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.

Our most recent gender pay gap information is in appendix 2 of the 2017 progress report.

Download the 2017 progress report (PDF, 1.2 MB)
Download the 2015 progress report (PDFs)

Framework and plans

Download our equality, diversity and rights framework for 2017 to 2021 (PDF, 1MB)
Download our framework to advance equality and rights 2012 to 2017 (PDF 933KB)
Download equality and rights outcomes and mainstreaming action plan (PDF, 270KB)

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 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)

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.

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, human rights, sustainability and the environment. We then think about how to improve the service. This is called an Integrated Impact Assessment (IIA).

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