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Written Statement - Equality Impact Assessment on the Draft Budget 2013-14

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Jane Hutt, Minister for Finance and Leader of the House  


I am pleased to publish today the third Equality Impact Assessment (EIA) of our Budget.

The Welsh Government was the first Government in the UK to publish an Equality Impact Assessment on its Budget for 2011-12. Ensuring that the EIA is relevant, transparent and makes a difference to the way in which we prioritise our Budget for the people of Wales is the continuing challenge.  

To strengthen our approach the Welsh Government has collaborated with the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) Wales to conduct an Appreciative Inquiry of our approach to assessing the equality impacts of its budget.  The Inquiry, which should publish its report shortly, will seek to indentify where there is scope for development to enable the Welsh Government to be even better placed to fulfil its public sector equality duties in the future.

In my role as Minister for Finance and Leader of the House, with responsibility for Equality, I am committed to ensuring that, as a Government, we use the evidence that is available to us to ensure that we advance equality and that we do not adversely impact on those within our communities who should be protected when policies are developed and funding is allocated.

To strengthen and develop our equality expertise, I am pleased to announce the establishment of a Budgetary Advisory Group for Equality.  This group will seek to encourage and strengthen the focus on identifying and understanding the nature of inequalities within Wales.  It is envisaged that the group’s work will also inf
I am pleased to publish today the third Equality Impact Assessment (EIA) of our Budget.
The Welsh Government was the first Government in the UK to publish an Equality Impact Assessment on its Budget for 2011-12. Ensuring that the EIA is relevant, transparent and makes a difference to the way in which we prioritise our Budget for the people of Wales is the continuing challenge.  

To strengthen our approach the Welsh Government has collaborated with the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) Wales to conduct an Appreciative Inquiry of our approach to assessing the equality impacts of its budget.  The Inquiry, which should publish its report shortly, will seek to indentify where there is scope for development to enable the Welsh Government to be even better placed to fulfil its public sector equality duties in the future.

In my role as Minister for Finance and Leader of the House, with responsibility for Equality, I am committed to ensuring that, as a Government, we use the evidence that is available to us to ensure that we advance equality and that we do not adversely impact on those within our communities who should be protected when policies are developed and funding is allocated.

To strengthen and develop our equality expertise, I am pleased to announce the establishment of a Budgetary Advisory Group for Equality.  This group will seek to encourage and strengthen the focus on identifying and understanding the nature of inequalities within Wales.  It is envisaged that the group’s work will also inform the wider Welsh public sector’s understanding of equality considerations within its own future budgetary considerations.

This Government is committed to ensuring that every citizen in Wales has the opportunity to contribute to the social and economic life of Wales.  We all want a society where people are valued as individuals, where there is diversity and equality and respect for all.  In the Welsh Government, we are determined that, above all, that equality should be a fundamental consideration in the development of policy and budget priorities. orm the wider Welsh public sector’s understanding of equality considerations within its own future budgetary considerations.

This Government is committed to ensuring that every citizen in Wales has the opportunity to contribute to the social and economic life of Wales.  We all want a society where people are valued as individuals, where there is diversity and equality and respect for all.  In the Welsh Government, we are determined that, above all, that equality should be a fundamental consideration in the development of policy and budget priorities.