Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Strategy

Aim of the Strategy

3.1   The aim of this strategy is to:

  • make a positive difference to our communities and to the people we employ, provide services to, and do business with
  • comply with all legislation and codes of practice, including the Equality Act 2010 and in particular section 149, the Public Sector Equality Duty
  • set out clear objectives for our equality agenda and monitor our performance against them
  • lead by example in the community by promoting good practice and awareness of equality, diversity and inclusion
  • provide excellent services which meet the needs of customers, communities, employees and other people and groups, including people with protected characteristics, as defined by the Equality Act 2010


3.2     Our four equality objectives are:

  •  Accessible excellent services
  • Understanding & working with our communities
  • Inclusive engaged workforce
  • Leadership


3.3     Accessible excellent services

Key themes:

  • providing easily accessible services
  • strengthen our policies and training in procurement so we work with suppliers who share our commitment to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion and support us to tackle inequalities
  • continue to carry out Equality Impact Assessments during the development of services and policies to identify how impacts can be avoided, reduced or mitigated


3.4     Understanding and working with our communities

Key themes:

  • collecting, analysing and using data and information to understand where action is needed to improve inclusivity and to inform decision making
  • engaging with local residents and other stakeholders in service delivery, decision making and place making
  • fostering good community relations


3.5     Inclusive engaged workforce

Key themes:

  • collecting, analysing and publishing workforce data
  • maintaining an inclusive, diverse workforce
  • ensuring equal opportunities in learning, development and progression
  • enabling health and wellbeing opportunity for all


3.6     Leadership

Key themes:

  • supporting, guiding, enabling and inspiring our communities to work together
  • performance monitoring of equalities data and the EDI action plan
  • working in partnership with community groups to promote and encourage EDI
  • undertaking the self-assessment against the equalities framework for Local Government