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Form to be used for the Full Equalities Impact Assessment

 

Service Area:

 

Regeneration and Economy

 

 

Section:

 

Economic Development

 

 

Date of Initial assessment:

 

1st June 2020

 

Key Person responsible for assessment:

 

Matt Peachey

Date assessment commenced:

 

 

1st June 2020

 

Name of Policy to be assessed:

Local Growth Funded Workspace projects

1. In what area are there concerns that the policy could have a differential impact

Race

Disability

Age

Gender reassignment

Religion or  Belief

Sexual Orientation

Sex

Pregnancy and Maternity

Marriage & Civil Partnership

Other strategic/ equalities considerations

Safeguarding/ Welfare of Children and vulnerable adults

Mental Wellbeing/ Community Resilience

 

2. Background:

 

Give the background information to the policy and the perceived problems with the policy which are the reason for the Impact Assessment.

 

The delivery of workspace in the city-centre is one of the main areas of intervention identified in the emerging Oxford City Council Economic Development Strategy. Oxford City Council is already committed to increasing the supply of good quality, affordable commercial workspace in its Corporate Plan. The evidence base from the City Council’s Draft Economic Development Strategy has further demonstrated a need to provide workspace that local people and businesses can access and that provides enterprise and employment opportunities for all. It recognises that more, improved and innovative space needs to be made available if the city wants to be both competitive and meet its inclusive economy corporate objectives.

 

3. Methodology and Sources of Data:

 

The methods used to collect data and what sources of data

 

The Oxford Economic Strategy Evidence Base 2020

 

The REDO Workspace Assessment

 

Consultants delivering the City Council Draft Economic Strategy have utilised a range of publically available data on the commercial property market, business start-up rates, and socio-economic data and surveyed existing workspace providers in the city. Supply and affordability are two key issues as well as lower than expected levels of entrepreneurship across the community.

4. Consultation

 

This section should outline all the consultation that has taken place on the EIA. It should include the following.

•           Why you carried out the consultation.

•           Details about how you went about it.

•           A summary of the replies you received from people you consulted.

•           An assessment of your proposed policy (or policy options) in the light of the responses you received.

•           A statement of what you plan to do next

Consultation with businesses and the Oxford Economic Growth Board. We also consulted a broad range of organisational stakeholders on the Inclusive Economy objectives for the county.

 

Across these forums, it was agreed that use of some publically owned assets, where appropriate, should be deployed to supply affordable workspace to meet the needs of a diverse range of groups operating in a diverse range of sectors.

 

Consultation with stakeholders also flagged the need to ensure training and employability options were embedded as part of the operation of the proposed workspaces.

 

As a result, the workspace and method of operation will be designed with accessibility, openness to a broad range of groups and people experiencing disadvantage as part of the aims of the project. A community of social enterprises and creative enterprises will be developed with commitment to equality being a key entry requirement.

 

Building design will also take account of DDA requirements wherever feasible.

5. Assessment of Impact:

Provide details of the assessment of the policy on the six primary equality strands. There may have been other groups or individuals that you considered. Please also consider whether the policy, strategy or spending decisions could have an impact on safeguarding and / or the welfare of children and vulnerable adults

 

 

 

Race

Disability

Age

Neutral

Neutral

Neutral

Gender reassignment

Religion or  Belief

Sexual Orientation

Neutral

Neutral

Neutral

Sex

Pregnancy and Maternity

Marriage & Civil Partnership

Neutral

Neutral

Neutral

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6. Consideration of Measures:

 

This section should explain in detail all the consideration of alternative approaches/mitigation of adverse impact of the policy

 

N/A



 

6a. Monitoring Arrangements:

 

Outline systems which will be put in place to monitor for adverse impact in the future and this should include all relevant timetables. In addition it could include a summary and assessment of your monitoring, making clear whether you found any evidence of discrimination.

Quarterly Equalities monitoring arrangements embedded in Workspace operator policy

 

Quarterly Monitoring report for LGF funding

 

Quarterly monitoring of project outputs as part of Economic Strategy Monitoring

 

Corporate Plan Annual reporting.

 

7. Date reported and signed off by City Executive Board:

15 July

8. Conclusions:

 

What are your conclusions drawn from the results in terms of the policy impact

The impact will be to bring about more opportunities to reduce inequality for people experiencing social and economic disadvantage. This will be felt in terms of improved access to enterprise support, work and training opportunities, and workspace typologies that meet a range of needs flexibly.

9. Are there implications for the Service Plans?

YES

10. Date the Service Plans will be updated

February 2021

11. Date copy sent to Equalities Lead Officer

 

26th June

.13. Date reported to Scrutiny and Executive Board:

6 July

14. Date reported to City Executive Board:

15 July

12. The date the report on EqIA will be published

26th June

 

Signed (completing officer)                                                                                                Signed (Lead Officer)

 

Please list the team members and service areas that were involved in this process:

Regeneration and Major Projects

Economic Development

Project Management Office

Planning Policy