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The Equality Act 2010 introduced the Public Sector Equality Duty (PSED) requiring public bodies to give due regard to the need to:

  • Eliminate unlawful discrimination
  • Advance equality of opportunity 
  • Foster good relations

Considerations must be given to the protected characteristics covered by the Equality Act 2010. Assessments should consider relevant evidence related to persons with protected characteristics in relation to assessments of impact.

Purpose of the Equality Impact Assessment process:

The purpose of an Equality Impact Assessment (EIA) is to ensure that policies, functions, plans or decisions do not create unnecessary barriers for people protected under the Equality Act 2010. Where negative impacts are identified these should be eliminated or minimised, and opportunities for positive impact should be maximised.

Equality Impact Assessment Process:

As part of a review of our Equality Impact Assessment process, we are looking to include a screening process. Screening is a short exercise to determine if a policy is relevant to equality and whether a full EIA should be conducted.

This webpage holds both the template and all future Equality Impact Assessments for the Council. 

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