Do I need to do an Equality Impact Assessment as part of the process of renewing our local Compact?

q & aWhile it is always useful to consider the impact to equality groups and issues when introducing or developing policies, a better longer term approach would be to ensure that individuals, groups and organisations representing different equalities strands are signed up to local Compacts and represented on local Compact working groups.

Ensuring ongoing engagement will mean that equality issues are kept high on the agenda for Compact groups, and that the needs and interests of a diverse range of stakeholders are represented.
Any changes to the ways such working groups are funded or established, or how the Compact is used locally (such as withdrawing a district Compact in favour of a county-wide agreement) would likely benefit from consideration of the impact to equality groups.
Further information is available on Equality Impact Assessments here

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