What is the purpose of this guide?


This guide covers:

  • How to set equality outcomes for your work

  • How to conduct Equality and Fairer Scotland assessments of your plans

Who is it for?


It aims to support those developing or making public spending decisions, including all City Region and Growth Deal (CRD) partners, such as national and local government officers, enterprise agencies and elected members. It offers advice on how to set equality outcomes for your work and how to conduct Equality & Fairer Scotland assessments of your plans.

The Equalities & Investment project, started by the Equalities and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) and continued by Scottish Government, has developed a series of guides to support those making public spending decisions to embed best equality practice into their investment projects and programmes.


Johanna Boyd is the former leader of Stirling Council where she was instrumental in developing the Stirling & Clackmannanshire City Region Deal. Since leaving politics she has returned to the law and is now working with Brodie’s solicitors.

Chris Oswald wrote this guide whilst on secondment from the EHRC to the Scottish Government. He has worked on equality and human rights issues in Scotland in the voluntary sector, for Health Boards, and in the Commission for Racial Equality & the Disability Rights Commission.



City and Regional Deals in Context

The Legislation

  • The Public Sector Equality Duty (PSED)

  • The Fairer Scotland Duty (FSD)

Where does Equality sit within City & Regional Growth Deals?

  • Equality Impact Assessments (EQIA) and Fairer Scotland Duty (FSD) Impact Assessments

Setting Robust Equality Outcomes


Equality Outcomes, Impact Assessments and Investment Decisions

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