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Equality Impact Assessments


Equality Impact Assessments (EqIAs) help us to identify the actions needed to improve equal opportunities for people. The actions are included in our team, service and council plans.

Why do impact assessments?

Impact assessments play an important part in removing barriers and identifying improvements to ensure that our services, employment and decision-making are inclusive and accessible to all.

We can't assume that everyone benefits equally from our policies or services. We need a process to check that we are taking reasonable steps to tackle disadvantage and meet the diverse needs of all our communities.

The impact assessment process requires a member of staff to complete a form recording evidence of any potential or actual impact for different groups, whether this is positive or negative.

The evidence should be from a range of sources including consultation, statistical returns, regional comparisons and customer or user feedback. Any decisions must be based on evidence, and any potential or actual negative impact must be addressed.

We publish our equality impact assessments on our website, you can click on the link to the right to view our meetings, agendas and minutes

Contact us
Equality and Diversity
03000 268 019
Our address is:
  • Room 4/139
  • County Hall
  • Durham
  • County Durham
  • United Kingdom
  • DH1 5UF
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