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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.

How we assess the impacts of proposals and policies

We impact assess proposed new and revised policies; our assessments cover equalities, human rights, health and social economic impacts.

Summaries of recent Equalities Impact reports are available to read (older reports are available on request)

The summaries show the results impact assessment processes.  If you would like a copy of any of the full assessments, please email equalities@west-dunbarton.gov.uk

Note that proposals that were screened and found not to be relevant, and assessments of proposals that where not taken forward are not included.

Records from West Dunbartonshire Council (WDC) are listed, as well as records for where indicated:
West Dunbartonshire Health and Social Care Partnership (WDHSCP)
West Dunbartonshire Leisure Trust (WDLT)

EIA Results 2021
Number Proposal Summary

332
(WDC)

Removal of Street Trees in Bell Street, McGregor Street and White Street, Whitecrook

Removal of the trees would provide safer passage for all, and be of particular benefit to  wheel chair users, mobility scooter users, anyone with an impairment affecting walking, those with visual impairments and people using prams and push chairs, likely to manly be women.  The removal would therefore be positive for disabled people, women and children, and for health.

324
(WDHSCP)

Reintroduction of Day Support Service

There should be positive impacts for disabled people especially, contributing to there health and human rights.   Through telephone discussion with Service users, carers and families and the easing of lockdown restrictions it is deemed appropriate and essential to reintroduce face to face support services at this time to reduce isolation, anxiety and allow for social interaction. Avoiding crisis and potential breakdown of home environment.  Building based support and group activities will be reintroduced when it is deemed safe to do so and in line with Scottish Government guidelines and Care inspectorate and Strategic agreement.

323
(WDC)

Connecting Dumbarton - Update Feb 2021

Identified a range of positive impacts for equality groups.  There are also likely to be positive impacts in terms of Health and Socio-Economic Impact. It is hoped that as a result of the project more young people will have an opportunity to benefit from organised activities and cycling trips. Other members of the community will benefit from provision of modern community facilities in the town centre. 

321
(WDHSCP)

Delivery of manual handling training

Training will support equality and inclusion and have positive impacts.  Training for staff in Manual Handling has been interrupted and prevented since March 2019 due to the Covid-19 pandemic.  Previous external providers continue to be unable to provide this resource.  Senior management and line management identified and evidenced the required need to train 6 staff in Manual Handling Training for Trainers to enable them to deliver certificated training to learning disability staff team.  This adheres to mandatory and legislative training requirements and ensure continuous service delivery within West Dunbartonshire Council Learning Disability Service.

312
(WDC)

Procurement of Business Gateway Workshops, Webinars and Expert Help Services

We have assessed the services provided by Business Gateway against the various equality groups and issues they may face.  We believe that while not targeted specifically on any one group Business Gateway offers support to all groups to start up and grow a business.  Owning, running and growing a business can have a positive impact on members of all equality groups and wider society in general.  It can address in part at least some if the discrimination that members of the various equality groups face.

309
(WDLT)

West Dunbartonshire Leisure Trust Savings Options

W.D.L.T. don’t anticipate any major effect on protected groups and where possible it will accommodate pre booked sessions by utilising staff from other areas within the centre. 

The savings proposed are crucial for W.D.L.T. to ensure it balances its budget and maintains a sustainable service for the Council.  W.D.L.T. has given careful consideration to the proposed savings and has rejected the easy option of raising prices to increase income for the forthcoming year. 

Due to the impact of COVID pandemic the Leisure Trust anticipates a gradual return to growth within swimming pools over the first half of the financial year and will look to re-instate a full pool programme

308
(WDC)

Policy on Remote Learning

The policy is intended to provide clear guidance to teaching and support staff within schools to support the delivery of a remote learning during the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

Evidence shows that COVID 19 and measures put in place across the UK have not impacted evenly across all protected groups.  The planning and operations of council services including education services will acknowledge this, and impact will be monitored.

 

By ensuring that the policy on remote learning explicitly recognises challenges and opportunities and support available there is potential to improve accessibility, for some disabled and BME people, whilst at the same time support staff., and ensuring recovery strategies are in place aiming to mitigate some of the impact of the pandemic on attainment, achievement, inclusion and wellbeing.

