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Portsmouth City Council wants to ensure that equality considerations are imbedded in our decision-making process and applied to everything we do, from the services we design and deliver, the policies we design, the way we carry our public functions, the way we commission and buy from others to the way we treat our staff.

So we have a corporate system of equality impact assessments that we carry out on all major council services, functions, projects and policies to assess any potential adverse implications.

Public equality duty

The public equality duty requires us to have due regard to the need to:

  • eliminate discrimination
  • promote equality of opportunity
  • foster good relation between different communities

This means that, in the formative stages of our services or policies, we need to take into account what impact our decisions will have on people who are protected under the Equality Act 2010 (people who share a protected characteristic of age, sex, race, disability, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, pregnancy and maternity, and religion or belief). These considerations must genuinely influence the decision-making and not just be a tick-box exercise.

Although Equality impact assessments (EIAs) in their written form are not a legal requirement under the Equality Law, the Equality and Human Rights Commission advises that written records of how Equality Duty is considered by public authorities in their decision-making process would provide evidence of compliance with that Duty.

Why we use equality impact assessments

We have decided to continue with the EIA process as it helps us to:

  • develop a better understanding of the community we serve
  • make better decisions, based on principles of fairness and equality
  • ensure our services and policies are inclusive and accessible to everyone
  • ensure we use our resources efficiently based on the identified needs of our residents
  • identify any potential disadvantage to certain community groups in our city with an aim of eliminating or mitigating it by seeking alternative non-discriminatory solutions
  • identify positive action initiatives, wherever possible and permitted by the law, in order to meet specific needs of the vulnerable and disadvantaged members of our community
  • identify improvements to our services, policies or the way we perform our functions
  • identify ways of promoting cohesion and social inclusion in the city

For more information

Our frequently asked questions below may answer any queries you have.

Alternatively, to enquire about a particular Equality Impact Assessment, email equalities@portsmouthcc.gov.uk, or call 023 9283 4789.

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