About equalities

Aberdeenshire Council recognises the following equality characteristics which are protected under The Equality Act 2010 - race (includes Gypsy Travellers), sexual orientation, sex (gender), disability, gender reassignment, age, religion or belief, pregnancy and maternity, and marriage and civil partnership.

If Aberdeenshire Council is a stick of rock, equalities must run through the length of the rock. In other words equalities are a key component of our work and not an after thought. We are building an equalities perspective into every part of our work here at Aberdeenshire Council. 

Reporting equalities progress

In order to meet our legal obligations under the 2010 Equality Act, every two years we must report on progress in making equalities integral to our activities.  

In addition to our mainstreaming report, we set equalities outcomes every four years.  These are developed with input from our local communities and staff and also help ensure that equalities are always an important consideration in everything we do.

2017 Reports

In April 2017, Aberdeenshire Council approved:

The reports are pending approval with the Aberdeenshire Education and Children's Services Committee and the three Aberdeenshire Licensing Boards.

We have developed this overview of the six new equality outcomes (pdf 141KB) to show how they relate to the three legal entities of Aberdeenshire Council, the Education Authority and the Licensing Boards and to our Local Outcome Improvement Plan (LOIP).

Previous reports: 2013 and 2015

In April 2013, Aberdeenshire Council, the Aberdeenshire Education and Children's Services Committee, and the three Aberdeenshire Licensing Boards approved the Aberdeenshire equalities mainstreaming report and the equality outcomes (pdf 2.92MB).

In April 2015, Aberdeenshire Council, the Aberdeenshire Education and Children's Services Committee, and the three Aberdeenshire Licensing Boards approved the following reports:

An executive summary for each report is also available:

Gaelic language plan

The Gaelic Language (Scotland) Act 2005 was passed by the Scottish Parliament with the aim of securing the status of the Gaelic language as an official language of Scotland, in equal status to the English language. 

The key aims of the act are to establish a statutory Gaelic body which is called The Bòrd na Gàidhlig. The Bòrd encourages the use and understanding of Gaelic and has developed a National Gaelic Language Plan. The plan promotes strategies for increasing the number of Gaelic speakers in Scotland, as well as facilitating access to Gaelic language and culture. 

Under the act certain Scottish public authorities are required to prepare and publish Gaelic language plans. Our Gaelic language plan sets out how we will use Gaelic within Aberdeenshire. 

View our Gaelic language plan in English and in Gaelic:

Equalities team information and contact details

The equalities team provide advice, support and guidance in relation to equality matters. The aim is to improve services and access to services for everyone in Aberdeenshire. The team works across the council and with partners to ensure the council delivers inclusive services, which meet the needs of our diverse communities. For more information, or if you have any questions or queries please contact:

Equalities Team
Aberdeenshire Council
Corporate Services
Customer Communication and Improvement
Woodhill House
Westburn Road, Aberdeen
AB16 5GB
Email: Equalities@aberdeenshire.gov.uk
Telephone: 01224 664658

Alternative language or format

If you require any information in an alternative language or format (eg hard copy, large print) or as a Word document for use with spoken text software, please contact the equalities team.

BSL users can contact us via contactSCOTLAND-BSL, the online British Sign Language interpreting service.  Find out more on the contactSCOTLAND website.

You can also find out more about our accessibility policy.

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