East Devon District Council

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Policy Equality policy

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3. What are our equalities objectives?

Our equality objectives are designed to help us achieve a better approach to including equalities thinking in our work.  We have developed our objectives using:

  • the requirements of the legislation
  • the knowledge we have built up over the last three years about what is important to our communities and equality groups
  • priorities identified in our council plan and supporting plans through wide consultation with partners, businesses, the voluntary sector, faith groups, young people and residents
  • feedback in the 2010 Diversity Peer Challenge report based on their assessment of our approach to equalities using the Equalities Framework Standard for Local Authorities.

Our objectives are:

Objective 1 - Know our communities

  1. Co-ordinate and share equalities information, data and intelligence across the organisation
  2. Make better use of partnership data to improve our intelligence profile of East Devon
  3. Consider opportunities for using customer data to target services
  4. Survey East Devon to find out what our residents think we need to prioritise
  5. Introduce the contacts from local equality and diversity groups to our Corporate Equality Group
  6. Ask local diversity groups to review our policies

Objective 2 - Serve our communities

  1. Improve communication of the difference our customer feedback makes to the way we deliver our services
  2. Forge better links with partnerships and community groups
  3. Make sure we work with partners and have a zero tolerance approach to ‘hate crime’
  4. Make access to our website available to isolated locations and people using mobile devices
  5. Lobby for superfast broadband for all of our district to help tackle rural inequality
  6. Work with partners and lobby government to minimise the impact of proposed major changes to benefits for people out of work or on low incomes

Objective 3 - Include equalities in all our decision making

  1. Help elected members to understand equalities issues and promote equalities thinking in debate and decision making
  2. Complete an equality analysis for all relevant key decisions, service developments and policies
  3. Report progress on our objectives to scrutiny committee and cabinet
  4. Revise procurement, financial and legal contracts to reflect our commitment to equalities
  5. Improve monitoring of our workforce profile to identify trends and challenge inequalities

Progress against the delivery of the equality objectives and other supporting documents will be monitored on a regular basis by the corporate equality group.  This will be reported twice a year to scrutiny committee and cabinet.