As a public sector organisation, the Council has a statutory duty to ensure that equality and diversity are embedded into all its functions and activities as required by the Equality Act 2010.
The Equality Act introduced a Public Sector Equality Duty. This Duty includes the General Duty and the Specific Duties. The General Duty requires public bodies to consider how the decisions that they make, and the services they deliver, affect people who share different protected characteristics. The General Duty has three main aims. It requires public bodies to have ‘due regard’ to:
- Eliminate discrimination, harassment, victimisation and any other conduct prohibited by the Act.
- Advance equality of opportunity between persons who share a relevant protected characteristic and persons who do not share it.
- Foster good relations between persons who share a relevant protected characteristic and persons who do not share it.
To ensure transparency, the Specific Duties require public authorities to publish:
- equality objectives, at least every four years; and
- information to demonstrate their compliance with the public sector equality duty.
To assist in the performance of this duty, the Council has produced an Annual Equality Monitoring Report 2020-21. The report presents an analysis of the following areas:
- Equality objectives;
- Service delivery;
- Equality impact assessments;
- Complaints and satisfaction;
- Access to information;
- Equality in employment;
- Gender Pay Gap;
- Progress against the 2016-2020 Equality Action Plan; and
- The Council’s commitments for 2021-2024