Equality analysis assessments
Public bodies are legally required to consider the three aims of the public sector equality duty (set out below) and document their thinking as part of the process of decision making.
When making decisions public bodies are required to have ‘due regard’ to the need to:
eliminate unlawful discrimination, harassment, victimisation and any other conduct prohibited by the Act
advance equality of opportunity between people who share a protected characteristic and people who do not share it
foster good relations between people who share a protected characteristic and people who do not share it.
To do this Lewisham Council undertakes equality analysis assessments (previously called equality impact assessments) when making changes to the way a service is being delivered.
Committee reports must include information that enables elected members to consider equality implications at the time of making decisions and satisfy themselves that they are meeting their obligations in relation to the Equality Act 2010 and the Council’s equality objectives.