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Equality impact assessments

Understanding the consequences of what we are doing

The Public Sector Equality Duty (PSED) requires public bodies to pay due regard to the need to:

  • eliminate unlawful discrimination, harassment and victimisation and other conduct that is prohibited by the Equality Act
  • advance equality of opportunity between people who share a characteristic and those who do not
  • foster good relations between people who share a characteristic and those who do not

We need to think in advance about the potential implications of our decisions, seeking not just to eliminate negative outcomes but also thinking about potentially positive ones. We also need to be able to demonstrate – ideally proactively, or otherwise if challenged – that we actually have paid due regard to the duties.

One important way in which we can demonstrate that they have taken due regard is through equality analysis – so that we are clear about the impact on equalities, and can take action as a result of our analysis in order to promote equality.

An Equality Impact Assessment (EqIA) is a procedure for checking lawfulness of council decisions in relation to the impact on people with certain characteristics protected by the Equality Act 2010.

At Walsall Council we have retained the name of Equality Impact Assessments, as the equality analysis process did not need to be changed from our EqIA process.

Details of EqIAs

You may view any EqIA, please look on the list for the title and contact Consultation and Equalities​. For advice and for information in alternative formats, contact us.

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