SOAs - analysis of equalities
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Review of SOAs
This spreadsheet was produced for a rapid assessment to understand how equalities dimensions were considered in Single Outcome Agreements (SOAs) and the links made by
Community Planning Partnerships when discussing and analysing "communities of place" and "communities of interest".
It was a very rapid review - the SOAs were opened and searched for key equalities search terms. The four city-regions (Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh and Glasgow)
were looked at in greater detail as their larger populations should mean there is more data and evidence available on equalities groups.
It cannot claim to be exhaustive and any ommissions and innaccuracies are the responsibility of the author, Peter Matthews.
WomenBMELBGTDisabilityAgeLT Ill healthOverall
AberdeenNote women have lower employment in area profile and lone parents identified as unemployed group; women a key group for national outcome 5; increasing number of womenof old age; gender pay gap identified as being particularly bad; support for women who are victims of domestic abuse identified - all under NO7Under NO6 recognise higher numbers of BME population than Scottish avgOutcome of LGBT - full inclusion of LGBT people in daily and public life under NO7In area-profile, unemployment noted. Noted as a link to demographic pressure; under NO10, increasing accessibility of public building an outcomeNoted as a demographic pressureThe focus of the Equalities Action Network will be to ensure that the Single Outcome Agreement has equality built into the local outcomes and to work to demonstrate progress on eliminating discrimination and harassment and promoting equality of opportunity and outcomes with regard to gender, race, disability, sexual orientation, age, and religion/belief as well as geographical boundariesUnder NO11 - Citizens are increasingly more active in their communities regardless of age, gender, sexual orientation, ethnic origin, where they live, disability or faith/religion/belief and contribute to ‘active citizenship’Aim to Disaggregate reporting where appropriate for communities of interestVery good, but limited links between place and equalities - seen as either/or
AberdeenshireNoted as women as victims of violenceESOL targeting under NO11; NO13 number of non-British people seen as very smallNumbers identified under NO13; Local Outcome 6.4: People who require health and community care services are enabled to sustain and improve their health, manage their long-term condition, cope with disability and to live as independently as possible.Linked to disabilityLocal Outcome 6.4: People who require health and community care services are enabled to sustain and improve their health, manage their long-term condition, cope with disability and to live as independently as possible.Poor - equalities duties recognised under NO13; quite a bit on disability, but linked to understanding needs and providing services
AngusWeak - focuses on women as mothers as problems and general equality duty
Argyll and ButeTargted under Fairer Scotland Funding strategy; child "affected by disability" identified under Nos 7 & 8; waiting list for residential care for people with ID under NO8 and 10Equalities considered under hate crime
ClackmannanshireViolence against women in outcome 9Seen as an issue around disability benefits claimants
Comhairle nan Eilean SiarIntermediate outcome of: Women in work in a wider variety of growth sectors; issue of male unemployment identified; women experiencing post-natal depression identified as an ST outcomeHousing identified as key issueHousing identified as key issueVery good and interesting approach. Monitoring implementation of the SOA for equalities impacts; The outcomes of the SOA will be monitored to ensure that they do not exclude or discriminate against any individual or group in the community and that as employers and service providers we meet their needs. If monitoring reveals any gaps action will be taken to rectify these.
