What is an Equality Impact Assessment?

An Equality Impact Assessment is a process of systematically analysing a new or existing policy or service to identify what impact or likely impact it will have on different groups within the community.  The primary concern is to identify any discriminatory or negative consequences for a particular group or sector of the community.  Equality impact Assessments (EIAs) can be carried out in relation to service delivery as well as employment policies and strategies.

Why carry out an Equality Impact Assessment?  

The purpose of conducting equality impact assessments is to make sure that service users needs are met, that there is no discrimination against any groups and that, where possible, the Council is actively promoting equality. 

Undertaking equality impact assessments for race, disability and gender equality is a legal duty on all public bodies, including Bath and North East Somerset Council.  The Council is also committed to assessing its policies and services for their impact in relation to sexual orientation, religion/belief and age.

Completed Equality Impact Assessments 

We welcome your views and comments on any of our completed equality impact assessments. They are available from our main equalities website. Libraries assessments are under Service Delivery.

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