Our report for the winter period 2017-2018 is available as a single PDF by clicking the link below:

EQUALITY IN FIFE – JANUARY 2018

Summary sheets are also available below and give a brief overview of equality groups in Fife:


You can also downloads the factsheets as A4 (PDFs):

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Fife Equality Fact Sheet 2017 – Age

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Fife Equality Fact Sheet 2017 – Disability

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Fife Equality Fact Sheet 2017 – Marriage & Civil Partnership – Pregnancy & Maternity

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Fife Equality Fact Sheet 2017 – Gender

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Fife Equality Fact Sheet 2017 – Race Religion and Belief

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Fife Equality Fact Sheet 2017 – Sexual Orientation – Gender Reassignment

About the Fife Equality Statistics report and fact sheets

The FCE Equality Statistics report is designed to assist organisations of any sector in their commitment to promoting equality of opportunity and more importantly to fulfil their responsibilities under the Equality Act 2010, which came into force on 1 October 2010. The Equality Act brings together over 116 separate pieces of legislation into one single Act. Combined, they make up a new Act that provides a legal framework to protect the rights of individuals and advance equality of opportunity for all.eq act.jpgPublic, private, or voluntary organisations receiving public funding and/or carrying out public functions are further subject to the general equality duty, and must have due regard to the need to:

  • Eliminate unlawful discrimination, harassment and victimisation and other conduct prohibited by the Act.
  • Advance equality of opportunity between people who share a protected characteristic and those who do not.
  • Foster good relations between people who share a protected characteristic and those who do not.

Having ‘due regard’ for advancing equality involves:

  • Removing or minimising disadvantages suffered by people due to their protected characteristics.
  • Taking steps to meet the needs of people from protected groups where these are different from the needs of other people.
  • Encouraging people from protected groups to participate in public life or in other activities where their participation is disproportionately low.

The protected characteristics or ‘equality groups’ referred to are, alphabetically:

  • Age
  • Disability
  • Gender reassignment
  • Marriage and civil partnership
  • Pregnancy and maternity
  • Race
  • Religion and belief
  • Sex
  • Sexual orientation.

The icons below are used to help illustrate sections relevant to each of these groups:

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It is hoped that the information provided on equality groups wil lbe useful to service providers, community groups and anyone interested in advancing equality in Fife and beyond. The content is intended to serve mainly as an introduction to the barriers to equality faced by the various groups. All sources used are referenced to their external sites which hold further detailed information. Links have been verified and are valid on 21 December 2017.

Sources used are varied (e.g. Census 2011, Scottish Household Survey 2015, NRS Year estimates 2017) and while the latest available data was used by default, some figures may appear contradictory, if in doubt please contact us for clarification. Unless specified otherwise, data and statistics used in this report apply, applies to Fife as a whole.