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What is an Equality Impact Assessment (EIA), What should be EIA’d

Equality impact assessment?  What is it?

An ongoing process / tool for ensuring that equality is mainstreamed, for example by:

  • Highlighting equality issues
  • Highlighting potential differential impacts of specific actions
  • Ensuring that everyone’s needs have been considered and balanced

Equality Impact Assessment is not an end in itself

What’s covered?

  • Policies / decisions
  • Activities
  • Budgets

Any activity, decision or policy which might have an impact (positive or negative) on somebody should be subject to an equality impact assessment.

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