Equality impact assessment
An equality impact assessment (EqIA) is a process designed to ensure that a policy, project or scheme does not unlawfully discriminate against any protected characteristic.
The EqIA process aims to prevent discrimination against people who are members of a protected category. The Equality Act 2010 defines 9 protected characteristics:
- Religion or Belief
- Gender Reassignment
- Sexual Orientation
- Marriage or Civil Partnership
- Pregnancy and Maternity
Within the UK, EqIAs is a means of ensuring that the public sector equality duty is met. On 19 November 2012, then Prime Minister David Cameron announced that EqIAs would no longer be undertaken for government decisions.
- Social Impact Assessment
- Environmental Impact Assessment
- Health Impact Assessment
- Sustainability Appraisal
- Equality Act 2006
- Equality Act 2010
- Equal Opportunity
- "Ready: What is an equality impact assessment?". Equality impact assessment quick-start guide: A step-by-step guide to integrating equality impact assessment into policymaking and review (PDF). Equality and Human Rights Commission. March 2010. p. 3. ISBN 978-1-84206-269-2. Archived from the original (PDF document) on 23 December 2015. Retrieved 26 February 2016.
- BBC News. URL accessed 19 November 2012.
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