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Consultation to amend the Civil Contingencies Act 2004 to include Integration Joint Boards: EQIA

This Equality Impact Assessment evaluates the impacts of the policy aim to formalise the role of Integration Joint Boards in emergency planning by amending the Civil Contingencies Act 2004, ensuring their inclusion in groups considering planning for emergency scenarios.


Stage 4: Decision making and monitoring

Identifying and establishing any required mitigating action

Have positive or negative impacts been identified for any of the equality groups?

There have been no positive or negative impacts identified for any protected characteristic group under the Equality Act 2010. The Integration Joint Boards are already involved in the decision making process of emergency planning under the Civil Contingencies Act 2004 within their roles as directors within the Health Boards and Local Authorities. Including the Integration Joint Boards within the Civil Contingencies Act 2004 formalises their role and responsibilities but it is not anticipated that this will alter delivery for any service users.

Is the policy directly or indirectly discriminatory under the Equality Act 2010[3]?

There is no evidence during the review that the change to Civil Contingencies Act 2004 would directly or indirectly discriminate against any protected characteristic under the Equality Act 2010

If the policy is indirectly discriminatory, how is it justified under the relevant legislation?

N/A

If not justified, what mitigating action will be undertaken?

N/A

Describing how Equality Impact analysis has shaped the policy making process

The Equality Impact Assessment has helped to consider each of the protected characteristics covered by the Equality Act 2010. Through a methodical and considered process it was confirmed that each of the duties are already part of the consideration process that the Integration Joint Boards make as part of any decision making, either within the Integration Joint Board planning and delivery function or within the role of the Chief Officer being a director of the Health Board or Local Authority. This role for the Chief Officer means that they are currently part of any emergency planning which requires collaboration across first responders under the Civil Contingencies Act. Inclusion of the Integration Joint Board within the Civil Contingencies Act 2004 will formalise the role but it is not expected that it will add significant additional burden to the Integration Joint Board.

Monitoring and Review

As public sector bodies the Integration Joint Boards, Health Boards and Local Authorities have responsibility to consider, collect and analyse equality data including under emergency planning, this requirement does not change with the addition of the Integration Joint Boards having a formalised role as a Category 1 responder under the Act. No positive or negative impacts in relation to equalities have been identified as part of the impact assessment, nor through the consultation, therefore no additional monitoring is required for the purposes of the Integration Joint Boards becoming Category 1 responders under the Civil Contingencies Act 2004.

Contact

Email: Paula.Richardson@gov.scot

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