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									     Equalities Impact Assessment



Leicestershire Local Transport Plan
             2006-2011




  Department of Highways, Transportation
          & Waste Management



                31st January 2009




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               Equality Impact Assessment - Policies
Title of policy being assessed:                    Leicestershire Local Transport Plan
                                                   2006-2011 (LTP2)
Department and Section:                            Highways, Transportation & Waste
                                                   Management (HTWM) Department,
                                                   Transport Planning Group.
Name and role of the officers                      Paul Sheard - Group Manager
completing this assessment:                        Andy Yeomanson - Team Manager
                                                   Donna Hall - Assistant Engineer
Contact telephone number                           0116 305 7184
Date assessment completed                          January 2009



                                     Defining the policy
1. Why is the policy necessary ? What are its aims and objectives ? What
outcomes is the policy designed to achieve and for whom ?

Safe, efficient and effective transport is needed to support and strengthen the
economy and tackle social deprivation. Our second Local Transport Plan (LTP2)
supports these wider aims and sets out our five-year transport strategy for 2006-
2011. LTP2 was published in March 2006 and superseded the first LTP, which ran
from 2001–2006. We had already made substantial progress during LTP1 and LTP2
built on these successes.

The five-year LTP2 strategy has six transport objectives:

      tackling congestion
      improving access to facilities
      reducing road casualties
      improving air quality
      reducing the impact of traffic
      managing transport assets

We have improved our partnership working, our strategies and our performance
management systems and with the resources and expertise we have made available
we believe we can fully meet our transport objectives.

2. How have these aims, objectives and outcomes been determined? What
research and consultation/engagement/involvement has been undertaken/used
to inform the design and delivery of the policy? How have needs based on
race, gender, disability, age, religion/belief or sexual orientation been taken
account of?

Preparation and development of LTP2 was driven by national and regional policies
and those of our near neighbours. LTP2 represents the first five years of a longer-
term strategy.

We used evidence and analysis throughout LTP2 to identify the scale of the transport
problems and opportunities in Leicestershire. This also helped us to be clear on
what we could achieve.

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When developing LTP2, we took account of the feedback we received on the
Provisional LTP, as well as the extensive consultations we undertook during
development of LTP2. Organisations that we consulted with included: Age Concern,
The Leicestershire Disability Action Group, the learning Disability Partnership Board,
the Leicestershire Councils for Voluntary Service and Voluntary Bureaux, The
Leicestershire Children and Young Persons Strategic Partnership and Leicestershire
and Rutland Ethnic Minority Partnership. Details are provided in Appendix D and
Appendix B of LTP2.

We also consulted widely with all our stakeholders in producing the 2008 LTP2
Progress Report, as the views of stakeholders, communities and service users are
essential if we are to ensure that our LTP2 objectives, priorities and outcomes deliver
the things that matter most to the people of Leicestershire. This consultation included
the Leicester & Leicestershire Local Transport Day, Leicestershire Business Voice
and Leicestershire Together – which is the Local Strategic Partnership for
Leicestershire.

The County Council has made a range of commitments to promote equality and
diversity and reduce disadvantages and inequalities of opportunity in many policy
and strategy areas. LTP2 has balanced equality issues against a range of potentially
competing influences such as road safety and environmental concerns.

3. (a) Who is responsible for implementing the policy? What processes,
       procedures and/or criterion will be critical to deliver the policy? Review
       these against the access needs that various equality groups of people
       have and consider if they result in barriers which prevent these groups
       of people from either finding out about the policy or benefiting from it?
       (See Section 6 for examples)

   (b) Consider what barriers you can remove, whether reasonable
       adjustments may be necessary and how any unmet needs that you
       have identified can be addressed. For disabled people, as defined
       under the Disability Discrimination Act, this could mean treating them
       more favourably to ensure that there is equality of outcome.

   (c) When you are deciding priorities for action you will need to consider
       whether the barriers result in an adverse impact or discrimination that
       is illegal. These will constitute your top priority. The other priorities
       will be dependent on such issues as whether a group is particularly
       excluded or connected to the core business of the service, whether
       there are adjustments that would mean several groups benefit.




   a) The Transport Planning Group in the Transportation Branch of the HTWM
      Department leads on the preparation of LTP2. However, the Department as a
      whole delivers the policy. Joint working with Leicester City Council is vital,
      given the strong interdependence between the city and the surrounding county
      urban area. LTP2, which is comprehensive for Leicestershire, shows how we
      manage this joint work.


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      Our Accessibility Strategy (Chapter 5 of LTP2) and Bus Strategy (Appendix G
      of LTP2) set out our commitment to improving access for all users.
      LTP2 is available on the Leicestershire County Council website. In addition,
      all district/borough councils and libraries received hard copies of the
      document, which the public can view. CD’s of LTP2 are also available on
      request.

      The hard copies of LTP2 state its availability in other formats, whilst the
      website contains information on languages (interpretation and translation
      services). However, the web version of LTP2 does not contain reference to
      the availability of other formats. This will be addressed through the Action
      Plan.

   b) No adverse feedback has been received through any channels about the
      usability of LTP2. We will continue to ensure that EIA issues are considered
      when carrying out future LTP consultations and development.

   c) No barriers resulting in illegal adverse impacts or discrimination have been
      identified.

4. What measures and methods have been designed to monitor the application
of the policy, achievement of intended outcomes and identification of any
unintended or adverse impact? How frequently will the monitoring be
conducted and who will be made aware of the analysis and outcomes? List
your answers below.

Successful delivery of LTP2 will only be achieved if we monitor and manage our
ongoing performance throughout the plan period (2006 – 2011). We have a number
of different mechanisms in place to do this.

The LTP contains a range of performance indicators and targets against which we
can monitor our performance. We try to continuously improve and, where we
achieve our targets early, we will set ourselves even more challenging targets. Given
the success of complementary transport for disabled people to date, we will now be
setting ourselves new ‘stretched’ (or more challenging) targets for complementary
transport.

In addition, new schemes on the highway are subject to independent safety audits,
which look at the safety implications of new designs. All types of road users,
including ‘vulnerable’ users, are considered during the audit.

The annual Leicester and Leicestershire Local Transport Day plays a vital role in
moving the local transport agenda forward. It provides an opportunity for transport
professionals and stakeholders to come together to discuss key issues.

In December 2008, we produced our first LTP2 Progress Report. This reported our
progress on our LTP objectives to central government and also reported on the future
challenges that we are likely to face during the remainder of the LTP2 period. In
assessing the Progress Report the Government Office for the East Midlands (GOEM)
praised us for our “strategic, forward-looking approach” and our “strong delivery
performance.”



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5. Consider the answers given in questions 1, 2, 3 and 4 and assess whether
the policy and its implementation results, or could result in adverse impact on
or discrimination against different groups of people. If you consider that there
is adverse impact or discrimination, or the potential for either, please outline
below and state whether is it justifiable or legitimate and give your reasons for
this.
No adverse impacts have been identified.
6. (a) If you have identified adverse impact or discrimination that is illegal, you
       are required to take action to remedy this immediately.

  (b) If you have identified adverse impact or discrimination that is justifiable
      or legitimate, you will need to consider what actions can be taken to
      mitigate its effect on those groups of people. This arises out of the
      duty to promote good relations between people of different groups and
      is in keeping with the Council’s approach to social cohesion. Also, the
      new PSA15 explicitly requires councils to address disadvantage across
      all six equality strands.

Not applicable
OPPORTUNITIES FOR SOCIAL COHESION OR PROMOTING GOOD RELATIONS
                BETWEEN DIFFERENT GROUPS OF PEOPLE

7. Social cohesion is a priority for councils. Progress made towards
   building more cohesive, empowered and active communities is now being
   measured through national Performance Indicators. Essentially social
   cohesion is about promoting a sense of connection, trust and belonging
   both within and across communities and groups. Review all the actions
   and targets that you have identified as a result of this equality impact
   assessment to identify what social cohesion issues could arise, for
   example:

   (a) Are there ways in which the policy development process could bring
       different groups of people together, for example to monitor its impact
       or develop its future shape?
   (b) Could the implementation of the policy result in different groups of
       people being brought together? Has the capacity of the policy to bring
       different groups together been fully utilised?
   (c) Does the implementation of the policy have the potential to lead to
       resentment between different groups of people? How can you
       compensate for perceptions of preferential or differential treatment?
       Are these implications or decisions being explained to those affected?
   (d) If the EIA improvement plan identifies addressing a gap in the service
       for a particular group of people, has this also addressed the potential
       for perceptions of preferential treatment for the group? (For example,
       if you give priority treatment to disabled people, how will you manage
       the negative attitudes that non-disabled people may develop as a
       result?)
   (e) How can the policy explicitly demonstrate the council’s commitment to
       promote equality across race, gender, disability, age, religion/belief and
       the LGBT communities?


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a. The Leicester and Leicestershire annual Local Transport Day, which is now in
   its twelfth year, plays a vital role by providing an opportunity for transport
   professionals and stakeholders to come together to discuss key issues. Last
   year’s event, held on 1st July 2008, attracted almost 100 delegates
   representing over 40 organisations from across Leicestershire. The day
   played a vital role in identifying a number of key issues to investigate further.

