Equality Impact Assessments originate from the Race Relations (Amendment) Act 2000 which places obligations on local authorities and public sector organisations to carry out impact assessments.
The purpose of an EIA is to improve the work of ESFRS by making sure it does not discriminate and that it promotes equality wherever possible.
If during our Equality Impact Assessments (EIA) process we find evidence that one of our existing or proposed policies or activities is having an adverse impact on the promotion of equality we will take one of the four options:
Each department within ESFRS has looked at the policies, procedures, projects and services that it has responsibility for and prioritised them on an equality risk basis.
A policy or procedure which has a high equality risk will be equality impact assessed as a priority, followed by policies and procedures which have less of a risk.
The process and format of Equality Impact Assessments has been improved and details can be found in the revised Equality Impact Assessments Manual note (policy).
We welcome feedback from all our staff and communities on the content of these Equality Impact Assessments. Comments can be sent to the following e-mail address:
Or in writing to:
Equalities team: 01323 462000.
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