Equality impact assessments provide a way for the council to consider impact on different groups protected from discrimination by The Equality Act 2010. They also help us consider how best to provide help and support to those who need it most and to plan services that are as accessible and fair as possible. 

Equality impact assessments are usually carried out by council departments when a new service is developed, there is a review of a service or a major policy change. Their findings are considered by decision makers. This is to make sure decisions, policies or procedures do not have unintended consequences for people with protected characteristics.

We also complete an equality impact assessment every year when we publish our Integrated Plan.

Equality impact assessments accompany relevant consultation exercises and Cabinet and Panel papers. Other EqIAs we have carried out are available on request from equalities@hertfordshire.gov.uk.