The Scope of the Equality Impact Assessment
As the measures within the Bill cover a range of topics related to social security, many people in Scotland might be impacted. The full EQIA process has been followed, given the potential equality impacts related to the policy areas to which the Bill relates.
The Equality Act 2010 (Specific Duties) (Scotland) Regulations 2012 places a duty on the Scottish Ministers to review policies and practices against the need to
(a) eliminate discrimination, harassment, victimisation and any other conduct that is prohibited by or under this Act;
(b) advance equality of opportunity between persons who share a relevant protected characteristic and persons who do not share it;
(c) foster good relations between persons who share a relevant protected characteristic and persons who do not share it.
The Equality Act 2010 covers the protected characteristics of: age, disability, gender reassignment, pregnancy or maternity, race, sex, sexual orientation and religion and belief. The impacts of the Bill have been assessed against the extent which it fulfils these needs.