 

The Council recognises the diverse needs of learners, parents, guardians and carers.  We will ensure that language and communications needs are carefully considered and meet.  To do this we will make sure that the Councils’ ‘Communicating Effectively’ guidelines are highlighted to staff, including how to use both proactively and reactively the Language Line service for both spoken and BSL video interpreting.   We will ensure that translated material were these are required are supplied promptly, and an enhanced level of contact and communication is in place for families classified as vulnerable.

 

We will ensure that that staff have accessed appropriate training and support on providing remote learning and aware of the measures in place to mitigate any impact on protected groups.

306
(WDC)

Clydebank Town Hall revised improvement works

Having assessed all areas, there are a range of positive impacts from these improvement works (in terms of age, disability, ethnicity, Human Rights and Socio-Economic impact.  Further action may be taken to address and mitigate wider accessibility options where possible through detailed planning.

302
(WDC)

Involving You - WDC Tenant Participation Strategy 2021-24

The updated Tenant Participation Strategy aim is to develop and improve tenant participation and ensure that participation is meaningful  and inclusive for all tenants. This will particularly benefit some protected groups and a range of participation activities are provided to meet a range of needs and circumstances.

 

The Strategy also focuses on ensuring  good clear communication practices and empowering tenants to challenge and be involved in improving services for all tenants. There will be an overall benefit to all tenants ,future tenants and residents of West Dunbartonshire and the implementation of the TP Strategy will continue to support all of the Council’s key strategic priorities.

 

The summaries show the results impact assessment processes.  If you would like a copy of any of the full assessments, please email equalities@west-dunbarton.gov.uk

Note that proposals that were screened and found not to be relevant, and assessments of proposals that where not taken forward are not included.

Records from West Dunbartonshire Council (WDC) are listed, as well as records for where indicated:
West Dunbartonshire Health and Social Care Partnership (WDHSCP)
West Dunbartonshire Leisure Trust (WDLT)

EIA Results 2020
Number Proposal Summary

294 (WDC)

West Dunbartonshire Council Equality Mainstreaming and Outcomes Report 2021-2025

The proposal is relevant in terms of equality, human rights, health and social and economic (Fairer Scotland Duty) impacts.  

The assessment notes potential positive impacts in terms of health, impact on the local economy, upholding people's human rights and equality in terms of increasing workforce diversity and reducing occupational segregation. 

There are potential positive impacts for all relevant protected groups except marriage and civil partnership where we judge the impact to be neutral.  The policy has taken into account the well document effect on COIVD-19 of worsen the position of some already disadvantaged groups, and is designed to support sustainable recovery.

To gain the positive impacts suggested measures are noted including wider engagement with under represented groups in terms of employment, using the West Dunbartonshire Equality Forum, the Community Planning Partnership, and ensuring joined up working across relevant process such as the Community Empowerment Strategy.

292
(WDC)

Hybrid Council and committee meetings

The introduction of hybrid meetings could have a negative impact on those elected members who, due to underlying health conditions and those who have hearing impairments.  They may not be able to hear the full discussion in the chamber due to poor sound quality and/or their disability and therefore may feel that they are not able to participate as fully as those members in the chamber.

291
(WDC)

SHIP 2020 (Strategic Housing Investment Plan)

The development of new homes can help improve access to housing and in doing so seeks to address the impact of inequality and discrimination on persons regardless of gender, sexual orientation, race, religion/belief age their social or economic status or whether they are transgender. 

In particular, our design standard and requirement for at least 10% of homes to be suitable for residents in wheelchair represents a particular opportunity to ensure that our homes will benefit our tenants and communities.

The annual update provides an opportunity to ensure that our ambitions reflect latest best practice and confirm that there will be an overall benefit to residents of West Dunbartonshire and the local economy.   The implementation of the SHIP supports the Council’s key strategic priorities, and we will carefully continue its impact.

289
(WDHSCP)

The re-opening building within Dalmuir Park to provide a service for Community Groups and Work Connect clients

Reopening services is an opportunity to ensure that services are as accessible and inclusive as possible, and better meet the need of community groups and clients.  Groups who should particularly benefit from re opening are Learning Disabilities, Mental Health, Addictions and Autism.

