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Equality analysis

Public authorities covered by the general equality duty must ensure that:

  • Decision-makers are aware of the general equality duty’s requirements.

  • The general equality duty is complied with before and at the time a particular policy is under consideration and when a decision is taken.

  • They consciously consider the need to do the things set out in the aims of the general equality duty as an integral part of the decision-making process.

  • They have sufficient information to understand the effects of the policy, or the way a function is carried out, on the aims set out in the general equality duty.

  • They review policies or decisions, for example, if the make-up of service users changes, as the general equality duty is a continuing duty.

  • They take responsibility for complying with the general equality duty in relation to all their relevant functions. Responsibility cannot be delegated to external organisations that are carrying out public functions on their behalf.

  • They consciously consider the need to do the things set out in the aims of the general equality duty not only when a policy is developed and decided upon, but when it is being implemented.

Carrying out analyses helps us to gain a real understanding of the ways in which our policies and practices affect people from different protected groups.

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