Equality Impact Assessments
Welcome to our Equality Impact Assessments page.
At Bridgend County Borough Council, we have a legal duty to assess all of our functions, policies and procedures for any potential impacts which may affect different groups in different ways. Equality Impact Assessments (EIAs) can help us identify improvements to our services; make better decisions and identify how our services can be more accessible.
EIAs must cover the nine protected characteristics of:
- gender reassignment,
- faith/religious belief,
- sexual orientation,
- pregnancy and maternity and
- civil partnerships and marriage.
EIAs do not need to be carried out on everything we do at the council. In many cases, it is the function or process being followed that is assessed rather than the individual circumstances. Our EIAs are carried out in 2 stages, initial screening and full EIA.
The main purpose of the initial equality screening is to identify which policies, functions and services need to undergo a full EIA. Initial screenings enable us to get a sense of whether a particular proposal is likely to have a differential impact on any group of people and whether a) mitigating action needs to be taken or b) a full EIA needs to be carried out.
Full Equality Impact Assessments
A full EIA is a systematic process of evidence gathering and analysis aimed at ensuring that we meet our equality duty to better promote equality. A full EIA follows the same format as an initial screening however it requires greater resources in terms of time and commitment to gathering and analysing a wider range of evidence.
Equality and Engagement Officer
Phone (01656) 643606
Text phone 18001 (01656) 643606
Fax (01656) 643215