Scotland


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14. Scottish Government (2018) Scottish health survey 2017: volume one - main report. This data is from additional analysis of the Scottish Household Survey 2018

15. Scottish Government (2020) Scottish health survey 2019: volume one - main report

16. Scottish Government (2018) A Fairer Scotland for Disabled People: employment action plan

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19. National Records of Scotland (2020)


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22. Scottish Household Survey 2018


* The odds were almost twice as high, but the low number of registered deaths from this particular minority ethnic group made the confidence interval very wide, albeit confidently above 1

24. National Records of Scotland (08/07/2020) Analysis of deaths involving coronavirus (COVID-19) in Scotland, by ethnic group

25. National Records of Scotland (11/11/2020) Deaths involving coronavirus (COVID-19) in Scotland

26. The Public Health Scotland publication of 2 December follows previous analysis of the variation in health outcomes by ethnic group among those tested for COVID-19 published on 20 May, 15 July and 12 August.

27. Public Health Scotland (10/08/2020) COVID-19 Statistical Report

28. Public Health Scotland (02/12/2020) COVID-19 Statistical Report

29. Public Health England (2020) Disparities in the risk and outcomes of COVID-19

30. Scottish Government (2015) Gypsy/Travellers in Scotland - A Comprehensive Analysis of the 2011 Census

31. An investigation of family literacy programmes for Scottish Travelling communities and European families. STEP, 2015



34. UK Government Equalities Office (2018) National LGBT Survey Summary Report

35. Scottish Government (2015) Census 2011 equality results: analysis, part two

36. Public Health England (2020) Disparities in the risk and outcomes of COVID-19

37. The results do not specify whether the 62% is people who test positive or people who develop symptoms that could indicate infection with covid-19

38. Fancourt, D. et al. (2021) COVID-19 Social Study: Results Release 28. University College London: Department of Behavioural Studies and helth

39. We estimate that around 7 % of people have one person or no one they could rely on to help them (Scottish Health Survey, 2020).

40. We estimate 19% of people in Scotland lived in relative poverty (after housing costs) in 2015-18. (Poverty & Income Inequality in Scotland: 2015-18)

41. Smith, L.E. et al. Adherence to the test, trace and isolate system: results from a time series of 21 nationally representative surveys in the UK (the COVID-19 Rapid Survey of Adherence to Interventions and Responses [CORSAIR] study). Available at:





46. Scottish Government (2019) Centre for Time Use Research Time Use Survey 2014-15

47. Economic Recovery Advisory Group Report, 19 June 2020.

48. Resolution Foundation (2020) Doing what it takes: Protecting firms and families from the economic impact of coronavirus (Close the Gap referenced this publication in their publication

49. Close the Gap (2020) Disproportionate disruption: The impact of COVID-19 on women's labour market equality


51. 2021-02-19-coronavirus-covid-19-infection-in-pregnancy-v13.pdf (

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