About Equality

About Equality

How is equality defined?
Measurement Frameworks and the Equality Act 2010

Attitudes

What do people think and know about equality?
Links between equality and inequality

Drivers

Legal – Equality Act 2010
Rising Inequality – Socioeconomic aspect
Political change (Brexit, Thump presidency), grassroots social movements (Occupy movement / 1%)

Trends & Timeline

How equal is the UK? Scotland? Fife
How has equality changed over time?

2010

EHRC How fair is Britain?

[How fair is Britain – Headline findings]

 

2012

EHRC – Human Rights Review

[Human Rights Review – Headline findings]

2015

EHRC Is Britain Fairer?  The state of equality and human rights 2015

Most significant areas requiring improvement

The evidence we have gathered shows there are areas where no progress has been made or Britain has become less fair for some groups over the last five years. We have identified eight key challenges:

  • Improve the evidence and the ability to assess how fair society is.
  • Raise standards and close attainment gaps in education.
  • Encourage fair recruitment, development and reward in employment.
  • Support improved living conditions in cohesive societies.
  • Encourage democratic participation and ensure access to justice.
  • Improve access to mental health services and support for those experiencing (or at risk of experiencing) poor mental health.
  • Prevent abuse, neglect and ill-treatment in care an detention.
  • Tackle targeted harassment and abuse of people who share particular protected characteristics.
Is Britain Fairer? Executive Summary:
Is Britain Fairer? Easy Read:

Is Britain Fairer? BSL Video:

Is Britain Fairer? Infographics:

EHRC Is Scotland Fairer? The state of equality and human rights 2015

Most significant areas requiring improvement
  • Improve the evidence and the ability to assess how fair society is.
  • Raise standards and close attainment gaps in education.
  • Encourage fair recruitment, development and reward in employment.
  • Support improved living conditions in cohesive societies.
  • Encourage democratic participation and ensure access to justice.
  • Ensure all people can access the  health services they need.
  • Tackle targeted harassment and abuse of people who share particular protected characteristics.
Is Scotland Fairer? Executive Summary:
 

The top three challenges partners have pledged to tackle are to:

  • encourage all local employers and businesses to pay the living wage
  • have free wi-fi available from all our public buildings and support people to use it
  • create hundreds of new apprenticeships – one for every £1 million of public expenditure

The Fairer Fife Commission also talked about the need to do things differently:

  • Involving communities more in deciding what needs to be done, how our money is used and how local initiatives are developed and supported
  • Being publicly clear on what we are doing to help achieve a Fairer Fife and keeping up to date on progress
  • Having the right partners to help achieve more
  • Using all the data and evidence about what works so that our actions will make a real difference

Impacts

How does inequality affect the individual, society and the economy?
How does unequal treatment affect individuals and communities