Equality & Diversity
Equality is about making sure people are treated fairly and are given equal opportunities. Equality is not about treating everyone in the same way as it recognises that the needs of individuals are sometimes best met in different ways.
Bassetlaw District Council recognises that each of us has our own unique needs, skills, qualities and abilities, and that this diversity must be valued. By having a better understanding of these issues, the Council and its partners can make sure its services are responding to the needs of local people and local communities.
The Equality Act 2010
The Equality Act 2010 introduced duties on public bodies consisting of general and specific duties which replaced former duties for race, gender and disability.
The general duties require public bodies to have due regard to the need to:
- Eliminate unlawful discrimination, harassment, victimisation and other prohibited conduct;
- Advance equality of opportunity between people who share protected characteristics* and people who do not share it; and
- Foster good relations between people who share a protected characteristic and people who do not share it.
Having “due regard” requires public bodies to consciously think about the three general duties as part of their decision-making processes.
The specific duties require public bodies to publish relevant, proportionate information demonstrating their compliance with the Equality Duty; and to set specific, measurable equality objectives.
*The 9 Protected Characteristics are: Age, Race, Disability, Religion or belief, Sex, Sexual Orientation, Gender Reassignment, Marriage and civil partnership and Pregnancy and maternity.
Our Equality Objectives 2016 - 2020
The Council and its partners have identified key issues to address equality:
- Rural access to services
- Access and use of new technology
- Working with community groups
- Considering who the population are in new housing and what their needs are
- Maintaining independence of our ageing population
- Stimulating the jobs market
- Busting the myths about particular groups in society
- Developing intelligence about minority groups and the role in Bassetlaw in 10–20 years’ time.
- Reducing Social isolation
- Addressing Poverty
Based on the analysis of local data and work with partners, the following equality objectives have been developed:
- Equality Objective 1 – Engagement
- Equality Objective 2 – Older People
- Equality Objective 3 – Children and Young People
- Equality Objective 4 – Poverty and Inequality
- Equality Objective 5 – Access to Services
- Equality Objective 6 – Safety
- Equality Objective 7 – Integration of new communities
- Equality Objective 8 – Staff and Members
Single Equality Scheme
As a Council we have a duty to produce a Single Equality Scheme. This guides our approach to increasing fairness and access to Council services. This applies to everyone in the District - from those who provide services to the people who use them.
Our Single Equality Scheme is included in our Equalities Strategy which runs from 2016-2020. This focuses on eight key themes; age, disability, gender issues, race, religion and belief, sexual orientation rural inclusion, and socio economic factors.
Assessing Equality Impact
Equality Impact Assessments (EIAs) are a way to make sure our individuals and teams think carefully about the likely impact of policies or procedures, strategies, functions and services, to identify any unmet needs, and to provide a basis for action to improve services where appropriate.
It systematically assesses and records the actual, potential or likely impact of a service, policy or project – or a significant change in a service, policy or project - on different groups of people. The consequences of policies and projects on particular groups are analysed and anticipated so that, as far as possible, any negative consequences can be eliminated or minimised and opportunities for ensuring equality can be maximised.
The Annual Report highlights the work of the Council, with its partners on addressing equality and diversity issues within our local communities. It provides information about Bassetlaw and the reasons for the Councils priorities. Hard copy versions of the report are available at our Offices in Worksop and Retford. It can be made available in other formats if required.
Demographics of the District
The most up-to-date demographic information of Basseltaw.