Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 20th March 2014.

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Photo of Simon Danczuk Simon Danczuk Labour, Rochdale

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what monitoring mechanisms his Department uses to inform policy making and priority setting to reduce inequalities for ethnic communities not recognised on the national census.

Photo of Stephen Williams Stephen Williams The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government

The Department for Communities and Local Government considers equality issues in exercising its functions, including in setting priorities within its budget, in order to comply with equality legislation and to ensure it understands how its activities will affect specific groups in society. It takes a proportionate approach to assessing equality which is properly considered from the outset with a simple audit trail.

The Government are clear that producing formal equality impact assessment documents is not required in order to ensure compliance with the legal responsibility to consider equality impacts.

In February 2012, DCLG published “Creating the conditions for integration” setting out our approach to achieving a more integrated society. Together with the Equality Strategy and the Social Mobility Strategy this is a three-part approach to tackling disadvantage and inequality across all communities.

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