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An Equality and Human Rights Impact Assessment (EHRIA) is a way of assessing the effects that a policy, project or decision is likely to have on different people.
There are a number of reasons that we carry out EHRIA's, they are intended to aid good decision making and ensure that the services we provide are far and accessible to all. They are also a legal requirement under equality law.
We accept that:
Our policies, projects and decisions will affect the community we serve and there is the potential for our services to have unseen barriers or to effect some customers or residents, even if this is not our intention.
We carry out an initial EHRIA for decisions, policies and projects and a full EHRIA where we think there may be a disproportionate impact on some people.
We consult the Inclusion Reference Group who represent those people who may be impacted upon by decisions or changes to policies.
Once an EHRIA has been carried out, we will publish an equality analysis outlining the outcome of the assessment.
It is important to understand the difference in the context of other major issues such as financial inclusion and poverty, health, community safety, access to work, and, identifying where the equality gaps are for different groups. Measuring the gaps should be the basis of identifying local priorities and key outcomes. It will be impossible to develop an outcome focused approach without this core evidence. We have established an Equality Data Hub to help us further improve our knowledge.
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