Equality and Human Rights

Equality Act

The Equality Act 2010 came into force on 1 October 2010. The Act replaces many previous pieces of related legislation, providing a single legal framework for addressing disadvantage and discrimination. The general equality duty within the Act requires public authorities to have due regard to the need to:Eliminate discrimination, harassment and victimisation

  • Eliminate discrimination, harassment and victimisation
  • Advance equality of opportunity between different groups
  • Promote good relations between different groups

The Equality Act 2010 (Specific Duties) (Scotland) Regulations 2012 sets out further requirements on public bodies in Scotland to assist them to demonstrate performance of the general equality duty. You can view these related reports in the downloads section of this webpage.

  • Equality Outcomes and Mainstreaming Report 2015
  • Equality Mainstreaming Report 2017
  • Appendix 1 Equality Mainstreaming - Licensing Board 2017
  • Appendix 2 Equality Mainstreaming - Education Authority 2017
  • Appendix 3 Equality Outcomes Progress Report 2017
  • Appendix 4 Employees, Equal Pay and Occupational Segregation 2017.

Community Voice

The Council is committed to working with its community planning partners through the Local Outcomes Improvement Plan.  This shared ten-year plan brings together the efforts of many partners to address inequalities, both in East Dunbartonshire as a whole and in neighbourhoods that experience greater inequality.

Our shared vision is that we are Working together to achieve the best with the people of East Dunbartonshire. Our shared goals for 2027 focus on:

  • Economic recovery and growth
  • Employment and skills
  • Children and young people’s wellbeing
  • Safer and stronger communities
  • Adult health and wellbeing
  • Older adults, vulnerable people and carers

For each of the 2027 goals there is a multi-agency group that works together to plan and deliver improvements, informing and involving all stakeholders wherever possible. The Council and its community planning partners are also committed to underpinning everything they do with the principle of fairness and equity. We recognise that equality isn’t about treating people the same. It means everyone’s rights, responsibilities and opportunities will not depend on the way they were born or the characteristics they identify with. Equitable services are those that take the interests, needs and priorities of everyone into consideration, recognising the diversity of different groups.

The Council strives to ensure that this is paramount when planning and delivering all services. Tools for impact assessment of policies, plans and strategies are in place to ensure that we make informed decisions. The Council also works with East Dunbartonshire Voluntary Action regularly to improve how voluntary and community organisations are engaged and involved in public services, strengthening the voice of communities of place and of interest.

Gaelic in East Dunbartonshire

The Council has been actively supporting Gaelic learning in area for over 25 years.  As a local authority which serves a diverse community, we are committed to developing and supporting our Gaelic-speaking population, learners and parents.

East Dunbartonshire Council’s Gaelic Language Plan 2013-2016, prepared within the framework of the Gaelic Language (Scotland) Act 2005. It sets out how we will use Gaelic in the operation of our functions, how we will enable the use of Gaelic when communicating with the public and partners and how we will develop Gaelic.

Tha a’ Chomhairle air a bhith gu gnìomhach a’ cur taic ri ionnsachadh na Gàidhlig air feadh na sgìre airson còrr air 25 bliadhna.  Mar ùghdarras ionadail a bhios a’ frithealadh air iomadh coimhearsnachd, tha rùn againn ann a bhith a’ leasachadh agus a’ cur taic ris an t-sluagh aig a bheil Gàidhlig, ris an luchd-ionnsachaidh agus ris na pàrantan againn.

Plana Gàidhlig Siorrachd Dhùn Bhreatainn an Ear 2013 - 2016 

British Sign Language (BSL) in East Dunbartonshire

The Council welcomes the 2017 National Plan  for BSL first language users becoming fully involved in daily and public life as active, healthy citizens, and for making informed choices about every aspect of their lives. Within the framework of the British Sign Language (Scotland) Act 2015 , the Council has prepared its first British Sign Language (BSL) Plan for 2018-2024. BSL translation of the Plan is scheduled and will be available here as soon as possible. The plan seeks to:

  • Improve communication and access to services for people who use BSL in East Dunbartonshire; and
  • Promote the use of and understanding of BSL across the local authority area.

In order to meet these aims, the Plan provides a range of actions arranged under the ten national BSL goals. These actions have been developed with various Council services and BSL users. The Plan is to be ratified by East Dunbartonshire Leisure and Culture Trust and East Dunbartonshire Health and Social Care Partnership in 2019

AccessAble East Dunbartonshire

East Dunbartonshire Council is committed to improving the experience of all residents and visitors to our area, including those with specific access needs. If you have an access requirement and would like more information before travelling, check out our access guides on AccessAble.  We are working with AccessAble (formerly known as DisabledGo) to provide free, objective and comprehensive access information for local venues. Information is checked with venue owners/managers on an annual basis. You can also download a new AccessAble app for easier use on mobile devices.

accessable logoAccess information covers: toilets; car parking; lifts; steps; changing areas; lighting; staff training and more. All of the places that are listed have been visited by an accredited surveyor who has recorded information and photos on site.

If you cannot find the access information you are looking for and it concerns a Council owned property, contact us on: customerservices@eastdunbarton.gov.uk or complete our general enquiry form.

You can call our Customer Services team on 0300 123 4510 - Monday to Friday, from 9am to 5pm.  For out of hours emergencies please call 0300 123 4510 and follow instructions.   



Gender Pay Gap 2018

East Dunbartonshire Council calculates its gender pay gap on an annual basis in accordance with our duties arising from the Equality Act 2010 (Specific Duties) (Scotland) Regulations 2012. In addition, the Council conducts regular equal pay reviews to ensure that all staff are paid fairly and equitably.

For further information about anything on this page please contact the Community Planning and Partnerships Team on equality@eastdunbarton.gov.uk or by phoning 0300 123 4510.