Equalities Impact Assessment

An Equality Impact Assessment is a tool used by the Council to ensure that we consider the effect of the Council’s decision-making processes on different groups of people protected from discrimination – these are called ‘protected groups’.

Protected Groups*

Under the Equality Act 2010 certain groups are classed as having ‘protected characteristics’ These groups are age, disability, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation, marriage and civil partnership and pregnancy and maternity. The needs of these groups are specifically considered when the Council is making any policy decisions.

Vulnerable Groups*

These are groups who may not specifically fall under the protected characteristics groups but may be more affected by decisions made by the council and are therefore considered when the Council is making policy decisions. Groups which fall under this definition may include, but are not limited to, people on low incomes, single parent families, Care Leavers (an adult that is aged 18-25 that was in care) and people with multiple and complex needs.

Under represented Groups*

These groups include under represented gender groups, under represented ethnic groups e.g. minority ethnic groups, disabled including people with physical or learning disabilities, white working class boys, homeless, rehabilitating young offenders, Not in Education or Employment or Training (NEETs) including those with low or no qualifications, older people, ex-offenders and ex-forces.

Marmot City

In 2013, Coventry committed to a city-wide approach to tackle health inequalities as set out in Sir Michael Marmot’s 2010 report, ‘Fair Society, Healthy Lives’. In doing this, Coventry became one of seven so-called ‘Marmot Cities’. Of the original seven cities that committed to tackling health inequalities through this approach, Coventry is the only one that has continued this approach.

Marmot Group

A multi-agency partnership group which leads on the work in Coventry to address health inequalities. The group includes representation from the Council, NHS, Police, Fire Service, voluntary agencies, Coventry & Warwickshire LEP, Chamber of Commerce, DWP and Public Health England.

Long-Term Unemployment

Anyone unemployed (not in work but seeking work) for 12 months or more is considered long-term unemployed.

*Note: These groups may cross over depending on the individual’s needs & situation and the Council policies that are in place, for example a ‘homeless’ person could fall under ‘Under represented Groups’ and/or ‘Vulnerable Group