We are committed to promoting equality and diversity - as an employer, in the services we provide, in partnerships, and in the decisions we make.
Our aim is to ensure that people are treated fairly and with respect. We have legal responsibilities relating to equality but we see these as the minimum requirement. We also understand the wider benefits of improving everyone's quality of life and our social responsibility. We have equality policies in place which cover employment and services.
The Equality Act came into force in October 2010, it includes general and specific legal duties which public bodies must meet.
One of the specific duties we must meet is to publish information to show how we meet the general equality duty in the way we provide services, employ people and make decisions. This must be published at least once a year.
The public sector equality duty report is an annual update showing how we meet the duty and use the information we gather about equality to help us make decisions, provide services and employ people.
Other information showing how equality is included in our plans and strategies:
We are also required to prepare and publish equality objectives. Our current equality objectives are embedded within the Council Plan (2016-2019) as part of the 'Altogether Better Council' priority theme.
From 2012 onwards we have published our Equality Impact Assessments with Cabinet reports.