As part of our public sector Equality Duty, which applies to all Council work, we undertake equality impact assessments when developing policies, introducing new services or changing service delivery.
What are Equality Impact Assessments (EIA)?
An Equality Impact Assessment is a kind of risk assessment focused on fairness, access and inclusion. It’s a way of considering a policy, service or process in terms of how it might impact differently on different groups of people protected in law. This helps us target action where it’s most needed and improve services.
For example, we use EIAs to find and remove barriers in services which might stop people knowing about the service, using it and getting the best from it.
Committee reports must include a completed equality impact assessment that enables elected members to consider equality implications at the time of making decisions. This ensures that they are meeting their obligations in relation to the law and our equality objectives and that any decisions made are based on robust evidence.