1. Please note the National Outcomes were updated in in March 2018
2. Refer to Definitions of Protected Characteristics document for information on the characteristics
3. Please note that BiSSR 2016 was published in December 2017 so was not considered by the working group
4. Please note that BiSSR 2016 was published in December 2017 so was not considered by the working group
5. In respect of this protected characteristic, a body subject to the Public Sector Equality Duty (which includes Scottish Government) only needs to comply with the first need of the duty (to eliminate discrimination, harassment, victimisation and any other conduct that is prohibited by or under the Equality Act 2010) and only in relation to work. This is because the parts of the Act covering services and public functions, premises, education etc. do not apply to that protected characteristic. Equality impact assessment within the Scottish Government does not require assessment against the protected characteristic of Marriage and Civil Partnership unless the policy or practice relates to work, for example HR policies and practices.
6. See EQIA - Setting the Scene for further information on the legislation.
7. The EHRC consider that a critical purpose of the EQIA is to achieve better outcomes for people and communities.
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