Rhondda Cynon Taf Council undertake Equality Impact Assessments (EIA’s) when considering significant changes to policy or services, and decisions that could have disproportionate impacts on individuals or groups protected under the Equality Act 2010.
What is an Equality Impact Assessment?
An Equality Impact Assessment (EIA) is a tool that helps to ensure that our policies, practices, and decisions are fair and meet the needs of staff and community members.
Why do we carry out Equality Impact Assessments?
As a local authority, we are required by the Equality Act 2010 to comply with the Public Sector Equality Duty. This means that we need to carry out an equality analysis of our services and any proposals for change. We need to ensure that all our strategies, policies, services and functions, both current and proposed, give proper consideration and due regard to the needs of diverse groups in order to:
- eliminate discrimination
- advance equality of opportunity and access; and
- foster good relations between different groups in the community
The Public Sector Equality Duty, contained within the Equality Act 2010 requires all public authorities, like the Council, to have due regard to a number of equality considerations when exercising their functions. EIAs should be carried out prior to implementing a policy, with a view to identifying its potential impact on equality. EIAs are a way of facilitating and evidencing compliance with the Public Sector Equality Duty.
Links to the related Equality Impact Assessment documents can be found below.
If you require further support or advice regarding the process, have any questions, or would like a copy of the documents in an alternative format / language please contact the Diversity and Inclusion Team at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 01443 444529.
Mae'r dogfennau isod hefyd ar gael yn Gymraeg / The below documents are also available in Welsh: