ILF Scotland

Equalities and monitoring statement

Updated: June 5, 2024

Equalities and Monitoring

ILF Scotland is a Non Departmental Public Body (NDPB), governed by a Board of Directors, appointed by and accountable to Scottish Ministers.

It operates as a discretionary fund providing financial awards to approximately 4,000 disabled people in Scotland and Northern Ireland via our Independent Living Fund to help them live independently. In Scotland, we manage a Transition Fund for 16-25 year-olds, which provides grants to support young disabled people to participate more in their communities.

General Equality Duty

The Equality Act 2010 sets out the ‘general equality duty’ for all public authorities who must have due regard to:

• eliminate unlawful discrimination, harassment and victimisation and other prohibited conduct

• advance equality of opportunity between people who share a relevant protected characteristic and those who do not, particularly by removing or minimising disadvantage; meeting the needs of particular groups that are different from the needs of others; and encouraging participation in public life

• foster good relations between people who share a protected characteristic and those who do not

Protected Characteristics

The Equality Act 2010 also lists nine protected characteristics and defines direct and indirect discrimination as: “where someone is treated less favourably according to a protected characteristic or could be disadvantaged compared to someone who does not share that protected characteristic”.

The protected characteristics are:

• age

• disability

• gender reassignment

• marriage and civil partnership

• pregnancy and maternity

• race

• religion or belief

• sex

• sexual orientation

It is against the law to discriminate against anyone because of these characteristics.

At ILF Scotland we recognise and understand how unequal treatment under any characteristic impacts on people and particularly those who are living with more than one or multiple protected characteristics.

Specific Duties

ILF Scotland must comply with the Equality Act 2010 (Specific Duties) (Scotland) Regulations 2012 and the specific duties designed to help Scottish public authorities meet the general duty. Regulation 4 of the specific equality duties requires that we base our Equality Outcomes on evidence, and involvement of equality groups.

The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) regulate performance against equalities duties. From April 2020, ILF Scotland is required to report on the areas outlined below, every two years, apart from the Statement on Equal Pay, which is every four years.

In addition, we have a duty to publish diversity information about our Board members.

Find out more

Read our “Mainstreaming and Equality Outcomes Reports” in our publications section.

Read our latest “Equality Duty Action Plan”.


For new applications to the Transition Fund, we will ask for equality information which does not directly relate to our assessment of your application. This information is confidential and not personally attributable. We use this for monitoring and reporting purposes only, to help ensure we comply with our equality duties and we store the information anonymously in accordance with the Data Protection Act.

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