HS2 Ltd will develop a formal Equality Impact Assessment (EQIA) Report which it intends to publish when the hybrid Bill is deposited. It will contribute towards both enabling and documenting HS2 Ltd’s active fulfilment of its Public Sector Equality Duty (PSED) during the design of the railway. In advance of the formal Equality Impact Assessment (EQIA) Report, HS2 Ltd has developed a working draft EQIA Report.
The working draft EQIA Report looks at whether HS2 will have a bigger, or different, effect on groups of people because of their age, disability, gender, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, or sexual orientation, and describes our current understanding of the potential equality effects that may arise. It also explains how we propose to avoid or reduce any adverse equality effects that may occur over the life of the HS2 project.
Responses to the consultation will be considered as the design and assessment is developed and during the production of the formal Equality Impact Report which we intend to publish when the hybrid Bill is deposited in Parliament in mid-2020.
As a public body, HS2 Ltd is subject to the PSED under the Equality Act 2010. The PSED requires public bodies to have due regard to the need to eliminate discrimination, advance equality of opportunity and foster good relations between different people during the design, construction and operation of the railway.
Working draft Environmental Statement
We are also consulting on a working draft Environmental Statement alongside the working draft EQIA Report consultation.
From October to December 2018, we are holding a series of public information events to support the consultations. More information about these events can be found on our website.