Our vision for equality and diversity is of the council representing, serving and employing people as equals, valuing the diversity of their contributions and aspirations, no matter who they are or what their circumstances.
We believe that all citizens have a right to equal access to life opportunities, including representation, services and employment by the council. We will promote equal opportunity and good community relations respecting and valuing the diversity of people in the borough. Our public statements, services and employment practices will reflect this commitment.
Equality and diversity policy
Our equality and diversity policy - No Matter Who - sets out our organisation’s commitment to observing and implementing the requirements of the Equality Act 2010. Our public statements, services and employment practices will reflect this commitment. We'll promote this policy and expect respect for it from citizens, users of council services, partner agencies, elected members, council employees and our contractors.
Equality and Diversity Policy - No Matter Who (310kb pdf)
Public Sector Equality Duty
The Public Sector Equality Duty requires us, as a public body, to have due regard to eliminate discrimination, advance equality of opportunity and foster good relations between different people when carrying out our activities. We have a duty to consider all individuals when carrying out our day-to-day work – in shaping policy, in delivering services and in relation to our own employees.
To demonstrate how we are meeting the requirements of the Equality Duty we publish our Single Equality Scheme and action plans and our workforce equality information.
Single Equality Scheme
Our Single Equality Scheme provides information on the arrangements that we have in place to meet the requirements of the Equality Act 2010, the general equality duty and the specific duties. This scheme includes our equality and diversity priorities, objectives and associated action plans.
Our Single Equality Scheme and action plan are currently being updated.
Workforce equality information
We are seeking to ensure that the composition of our workforce reflects our diverse local community and to offer equality of opportunity in employment. To comply with the requirements of the Public Sector Equality Duty we publish equality information for our workforce. The following reports illustrate our progress and show how our workforce diversity has changed. All data reported is based on figures excluding schools.
Equality Impact Assessments
We produce Equality Impact Assessments (EIAs), where required, to demonstrate that all protect characteristics, as defined by the Equality Act 2010, are being considered when key decisions are made. EIAs will be attached to relevant public documents and are available on request.