To help meet our statutory requirements, we assess the impact of
our activities (projects, policies, strategies, functions and
services) on equality. This includes existing activities, new
activities or those that are being changed. We do this by carrying
out an equality analysis (EA), previously called equality impact
What is an equality analysis?
The equality analysis (EA) is a tool for identifying the potential
or actual equality impact of any of our activities on Bedford
Borough residents and staff.
An EA involves collecting relevant evidence and making evidence
led judgements on the impact of any activity and the necessary
action that is required to mitigate any adverse impact. The EA also
identifies opportunities to positively advance equality.
The EA help us provide and deliver excellent services to Bedford
Borough residents and staff by making sure that these reflect the
diverse needs of the community and staff profile. It also makes
sure we consider our equality duty in the development and
implementation of all our work.
to view the Council EA template and guidance notes
Which groups are included in an equality
To meet the statutory General Equality Duty that came into effect
in April 2011, we carry out equality analysis in regards to the
following different equality groups covered by the Equality Act
2010. These are known as ‘protected characteristics’:
• Gender reassignment
• Pregnancy & maternity
• Religion or belief
• Sex (gender)
• Sexual orientation
• Marriage and civil partnership
What does an equality analysis involve?
The EA can involve all of the following three stages:
1. Relevance Test – This determines whether an equality analysis
needs to be completed. It is based on whether the outcome of the
'activity' has a direct and significant impact on people or how
services are delivered.
2. Level 1 – A preliminary analysis of what the likely
positive and adverse impacts of the activity are with clear actions
for mitigating any adverse impact identified.
3. Level 2 – A more detailed and thorough analysis of
impact informed by timely and meaningful community consultation
with service users and other relevant stakeholders.
How is the equality analysis
The results of EAs and, where relevant any consultation with
partners, service users and other stakeholders, are used to inform
decisions made by senior managers and elected Members.
to view the Council EA protocol
View equality analysis
We will regularly publish all level 1 and level 2 EA
For equality impact
assessments completed by the former Bedfordshire County Council
or by Bedford Borough Council prior to unitary status (April
2009) please contact Joella Hazel, Community Engagement