23. Describing how the Equality Impact analysis has shaped the policy making process
23.1. The equality impact analysis has helped to highlight the areas where our policies can be strengthened and in particular around those with the protected characteristics. We have recognised where groups may need different consideration or special provision and have aimed to provide provision for these groups. It has therefore helped to shape our plans for engagement to take the Programme forward so that we consult with representatives of these people, to ensure that there are no unintended consequences from the proposals for people with protected characteristics. The results of this engagement will feed into all aspects of the Programme going forward.