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Equality analysis

Equality Analysis

Equality analysis is an important part of our commitment to meeting the needs of all of our communities. Completing an equality analysis of policies and decisions enable the Council to consider the needs different people have and make sure that these can be met. The assessments will often include the views of people who use the service.

The Equality Act 2010 requires us to have due regard to:

  • Eliminating unlawful discrimination, harassment and victimisation;
  • Advancing equality of opportunity; and
  • Fostering good relations.

We have to do these things in relation to the protected characteristics of age, disability, gender reassignment, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation. The first arm of the duty, i.e. "eliminate unlawful discrimination", also covers marriage and civil partnerships.

The word icon Equality analysis template [188kb] and word icon guidance [145kb] helps us to understand the probable impacts of a proposal on any or all protected groups. If we find that our proposal is likely to affect some people in a negative way we can look for ways to reduce or remove this effect. Equality analysis is taken to policy committee for consideration by members and officers making a decision and include any major implications in the text of reports so that those making decisions are able to give proper consideration to our equality responsibilities.

The Council's Equality Analysis template and guidance is a means of deciding whether or not there is potential for a policy, strategy, procedure or function to result in a less favourable outcome on any group within the community, or unlawful discrimination of any kind.

How can I get involved?


If you are a resident representing any of the protected characteristic groups and would be interested in joining a panel who would be help with the reviewing of equality analysis, please contact the Partnerships Officer.

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