Equality and diversity
We know we serve a diverse borough and getting our services right for everyone is important. We ensure we do not discriminate in a way that is unfair, illegal or unjustified.
This means we tailor our services to ensure everyone can access them. We do this by listening and working with all sections of the community, including hard to reach groups to encourage greater participation in the decision making process. To help us do this, we ask for information on people's, disability, gender, age, race, religion or belief, gender reassignment, pregnancy/ maternity, marriage and civil partnership and sexual orientation. This helps us improve our services by targeting them at the right people.
The Council is required under the Public Sector Equality Duty to publish its equality objectives, these were reviewed in 2015 and are:
- To use customer insight to develop accessible services particularly aimed at those demonstrating greatest need.
- To ensure all council strategies, policies and procedures consider the impact on our diverse community/ workforce to ensure maximum inclusion.
In 2015 we reviewed our equality scheme which was approved by Full Council on 15th December 2015.
The scheme outlines how we will promote equality and diversity in the delivery of our services and to integrate the councils equality and diversity activities into our normal service delivery mechanisms.
The full scheme and supporting action plan can be found on the links below.