Equality and Socio-Economic Impact Assessment (EqSIA)

Equality and Socio-Economic Impact Assessment (EqSIA)

Assessing current practice and future proposals

Under the Equality Act 2010, the Council must assess its current practice and future proposals from an equalities perspective. It must also consider how inequalities caused by socio-economic factors and disadvantage – poverty, can be reduced when making strategic decisions.  While these requirements were originally introduced separately, since October 2022 these have been met through the use of integrated Equality and Socio-economic Impact Assessment (EqSIA). 

Equality and Socio-economic Impact Assessment is a tool to help the Council take effective action on equality and disadvantage on behalf of its communities, citizens and employees through assessing the potential impact of proposals on them as an integral part of its decision making.

In addition to helping the Council meet its responsibilities under the Equality Act 2010, the benefits of undertaking Equality and Socio-economic Impact Assessments include:

  • Enabling the Council to demonstrate how its embeds equality into its everyday work

  • Ensuring the Council identifies and addresses potential unintended and unlawful discrimination

  • Helping ensure Council policies and practices are responsive to the needs of our citizens and communities

  • Helping promote equality of opportunity and foster good relations between individuals and groups in our communities

  • Supporting informed decision making in an increasingly challenging operational environment

  • Improving transparency about decision making

Equality and Socio-economic Impact Assessments

A list of all EqSIAs presented to meetings of Stirling Council or its Decision Making Committees since October 2022 is provided below, arranged by Council/Committee meeting.

Stirling Council

Meeting Date

Item no.

EqSIA Assessment Report

7 December 2023

8

Regional Energy Masterplan

29 June 2023

12

Ukraine Long-Term Resettlement Fund

4 May 2023

8

New Charges for Planning Services

16 February 2023

3

Housing Revenue Account Rental Strategy 2023/24

8 December 2022

15

Review of Foster Carer Payments

Children & Young People Committee

Community Wellbeing & Housing Committee

Meeting Date

Item no.

EqSIA Assessment Report

2 November 2023

6

CPP Update

23 March 2023

6

Stirling’s Volunteering Action Plan

3 November 2022

9

Housing Allocations Policy Review

Environment, Transport & Net Zero Committee

Meeting Date

Item no.

EqSIA Assessment Report

7 September 2023

9

Review of Stirling Council’s Waste and Recycling Service

2 February 2023

12

Solar Panel Installation Initiative

Finance, Economy & Corporate Support Committee

Meeting Date

Item no.

EqSIA Assessment Report

8 June 2023

10

Introduction of a Carers Policy

The remits and areas of responsibility of Decision-Making Committees can be found at the following link:  Stirling Council committee remits | Stirling Council

If you wish to see a copy of the Council/Committee reports which the above EqSIA Assessments relate to, please email democratic-services@stirling.gov.uk with a note of the meeting name/date and report title, and we will be happy to provide a copy.

In certain circumstances reports may be marked as ‘exempt from publication’, meaning it may not be possible for copies to be provided.

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