By re-opening the building it will show great improvements in social interaction with regards to clients and community groups as well as enhancing mental and physical well being. It will benefit all clients to experience employment and training where possible which will then in turn provide opportunity to develop skills and chances of contributing to the local economy.

288
(WDC)

Updated West Dunbartonshire Empty Homes Strategy (EHS)2021-2024

The updated Empty Homes Strategy’s focus is to bring empty homes back in to use which will result in accommodation being available that would otherwise have remained empty without some form of intervention.  This could be of particular benefit to some protected groups, by helping maintain a range of properties, for example women and disabled people. 

The update also gives us an opportunity to ensure that our work is informed by best communication practice.  There will be an overall benefit to residents of West Dunbartonshire and the local economy.  The implementation of the Empty Homes Strategy will continue to support all of the Council’s key strategic priorities, and we will carefully monitor its impact.

286
(WDC)

Climate Change Strategy 2021

The Climate Change Strategy is intended to work towards positive engagement with all equality groups and the wider community, via partnerships, empowerment and engagement within and outside West Dunbartonshire.  The continued review of the CCS will allow us to improve the document with regards to green recovery and Equality Duty needs.  The assessment notes potential positive impacts for a range of groups and for Human Rights, especially in terms of increasing engagement, participation and empowerment.   

The strategy will encourage positive engagement with a full range of groups in West Dunbartonshire.   This supports our Equality Outcomes on increasing participation.

281
(WDC)

Community Budgeting Phase 5

The move to digital presents opportunities for some communities to present their projects in a way that is more comfortable for them, maintaining anonymity (should they choose) and confidentiality in voting for example, and not relying solely on face to face presentation skills.  This may be a particular advantage for some groups, who are less likely to have been involved in the past.

Through coproduction, networking and collaborative opportunities have been offered from community groups to support others learn new skills and develop their participation in CB5.  

The risks are out weighed by the positives of providing local communities the opportunity to both benefit from local funding and the chance to coproduce this process.  In addition empowering residents to vote as to how money is spent in their local area.

We will ensure that we follow the Council's updated 'Communicating Effectively' guidance to maximise accessibility and inclusion.

We will ensure that we follow the Council's updated 'Communicating Effectively' guidance to maximise accessibility and inclusion.

280
(WDC)

Model Complaints Handling Procedure

The changes provide an opportunity to ensure we reviewed accessibility and ensure we adopt the best practice possible, therefore impacts are likely positive in terms of equality and human rights, especially in terms of disability.

To support this, all staff involved in complaints will complete equality and human rights training, and Providing Accessible Services training and be aware of the Council’s Communicating Effectively guidance.  Complaints will be monitored by protected group to help assess impact.

279
(WDC)

Planning Enforcement Charter 2020

The proposal has been screened and is relevant in terms of equality and human rights.  Effective communications is highlighted as an area that is especially important, therefore following the Council's Communicating Effectively guidance will help ensure clear communications with disabled people and those for whom English is not a first language.

278
(WDC)

 

Academic Calendar for 2021-2022

Teachers are entitled to work for 195 days, 40 days leave, and 26 days unpaid leave during the academic year.  The start / end date of the academic year and the leave periods are agreed through consultation with Trade Unions and staff.  No equalities issues have been raised through the consultation process this year or in any of the previous years.

277
(WDC)

Revised Generic Head Teacher Job Profile

The requirement to hold the Standard for Headship is a legal requirement to ensure that suitably prepared and qualified teachers are appointed to head teacher posts.  The Scottish Government assessment of the impact of this requirement on all areas of protected characteristics is that it will have a relatively positive impact on offering opportunities for all.

274
(WDC)

Delay issuing of Council Tax Reminders due to impact of Covid-19

The proposal is design to alleviate financial pressure, on people negatively affected economically by COVID -19. 

The proposal will have the biggest positive impact and guard against negative impacts for the financially most vulnerable groups, among whom are disabled people, single parents the vast majority of whom are women and black minority ethnic groups, all these groups are more likely to be income deprived.

272
(WDC)

Restart of Active Schools Services

Recommencing the service is likely to produce positive impacts for school age children and for their physical / mental health and well-being.   The current restrictions introduced as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic has reduced WDLT’s ability to provide the previous high level of service, mainly for maintaining social distancing. However a meaningful service can still be delivered.

