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Equality and diversity

Equality Impact Assessments

An Equality Impact Assessment is a way of finding out whether a new policy (or proposed changes to existing policy) could potentially lead to discrimination or have an adverse affect on different groups of people based on their protected characteristics:

  • race
  • sex
  • disability
  • sexual orientation
  • age
  • religion and beliefs
  • marriage and civil partnership
  • gender reassignment
  • pregnancy and maternity

This process will allow the council to assess whether a policy could have a discriminatory impact and, if so, to identify actions to mitigate this through a process of action planning, monitoring and consultation.

By undertaking an Equality Impact Assessment, we are able to:

  • Take into account the needs, experiences and circumstances of those groups of people who will be affected by our functions / policies
  • Identify the real and possible inequalities people will experience
  • Think about the other ways in which we can achieve the aims of our functions / policies which will not lead to inequalities
  • Increase transparency in the things that we do and improve the public's confidence in the fairness of our policy
  • Generally develop better policy-making procedures and services
  • Become more accountable to the people that we service

We record all of the Equality Impact Assessments that we carry out on the council's Committee Management Information System (CMIS):

We also have a record of the Equality Impact Assessments we have carried out on a range of council policies and services in the past:

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