In accordance with the Public Sector Equality Duty (PSED), the council is required to publish Equality Objectives. We are pleased to publish the three objectives below:
Equality Objectives 2020-24
- Council services are as accessible as possible and appropriate to users’ needs for people with a protected characteristic
- Protected characteristic groups can participate in all relevant consultations and engagement activities, helping ensure their ability to influence the decision-making process
- Improve the health and well-being of people in the community with a protected characteristic.
As part of our duties under the Public Sector Equality Duty, we are also required to publish progress towards the equality duty and our equality objectives as seen above.
Please find out more from the reports below:
Annual Progress Towards the Equality Duty and Equality Objectives 2018-19 (pdf 158kb)
Annual Progress Towards the Equality Duty and Equality Objectives 2017-18 (pdf 152kb)
Annual Progress Towards the Equality Duty and Equality Objectives 2016-17 (pdf 130kb)
Equality Analysis in decision-making
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.
The council has an updated ‘Equality Analysis’ process to identify if a proposed change (a change to a policy, strategy, service, or budget) could have a potential impact (create inequality or increase existing inequalities) for people with a protected characteristic. This includes service users, residents, and council employees.
If it is identified, using the Equality Analysis Screening (Stage 1) form, that there could be a potential impact on protected characteristic groups due to a proposed change, then further investigation is carried out in a full Equality Analysis (Stage 2).
The council’s equality analysis form templates:
Equality Analysis Screening Form - Stage 1 (pdf 115kb)
Equality Analysis Screening Form - Stage 2 (pdf 139kb)
During 2020-21 (April ‘20 – March ‘21) the council has completed 24 Stage one screening forms. As council decisions aim to advance equality of opportunity, and with the council undertaking a range of activities to support sustained positive change in line with the Equality Act, none of these screening forms have progressed to Stage 2. Throughout this period, we have continued to monitor and assess the impact of the pandemic on protected characteristic groups and to assess the implications of post-Brexit immigration changes for our existing employees who are EU nationals and in relation to future recruitment needs.
Please see the table below for the completed Equality Analysis (Stage 2) forms from previous years: