10. Section 6 - Impact Assessments
As we have been assessing options for policy and regulations we have been logging impacts and developing the following impact assessments on which we are now consulting. Each impact assessment is described as a "partial assessment" as engagement to date has been carried out internally by Scottish Government. Reviewing and analysing responses to this consultation document will allow for comprehensive assessments to be finalised.
- The Partial Equality Impact Assessment at page 43. An Equality Impact Assessment involves assessing the impact of new or revised policies, practices or services against the requirements of the public sector equality duty. The duty requires all Scottish public authorities to have due regard to the need to eliminate unlawful discrimination, advance equality of opportunity and foster good relations. It covers people in respect of all aspects of equality. It helps to ensure the needs of people are taken into account during the development and implementation of a new policy or service or when a change is made to a current policy or service.
- The Partial Business and Regulatory Impact Assessment at page 57. A Business and Regulatory Impact Assessment is used to analyse the cost and benefits to businesses and the third sector of any proposed legislation or regulation, with the goal of using evidence to identify the proposal that best achieves policy objectives while minimising costs and burdens as much as possible.
- The Partial Child Rights and Wellbeing Impact Assessment at page 64. The Scottish Government want to make Scotland the best place in the world for a child to grow up. Recognising, respecting and promoting the rights of children and young people is essential to achieving this. We are taking steps to ensure that children experience their rights, as determined by the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. A Child Rights and Wellbeing Impact Assessment helps ensure that our policies, measures and legislation protect and promote the wellbeing of children and young people.