Dumfries and GallowayAnecdotal evidence and links with representative groups has ensured that equalities issues are taken into account in the development and prioritisation of public sector servicesConsidered under Feeling safe and respected within the community outcome linked to equalities schemes
DundeeSupporting women in street prostitutionIncrease number of people with learning disabilities in employment or trainingIncrease working age populationApparently take equalities very seriously, but mainly seems to focus on socio-economic inequalities; have a social survey; division between SOA and delivery plan
East AyrshireIssues around housing identified for victims of domestic abuseUsed 2008 resident's survey to identify "non-white" population (0.5%); outcome of: Everyone within our communities, including people with disabilities and ethnic minorities, has opportunities and chancesLO of: Everyone within our communities, including people with disabilities and ethnic minorities, has opportunities and chancesIssues around housing identifiedFinesse spatial data on 15% neighbourhoods with data about broader trends; broader equalities outcome supported by FSF funding
East DunbartonshireViolence Against Women Multi-Agency Partnership ; physical activity and alcohol consumption by women identified as an issueDiversity of population recognised; implicit that bottom 15% datazones are not diverse, but no evidenceEstimated 1 in 5 residents have a disabilityDoing equality impact assessment of delivery of SOA; LO7a: Equality of opportunity is improved across all equality strands; FSF being used to: Increased participation of targeted groups (girls and young women, inactive, SIMD, BME) in physical activity and sport under LO 5A
East RenfrewshireExplicitly recognise ethnic and religious diversity; this includes diversity of volunteersLO of Our most vulnerable residents enjoy a better quality of life and live as independently as possibleEquality Diversity Impact Assessment carried out, not easily avaialble
East LothianFewer people will be affected by domestic abuse; women in deprived datazones identified as needing focused supportFewer people will be affected by Hate CrimeFewer people will be affected by Hate CrimeFewer people will be affected by Hate CrimePoverty in West recognised but not broken down by characteristics. Usual commitment to equalities stuff: "The Community Planning Partners share the requirement to meet the public sector equality duties both within their individual organisations and collectively as a partnership." and explicit recognition that dimensions of equality may be an added barrier; EqIA carried out and publicly available; hate crime outcome supported by logic modelling
EdinburghBirths to teenage mothers an Edinburgh Index indicatorDistinct targets for BME pupil attainment at S2 level for reading, writing and maths.Hate Crime Strategy has a distinct referencePeople with learning disabilities waiting for support an indicatorDHD an "= EQ" indicator. Often older age is referenced in respect of care and support and consequent resource pressures, as opposed to a focus on active citizenship in older age and independent living / advocacyAn example of best practice: - most of the evidence lifted directly from this. Uses = EQ to identify equalities indicators. All economic indicators linked to equalities because of 15% deprived areas = socio-economic inequality
FalkirkAre profile: "While pay for women remains below that of men, the following graph shows that the gap appears to have narrowed considerably in the Falkirk area in the last few years for full time employees"; Focus on young female care leavers NO8; Young women's group under NO9; Migrant workers identified as key group under NO7 with guidance produce by LA; racially motivated incidents and crime an indicator under NO13; FSF project focused on BMEArea profile analyses disability and LTIH by gender; also need for more specialist housing for older people with disabilities; FSF project focused on disabled peopleArea profile: need for more specialist housing for older people with disabilities; FSF projects focused on homeless young peopleArea profile analyses disability and LTIH by genderGeneral, broad "commitment to sustainability, equality of opportunity and social inclusion"
FifeWomen as victims of domestic abuse; indicator under NO15: Percentage of the highest paid earners among council employees, that are womenDid specific research into migrant workers experiencesAcknowledge groups experience particular poverty under NO7
GlasgowLO1: Reduce the level of violent crime, including gender-based and domestic violence; LO18: Increase the proportion of parents who are capable, responsible and supported; Area profile - teenage pregancies; FSF support for projects to support BME community - Glasgow Works, EMEC; Number of racist incidents identified as an area of slippage between 2008/9; area profile: BME population recognised including new migrants; Area profile - BME unemployment higher; specific ethnicity indicators for education outcomes, physical activityFSF support for projects to support disabled people; area profile, challenge of transport for disabled people moving into employment recognised; Area profile: disabled people unemployment higher and "In addition, the employment rate for people with a disability living in the 15% most deprived areas was 26% in 2007"LO5: Reduce the involvement of young people in crime and as victims of crime and accidentsTakes it pretty seriously, with specific monitoring if a disproportionate impact on any group is identified (= symbol used) and many indicators broken down by gender and ethnicity; CPP Community Reference Groups represent place and interest - mentioned under NO15; FSF focus on Community engagement, equalities and capacity building. Put poverty seen as place-based and focused on 15% most deprived neighbourhoods; health inequalities acknowledged as not just about income.
