Public sector equality duty

The Equality Act 2010 (effective from April 2011) and created a new public sector duty. This replaced the race, disability and gender equality duties. It requires public authorities to publish relevant information to show their compliance with the ‘public sector equality duty’.

The reports below, show the progress we have made in meeting our equality duties under:

  • Section 149 of the Equality Act 2010 (the public sector equality duty);
  • and the Equality Act 2010 (specific duties) regulations 2011.

 

For information on Calderdale Council's Gender Pay Gap, please visit: Calderdale Data Works - Pay Policy .

One Community, Many Beliefs has been produced for Calderdale Council by Pennine Learning. It gives guidance to schools on affirming and including students belonging to faith communities.

For more on this, please read: PDFOne Community, Many Beliefs [PDF 505KB] .

Calderdale Council Equality Objectives 2017-21

Under the Public Sector Equality Duty the Council must also adopt and publish its equality objectives.

We have identified six priority 'equality objectives'. These will be the focus for our work on equality over the next four years. This is not all the work that is being done by us with the aim of improving equality in Calderdale.

Before we published these, we got feedback from:

  • Equality Forum for Calderdale;
  • local groups;
  • Council staff;
  • and members of the public.
Council priority Proposed objective Why we feel this is a priority
Reduce inequalities Our work environment and services are accessible and capable of responding to the different and changing needs of our communities: We know that some groups and communities are not fully represented as users of our services. Providing fair and easy access to Council services is an important part of meeting our duties under the Equality Act 2010. As an employer, we also want to design in accessibility to our built environment.
Vulnerable communities and individuals are supported to achieve and develop safe, healthy and resilient communities: Many older, vulnerable or disadvantaged people can have lower levels of health and wellbeing. For some this is due to loneliness and isolation. Vulnerable communities and individuals are more likely to experience hate crime and antisocial behaviour - investment in early intervention is key.
Grow the economy Economic inequalities are addressed with partners to tackle low pay and support inclusive growth: Through working in partnership, while coordinating and maximising local initiatives, the Council helps to contribute to narrowing economic inequalities. This has a huge impact on life chances and opportunities in the Borough.
Our workforce is committed to equality and is reflective of the diverse communities it serves: A number of groups are under-represented within the Council's workforce when compared to the working age population of Calderdale. This includes disabled people and minority ethnic communities.
Build a sustainable future Equality is promoted in partnerships, procurement and when commissioning our services: We promote and enforce our equality objectives. We ensure our suppliers, contractors and their agents offer goods, supplies and services in a way that does not discriminate. We also help to influence and improve digital, housing and transport.

For more on our commitment to equality and diversity, please read: PDFEquality and Diversity Policy Statement [PDF 84KB] (updated August 2018).

Equality and Diversity Impact Assessments

These help us find out how our plans, actions and services may affect some communities or groups of people differently. They help:

  • identify how services can be made more accessible and appropriate;
  • make sure different groups are equally served by policy and decisions;
  • identify improvements to services;
  • avoid adopting harmful policies or procedures;
  • us to make better decisions;
  • us to become a better employer.

Under equality legislation, we have a duty to show how our services and policies do not discriminate against communities.

For a list of completed impact assessments, please read: PDFCalderdale Equality Impact Assessments (EIAs) [PDF 186KB] .

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