Legal Support Project in Scotland: education, services and housing

As part of our commitment to increasing access to justice, the Commission is extending the Legal Support Project in Scotland.

The project initially focused on discrimination in education but now also offers support with claims of discrimination relating to services and housing.


The Equality Act 2010 makes it unlawful for education providers like schools, colleges or universities to discriminate in relation to the provision of education.   

Discrimination could occur during the admissions process or prevent someone accessing facilities and services. It might also influence the way someone is assessed, or cause them to be excluded.

Education providers must not harass or victimise their students. A failure to make reasonable adjustments for a disabled student is unlawful discrimination.


The Equality Act 2010 protects people from discrimination when they are using a service. This includes paid for and free services.

We can help with discrimination cases relating to service providers such restaurants, hotels, cinemas, sports centres, shops, local authorities, hospitals and the police.

Many service providers are also employers and will owe their employees different rights under the Equality Act 2010. The project will not deal with complaints of discrimination relating to employment rights.


We can also assist with complaints of discrimination relating to buying and renting houses. This could involve discrimination by an estate agent, a local authority, a housing association or a private landlord.  

How can we help?

If you are a solicitor or advisor acting on behalf of someone who has experienced discrimination in education, services or housing in Scotland, or have experienced discrimination yourself, we may be able to help by: 

  • offering funding to solicitors running such cases
  • providing legal assistance with the help of our own discrimination lawyers
  • offering funding to cover certain outlays, such as obtaining medical reports

Please email the Scotland legal team or phone 0141 228 5951 to find out more.

Last updated: 09 Feb 2018