HighlandArea profile; gender inequality identified, including at the local authority itself; lone mothers into work LO7J; role of gender in exacerbating poverty mentionedRace hate crime identified under safer stronger highland; role of race/ethnicity in exacerbating poverty mentioned; analysis of 2001 census data on BME and employmenthate crime under safer stronger highlandDisabled people into work LO7JTo review impact on equalities groups by 2009; usual statement about partners equalities roles/duties
InverclydeArea profile notes depopulation will reduce family networks to support older peopleSubstantial equalities statement, including a commitment to ongoing equalities monitoring
MidlothianDomestic violenceUnder NO7 citizen's panel data used: Decrease the percentage of citizens panel respondents who have experienced discrimination NO11: We will maximise opportunities for people to stay in their own homeNO11: We will maximise opportunities for people to stay in their own homehas a community planning equalities group; identifies specific outcomes/indicators with a =; sepcific focus on equalities groups under NO7
MorayEthnic minority populations well integratedHas engaged equalities forum and will monitor implementation
North Ayrshire7C indicator - women in top 2% of earner7C indicator - race crime7c inidicator, independent living and accessibility to public buildingsEqualities statements and a specific LO - 7C; People's Panel survey question on community cohesion - but not linked to 7b on poverty
North LanarkshireUsual joint commitment by partners; entirely place-based approach to NO7
OrkneyViolence against women identified; highest paid indicator; support for mothers through Women's AidRecognise the role of inward migration in maintaining population of islandsThe Orkney Employability Forum has identified a need to measure the level of current employment of workers with disabilities, and to promote the benefits of the diverse workforce to the public sector and in turn demonstrate good practice to other local employers. FSF funding used for assistive technologies in the library; use of public transport an indicatorMany local organisations actively campaign on equality issues and are the drivers for implementation and improvement of equalities legislation. One example of this is challenging the image of our growing older population as a ‘burden’. Specific commitments, beyond the usual statement, to equalities and that geographical isolation might add to barriers - this linked to LO: Orkney’s people and businesses achieve their full potential on a long term, another LO: Third sector organisations work to empower disadvantaged people to feel enabled to ask for the services they need and apply a creative and flexible. Another LO: Our healthcare should contribute to challenging discrimination, promoting diversity, and prioritising safety and support for the most vulnerable
approach to inclusive access. these LOs linked to NO7 and 15
sustainable basis
Perth and KinrossYoung women identified as not feeling safe in communitiesESOL provision identified under NO10 along with translation services and the need for breadth here, including BSLRecognition of postive and negative and barriers around residents with LD under NO7Young people with Additional Support Needs (ASN) identified under NO7; older people identified as not feeling safe in communitiesUsual commitment, along with ongoing focus by partners on improving - NO15 Community Equalities Advisory Group established; nuance in understanding of SIMD but poor indicator used; under NO7: Improve equity of opportunity for those experiencing inequality as a result of disability, race and ethnicity, age, sexual orientation, gender or faith is a key action area
RenfrewshireAlcohol related deaths broken down by genderGrowing diversity and existing situation under NO13Had worked proactively from 2006 to help disabled people into employment and mention success in progress report on NO7Age profile mentioned, but not commented upon under NO13Under NO7 and NO13 mention of equalities duty, but main focus on SIMD 15% areas; promoting equalities identified under NO9; NO13: Ensuring that equality is promoted in relation to the six equality strands of; an LO of Increased access to cultural and sporting activities is underpinned by equality of opportunity for children, young people and adults.
Scottish BorderDomestic violence; health outcome broken down by gender; gender pay gap highlightedGood analysis of number of muslims (c.500) and A8 migrantsIn future will consult "paying particular cognisance to equalities and hard to reach groups"; joint NHS council post created
ShetlandIndicator under NO7 of Increase the employment rates of employable vulnerable adultsUsual statement, although a bit more depth, including identifying partners (Women's Aid etc.) that will help deliver equalities; LO of Promote justice and equality
South AyrshireIssue of short-term, PT, seasonal employment for women; violence against womenNO13: The minority ethnic population makes up less than 1% of the total population in South Ayrshire; A8 migrants characterised as "short term"; Migrants will be welcomed to the Borders outcome under NO7NO13: Proportion of disabled people identified along with EqIA seen as a way to improve accessibilityNO13: South Ayrshire has a strong and inclusive local identity; focus on deprivation areas under NO7; NO13 indicator % of new plans, policies and strategies that have been equalities impact assessed
South LanarkshireDifferences in employment and nature of employment identifiedGreater proportion of BME children identifiedFocus on NO7 and getting disabled people into workCommitment to: promoting equality and good relations and is a key area for improvement from the SOA - establishing an equalities network; main NO7 focus is on place - talk about "areas" of deep-rooted deprivation
StirlingDomestic abuseIndicator of: A reduction in the number of racist incident reports in the Stirling areaDevelop specialist and adapted housing to address the housing needs of individuals with particular care requirementsDevelop specialist and adapted housing to address the housing needs of individuals with particular care requirementsEqualities and diversity a strategic theme; separates communities of place and people; outcome of Reduced inequalities across the area; platform for action Collect and analyse demographic information to better understand the needs of our communities
West DunbartonshireDomestic abusePeople with disabilities noted under NO7Usual commitments to equalities with engagement with equalities communities and commitment to ongoing impact assessment, monitoring and collection information; non-spatial NO7
West LothianDomestic abuseHate crimes an indicatorNumber of disabled out of work people identifiedIdentified under NO13; extensive note on equalities and the need for engagement with equalities groups in future; looks at life expectancy based on place