Equality Impact and Risk Assessments (EIRA)

Equality Impact and Risk Assessments (EIRAs) are evidence-based processes designed to ensure that a policy, service or function does not unlawfully discriminate against a protected characteristic (as identified in the 2010 Equality Act) or any other disadvantaged or marginalised group. 

We undertake Equality Impact and Risk assessments to:

  • ensure that your decisions impact in a fair way: where there is evidence that particular groups will be negatively affected by a decision, action should be taken to address this.
  • make your decisions based on evidence: EIRA provides a clear and structured way to collect, assess and put forward relevant evidence.
  • make decision-making more transparent: a process which involves those affected by the policy and which is based on evidence is much more open and transparent. This is more likely to engender trust in decision-makers and in your decisions.
  • provide a platform for partnership working: EIRA offers an opportunity for organisations to work in partnership to consider the impact on members of their shared communities and how they might best collaborate and co-ordinate financial decisions.

The Staffordshire CCG’s Equality Impact and Risk Assessment Tool is processed through an IT based system called U-assure. This enables the CCGs to show ‘due regard’ to the three aims of the Equality Act’s General Equality Duty by ensuring that all requirements around equality risk are given advanced consideration prior to any change or review of policies, services or functions.

The Equality and Human Rights Commission developed guidance materials to introduce equality impact assessments, which have help those delivering public services to make decisions which are fair to all.

Publishing Equality Impact and Risk Assessment Information