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Equality and diversity

Corporate equality strategy

Through our role as community leader, service provider and employer, we have made a promise to promote equality, create a harmonious community and do our best to prevent discrimination.

Our strategy reflects our  commitment to ensure that our services, facilities and resources are accessible to residents and visitors.

Public Sector Equality Duty

The Public Sector Equality Duty came into force across the United Kingdom on 5 April 2011. It requires public bodies to consider all individuals when carrying out their day-to-day work – in shaping policy, in delivering services and in relation to their own employees.

The Equality Duty is section 149 of the Equality Act. It is a duty of public bodies to have due regard to the need to eliminate discrimination, advance equality of opportunity, and foster good relations between different people carrying out their activities.

Equality objectives

There are five objectives for the council for 2021-2026, which are:

  • Be a more welcoming, inclusive, and efficient council
  • Build thriving and resilient communities
  • Respond to challenges to the environment
  • Enable an enterprising and co-operative economy
  • Support the delivery of good quality and affordable homes

The Council Plan 2020-2025 document explains what each objective means and details specific projects that will help deliver each one. The Overview and Scrutiny Committee will review the progress of these projects midway through and after the end of each financial year.  All objectives seek to advance the eqaulity of opportunity in the district. 

Equality analysis

Equality analysis provides a way for the council to consider the effect of decisions on different groups protected from discrimination by the Equality Act 2010.

We must demonstrate that any analysis:

  • contains sufficient information to enable a public authority to show it has given due regard to the equality duty in its decision making
  • identifies methods for mitigating or avoiding adverse impact (either disproportionate disadvantage aor unlawful discrimination)
  • considers if there are any unintended consequences for some groups
  • considers if the policy / decision will be fully effective for all target groups.

We are committed to complete equality analysis for policy decisions made by the authority. (i.e. key decisions that have an impact on equality issues, major budget implications and any major service revisions.)

Completed equality analyses are published together with council meeting agendas and reports.

An annual cumulative equality assessment is also produced.