Equality and rights

We want all of our citizens to be able to use our services and join in with the life and work of the city. We want to make sure no one loses out because of who they are or the life choices they make. Equality is about everyone having access to services, jobs, housing, leisure and culture.

Download our framework and progress reports below to read about our work on equality.

Read more about equality on the Equality and Human Rights Commission website.

Draft Equality and Rights Framework 2017 to 2021

The document below is a summary version of a draft framework. We have consulted

  • Edinburgh Equality and Rights Network (EarN)
  • Council officers
  • community planning officers
  • partners
  • other local authorities
  • national organisations

when developing the new framework. We will test it before the document is approved by Council in August 2017.


We want to make sure our work respects everyone’s human rights. Human rights include privacy, education, healthcare, culture and justice. Children’s rights are another area we consider.

Visit the Scottish Human Rights Commission website.

Read about children’s rights on the Scottish Commission for Children and Young People website.

Equalities and Rights Network

EaRN is a member-led network dedicated to helping people work in partnership with public services across Edinburgh and surrounding areas as part of community planning to

  • advance equality
  • promote human rights
  • tackle inequality and poverty.

Visit the EaRN website.

Testing our services

Before we take any decisions about a new or existing service, we look at evidence to see if there could be any good or bad effects on people’s equality and rights. We then think about how to improve the service. This is called an Equality and Rights Impact Assessment (ERIA).

Contact us using the details below to ask to see our ERIAs. Contact us if you need an ERIA in another format or language.

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