Equality & Human Rights Impact Assessments: Guidance for Local Authorities
In the Vale of Glamorgan, the County Council proposed a reconfiguration of the Adult Community Learning Service due to funding reductions to the Adult Community Learning Grant. Engagement with the Older Persons Forum found that older learners would be significantly impacted by the proposal, affecting their ability to gain new skills to re-enter or remain in the labour market. As the EIA demonstrated that older people would be directly affected by the proposal, the County Council decided to work closely with the Strategy Coordinator and Older Persons Forum to secure additional funding for the future development of new course provision for older learners and others2. This resulted in the Council agreeing to set a discretionary rate for older learners in the cost recovery programme model that ensured that the Arts, Leisure and Wellbeing Programme remained affordable but financially sustainable in the longer term. In addition, the free Skills and Employability Programme ‘Get Back on Track’ continues to be well used by older learners and increased numbers amongst men who are 50 years old and older.