Equality and Diversity

Equality is relevant to us all. Addressing discrimination and promoting equality are everyone's core business.

StonewallWe want a West Lothian in which all people and communities have a say in their future and an equal opportunity for health, safety, education, fulfilling work, and a high quality of life. West Lothian Council has published equality outcomes, equality information on our workforce and our progress on mainstreaming equality. This reflects our commitment to promoting equality and eliminating discrimination as well as fulfilling our statutory duties under legislation.

The council recognises and values the diverse range of talents, skills, experience and perspectives that exist within society and believes that those qualities and attributes should also be reflected within the composition of its workforce, its employment practices and in the planning and delivery of its services.

Central to the council's policy is the prevention of discrimination, victimisation and harassment against service users and employees on any grounds, but particularly in relation to the following protected characteristics:

  • age;
  • disability;
  • sex (gender)
  • gender reassignment;
  • marriage and civil partnership;
  • pregnancy and maternity;
  • race;
  • religion or belief;
  • sexual orientation

In addition, prevention of discrimination, victimisation and harassment in relation to gender identity, gender expression, non-binary identities, language, social origin, employment status, political belief, trade union membership or activity, or responsibility for dependants is key to this policy.

The key focus of the corporate equality function is to support and advise council services on the requirements of equality legislation and internal policies and procedures related to equality. In addition, the function promotes the development of best practice around both equality and diversity issues across the organisation, with a view to mainstreaming the agenda into everything that we do as a council. 

West Lothian Council is a Stonewall Diversity Champion and is committed to advancing LGBT equality and this is reflective in all our policies which are inclusive of all protected characteristics.

National Hate Crime Campaign

Police Scotland has launched its Hate Crime Campaign to inspire victims to come forward and encourage Scotland to stand up to hate crime. West Lothian Council are supporting this important campaign.

Hate crime is a priority for Police Scotland and the council and the campaign seeks to reinforce the message that prejudice based on sexual orientation, transgender identity, disability, racial or religious lines will not be tolerated.

For more information on the campaign, hate crime and how to report it, please visit the Police Scotland Hate Crime 2015 campaign page

Useful Contacts

Police Divisional Headquarters
Tel. 01506 431200

Edinburgh & Lothians Regional Equality Council
14 Forth Street
Tel. 0131 556 0441

Equality and Human Rights Commission in Scotland
2nd Floor
151 West George Street
G2 2JJ
Tel. (Switchboard) 0141 228 5910
Tel. (Helpline) 0845 604 5510
Email - scotland@equalityhumanrights.com

Equality Advisory Support Service
Tel. 0808 800 0082
Textphone - 0808 800 0084
Post - Freepost Equality Advisory Support Service, FPN4431.
Web - Equality Advisory Service

LGBT Health and Wellbeing - Edinburgh
9 Howe Street
Office: 0131 523 1100

LGBT Health and Wellbeing - Glasgow
12 Queens Crescent
G4 9AS
0141 271 2330

LGBT Youth Scotland - Edinburgh
40 Commercial Street
0131 555 3940

LGBT Youth Scotland - Glasgow
30 Bell Street (3/2)
G1 1LG
0141 552 7425

LGBT Helpline Scotland
Tues/Weds 12-9pm
Information and support for LGBT people across Scotland
Tel: 0300 123 2523

Scottish Transgender Alliance
30 Bernard Street 
0131 467 6039

A searchable database of Equality Impact Assessments published by West Lothian Council.
The Equality Act 2010 requires all public bodies (such as councils and the health service) to publish equality outcomes at least every four years. Equality outcomes aim to achieve specific and identifiable improvements in people's life chances, eliminate discrimination and foster good relations.