Equality mainstreaming report

Published: 21 June 2017
Freedom of information class: About Registers of Scotland

Download documents relating to our equality mainstreaming report.

The purpose of this report is to fulfil Registers of Scotland's obligation to comply with the Equality Act 2010 (Specific Duties) (Scotland) Regulations 2012 and the duty to report on mainstreaming equality and publish equality outcomes by 30 April 2017.

Equality Mainstreaming Report


The Equality Act 2010 replaced the duties relating to race, disability and gender with a single equality duty offering protection to people based on the following 9 protected characteristics.

  • Age
  • Disability
  • Gender reassignment
  • Marriage and civil partnership
  • Pregnancy and maternity
  • Race
  • Religion and belief
  • Sex
  • Sexual orientation

The Equality Act 2010 also introduced new duties for the public sector in Scotland. The general duty requires Scottish public authorities to pay 'due regard' to the need to:

  • eliminate discrimination, victimisation and harassment and any other conduct that is prohibited by or under the Act
  • advance equality of opportunity between persons who share a relevant protected characteristic and person who do not share it
  • foster good relations between persons who share a relevant protected characteristic and persons who do not share

The (Specific Duties) (Scotland) Regulations 2012 place the following requirements on all Scottish public authorities:

Diversity and equality statement

RoS is committed to eliminating discrimination and encouraging diversity amongst our workforce. Our aim is that our workforce will be truly representative of the diverse communities we serve and each employee feels respected and able to give of their best.  We aim to eliminate discrimination and unfair treatment on the grounds of irrelevant difference, including those nine characteristics that are protected by the law.