Sunday , 26 January 2020

Scottish government announces 2015-16 Equality Budget

sgScottish projects to address inequality, tackle discrimination and progress equality across Scotland will continue to benefit from funding of £20.3 million this year, the Scottish Government has announced today.
This is in line with the each of the previous years of the spending review period 2012-15, and essentially the government is confirming that the level of investment will remain unchanged for the coming year.

More than 220 projects across Scotland will receive funding from the Equality Budget to support strategic and community work and frontline services.

The overall budget was announced by Alex Neil MSP, the Social Justice Secretary, during a visit to Glasgow’s Women’s Library which has been awarded funding of £72,524 this year – an increase of £20,000 from the previous year to help the library work towards national library status.

Speaking at the library, Mr Neil said: “The Scottish Government Equality Budget demonstrates our commitment to tackle inequality and help those who are the most disadvantaged and the most discriminated against in our communities.

“We are committed to working with key agencies and organisations to ensure we protect the most vulnerable groups in our society. This funding helps do this.

“We will be supporting a range of strategic and community work and, most importantly, fund frontline services to address inequality, tackle discrimination and progress equality across Scotland.”

A number of LGBTI projects will benefit directly, reflecting the government’s commmitment to progressing equality and “removing barriers to ensure a fairer, more equal country for all”.

The government’s full equality statement for 2015-16 can be found here.

About Andrew Page

Andrew Page
Andrew is KaleidoScot's sports editor and photographer. An experienced blogger, Andrew was raised in the Hebrides and currently lives in Renfrewshire. Andrew became an active equality campaigner at the time of the Section 28 debate, and has particular interests in faith issues and promoting LGBTI equality in sport. Andrew was shortlisted for the Icon Award's 2015 Journalist of the Year.

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