The Scottish Government's Purpose and the inclusion of the outcome "we have tackled the significant inequalities in our society" within the National Performance Framework demonstrate that the Scottish Government believes that a more equal and just Scotland contributes to our economic and social wellbeing.
Equality is about creating a fairer society where everyone can participate and has the opportunity to fulfil their potential. No one should be denied opportunities because of irrelevant differences.
The Scottish Government aims to put this principle into practice through integration of equality perspective into the everyday work of the Government.
The Equality Unit provides support to officials considering equalities and undertaking equality impact assessments. Training is also offered on a regular basis to staff. Equality and Diversity Networks have been set up in various policy areas to consider the specific issues relevant to their area and provide localised support to officials.
Under the public sector equality duty specific duties, the Scottish Government has published a report on the progress made to make the equality duty integral to the exercise of its functions.
We also take into account equality considerations when making decisions on the Scottish Budget.