What Is Equality & Diversity?
Every person in Bassetlaw matters and the Council welcomes the fact that society consists of many diverse groups and individuals. The diversity of our communities is an asset to the district which brings a vibrancy to life in Bassetlaw.
- Annual Report
- Diversity and Equality Policy
- The Council’s Single Equality Scheme
- Our Equality Objectives 2016-2020
- Equality Impact Assessment
- Delivering On Our Promises
- Sources of Information
- Further Information from the Council
- LGBT History Month
We are committed to equality for all our people regardless of age, sex, responsibility for dependents, race, religion, sexuality, transgender, disability, social class or trade union membership. This applies to the services we deliver and our employment practices.
As a Council we have a central role to play. We are a big employer that values the diversity of the workforce and will challenge discrimination in the workplace. We are also a leader of the community and will not accept discrimination, victimisation or harassment.
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.
The Council’s Diversity and Equality Policy outlines the Council commitment to:
- Ensuring that diversity is recognised and valued within its policies, practices and operating standards.
- Promoting and encouraging diversity, and recognising the value that respecting difference brings.
- Promoting an environment where equality of treatment for all its citizens, customers and stakeholders can be continuously improved and developed.
- Ensuring that quality services meet the requirements and expectations of all its diverse communities – throughout the District – regardless of their personal circumstances and background.
- Developing policies and practices, as an employer, which recruit and retain staff with the ability and skills to deliver services effectively to a diverse range of citizens.
Promoting diversity and equality issues where we work in partnership or have influence with other bodies that are service providers/contractors and with other key organisations in the district – with the overall aim of promoting the value and purpose of equality and diversity programmes.
The Single Equality Scheme is a public commitment by all parts of the Council to meet the duties placed on us by equality laws. The Scheme will be based around seven equality strands. (Age, disability, gender issues, race, religion and belief, sexual orientation and socio economic factors). The Council is also including rural inclusion given its impact on accessibility to services for many residents in Bassetlaw. Our Scheme will run from 2016 - 2020.
Irrespective of the legal duties, tackling the impacts of inequality lies at the heart of our organisation. Equality issues do not fit into neat organisational boxes. Inequality impacts on the most vulnerable in our communities. No single organisation can deal with all these issues on its own – partnership working is a key feature of our work.
The Council has developed a joint approach to equalities with Bassetlaw NHS Clinical Commissioning Group and Bassetlaw Community and Voluntary Service. An "Equalities Prospectus" has been developed for the District. It has identified the following key features for partnership working:
- An ageing population which is higher than the East Midlands average.
- Rural Isolation outside the two central hubs of Worksop and Retford.
- Key parts of the district which experience high levels of social deprivation.
- An Ethnic mixture of groups not traditional to larger cities.
- Social Isolation in some parts of the district.
- Large new housing developments being built.
- Ability to retain local talent in the area and attract new business to stimulate the market.
- Increase in hate crime across the district.
- Increase in the homeless population who are not always visible.
The partnership has 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 new 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
An Equality Impact Assessment - also known as an Impact, Needs and Requirement Assessment (INRA) - is a way to make sure 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.
The Council’s Cabinet maintains an overview of all actions to ensure we are delivering on our equality objectives. Senior Managers have responsibility for these objectives.
The Equality and Human Rights Commission have a statutory remit to promote and monitor human rights; and to protect, enforce and promote equality across the seven “protected” grounds – age, disability, gender, race religion and belief, sexual orientation and gender reassignment.
The Commission provides a range of advice and information, helpline: 0845 604 6610.