Equality and Diversity
Bridgend County Borough Council is committed to promoting equality and valuing diversity in all its roles as community leader, service provider and employer.
Equality and diversity lie at the heart of everything the council does. Equality means understanding and tackling barriers so that everyone has a fair chance to fulfil their potential.
The council is committed to treating its citizens, customers, employees and visitors with respect, whilst providing services and offering employment opportunities which respond to people’s individual needs.
The Equality Act 2010 includes a Public Sector Equality Duty (the ‘general duty’) which states that public authorities, such as Bridgend County Borough Council, must, in the exercise of their functions, have due regard for the need to:
- Eliminate discrimination, harassment, victimisation and any other conduct that is prohibited under the Act;
- Advance equality of opportunity between persons who share a relevant protected characteristic and persons who do not share it, for example by:
- removing or minimising disadvantages;
- meeting the needs of people who have a protected characteristic and/or
- encouraging participation in public life /activities.
- Foster good relations between persons who share a relevant protected characteristic and persons who do not share it, for example by:
- tackling prejudice and
- promote understanding.
Bridgend County Borough Council is committed to tackling prejudice and discrimination, and to helping ensure that people of all protected characteristics can participate fully in our community as equal citizens. We want Bridgend County Borough to be a place where everyone is respected and supported to achieve their potential and to live their lives to the full.
The protected characteristics are:
- gender reassignment
- pregnancy and maternity
- religion or belief
- sexual orientation
The general duty also applies to marriage and civil partnership, but only in respect of the requirement to have due regard to the need to eliminate discrimination.
The council’s Strategic Equality Plan sets out how we will meet our equality duties and make our services accessible and responsive to the diverse needs of the people who live in, work in and visit the county borough.
Bridgend Equality Forum
Bridgend County Borough Council coordinates and supports the Bridgend Equality Forum (BEF).The overall aim of the forum is to promote equality in the county borough by assisting in the process of airing and resolving equality related issues, and helping to build strong and positive relationships between people from different backgrounds.
BEF is also a vital information sharing and consultation and engagement mechanism. Membership of the forum is made up of representatives from local community groups as well as from organisations across the public and voluntary sectors in the county borough. The list of organisations and groups is available here.
Equality Impact Assessments
The council undertakes equality impact assessments to assess whether changes to existing or the development of new policies, services and functions will impact different sectors of society in different ways. There is a statutory requirement for the council to publish full EIAs that have identified an impact in a proposal or policy in an accessible and transparent way. EIAs can help identify improvements to services; help the council make better decisions and identify how services can be more accessible. Click here to view our EIA page.
A hate crime is defined as any incident which constitutes a criminal offence, perceived by the victim or any other person as being motivated by prejudice or hate. For more information visit the Bridgend Community Safety Partnership website, or to report a hate crime contact South Wales Police.
Please click here to find out more information about how Bridgend County Borough Council is working to compliance with the Welsh language Standards.
Equality and Engagement Officer
Phone (01656) 643606
Text phone 18001 (01656) 643606
Fax (01656) 643215
Email Paul.Williams2@bridgend.gov.uk or firstname.lastname@example.org