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We value our diverse and minority ethnic communities, the contribution they make and the important role they play in enriching society socially, culturally and economically.

Our overarching vision for a fairer Scotland is that, by 2030, Scotland will be a place where people are healthier, happier and treated with respect, and where opportunities, wealth and power are spread more equally.




The power to legislate on equal opportunities is reserved to the UK Parliament.

The Scotland Act 1998 gives the Scottish Parliament power to encourage equal opportunities (particularly observing equal opportunity requirements).

It also has the power to impose duties on Scottish public authorities and cross-border public bodies operating in Scotland.

The act defines equal opportunities as:

"the prevention, elimination or regulation of discrimination between persons on grounds of sex or marital status, on racial grounds, or on grounds of disability, age, sexual orientation, language or social origin, or of other personal attributes, including beliefs or opinions, such as religious beliefs or political opinions."

Bills and legislation


Email: – Central Enquiry Unit

Phone: 0300 244 4000 – Central Enquiry Unit

The Scottish Government
St Andrew's House
Regent Road