Ensuring equality is built in
West Dunbartonshire Council has a legal obligation to assess the impact of its policies and services on the well-being of "equalities" groups, it is also a requirement of the law.
The purpose of Equality Impact Assessment (EIA) is to work out how a policy or function will affect the wellbeing of different groups of people, with particular needs, or who are disadvantaged in some way. EIA is an opportunity to drive fairness and good business practice.
Our guidelines have recently been revised to take account of the Equality Act 2010 and relevant guidelines.
Equality Impact Assessment Guidance (PDF 183KB)
EIA is used for any new and developing policies, while a system of review for existing policies is used to ensure that relevant services are not discriminating in how they deliver services. Reports to Council and its committee's are required to provide information on whether an impact assessment has been carried out.
The Council have carried out a number of EIA's. Recent Summary reports are available to read (older reports are available on request)