   We also bring different groups of people together through consultations and
   citizens’ panels/juries etc.

b. The method and means of future consultation will be reviewed to ensure that
   all views are appropriately captured and opportunities for joint working
   explored.

c. Extensive consultations of different groups of people have been, and will
   continue to be, carried out. No adverse feedback has been received through
   any channels about the usability of LTP2. We will continue to consult and
   monitor to ensure this continues to be the case.

d. No gap in the service has been identified

e. The aims and objectives of LTP2 have been adopted by the County Council
   as policy. The Council is committed to the promotion of equality and
   elimination of discrimination on the grounds of age, sexual orientation and
   religion or belief and to meeting its legislative duties. Our 2008 -2010 Equality
   and Diversity Strategy details the Council’s commitment to promote equality.
   Equality areas assessed in the LTP2 EIA were race, disability, gender and
   age.




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8. EQUALITY IMPROVEMENT PLAN (based on the existing EIA in LTP2 (Appendix D))

                                                                                                                      Officer
  Equality Objective                               Action                                            Target                           By when
                                                                                                                    responsible
Ensure that equality       LTP2 EIA Appendix D Action (D57):                                Contribute towards         Dept.      Ongoing
data and information is    The identified areas of existing good equality                   the Department’s and
available to support the   working practice should be maintained, and built                 Council’s Equality
decision making            on or reviewed where appropriate.                                targets
process
Ensure that equality       LTP2 EIA Appendix D Action (D58):                                Clear mechanisms in         AY        Ongoing
data and information is    Ensure that equalities issues related to service                 place for conveying
available to support the   delivery / individual strategies identified in the               equalities issues
decision making            course of this assessment are, and continue to be,
process                    passed on to the appropriate teams to be taken
                           account of.
Improve communication      LTP2 EIA Appendix D Action (D60):                                Improve range of            AY        Prior to next
and access to service      In partnership with Leicester City Council review                equality                              Local Transport
information                LTP Day invitee lists, to reflect a fuller range of              representatives and                   Plan Day
                           equality groups, and follow up to encourage                      improve equality data
                           attendance by these groups.
Improve communication      LTP2 EIA Appendix D Action (D61a):                               Encourage                   AY        Autumn 2009
and access to service      In future LTP related consultations, ensure that we              participation and                     (through
information                continue to ask for equality information, but seek               improve quality and                   proposed LTP3
                           to place consultation information via appropriate                quantity of equality                  engagement/
                           groups, both to encourage response and help                      data                                  consultation
                           provide a representative consultation profile.                                                         strategy)
                           Encourage other transport-related consultations of
                           which we are aware to do the same.
Improve communication      LTP2 EIA Appendix D Action (D61b):                               Encourage                   AY        As part of the
and access to service      Set the equality information in context, and clarify             participation and                     09/10 action plan
information                the reason for requesting it, to reduce the                      improve quality and                   item to prepare
                           resistance as far as possible to providing it.                   quantity of equality                  for putting
                                                                                            data                                  together LTP3

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                                                                                                                  Officer
  Equality Objective                            Action                                            Target                          By when
                                                                                                                responsible
Improve communication   LTP2 EIA Appendix D Action (D62):                                Improve quality and        AY        Under the 09/10
and access to service   Where consultation information is sent to groups,                quantity of equality                 action plan, item
information             ensure that a request for a reply is explicit in any             data                                 to develop an
                        covering letter, asking for a corporate response if                                                   LTP3
                        appropriate. If input to the consultation from a                                                      consultation
                        particular sector is essential, consider whether a                                                    strategy
                        separate meeting/presentation focus group is
                        appropriate. Where possible, engage existing or
                        pre-arranged meetings to help in delivering the
                        consultation
Improve communication   LTP2 EIA Appendix D Action (D63):                                Improve access to          AY        Under the 09/10
and access to service   Identify and target equality groups who may have                 information and                      action plan, item
information             particular difficulty accessing the consultation                 improve quality and                  to develop an
                        material, and make early enquiries as to                         quantity of equality                 LTP3
                        requirements.                                                    data                                 consultation
                                                                                                                              strategy
Improve communication   Availability of other formats - the web version of               To meet needs as           AY        Mid-Feb 09
and access to service   LTP2 contains no reference to the availability of                requested
information             other formats. It will be amended to give clear
                        guidance on how to obtain alternative formats.


1st Authorised signature (EIA Lead) …                     ………………………..…                Date: 30th January 2009


2nd Authorised signature (Member of DMT) ………                                  …… Date: 31st January 2009




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