VISITORS to Hartlepool Civic Centre and the adjoining Law Courts are advised that essential repair work will start shortly at the front entrance to the building. From next week (w/c 6th February)
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 an equality report 'Equality 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 it 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.
Telephone: 01429 266522