The Equality Act 2010 and Equality Act 2010 (Specific Duties) (Scotland) Regulations 2012 hold public bodies accountable for advancing equality within Scottish society. Local Authorities and NHS Boards are listed in this legislation. Integration Joint Boards, the local governing bodies that have devolved responsibility for the planning and monitoring of community health and social care services in their area of Scotland, were added to the public bodies listed in the Equality Act (general and specific duties) in June 2015.
The Equality Act 2010 makes specific reference to groups of people who are understood to be at highest risk of discrimination. The groups are referred to as ‘protected characteristic groups’ and are defined in law as: age, sex, gender reassignment, race, sexual orientation, disability, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, religion and beliefs and socio-economic disadvantage.
As a requirement of the Equality Act 2010 and further legislation, the Glasgow City Integration Joint Board is required to produce and publish an Equalities Mainstreaming and Outcomes Plan. The Integration Joint Board approved its plan on 21 March 2016.
There is also requirement for the Glasgow City Health and Social Care Partnership and Integration Joint Board to carry out Equality Impact Assessments (EQIAs) for any major policy or service changes or developments.
If you would like to know more about what the Partnership is doing in respect of equalities then please join its equalities network list by contacting Sofi Taylor, Health Improvement Lead (Equality and Diversity), Sofi.Taylor@ggc.scot.nhs.uk or phone 0141 287 0481.