Equality and diversity
We are committed to promoting equality and valuing diversity through all of our services and dedicated to treating our residents, customers, employees and visitors with respect, while providing services which respond to people’s individual needs.
The Equality Act 2010
The act includes a Public Sector Equality Duty which states that we, as a council, must consider the need to:
- eliminate discrimination, harassment, victimisation and any other behaviour that is not allowed under the act
- advance equality of opportunity between people with and without protected characteristics, for example by removing or minimising disadvantages, meeting the needs of people who have a protected characteristic or encouraging participation in public life and activities
- encourage good relations between those who share a protected characteristic and those who do not, for example by tackling prejudice and promoting understanding
We are committed to helping ensure that people of all protected characteristics can participate fully in our community as equal citizens. The nine protected characteristics are:
- gender reassignment
- marriage and civil partnership
- pregnancy and maternity
- religion and belief
- sexual orientation
Strategic Equality Plan
Our Strategic Equality Plan sets out how we will meet our equality objectives and make our services accessible and responsive to the diverse needs of those who live, work and visit the county borough.
Equality Impact Assessments (EIAs)
The council performs equality impact assessments (EIAs) to understand whether changes or new policies, services and functions will impact different sectors of society in different ways. EIAs can help to identify improvements to services, enable us to make better decisions and recognise how services can be more accessible.
Initial screening helps us find out if a particular proposal is likely to have a negative effect on any group of people and whether we need to take mitigating action or carry out a full EIA.
Full Equality Impact Assessments
A full EIA is a systematic process of evidence gathering and analysis that makes sure we meet our duty to better promote equality.
We publish our EIAs via our Council, Cabinet and committee meetings section of the website.
Please see our page on the Welsh language to find out how we are promoting the language and culture of Wales as well as complying with the Welsh Language Measure (2011).
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