Equality and diversity

Explaining the council's commitment to equality and diversity

What is equality and diversity?

Equality and diversity is a term used to define and champion equality, diversity and human rights as defining values of society.  It promotes equality of opportunity for all, giving every individual the chance to achieve their potential, free from prejudice and discrimination.

The Equality Act 2010 legally protects people from discrimination in the workplace and in wider society.  The Act sets out the protected characteristics which are; age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation. 

Equality Act 2010 (external website)

Equality Act 2010 - A Services East Read Guide (pdf 1.32 mb opens in new window)

The Public Sector Equality Duty (PSED) also means that public bodies have a duty to consider all individuals when carrying out their day-to-day work in shaping policy, in delivering services and in relation to their own employees.  Public bodies have due regard to the need to; eliminate discrimination, advance equality of opportunity and foster good relations between different people.

Public Sector Equality Duty (external website)

What is a hate incident/crime and how do I report it?

A hate incident/crime is when a person is targeted because of who they are.  Any crimes, physical or verbal attacks committed against someone because of their disability, gender-identity, race, religion, beliefs or sexual orientation are hate crimes and should be reported.

If you have experienced, witnessed or been told about a hate incident, no matter how small (even if you don’t require any action to be taken), please use the Police online reporting form below:

Hate Crime Online Incident Form (external website)

Alternatively, you can telephone 101 or if it's an emergency dial 999.

'Hate Crime, So Do We' - Printable leaflet (pdf 914kb opens in new window)

What is the council’s commitment to equality?

The council is committed to fulfilling its role as an employer, service provider, purchaser of goods and services and community leader without discrimination.

In accordance with the Public Sector Equality Duty (PSED), the council is required to publish Equality Objectives and information.

We are pleased to publish details of our Equality Objectives, how we have made progress towards them and also, our Equality Plan for 2017 to 2021.

Equality Objectives 2016-20

  • The council seeks to provide services which are accessible, wherever possible and appropriate to users
  • Communications with residents are provided, wherever possible, in clear and easily understood formats
  • Our knowledge of residents' needs is used to inform service provision
  • Equality and diversity training is reviewed and revised and made available to staff and elected Members as appropriate

Progress towards the Corporate Equality Objectives - May 2017 (pdf 134kb opens in new window)

Annual progress towards the Equality Duty and Equality Objectives 2017-18 (pdf 152kb opens in new window)

Equalities Plan 2017-2021 (pdf 393kb opens in new window)

How does the council consider equalities as part of decision making?

The council assesses the potential impact that a proposed change (a change in policy, strategy, service or budget) may have on people with a protected characteristic before any decisions are made.  This could include an impact to service users, residents or council employees. If the potential impact on protected characteristic groups is different to the potential impact on other residents or council employees, further investigation is carried out.

Equality Analyses are a way to identify if a proposed change could create inequality or, increase existing inequalities.  Also, the Public Sector Equality Duty (PSED) includes a ‘duty of inquiry’, which requires public authorities to have an adequate evidence base for their decision-making.

Please see the list of completed Equality Analyses:

Equality Analysis 2015-16 (pdf 26kb opens in new window)

Equality Analysis 2014-15 (pdf 126kb opens in new window)

Equality Analysis 2013-14 (pdf 240kb opens in new window)

The council's Equality Analysis process is currently being refreshed.

How does the council engage with protected groups?

The council, East Riding of Yorkshire Clinical Commissioning Group and Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust, currently lead two equality reference groups. The purpose of the groups is to:

  • provide a forum to consult, liaise with and inform communities

  • play a key role in consultation on matters which could impact on residents sharing protected characteristics

  • help influence and inform the way local policy and strategy is implemented by public sector bodies

East Riding Equalities Network (EREN)

EREN is chaired by Cllr Shaun Horton and represents all protected groups including faith, black and ethnic minority (BME), migrant, Gypsy and Traveller and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) communities, alongside other public sector organisations.

Minutes from the most recent meetings can be accessed here:

EREN minutes July 2016 (pdf 52kb opens in new window)

EREN minutes January 2017 (pdf 581kb opens in new window)

EREN minutes April 2017 (pdf 50kb opens in new window)

EREN minutes July 2017 (pdf 38.2kb opens in new window)

Disability Advisory Group (DAG)

DAG is a newly formed group, which includes representatives from many disability organisations and also public sector bodies.

Minutes from the most recent meetings can be accessed here:

DAG Minutes Feb 2018 (pdf 199kb opens in new window)

DAG Minutes Nov 2017 (pdf 157kb opens in new window)

DAG Minutes Aug 2017 (pdf 143kb opens in new window)

DAG Minutes May 2017 (pdf 30.3kb opens in new window)

DAG Minutes February 2017 (pdf 30kb opens in new window)

How does the council provide accessible information and services?

Translation and Interpretation

The council uses an external translation and interpretation service provider to ensure those who do not speak English can still access our services.  The provider covers over 500 languages, including British Sign Language and Braille and they offer face to face, over the telephone and written translation.

For further information please see our Language and alternative formats page.

Changing Places

The Changing Places Consortium has launched its campaign on behalf of those people who cannot use standard accessible toilets. This includes people with profound and multiple learning disabilities and their carers. Changing Places toilets provide space and equipment, including a height adjustable changing bench and hoist.

For further information on Changing Places and accessible toilet facilities in the East Riding please see the PDFs available via the links below:

Changing place in the East Riding (pdf 34kb opens in new window)

Accessible toilet facilities sin the East Riding (pdf 32kb opens in new window)

Safe Place Scheme

The Safe Place scheme is a national scheme, co-ordinated locally by Humberside Police, to help vulnerable people to stay safe while out and about in their community.  More information is available on the Safe Place Scheme page.

How diverse is the council's workforce?

Equality in the workplace means that all employees are treated equally and none are discriminated against. Diversity in the workplace means that the organisation actively welcomes people from a variety of backgrounds and reflects this attitude in its hiring policies and workplace culture.

For further information, please see our Gender Pay Gap Page

Equalities Workforce Information Report for 2016/2017 (pdf 473kb opens in new window)

Equalities Workforce Information Report for 2015/2016 (pdf 799kb opens in new window)

How diverse is the East Riding?

The East Riding of Yorkshire has 171 parishes and 26 wards, covering 930 square miles and has a population of 336,685 (2015 ONS estimates). Information on the demographics of the East Riding can be found at the East Riding data observatory:

Data Observatory (external website)