271
(WDHSCP)

Dumbarton day service reopen/ bubble supports

The service was closed due to covid-19 pandemic to ensure client safety.  This pilot will increase some opportunities for service users to reduce their anxiety and complete social isolation, contributing to positive health benefits, for disabled people and their families.  

Families are increasingly feeling the pressures of no respite from their caring role and this will support them to avoid crisis and potential family breakdowns.

Service re-open on a small scale will allow for testing how well the safety measures work. Reports on progress will be made to senior management team, care inspectorate in conjunction with following government guidelines.

269
(WDHSCP)

Community Connections- Reintroduction of Day Support Service

There should be positive impacts for disabled people especially, contributing to there health and human rights.   Through telephone discussion with Service users, carers and families and the easing of lockdown restrictions it is deemed appropriate and essential to reintroduce face to face support services at this time to reduce isolation, anxiety and allow for social interaction. Avoiding crisis and potential breakdown of home environment.  Building based support and group activities will be reintroduced when it is deemed safe to do so and in line with Scottish Government guidelines and Care inspectorate and Strategic agreement.

268
(WDLT)

Restart of Sports Development Services

Recommencing the service is likely to produce positive impacts in particular for younger people and for their physical / mental health and well-being.   The current restrictions introduced as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic has reduced WDLT’s ability to provide the previous high level of service, mainly for maintaining social distancing. However a meaningful service can still be delivered.   

267
(WDC)

Resumption of Waste Services, including collection and recycling centres

Restarting services will protect everyone in West Dunbartonshire, for more vulnerable groups for example older people and disabled people are especially this is especially important.  Restarting also supports the local economy and businesses.

266
(WDC)

Roads Service Return

Recommencing roads services is likely to produce a positive impact within West Dunbartonshire as road service can undertake routine maintenance and capital projects which will upgrade the local roads / footway networks and provide a winter maintenance service.   Restarting the service helps protect the mobility of some disabled people and supports the economy.   No negative impacts were noted.

To carryout these routine works and major projects roads have developed Risk Assessments, Safe Systems Of Works and Toolbox Talks which will enable to operate safety under NHS guidelines and Council guidelines.  

265
(WDC)

Communities Team Restarting Community Based Services

The Communities Team supports many community groups and organisations across West Dunbartonshire.  These groups membership is made up of people from equalities groups; most notably disabled people, older people and women. 

The Covid-19 pandemic meant that how support was delivered had to change - becoming more remote and virtual.  However, this support did continue.   As we restart community based services in adherence with Scottish Government guidelines (meeting out of doors, maintaining social distance) and offering virtual meeting space there are risks that some groups will not have the same level of access to our services as before.

The risks are out weighed by the positives of assisting communities to recover and to build on the spirit of cooperation so evident during the pandemic.   We will ensure that we follow the Council's updated 'Communicating Effectively' guidance to maximise accessibility and inclusion.

259
(WDHSCP)

Pavillion Cafe Reopening

It is imperative that the Pavillion Cafe returns to business as a matter of urgency.  Staff who are in the building preparing for re-opening are being questioned on hourly basis regarding re-opening and are struggling to make customers understand the reasoning behind its continued closure.  Staff are unable to work from home due to the nature of their role and are becoming increasingly concerned that service will not resume and this will impact on their future employment with WDC.  Initial financial projections estimated an approximate loss of £120K to date and it is imperative that some of this can be recouped before the end of the season.  Long term possible loss of customer base as people are opting to use alternative establishments.  Disabled access has been ceased due to café closure and there is potential for complaints around this.  When the service reopens to the public, this will be done bearing in mind the Council's 'Communicating Effectively' guidance.

258
(WDLT)

Leisure Centre Service Return

Recommencing the service is likely to produce positive impacts in particular for older people and children and for physical / mental health and well-being. The current restrictions introduced as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic has reduced WDLT’s ability to provide the previous high level of service, mainly for maintaining social distancing. However a meaningful service can still be delivered.   

