The requirement on public bodies to undertake Equality Impact Assessments (EIAs) was first introduced with the Race Relations Amendment Act 2000 and more recently extended with the introduction of disability and gender duties. From 2002 public bodies have been required to undertake EIAs across all functions and services over a 3 year prioritised timetable. There are current Government proposals to extend the equality duty to cover the other three equality strands of religion and belief, sexual orientation and age.
 
The Equality Standard for Local Government requires that ElAs are conducted across all six equality strands and used for service improvement as part of the business planning process and to identify and review equality objectives, actions and targets at all levels of the service. This needs to be done in consultation with the appropriate community, staff and stakeholder groups.
 
Purpose of Equality Impact Assessment
 
There are a range of purposes served by the process of conducting EIAs:
 
  • To avoid illegal discrimination across the six equality strands
  • To positively promote equality
  • To ensure jobs, services and engagement activities are reaching all people in the community, appropriately.
  • To embed and mainstream equality and diversity responsibilities through equality objectives, actions and targets being determined throughout the service.
  • To integrate equality and diversity considerations into the business planning cycle as a step in the process, rather than as an add on
Service/Business Improvement
 
The process of conducting EIAs should become an essential, but normal part of the business planning and review processes of organisations. EIAs are an essential part of good business planning.
 

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