The Equality Act 2010 came into force in April 2011 and created a new public sector duty, replacing the race, disability and gender equality duties. It requires public authorities, like Calderdale Council, to publish relevant information to demonstrate their compliance with the ‘public sector equality duty’.
The Equality and Human Resources reports, show the progress Calderdale Council has made in meeting its equality duties under:
- Section 149 of the Equality Act 2010 (the public sector equality duty); and
- the Equality Act 2010 (specific duties) regulations 2011.
One Community, Many Beliefs has been produced for Calderdale Council by Pennine Learning. It provides guidance to Calderdale schools on affirming and including students belonging to faith communities.
Calderdale Council Equality Objectives 2017-21
Under the Public Sector Equality Duty the Council must also adopt and publish its equality objectives.
Calderdale Council has identified six priority equality objectives, which following Cabinet approval will become the focus for our work on equality over the next four years. It is important to note that these equality objectives do not cover all the work that is being carried by the Council with the aim of improving equality in Calderdale.
Prior to the publication of these equality objectives, we sought feedback from the 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||The Council's 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 under-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 out inaccessibility in 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, some as a consequence of 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.|
|The Council's 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, including disabled people and minority ethnic communities.|
|Build a sustainable future||Equality is promoted in partnerships, procurement and when commissioning our services:||The Council promotes and enforces its equality objectives by ensuring its suppliers, contractors and their agents provide goods, supplies and services in a manner that does not discriminate. We also help to influence and improve digital, housing and transport.|
For further information on Calderdale Council's commitment to equality and diversity, see: Equality and Diversity Policy - Summary Statement 2015 [PDF 359KB]
Equality and Diversity Impact Assessments
Equality and Diversity Impact Assessments 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
- make better decisions
- become a better employer.
Under equality legislation we have a duty to show how our services and policies do not discriminate against all communities. A list of completed impact assessments is available: Calderdale Equality Impact Assessments (EIAs) [PDF 75KB]