Equality Impact Assessments
Information on the council's equality impact assessments
We want to make sure we plan and provide services, policies and employment opportunities in a fair, inclusive and equal way to meet the needs of our residents, visitors, councillors and employees irrespective of disability, age, ethnicity, sex, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, religion, belief, marriage or civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity.
What is an Equality Impact Assessment?
An equality impact assessment is a detailed review of a current or proposed policy, procedure, practice or service to establish whether it is, or has the potential to directly or indirectly discriminate against the groups referred to above. We also consider what more the council can do to advance equality of opportunity, foster good relations between groups of people and take account of people’s human rights.
Assessments completed prior to 2012/13 are available on request.
Following government guidance to stop equality impact assessments if the issues have been properly considered, the council has stopped annual reviews of services. Policies, strategies, new projects and changes to services will still pay due regard to the public sector equality duties whilst they are being developed, but without the need to complete long assessment documentation. Instead a simple record will be kept to show how we have taken account of the duties and will be evident from the policy, strategy or design of the service. The main focus is on the outcome for the user, rather than the process taken to get there.
Service teams also have performance points that monitor customer satisfaction, performance against service standards/targets and who is using our services. Equality data collection is being embedded to this so that it has become part of customer service.
Assessing the impact of our budget decisions
In order to ensure consideration is given to the impact that any budget cut proposals could have on vulnerable residents in South Oxfordshire we carry out equality risk assessments. You can view or download the equality impact of the proposed .
Last reviewed: 30 - 06 - 2016