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Equality Impact Assessments (EqIAs)

Equality duty 

The Public Sector Equality Duty, set out in the Equality Act 2010, requires public authorities to: 

  • eliminate unlawful discrimination, harassment and victimisation 
  • advance equality of opportunity between people who share a protected characteristic and those who do not
  • foster good relations between people who share a protected characteristic and those who do not.

Protected characteristics are:

  • age
  • disability
  • gender reassignment
  • pregnancy and maternity
  • race (includes ethnic or national origins, colour or nationality)
  • religion or belief (this includes lack of belief)
  • sex
  • sexual orientation.

Purpose of assessment 

The purpose of carrying out an Equality Impact Assessment is to assess the impact of a change to services or policy on people with protected characteristics and to demonstrate that the Council has considered the aims of the Equality Duty.

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