What is the purpose of this guide and who is it for?
This guidance is to help project owners think about inclusive growth, particularly as it relates to equalities, as they develop their business cases.
Inclusive growth is a key aspect of all City Region and Growth Deals. It is important that equalities are considered at the start of a project plan. This will require clarity about who is likely to benefit and how, avoiding assertion that the project will promote equality and inclusive growth without sufficient supporting evidence. In other words, show how you will embed equality within the project meaningfully.
The City Region Deals: Embedding Equalities in Operational Business Cases guidance offers various prompts to help you think about your approach, as well as sources of further information and support.
The Equalities & Investment project, started by the Equalities and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) and continued by Scottish Government, has developed a series of guides to support those making public spending decisions to embed best equality practice into their investment projects and programmes.
Chris Oswald is on secondment from the EHRC to the Scottish Government. He has worked on equality and human rights issues in Scotland in the voluntary sector, for Health Boards, and in the Commission for Racial Equality & the Disability Rights Commission