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Equality Impact Assessment: Policy 15 Engaging Care Outside Scotland and Northern Ireland

Type of document: Equality Impact Assessments (EQIA)
Cover page for Equality Impact Assessment record for policy 15.

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Published: January 23, 2023

In completing this EQIA you should be ensuring the needs of diverse groups of people are thought about when developing and implementing a new policy, procedure or service or a change to existing ones. Please consider the protected groups in line with the Equality Act 2010 and other diverse groups who may be impacted.

Name of Activity: Policy 15 Engaging care outside of Scotland and Northern Ireland
Name of person completing EQIA: Linda Scott
Date EQIA completed: 20 January 2023

What type of activity are you planning?

Change to procedure: No
Event: No
New procedure: No
Office Plan/Budget: No
Policy: Yes
Project: No
Service: No
Other (free text):

1 Describe the main aim or purpose of what it is you are planning to do?

Review of policy
Wording revision

2 Who is likely to be affected by this policy, service or change?

All 2015 fund recipients.

3 Do you have enough information to know what the potential impact might be on diverse groups and what that might look like?

The protected characteristics to consider are: Age, Disability, Sex, Race, Religion or Belief, Gender Reassignment, Sexual Orientation, Marriage and Civil Partnership, Pregnancy and Maternity. It will also be helpful to consider these groups more widely in relation to their socio-economic status that includes such factors as educational attainment, occupation, income, wealth and social deprivation.

Please mark as Yes or No. If yes use the Comments column to describe what the potential impact is. What are your sources of evidence?

(Try to think about both positive and negative impacts. There are lots of sources of data to help answer this question. Diversity Networks, the Diversity Report or Diversity & Inclusion team may offer some useful information. Previously completed EQIAs may also offer answers to questions you may have).

Age: No
Comments:

Disability: Yes

Comments: By having a policy for engaging care and assistance outside of a recipients normal country of residence, this facilitates choice, control and flexibility should a recipient wish to go on holiday or travel for any other reason. This can increase independence and improve opportunities for new experiences, leisure and to spend time with loved ones, family members or friends who live in another country. The policy also means that there is no restriction placed on recipients to receive support in their usual place of residence, maximising their right to the same equal opportunities as people who are not assessed as needing personal assistance.

Evidence suggests that disabled people are less likely to travel than other people in part due to physical barriers to travelling, but also as a result of the stipulation that statutory assistance is provided at their home or other setting within their residence locality; this policy however reduces those restrictions specific to personal assistance.

Source: Disabled people’s travel behaviour and attitudes to travel (publishing.service.gov.uk)

Gender Reassignment: No
Comments:

Marriage and Civil Partnership: No
Comments:

Pregnancy and Maternity: No
Comments:

Race: No
Comments:

Religion or belief: No
Comments:

Sex: No
Comments:

Sexual orientation: No
Comments:

Is there evidence of any impact on other groups not covered by the protected characteristics? If yes use the Comments column to describe what the potential impact is, what you could do to remove/reduce any negative impact and what you could do to benefit from any positive impact.

(For example, carer status, single parent, economic exclusion. It is important not to limit your thinking just to the protected characteristics listed above. This question is broadening the EQIA out to be more inclusive. The impact might be a negative one (e.g. making that decision could decrease the opportunity for some people to participate) or it could be a positive one (e.g. by making that decision, more people are able to take part in the activity).)

Carers: No
Comments:

4 Have you consulted with the relevant groups (these could be internal and/or external) or gathered evidence for you to know the potential impact on these different groups affected? What sources have you used to gather information?

If there are any gaps in information that make it difficult or impossible to form an opinion on how your policy, service or change might affect different groups of people, please take the time to gather information to help you make an informed answer (for example, review statistics, survey results, complaints analysis, consultation documents, customer feedback, existing briefings submissions or business reports, comparative policies from external sources and other Government Departments etc).

Desk research, consultation with ILFS Assessors, Specialist Caseworkers, Recipients, Award Managers, Scottish Advisory Group, NI Stakeholder Group.

5 Having analysed the relevant sources of information, what does the evidence tell you? Is there any evidence that the proposed changes will have an adverse equality impact on any of these different groups of people?

Age: No
Disability: Yes
Gender Reassignment: No
Marriage and Civil Partnership: No
Pregnancy and Maternity: No
Race: No
Religion or belief: No
Sex: No
Sexual orientation: No

6 Please provide details of who the proposals affect, the adverse impacts and explain how you will minimise or remove the adverse impact.

All 2015 Fund recipients – no adverse impact determined

7 Is there any evidence that the proposed changes will have a positive impact on any of these different groups of people and/or promote equality of opportunity? Please provide details of which group/ groups benefits from the positive impacts. and how this will be promoted/evaluated.

Age: No

Disability: Yes

By having a policy for engaging care and assistance outside of a recipients normal country of residence, this facilitates choice, control and flexibility should a recipient wish to go on holiday or travel for any other reason. This can increase independence and improve opportunities for new experiences, leisure and to spend time with loved ones, family members or friends who live in another country. The policy also means that there is no restriction placed on recipients to receive support in their usual place of residence, maximising their right to the same equal opportunities as people who are not assessed as needing personal assistance.

Gender Reassignment: No
Marriage and Civil Partnership: No
Pregnancy and Maternity: No
Race: No
Religion or belief: No
Sex: No
Sexual orientation: No

8 Provide a final summary of the commitments/actions you will take as a result of completing this EQIA. Who will you consult with on your action plan and how will you do this to ensure the relevant stakeholders understand the equality impact?

We will continue to inform Recipients / Award Managers of this policy via our website, and contact with our Assessors and Specialist Caseworkers, Scottish Advisory Group and NI Stakeholder Group.

9 Have you a plan in place to review your actions? Please provide a summary. Will plan require sign off and from where?

Ongoing monitoring and review of policy impact on Recipients and their Award Manager via feedback from Assessors and Specialist Caseworkers, Management Team, and Senior Management Team. Policy will be signed off by Linda Scott, Director of Policy, Improvement and Engagement.

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