An equality impact assessment involves assessing the likely or
actual effects of policies or service proposals on people with
characteristics protected by the Equalities Act 2010.
The characteristics protected from April 2011 are:
- Gender re-assignment
- Religion or belief
- Sexual orientation
- Pregnancy and maternity
- Marriage and civil partnership
An equality impact assessment helps us to make sure we take into
account the possible impacts on people when we decide on policy and
services. We are required by law to have paid due regard to
possible impacts before we take decisions; these characteristics
help us to do this.
It is important to note that impact assessments are not a means
of stopping proposals happening. They are a tool to inform decision
making and help ensure no unlawful decisions are made.
We will provide Councillors with the conclusions of these
assessments before they make final decisions on these
You can see the
assessments for each proposal on the individual proposals
pages. Not all proposals require them; only those which
directly affect service users. These initial assessments will be
reviewed and possibly revised as we get consultation feedback. To
receive an update when any equality impact assessment is updated
you can subscribe to that page.
Other impact assessments
We are undertaking other assessments to identify possible
impacts on things such as environment and health. These assessments
will be provided to councillors to inform final decision