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Equality and Diversity
Information on Equality and Diversity
The Equality Act 2010 came into force on 1 October 2010 and brings together over 116 separate pieces of legislation into one single Act. Combined, they make up a new Act that will provide a legal framework to protect the rights of individuals and advance equality of opportunity for all.
The Act covers nine Protected Characteristics
The Public Sector Equality Duty (PSED) is supported by"specific duties" to assist public bodies to achieve the aims of the general duty.
Under the specific duties, the Council must:
- Publish equalities information to demonstrate its compliance with the Equality Duty by the 31st January 2012 and then annually after that; and
- Develop and publish equality objectives by 6 April 2012 and then every four years.
In order to demonstrate our compliance with the above requirements, we have compiled two equality reports 'Equality Information 2013' and 'Workforce Equalities Information 2012' to demonstrate the progress that the Council has made to date. We are aware that there are gaps in our data and are working to provide more information in an accessible format. On that basis both reports will be regularly updated.
Equality issues must influence the decisions reached by public bodies - in how they act as employers; how they develop, evaluate and review policy; how they design, deliver and evaluate services, and how they commission and procure from others. We do this by undertaking Impact Assessments which are an integral part of our decision making process.
We have developed an Equality and Diversity Policy that identifies our equality objectives. The objectives are extracted from our corporate and departmental service plans that include specific outcomes across a number of themes. Those listed below are the specific objectives that identify how the Council is working towards meeting the requirements of the PSED.
Jobs & the Economy
Outcome - Hartlepool has increased employment and skills levels with a competitive workforce that meets the demands of employers and the economy
Objective - Ensure that young people have equal access to employment and skill levels that meet the demands of employers and the economy
Lifelong Learning & Skills
Outcome - To promote opportunities for all children and young people to reach their full potential by accessing good quality teaching and curriculum provision which fully meets their needs and enables them to participate in and enjoy their learning
Objective - Promote opportunities for all children and young people to reach their full potential by accessing good quality teaching and curriculum provision which fully meets their needs and enables them to participate in and enjoy their learning
Health and Wellbeing
Outcome - Vulnerable adults and children are supported and safeguarded and people are able to maintain maximum independence while exercising choice and control about how their outcomes are achieved
Objective - Ensure there is equality in access to social care by offering more choice and control to meet the diverse needs of current service users including extending the use of personal budgets and improving care placements and planning for children and young people.
Outcome - Hartlepool has reduced crime and repeat victimisation
Objective - Aim to reduce the number of repeat domestic violence incidents
Outcome - Housing services and housing options respond to the specific needs of all communities within Hartlepool
Objective - Ensure housing services and housing options respond to the diverse needs of all communities within Hartlepool
Culture and Leisure
Outcome - People enjoy equal access to leisure, culture, sport, libraries which enrich their lives, improve the places where they live, and strengthen communities
Objective - Ensure equal access to leisure, culture, sport and libraries which enrich lives, improve places where people live and strengthen communities
Outcome - Improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the organisation
Objective - Ensure that the Council's Commissioning and Procurement Strategy meets the requirements of the Public Sector Equality Duties of the Equality Act 2010
Outcome - Deliver effective customer focussed services, meeting the needs of diverse groups and maintaining customer satisfaction
Objective - Ensure all customers, regardless of characteristics, have equal access to services when contacting the authority by implementing appropriate actions of the Customer Services Action Plan
Outcome - Deliver effective Member and Workforce arrangements, maximising the efficiency of the Council's democratic function
Objective - Continue to apply and develop the Single Status Agreement and other equality in employment arrangements by undertaking an equal pay audit and addressing all identified equal pay concerns
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