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We have tackled the significant inequalities in Scottish society

InequalitiesWhy is this National Outcome important?

Although outcomes are generally improving for most people in Scotland they are not improving fast enough for the poorest sections of our society. Nor for those who face barriers because of their race, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation or faith. 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 not only diminish opportunity and life experience, they detract from Scotland's economic success and wellbeing as a nation. Tackling inequalities, therefore, remains 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 behaviours and determinants which contribute to poverty and inequality; identifying where the most significant impact can be made on outcomes; taking appropriate action.

Success will also be influenced by the quality of the data and information which 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?

We will:

  • Work across public and private sectors to identity the key determinants of inequalities in Scotland and agree shared responsibility for action.
  • Ensure that public funds are invested, where appropriate, with a focus on deprivation.
  • Take forward action to promote and advance equality and challenge discrimination and prejudice.
  • Address key issues such as supporting women and children affected by domestic abuse and tackling the wider issues of violence against women.

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