An Equality Impact Assessment (EIA) is a way of systematically assessing the effects that a policy, project or decision is likely to have on different people within the city.

The idea of Impact Assessment is not new; some of you may already be familiar with the principle from other areas of your work. Many public agencies carry out impact assessments to look at the economic and environmental implications of projects and policies.

You can view and download the full Budget Report 2017-2018, which includes the overall EIA report and the list of Budget related EIAs for 2017-18 from the 'Cabinet Agenda for 15 February 2017' - see 'Supporting links'. 

Why we carry out EIAs

There are a number of reasons that we carry EIAs, they are intended to aid good decision making and ensure that the services we provide are fair and accessible to all. They are also a legal requirement under equality law.

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.

Areas we assess

  • race
  • disability
  • gender - including pregnancy and maternity
  • gender reassignment
  • sexual orientation
  • religion or belief
  • age
  • other issues such as carers, cohesion and health and wellbeing, financial inclusion and poverty

When we carry out EIAs & who we consult

We carry out an initial EIA for decisions, policies and projects and a full EIA where we think there may be a disproportionate impact on some people.

We consult those people who are likely to be impacted by decisions or changes to policies.

Completed Equality Impact Assessments are available for various policies, projects and decisions.  For more information or to request a completed EIA please contact us.

Action plan

We have some firm commitments from partners to take action that will begin addressing each of our priorities. We know where some of the gaps are and where we need to do more.

The Action Plan, attached to the strategy is a ‘living document’. It will be developed, added to and strengthened over the course of its lifetime.

We know that we don’t have all of the resources and powers we need to achieve our vision, but we have already begun to demonstrate how devolving powers can allow us to do more and better locally.

We will build on this approach and make the case for how and where more local control could be more effective. We will develop bolder and more ambitious actions, create opportunities and respond to changing needs and emerging evidence relating to adults and children in poverty.


The Tackling Poverty Strategy Partnership Reference Group oversaw the development of the Strategy, membership and further details can be found in the Strategy document.

The partnership, led by us with our statutory responsibility for tackling child poverty, will oversee the further development and implementation of this strategy.