This report sets out how SEStran is addressing its responsibilities under the Equality Act 2010. It summarises the progress made in mainstreaming equality and sets out our new Equalities Outcomes for the reporting period 2021-2025. This report demonstrates the progress and continued commitment to developing and embedding equality, diversity and inclusion in culture and behaviours and as a fundamental part of our day to day business and decision making.
As part of the development of the new Regional Transport Strategy, SEStran 2035, there is a requirement to undertake an Equalities Impact Assessment (EqIA). The assessment will ensure that equalities issues are considered in the ongoing development of the new strategy. To meet this requirement an Equalities Duties Assessment Framing Note has been produced for SEStran by Stantec Ltd consultants, setting out the approach to be taken. The framing note can be viewed here.
This report sets out how SEStran is addressing its responsibilities under the Equality Act 2010. It summarises the progress made in mainstreaming equality and our progress in achieving the Equalities Outcome we identified in 2017 and demonstrates progress and continued commitment to developing and embedding equality, diversity and inclusion in culture and behaviours and as a fundamental part of our day to day business and decision making.
Under the Equality Act 2010 (Specific Duties) (Scotland) Regulations 2016, listed public bodies are required to produce a Board Diversity Succession Plan. This document aims to outline the current make-up of the SEStran Partnership Board and to demonstrate ways in which SEStran will commit to making progress on improving the diversity of our Board. SEStran recognises that increasing diversity on the Board will encourage new and innovative thinking and maximise use of talent, leading to better decision making and governance.
SEStran in our projects, priorities and policies will treat all employees and stakeholders with dignity, fairness and respect. Equality and diversity are essential preconditions to all our strategic objectives for the organisation, not just to the continuous improvement in our achievement of our Public-Sector Equality Duties. Equality mainstreaming is a corporate aim for our decision-making, we need to consider and co-design the outcomes of actions for all groups, to seek to intervene at the earliest opportunity to prevent negative outcomes and sustainably resource actions and positive outcomes.
The document outlines where as a small public body SEStran has sought and will continue to seek to continuously improve our processes, policies and projects to address the need to eliminate discrimination, foster good relations and enhance opportunity.
To ensure that equality issues are fully addressed, the following list has been prepared identifying potential outcomes acknowledged during the initial analysis of our functions and working environment and subsequently how these outcomes will be achieved and by whom.
This list is based on our Regional Transport Strategy which was developed in 2007 and reviewed in 2015, introducing new outcomes where relevant. When the original Transport Strategy was developed, SEStran had a considerable capital budget. With the development of Local Authority Single Outcome Agreements, SEStran’s capital budget was removed, reducing the capability of SEStran to provide direct funding in line with various policies. The Regional Transport Strategy has been reviewed to reflect the current capabilities of SEStran.
Transport is an area where inequalities in access and provision for different sectors of society can have significant effects. It is the glue that binds so many different activities for us all and if equal access to transport is not available then it can lead to a range of other manifestations of inequality. This report records some relevant issues with particular relevance to the transport sector.