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Equality Analysis

To help meet our statutory requirements, we assess the impact of our activities (projects, policies, strategies, functions and services) on equality. This includes existing activities, new activities or those that are being changed. We do this by carrying out an equality analysis (EA), previously called equality impact assessments.

 

What is an equality analysis?
The equality analysis (EA) is a tool for identifying the potential or actual equality impact of any of our activities on Bedford Borough residents and staff.

An EA involves collecting relevant evidence and making evidence led judgements on the impact of any activity and the necessary action that is required to mitigate any adverse impact. The EA also identifies opportunities to positively advance equality.

The EA help us provide and deliver excellent services to Bedford Borough residents and staff by making sure that these reflect the diverse needs of the community and staff profile. It also makes sure we consider our equality duty in the development and implementation of all our work.


Which groups are included in an equality analysis?

To meet the statutory General Equality Duty that came into effect in April 2011, we carry out equality analysis in regards to the following different equality groups covered by the Equality Act 2010. These are known as ‘protected characteristics’:

• Age
• Disability
• Gender reassignment
• Pregnancy & maternity
• Race
• Religion or belief
• Sex (gender)
• Sexual orientation

• Marriage and civil partnership

 

What does an equality analysis involve?

The EA can involve all of the following three stages:

1. Relevance Test – This determines whether an equality analysis needs to be completed. It is based on whether the outcome of the 'activity' has a direct and significant impact on people or how services are delivered.

2. Level 1 – A preliminary analysis of what the likely positive and adverse impacts of the activity are with clear actions for mitigating any adverse impact identified.

3. Level 2 – A more detailed and thorough analysis of impact informed by timely and meaningful community consultation with service users and other relevant stakeholders.

 

How is the equality analysis used?
The results of EAs and, where relevant any consultation with partners, service users and other stakeholders, are used to inform decisions made by senior managers and elected Members.

Click here to view the Council EA protocol

 

View equality analysis reports

We will regularly publish all level 1 and level 2 EA reports.

For equality impact assessments completed by the former Bedfordshire County Council or by Bedford Borough Council prior to unitary status (April 2009) please contact Joella Hazel, Manager for Strategy & Policy:  joella.hazel@bedford.gov.uk

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