Impact of the Act

We've worked closely with stakeholders and partners to fully assess the impact of the Act’s provisions. This process has included the production of a business and regulatory impact assessment, an equality impact assessment and a privacy impact assessment:

Business and regulatory impact assessment

A partial business and regulatory impact assessment (BRIA) was included in the public consultation on the Bill in summer 2012. The final BRIA builds on and updates this document to reflect responses to the consultation, extensive discussion with stakeholders and the Policy and Financial Memoranda accompanying the Bill.

The BRIA sets out the purpose and intended effect of the Bill, describes the consultation which has taken place (within Government, with the public and with business) and details the options which that were considered, with costs and benefits for each. It also covers the impact on Scottish firms, a competition assessment, the impact on Legal Aid, enforcement, sanctions and monitoring, and implementation and delivery.

Equality impact assessment

A partial equality impact assessment (EQIA) was included in the public consultation on the Bill in summer 2012. The final EQIA builds on and updates this document to reflect responses to the consultation and extensive discussion with stakeholders that was undertaken as part of the EQIA process.

The EQIA considers impacts by looking at the Bill in relation to the protected characteristics: age, disability, race, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation and gender reassignment.

Privacy impact assessment

The privacy impact assessment seeks to identify and assess any privacy implications arising from the Bill. The PIA was updating during the Parliamentary Passage and following Royal Assent on the 2 April 2014.