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Why Do We Ask Equality Questions?

When we propose a change in or development of a policy or service we are required to complete an Integrated Impact Assessment (IIA). This is in order to show that we have taken the potential impact on those who share protected characteristics and on the Welsh-language into account. The Integrated Impact Assessment also requires us to describe what steps we will take to lessen any anticipated negative impacts, where applicable.

We ask questions about protected characteristics and Welsh-language in order to help us gather evidence on which to base our IIAs. The information that we gather is used for statistical purposes only.

We have developed a standard set of questions, which we encourage all departments within the Council to use. This is to help ensure that we have a consistent approach to this across the organisation. The questions we use are based on questions developed by the Office of National Statistics (ONS).

Anonymity and Confidentiality

Wherever possible, we will gather information on protected characteristics and Welsh-language anonymously (i.e. we will not ask for your name, postcode, national insurance number etc, which would enable us to identify you individually). In some instances, we may need to ask for information on protected characteristics and Welsh-language at the same time as we ask for information that means that we can identify you individually. If we do this we will treat the information confidentially and handle it accordance with the General Data Protection Regulations 2016 and the Data Protection Act 2018. 

Equality and Protected Characteristic - Standard Questions

The nine characteristics, protected under the Equality Act 2011 are:

  • Age
  • Disability
  • Gender reassignment
  • Marriage and civil partnership
  • Pregnancy and maternity
  • Race
  • Religion and belief
  • Sex
  • Sexual orientation

We often also include a standard question on caring responsibilities, as this helps us to gain a broader understanding in relation to disability.


Are you? (please tick only one)

  • Aged 16 or under
  • Aged 17 - 24
  • Aged 25 - 64
  • Aged 65 - 74
  • Aged 75 or over
  • Prefer not to say

Pregnancy and maternity/paternity

Please indicate if any of the following apply to you (please tick all that apply)

  • I am expecting a baby
  • I have had a baby in the last six months
  • I am currently on maternity leave
  • I am currently on paternity leave
  • None of these
  • Prefer not to say


How would you describe yourself? (please tick only one)

  • Male
  • Female
  • Prefer another term
  • Prefer not to say



Are your day-to-day activities limited because of a health problem or disability which has lasted, or is expected to last, at least 12 months? (please tick only one)

  • Yes
  • No
  • Prefer not to say

Gender reassignment

Is your present gender the same as the one assigned to you at birth? (please tick only one)

  • Yes
  • No
  • Prefer not to say


Caring responsibilities

Do you provide regular, unpaid, substantial care for a relative, friend or neighbour who is unable to manage at home without help because of sickness, age or disability? (please tick only one)

  • Yes
  • No
  • Prefer not to say

Sexual orientation

What is your sexual orientation (please tick only one)

  • Heterosexual/straight
  • Gay man
  • Gay women/lesbian
  • Bisexual
  • Other
  • Prefer not to say


Ethnic group

What is your ethnic group? (please tick only one)

  • White (Welsh, English, Scottish, Irish, British)
  • Other White, including Gypsy or Irish Traveller
  • Mixed / multiple ethnic groups
  • Asian / Asian British
  • Black / African / Caribbean / Black British
  • Prefer not to say
  • Any other ethnic group (please specify)

Marriage and civil partnership

Are you? (please tick only one)

  • Single
  • Married
  • In a Civil Partnership
  • Divorced/separated
  • Widowed
  • Prefer not to say


What is your religion? (please tick only one)

  • No religion
  • Christian (all denominations)
  • Buddhist
  • Hindu
  • Jewish
  • Muslim
  • Sikh
  • Prefer not to say
  • Any other religion (please specify)

Finally we will ask: 

If you feel that your response to this survey has been influenced (positively or negatively) because of any of the following: your ethnic origin, sex, age, marital status, sexual orientation, disability, gender reassignment, religious beliefs or non-belief, use of Welsh language, BSL or other languages, nationality or responsibility for any dependents, please give details below.

For further information please contact:

Sarah Worby
Corporate Communications Officer
01437 775263


Dan Shaw
Corporate Planning Manager
01437 775694


ID: 590, revised 27/02/2019