On this page: Information about how we consider all individuals when carrying out our day to day work.
Meeting the Public Sector Equality Duty
On 31st January 2012 local authorities were required to publish information to demonstrate our compliance with the general equality duty
The general equality duty requires public authorities, in the exercise of their functions, to have due regard to the need to:
- Eliminate discrimination, harassment and victimisation and any other conduct that is prohibited by or under the Act.
- Advance equality of opportunity between people who share a relevant protected characteristic and people who do not share it.
- Foster good relations between people who share a relevant protected characteristic and those who do not share it.
The Equality and Human Rights Commission guidance is that this information should include:
- information to identify equality issues.
- information about steps taken to have due regard to the aims of the general equality duty.
As well as undertaking Diversity Impact Assessments, having a clear policy base and supporting the work of the equality Coalition the Council supports good equality practice in a number of different ways.
The links (below) give a lot more information about how we understand equality and apply it to deliver the best services we can to the people of Swindon. This meets our requirement under the Public Sector Equality Duty.
We are in the process of building equality objectives for the council which will be published in March 2012 – these objectives will identify how we will meet some of the shortcomings in our current information.