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EQIA-TF01 - Eligibility Criteria

Type of document: Equality Impact Assessment (EQIA)

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Published: June 14, 2022

EQUALITY IMPACT ASSESSMENT RECORD

Title of policy/ practice/ strategy/ legislation etc.
ILF Transition Fund Eligibility Criteria - TF01

Is this a new policy or revision to an existing policy?
Revision to Policy

Screening

Policy Aim

The aim of this policy is to increase the age range criteria for eligibility to apply for a grant from the ILF Transition Fund.

Who will it affect?

The Policy will affect disabled young people aged 22 to 25,

What might prevent the desired outcomes being achieved?

We may not have enough applicants from this age range.

Public information will be made available, on request, in a range of accessible formats and languages to ensure there are no barriers to understanding the eligibility criteria.

Applications to the fund can be made in a range of formats, online, in writing, by telephone, by an appointed person on applicants behalf and on request for a home visit.

All staff will be trained in equality and diversity to ensure that the desired outcomes of the policy are achieved.

Stage 1:    Framing

Results of framing exercise

Requests from applicants and their representatives where applicants were over the age of 21 and missed out on applying to the Fund.

Feedback from TF Evaluation Research where respondents stated Fund should be open to applicants beyond 21.

Feedback from ILF strategic events that said age restrictions should be limited.

Findings from Transitions research e.g. ARC, that confirmed young people should be categorized as such up to the age of 25. (day before 26 birthday).

Relevant legislative changes e.g. Looked After Children amended to include up to 25 year olds.

ILF funding should take account of and be consistent with all of the above.

Extent/Level of EQIA required

The existing ILF Scotland Fund is only for disabled people. The Minister decided that a new fund should be created, and asked for a recommendation to be made as to how use of this new fund should be prioritised. The co-production group screened options in the initial stages of developing the new fund, and set the broad parameters for the new fund. On the basis of screening for each protected characteristic against these parameters, only the age condition will require a full EQIA as impacts will be minimal in other areas.

Stage 2:    Data and evidence gathering, involvement and consultation

Include here the results of your evidence gathering, (including framing exercise), including qualitative and quantitative data and the source of that information, whether national statistics, surveys or consultations with relevant equality groups.

Stage 3:    Assessing the impacts and identifying opportunities to promote equality

Having considered the data and evidence you have gathered, this section requires you to consider the potential impacts – negative and positive – that your policy might have on each of the protected characteristics. It is important to remember the duty is also a positive one – that we must explore whether the policy offers the opportunity to promote equality and/or foster good relations.

Do you think that the policy impacts on people because of their age?

Do you think that the policy impacts disabled people?

Do you think that the policy impacts on men and women in different ways?

Do you think that the policy impacts on women because of pregnancy and maternity?

Do you think your policy impacts on transsexual people?

Do you think that the policy impacts on people because of their sexual orientation?

Do you think the policy impacts on people on the grounds of their race?

Do you think the policy impacts on people because of their religion or belief?

Do you think the policy impacts on people because of their marriage or civil partnership?

Stage 4:    Decision making and monitoring

Identifying and establishing any required mitigating action

If, following the impact analysis, you think you have identified any unlawful discrimination – direct or indirect - you must consider and set out what action will be undertaken to mitigate the negative impact.

Describing how Equality Impact Analysis has shaped the policy making process

This policy has been developed through a genuine process of co- production, which set out to determine how to maximize the impact of available resource to achieve independent living for disabled people. All policy decisions around eligibility were taken within this context. The overall aim of this policy is to state eligibility criteria for a new funding stream for disabled young people. These criteria were determined following careful analysis of options and wide engagement with stakeholders. This amendments increases the opportunity for funding to 22 – 25 year olds. Following implementation, there will be careful monitoring and evaluation of impact, with a view to developing policy and broadening access beyond the current target group of 16-25 year old disabled people.

The process followed has resulted in policy decisions being made that are intended to produce better outcomes both for disabled people and their communities. The fund will support activity that is enabling disabled people to be active and participating members of their communities, benefiting both disabled people and those with whom they will engage as a result of this policy development.

Monitoring and Review

Strathclyde University Disability Resource Centre was commissioned to undertake independent review and evaluation of the impact of this policy and of the new ILF Transition Fund generally. The application process captured quantitative data to support this qualitative evaluation and successful recipients were asked to complete a voluntary, anonymous equality monitoring return. This was used in the analysis and evaluation report, which made a recommendation to increase the age range of the Fund.

Stage 5 - Authorisation of EQIA

Please confirm that:

  • This Equality Impact Assessment has informed the development of this policy:

                Yes

  • Opportunities to promote equality in respect of age, disability, gender reassignment, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation have been considered, i.e.:
    • Eliminating unlawful discrimination, harassment, victimisation;
    • Removing or minimising any barriers and/or disadvantages;
    • Taking steps which assist with promoting equality and meeting people’s different needs;
    • Encouraging participation (e.g. in public life)
    • Fostering good relations, tackling prejudice and promoting understanding.

                  Yes

  • If the Marriage and Civil Partnership protected characteristic applies to this policy, the Equality Impact Assessment has also assessed against the duty to eliminate unlawful discrimination, harassment and victimisation in respect of this protected characteristic

                   Not applicable

Declaration

I am satisfied with the equality impact assessment that has been undertakenfor the revision to  Policy TF01 –Eligibility criteria.

Name: Linda Scott
Position: Head of Policy
Authorisation date: 10th December 2019

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