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 - Jan 2017'  and 'Workforce Equality Report 2015-16' 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 updated annually. 

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 an Equality and Diversity Policy that will be reviewed and refreshed during 2017/18. 

Since the first objectives were published in April 2012 the Council has based them on the relevant outcomes and actions from the Council Plan. By doing this the Council hopes to demonstrate that equality and diversity is a core part of what we do as an organisation and not an add on activity. The Council’s equality objectives have recently been refreshed and from April 2017 are:

Strategic Priority

Key Deliverable

Growing our Economy, Jobs and Skills

  • Establish pathways to get young people into high value sustainable employment.

  • Work with learning providers and employers to deliver a new approach to targeting learning, skills and employment pathways for unemployed adults and parents.

Developing and promoting Hartlepool as a great place to live

  • Deliver a wider range and choice of supported accommodation for care leavers and vulnerable adults.

Developing new services for people and communities

  • Increase the availability of high quality care for older people with care and support needs.

  • Deliver new opportunities for working age adults with care and support needs to live independent and fulfilling lives.

Building better beginnings and better futures for our children and young people

  • Launch a programme to improve the emotional wellbeing of children and young people by 2017.

  • Deliver the specialist support services children in care need to ensure they are cared for and feel cared about in stable and secure placements and that they are healthy, happy and making good educational progress.

  • Implement improvements to the support provided to children with special educational needs and disabilities by 2018.

Providing effective leadership based upon innovation and efficiency

  • Develop the apprenticeship opportunities provided by the Council.