Why is this National Outcome important?
Although outcomes are generally improving for most people in Scotland they are not improving fast enough for the poorest and most disadvantaged sections of our society, including those who face barriers because of their race, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation or religion or belief. Those who have the least access to income, employment and good housing experience higher levels of ill health; often have less physical and psychological resilience to meet challenges; and less power and influence to effect change. Poverty and inequality that is created by prejudice, discrimination or by structural bias not only diminish opportunity and life experience, but detract from Scotland's economic success and wellbeing as a nation. Tackling inequalities and promoting equality of opportunity and outcome, therefore, remain our major challenge.
What will influence this National Outcome?
Success in achieving this outcome will be influenced by: the progress made in identifying the complex range of barriers, behaviours and determinants which contribute to poverty and inequalities experienced by different groups in Scotland; identifying where the most significant impact can be made on outcomes; taking appropriate action. Specifically, we will continue to advance awareness-raising and anti-discrimination activity, to challenge attitudes, reduce stigma and build a tolerant Scotland. We will continue embedding equality and poverty considerations into decision making at every level and involving diverse groups of people to create more responsive policies and better outcomes for all.
Success will also be influenced by the quality of the data and information we have on the nature and extent of inequalities in Scotland. We need to understand the changing needs of our increasingly diverse communities and be more responsive in the policies we develop and services we provide. Our capacity to continue to work in partnership across the sectors and in harmony with communities will be crucial.
What is the Government's role?
Scottish Government is committed to action that:
Supports the improvement of life chances for all of Scotland's people, and in particular those who face discrimination, disadvantage and prejudice
Embeds equality considerations in all aspects of Scottish Government policy development and decision taking, demonstrating leadership for Scotland
Supports the development of a robust evidence base which identifies the underlying causes of inequality and supports activity to address it
We will do this by:
Engaging directly with diverse communities in order to better understand their concerns, priorities and perspectives
Ensuring that public funds are invested, where appropriate, with a focus on deprivation and inequality
Using the Equality Act 2010 and the framework provided by the public sector duties to embed equality considerations within the everyday work of the Scottish Government
Working across public and private sectors to identify the key determinants of inequalities in Scotland and agree shared responsibility for action
Using evidence and equality data to translate this into practical implementation, and taking forward a range of actions to tackle stereotyping (such as evidencing occupational segregation)
Related Strategic Objectives
Safer and Stronger
Wealthier and Fairer
Related National Indicators
Improve the skill profile of the population
Reduce the proportion of employees earning less than the Living Wage
Reduce the pay gap
Improve levels of educational attainment
Increase the proportion of young people in learning, training or work
Increase the proportion of graduates in positive destinations
Improve mental wellbeing
Reduce premature mortality
Improve support for people with care needs
Reduce crime victimisation rates
Reduce the proportion of individuals living in poverty
Reduce children's deprivation
Improve access to suitable housing options for those in housing need
Widen use of the internet
Increase cultural engagement
Increase people's use of Scotland's outdoors