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Equality plan

The Equality Act 2010 (section 149) sets out the public sector equality duty which encompasses the nine ‘protected characteristics’ of:

  1. age
  2. disability
  3. gender reassignment
  4. marriage and civil partnership
  5. pregnancy and maternity
  6. race
  7. religion or belief
  8. sex
  9. sexual orientation

The duty states that a public authority must, in the exercise of its functions, have due regard to the need to:

  • eliminate discrimination, harassment, victimisation and any other conduct that is prohibited by the Equality Act 2010;
  • advance equality of opportunity between persons who share a protected characteristic and persons who do not share it; this means:
    • removing or minimising disadvantages suffered by persons who share a relevant protected characteristic that are connected to that characteristic
    • taking steps to meet the needs of persons who share a relevant protected characteristic that are different from the needs of persons who do not share it
    • encouraging persons who share a relevant protected characteristic to participate in public life or in any other activity in which participation by such persons is disproportionately low
  • Foster good relations between persons who share a protected characteristic and persons who do not share it; this means:
    •  tackling prejudice
    •  promoting understanding.

The council recognises that people can be subject to multiple discrimination and therefore experience disadvantage when accessing services in more than one area.

Our objective in the development of our single equality plan is based on a ‘cross-cutting’ approach where all aspects of equality and all ‘protected characteristics’ are considered. This inclusive approach will help recognise multiple disadvantage and will promote more effective community cohesion. The principle of community cohesion is fundamental to the overall strategy of the council and along with the principle of equality and fairness for all, underpins all the services that we deliver.

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