Have your say on Council’s Equality Scheme

Have your say on Council’s Equality Scheme

Bassetlaw residents, communities and groups are being given the opportunity to help shape the Council’s Equality Scheme for the next four years as part of a six-week consultation.

Bassetlaw District Council has a legal duty to produce an Equality Scheme that promotes a number of Equality Objectives which guide 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.

The Scheme will focus on key themes including the nine protected characteristics of the Equality Act; age, disability, sex, gender reassignment, race, religion and belief, pregnancy and maternity, marriage and civil partnership and sexual orientation. It also focuses on rural inclusion and socio economic factors.

Our previous Scheme for 2016-2020 is about to expire and our new Draft Equality Objectives for 2020-2024 will further demonstrate the Council’s commitment to challenging inequality and promoting a fair and inclusive Bassetlaw.

We have identified five draft objectives, each with a set of more specific aims. They will guide the work we do in the district over the next four years and help us retain our focus on important areas, so we can really make a difference. These are:

Objective 1: Engage and communicate in appropriate and accessible ways

Objective 2: Ensure we deliver inclusive and responsive services

Objective 3: Foster good relations with and within the community

Objective 4: Break the cycle of inequality and improve life chances

Objective 5: Develop and support a diverse workforce

Cllr Sue Shaw, Cabinet Member for Health and Community Well-Being at Bassetlaw District Council, said:

“Our Equality Scheme will set out what we need to do over the next four years to make Bassetlaw as inclusive as possible and to be a place where people treat each other with fairness, dignity and respect.

“As an authority we want to build on the work already achieved and ensure that these values are embedded within the hearts and minds of our workforce, partners and the communities we serve.”

“By being part of the consultation process, everyone has the opportunity shape the way that we create policies and strategies that guide how we deliver our services; and how we will work with partners in areas like supporting children, young people and families, and improving health and wellbeing.”

To take part in the consultation and to read the Draft Equality Objectives for 2020-2024, please visit 

https://www.bassetlaw.gov.uk/equality-objectives

If you require the consultation form and draft objectives in an alternative format, please call 01909 533 533 and ask for Stephen Brown, Head of Corporate Services. Alternatively you can email customer.services@bassetlaw.gov.uk

The closing date for responses is Monday 30th March 2020.


Last Updated on Thursday, June 11, 2020