257
(WDLT)

Community Facilities Service Return

(West Dunbartonshire Leisure Trust)

Recommencing the service is likely to produce positive impacts in particular for older people and children and for physical / mental health and well-being. The current restrictions introduced as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic has reduced WDLT’s ability to provide the previous high level of service, mainly for maintaining social distancing. However a meaningful service can still be delivered.   

255
(WDLT)

Outdoor Recreation Service Return

Recommencing the service is likely to produce positive impacts in particular for older people and children and for physical health and well-being. The current restrictions introduced as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic has reduced WDLT’s ability to provide the previous high level of service, mainly for maintaining social distancing. However a meaningful service can still be delivered.   

249
(WDC)

Financial Support for Food banks

The policy will have a positive impact on several protected groups, those most vulnerable, most notably older people, disabled people and single parents most of whom are women.   The impact more widely will be to help alleviate issues caused by poverty.

245
(WDLT)

WDLT Furlough

Leisure centre closures and furlough of staff had no negative impact on protected characteristics and due to furlough employees were not left in financial detriment.

244
(WDC)

Direct Labour Organisation Furlough

No negative impact on any protected characteristics or social economic impact of furlough.

242
(WDC)

Resumption the registration of births in Dumbarton Registration Office following lockdown

The only negative impact on the resumption of the service is the increased risk of infection of covid-19 being spread.  A full risk assessment has been undertaken and a number of safety measures put in place to reduce the risk.

239
(WDC)

Remote Working Guidance

The assessment notes potential positive and negative impacts especially around sex, disability and health, and these need to be taken into account when planning, implementing and reviewing arrangements.

233
(WDC)

Greenspace Service Return

Recommencing the service is likely to produce positive impacts in for some disabled people and for health.  No negative impacts were indicated for these or other areas or groups.

The current restrictions introduced as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic has reduced Greenspace's ability to provide the previous high level of service, mainly due to the numbers of staff shielding and the requirements for social distancing.   However by prioritising the areas identified in this assessment a meaningful service can be achieved.

231
(WDC)

WDC Town Centre Recovery Plan

The recovery plan is likely to have a potential positive impact on all of the community likely to use town centres including the elderly, school children, pregnant women, families with babies and young children, people with disabilities, all races and sexes. It is not considered that it will have any negative impacts.

There will be an ongoing assessment of the plan which will allow the situation to be kept under review.  It is hoped that outcomes from the recovery plan will bring renewed optimism to West Dunbartonshire's town centres and improve their health and vitality. Without intervention and change town centres will struggle to survive.

Preparing and implementing the recovery plan, with the support and involvement of all stakeholders including the various equality groups, will give them a chance to recover and hopefully grow into places where all people chose live, work, visit and invest in the future.

228
(WDC)

Resumption of stray dog service during C-19

Measures will be in place from the start to reduce mitigate risk to all affected individuals, and situation monitored on an ongoing basis to ensure that risk are mitigated especially around the areas of sex, disability and health noted in the EIA.

227
(WDC)

Resumption of fly-tipping and public health nuisance service during C-19

Measures will be in place from the start to mitigate risk to all affected individuals, and situation monitored on an ongoing basis to ensure that risk are mitigated especially around the areas of sex, disability and health noted in the EIA.

224
(WDC)

Closure of Offices/Schools C-19

Measures in place to address any detrimental impacts.  The situation will be monitored on an ongoing basis to check actual impacts, to inform practice.

223
(WDC)

Education Hubs C-19

Deep cleaning being carried out in schools, social distancing measures in place, those that are pregnant or extremely clinically vulnerable shielding.  Risks to individuals have been mitigated by the above measures.  The situation will be monitored on an ongoing basis to check actual impacts.

222
(WDC)

Roads & Neighbourhood adapting services in relation to C-19

Although certain protected characteristics will be affected disproportionately the use of shielding, PPE and social distancing will severely reduce risk in line with Scottish government health guidance.

219
(WDC)

Education Microsoft 365 Licences

The proposal is relevant to equality in relation to disability.  It is likely that the proposals may have some positive impacts in this area in terms of supporting the creation and checking of accessible documents.

218 (WDC)

Trade Union Learning Agreement

The policy aims to support fair access to learning.  There is potential for some specific positive impacts in terms of ethnicity, sex and disability, with identified actions to achieve this and monitoring to review progress.