Single Equality Plan 2015 - 19
South Gloucestershire Council's Single Equality Plan 2015 - 19
South Gloucestershire Council is undertaking a review of its Single Equality Plan (SEP) and, having involved stakeholders and key participants in the formulation of the draft document, is now seeking the views of residents and all stakeholders.
What is an Single Equality Plan?
The Equalities Act 2010 replaced all existing equality legislation, providing a single, consolidated source of discrimination law. Whilst there are currently no legal duties to produce a Single Equality Plan, it does provide a mechanism for developing a common approach for dealing with all equality areas and is an effective way to demonstrate how you are meeting your equalities duties.
South Gloucestershire's SEP
This is our second Single Equality Plan (SEP); it sets out our aims for equalities in South Gloucestershire. It demonstrates that we recognise and are committed to understanding difference in the context of major issues. This inclusive approach will be central in our identification of local priorities, the measurement of equality gaps and the development and promotion of cohesion and prosperity of all communities.
The principles that underpin the overarching Corporate Equality and Diversity Policy and inform our approach to equality are:
- Welcoming and celebrating diversity;
- Developing a shared understanding of the essence of equality, which is to value and treat all people with respect and dignity;
- Promoting equality of opportunity;
- Through policies, services, employment, contracting and funding practices ensuring that no service user, employee or job applicant will receive less favourable treatment on the grounds of age, colour, impairment, marital status, lifestyle and culture, religion or belief, nationality, race gender, sexual orientation, gender identity;
- Taking all possible steps to eliminate discrimination, and undertaking action to remedy past discrimination and disadvantage.
Objectives of the Single Equality Plan (SEP)
We have identified four key objectives which we will focus on over the next three years, together with the ways in which we will measure success:
- To ensure a consistent approach to managing equalities
- To ensure fair treatment for all by Council services
- To reduce any gaps in service use and take-up.
- To continuously improve equality of opportunity for our employees and job applicants
These objectives have been formulated as a result of the involvement of a wide range and number of stakeholders.
The full draft Single Equality Plan also holds a range of key data and statistics about South Gloucestershire’s profile. Further information can be found at:http://www.southglos.gov.uk/council-and-democracy/census/
Find out more and have your say
We welcome comments on the draft Single Equality Plan between 17th March 2015 and the 9th June 2015.
We are particularly keen to find out if you feel that all relevant areas are being considered and whether you think there are any specific impacts or alternatives that the council and its partners should consider.
Information is also available from your local South Gloucestershire library and One Stop Shop.
You can find out more or tell us your views by:
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Write to: FREEPOST Plus RTCT-JXLE-EET, South Gloucestershire Council, Corporate Research & Consultation Team, Single Equality Plan Consultation, Civic Centre, High Street, Kingswood, BRISTOL, BS15 9TR
- Phone: 01454 868195
If you would like someone to talk to your group or organisation about the draft strategy, please contact us using the details above to arrange.
This consultation has now closed and we are analysing the results, which will be published here in due course.
17 Mar 2015 at 00:00
19 Jun 2015 at 23:59
Single Equality Plan 2015 -19 (draft)
The full, draft Single Equality Plan 2015 - 19
Single Equality Plan - a summary for consultation
3 page summary of the draft Single Equality Plan document
Single Equality Plan - large font - summary for consultation
A size 16 large font version of the 3 page summary of the draft Single Equality Plan
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