A Community Impact Assessment (CIA) helps us make sure our policies, strategies, projects and services do not discriminate against anyone on the basis of certain protected characteristics.

The nine protected characteristics are:

  • age
  • disability
  • gender reassignment
  • marriage and civil partnership
  • pregnancy and maternity
  • race
  • religion and belief
  • sex
  • sexual orientation

In York, those with protected characteristics are known as 'communities of identity' and also include carers of older and disabled people.

Community Impact Assessments:

  • look at whether changes to how we do things (such as: working practices or ways we deliver services) are likely to have a positive or negative impact on the people we serve
  • help us to plan to reduce or remove negative impact, by making reasonable changes to how a particular group receives a service (by providing information in a different format or providing ramped access into a building, for example)
  • make sure that no one is unintentionally excluded because of specific personal characteristics

This process was previously called 'Equality Impact Assessment'.

Carrying out Community Impact Assessments

A Community Impact Assessment (CIA) or Equality Impact Assessment (EIA) is ideally carried out during the early stage of any policy review, new project or a major change to a service.

In order to comply with the Equality Act 2010, we have to demonstrate that we have due regard to equality considerations which means being able clearly demonstrate:

  • at what stage the duty was considered
  • what considerations were made
  • how full compliance with the duty was undertaken

CIAs are important for providing appropriate, effective, efficient and quality services. Getting things right at the outset means we can provide better services and value for money.

Completed Community Impact Assessments

Adults, Children and Education:

City and Environmental Services:

Communities and Neighbourhoods:

Customer and Business Support Services:

Human Resources:

Public Health and Wellbeing:

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