Equality and rights

What equality and rights means

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 report below to read about our work on equality.

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


We want to make sure our work respects everyone’s human rights. Human rights includes 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

The Equality 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.

Other languages and formats

Contact us if you need an ERIA in another format or language.

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