Equality Impact Assessments
Torfaen County Borough Council has a corporate system of Equality Impact Assessment that is combined with the Councils ‘Policy Impact Assessment Process’ (PIA). This is a process by which any significant new policy or significant change in service provision are assessed to consider the potential impact of these proposals across a range of cross-cutting issues. These include a wide range of issues such as community safety, health & well-being, and sustainability and consider the potential implications for our staff, residents, partners and the wider community. Because of a clear statutory requirement to undertake an equality impact assessment of policies PIA’s are often completed with this single focus. If the policy impacts are across a wider range of issues these are still listed in this section.
We want to ensure that equality considerations are imbedded in our decision-making process and applied to everything we do, whether we decide on the services we design and deliver, the policies we design, the way we carry our public functions, the way commission and procure from others and the way we treat our staff.
The Public Equality Duty requires us to have due regard to the need to eliminate discrimination, promote equality of opportunity and foster good relation between different communities. This means that, in the formative stages of our services, policies, etc., we need to take into account what impact our decisions will have on people who are protected under the Equality Act 2010 (people who share a protected characteristic of age, sex, race, disability, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, pregnancy and maternity, and religion or belief). These considerations must genuinely influence the decision-making.
In Wales, equality impact assessments (EIAs) in their written form are a legal requirement under the Equality Law, the Equality and Human Rights Commission advises that written records of how Equality Duty is considered by public authorities in their decision-making process would provide evidence of compliance with that Duty.
Through this process the Council will:
- Develop a better understanding of the community we serve;
- Make better decisions, based on principles of fairness and equality;
- Ensure our services and policies are inclusive and accessible to everyone;
- Ensure we use our resources efficiently based on the identified needs of our residents;
- Identify any potential disadvantage to certain community groups in our Borough with an aim of eliminating or mitigating it by seeking alternative non-discriminatory solutions;
- Identify positive action initiatives, wherever possible and permitted by the law, in order to meet specific needs of the vulnerable and disadvantaged members of our community;
- Identify improvements to our services, policies or the way we perform our functions;
- Identify ways of promoting cohesion and social inclusion in our community.
We regularly publish our EIAs on our website and you can find them below:
Last Modified: 05/12/2018
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