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SLAB is committed to the promotion of equality and to tackling discrimination of any form, including age, disability, gender, race, religion or belief, sexual orientation, gender identity, marriage & civil partnership and pregnancy & maternity.


Our draft equality outcomes for 2017-2020

We are currently seeking feedback on our draft equality outcomes by 30 March.  Please read the background and find out how to tell us your views.

If you would like to discuss the outcomes or SLAB's equalities work directly, to request an alternative format or to explore other ways to engage with SLAB, please contact Louise Baggott, Corporate Policy Officer (Equalities): or 0131 240 1981

Our equality aims and priorities

Equality and diversity matter to us and we continue to work hard to comply with the Equality Act 2010 and associated Scottish Specific Equality Duties.  In April 2013 we identified four equality outcomes to  achieve by April 2017. 

These outcomes are based on evidence we have collected and on feedback from our staff and various representative bodies. We believe they challenge us positively in the right areas and will make a real difference. Our equality outcomes for 2013-2017 are:

In April 2015 we published a progress report outlining our achievements against these outcomes and areas where we need to improve.  The report shows how we continue to mainstream equality across our business and provides updated equality monitoring data and equal pay information.    

More information can be found in the Equality Mainstreaming and Equality Outcomes reports and additional information below:

April 2015

April 2013

Equality Impact Assessment

Our equalities work is supported by our equality impact assessment (EqIA) process.  It helps us meet the general public sector equality duty to give due regard to the elimination of discrimination, advancement of equality of opportunity and fostering of good relations.    Undertaking an EqIA also ensures we think about the impact of new and current policies or projects on protected equality groups.  

A full EqIA is undertaken where the policy or practice is a major one in terms of scale or significance, or it is likely to have a major impact on equality groups.  In some cases a screening exercise is completed first which helps us decide where a full impact assessment is needed.  Our current full EqIAs are listed below:

Consulting with our stakeholders

We are committed to involving and consulting with our stakeholders in our equality work. We have used interviews and focus groups to inform our equality schemes. We also regularly collect equality information in our more general research and national surveys. See our research pages for the research we have done to engage with our stakeholders. Recent equality research and consultations include:

Have your say

We are keen to hear your views about our approach to equality; the priorities we have identified and how you think our policies or functions impact on equality. Please contact us to provide feedback or let us know if you wish to be further involved in SLAB's equality work.

Equalities contact:

Louise Baggott

Corporate Policy Officer (Equalities)

Direct dial: 0131 240 1981


Quick links

23, Mar, 2017

Conference for lawyers involved in Children’s Hearings - Friday 19 May

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20, Mar, 2017

LAOL downtime - Saturday 25 March

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13, Mar, 2017

Research to review and improve legal assistance handbooks

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07, Mar, 2017

Legal aid applicant sentenced for fraud

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22, Feb, 2017

Serious concerns raised over methodology, analysis and underlying data in Law Society’s financial health report

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06, Feb, 2017

Consultation launched on a revised Code of Practice for Criminal Legal Assistance

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01, Feb, 2017

SLAB welcomes independent strategic review of legal aid

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01, Feb, 2017

Change to CLAO email addresses

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30, Nov, 2016

SLAB annual report 2015-2016 published

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17, Nov, 2016

Civil legal aid solicitors invited to give feedback on satisfaction with SLAB services

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15, Nov, 2016

Performance Auditor for SNSIAP appointed

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19, Sep, 2016

LAOL downtime - Monday 26 September

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04, Feb, 2016

Fourth monitoring report on the availability and accessibility of legal services published

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