Equality impact assessment

Equality impact assessments (EIAs) help us make sure our policies, and the functions we carry out, do what they are intended to do and for everybody. This means assessing the likely (or actual) effects of policies on people in respect of their protected characteristics.

The protected characteristics are:

  • age
  • disability
  • gender reassignment
  • marriage and civil partnership
  • pregnancy and maternity
  • race
  • religion and belief
  • sex
  • sexual orientation.

Through completing EIAs, we can:

  • make sure we do not discriminate against or disadvantage people
  • identify and mitigate disadvantages when they are unavoidable
  • find opportunities to promote equality that may have previously been missed.

You can download our completed EIAs so far in our publication section.