As part of our equality duty, which applies to all the work the Council does, we undertake equality impact assessments when developing policies, introducing new services or changing service delivery.
What are Equality Impact Assessments?
An EIA is a kind of risk assessment focused on fairness, access and inclusion. It’s a way of considering a policy, service or process in terms of how it might impact differently on different groups of people protected in law. This helps us target action where it’s most needed and improve services.
For example, we use EIA’s to find and remove barriers in services which might stop people knowing about the service, using it and getting the best from it.
Committee reports must include a completed Equality Impact Assessment that enables elected members to consider equality implications at the time of making decisions. This ensures that they are meeting their obligations in relation to the law and the Council’s equality objectives and that any decisions made are based on robust evidence.
Wigan Council’s EIA Framework
Our EIA framework has two key stages:
- The Relevance Assessment guidance and template help our services to identify whether their proposed actions are relevant to equality.
- If they are, then the full EIA guidance and template are designed so that services can analyse which equality groups, or protected characteristics, are affected by the proposal and how.
For more information on how to successfully complete an Equality Impact Assessment, see:
Completed EIAs will be attached to relevant public documents and are available on request.