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Equality analysis and impact assessments

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Many public agencies carry out impact assessments and equality analysis to look at the implications of projects and policies. 

What is an Equality and Human Rights Impact Assessment (EHRIA)

An Equality and Human Rights Impact Assessment (EHRIA) is a way of systematically assessing the effects that a policy, project or decision is likely to have on different people.

Why we carry out EHRIA's

EHRIA is intended to aid good decision making and ensure that the services we provide are accessible to all.  There is also a legal requirement under equality law.

We accept that

  • equality is an issue for us all
  • we don't all start from the same place
  • to create a fairer society we need to recognise different needs

Our policies, projects and decisions will affect the community we serve and there is the potential for our services to have unseen barriers or to effect some customers or residents, even if this is not our intention.

Areas we assess

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

Other groups/issues ie:

  • Armed Forces Veterans
  • Asylum Seekers & Refugees
  • Carers
  • Cohesion
  • Dementia
  • Ex-offenders
  • Financial Inclusion and Poverty
  • Human Rights
  • Rurality

When we carry out EHRIA's

We carry out EHRIA's at the start of any new policy or project or when we are making decisions.

Currently available Equality Impact Assessments

We welcome your feedback on our plans and the impact you think they may have.

If you do not see the Equality Impact Assessment that you are looking for or would like to comment or give feedback on any of our assessments please email Lesley on

Equality Mapping

It is important to understand the equality gaps are for different groups. 

Measuring the gaps should be the basis of identifying local priorities and key outcomes.  It will be impossible to develop an outcome focused approach without core evidence. 

We have established a Community Data Hub to help us further improve our knowledge.

Who we consult

We consult the Inclusion Reference Group who represent groups who may be impacted upon by decisions or changes to policies.

Equality Analysis (EA's)

The council regards equality analysis as part of the normal process of policy development and review ensuring that our employment and delivery of services do not have any potential effect on different groups protected under the Equality Act 2010.

When we carry out equality analysis we expect it will:

  • help us to take account of the needs, circumstances and experiences of those who are affected by the policies/service plans
  • enable actual and potential inequalities in outcomes to be identified
  • give consideration to different ways of achieving the aims of policies/service plans
  • assist in increasing public confidence in access to our services, fairness of our policies
  • help us to develop better and more inclusive policies and services in the future, and help us to get it right first time.

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