Scottish Government Equality Unit: FOI release

Information request and response under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002

Information requested

  • How many staff work in the Equality Unit?
  • Please break down number of staff in the Equality Unit per civil service pay band
  • What is the Equality Unit’s budget per year?
  • What is the Equality Unit’s remit?


Below is the answer to the questions asked. 

Numbers of staff broken down by pay band.

Grade Number of Individuals  
B1 9  
B2 6  
B3 14  
C1 6  
C2 2  
C3 1  
Deputy Director 2 (Job-Share) Total – 40 People

Equality Unit’s remit
The Equality Unit (which part of the Equality & Human Rights Division within the Directorate for Equality, Inclusion and Human Rights) provides expert input on equality matters to policy development across Scottish Government, which is informed by ongoing engagement with, and funding of, a wide range of specialist equality organisations and projects. Staff of the unit support Ministers and other Scottish Government officials to deliver the equality outcomes in the National Performance Framework, with the most relevant of these being ‘We respect, protect and fulfil human rights and live free from discrimination.’

Equality units budget
The Equality Unit sits within the Equality and Human Rights Division. The budget line which supports this work Promoting Equality and Human Rights is £32.2m in 2021-22. Further information on the budget can be found at Scottish Budget 2021 to 2022 - (

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Please quote the FOI reference
Central Enquiry Unit
Phone: 0300 244 4000

The Scottish Government
St Andrews House
Regent Road

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