Equality in Glasgow 2019
Progress of Glasgow’s Public Bodies in Meeting the Scottish Specific Public Sector Equality Duties (PDF)
Coalition for Racial Equality and Rights, November 2019
8. THE WAY FORWARD
“This report presents CRER’s analysis of how public sector bodies in Glasgow have fulfilled their legal obligations to publish information under the Scottish specific public sector equality duties. 2019 marks the fourth round of this analysis. CRER is pleased to note that there have been some improvements across all of the duties, and evidence of organisational learning in order to improve approaches to equality.
Some organisations have published excellent information on how they approach their equality work, by challenging organisational attitudes and seeking to implement structural changes. Others have included how they have worked with the wider communities in order to ensure that their work is far reaching and effective.
However, there are many organisations that continue to fail to publish required information. With the helpful range of guidance available to listed authorities from the Equality and Human Rights Commission, as well as from equality organisations, this is perhaps surprising and suggests there is more to be done to establish why these basic requirements are not being met.
CRER also notes that not all organisations appear to fully understand the relevant equality issues facing each of the protected characteristics. This is a fundamental but common problem across most organisations. With eight relevant protected characteristics to be considered across the specific duties, significant expertise is required in order to fully embed the equality duties within organisations’ work.
In order to not only report on their equality work, but to genuinely tackle discrimination and improve outcomes for marginalised groups, there must be a firm understanding of what works and what doesn’t. It may appear obvious to consult with individuals who can provide perspectives on their experiences (both good and bad) in relation to their protected characteristics, but a significant number of reports did not include this learning.”
Equality in Glasgow 2019: Progress of Glasgow’s Public Bodies in Meeting the Scottish Specific Public Sector Equality Duties, Coalition for Racial Equality and Rights 2019, p.74
Contact: Coalition for Racial Equality and Rights www.crer.scot