The Equality Duty
The Equality Act 2010 contains the public sector Equality Duty, the aim of which is to support good decision-making by ensuring public bodies consider how different people will be affected by their activities, helping them to deliver policies and services which are efficient and effective; accessible to all and which meet different people's needs.
The Equality Duty is supported by specific duties which we, as a local authority have to meet.
The specific duties require us to:
- publish information to show compliance with the Equality Duty, at least annually
- set and publish equality objectives at least every four years
The information we publish must show that we have had due regard to the need to :
Eliminate unlawful discrimination, harassment and victimisation and any other conduct prohibited by the Equality Act.
Advance equality of opportunity between people who share a protected characteristic and people who do not share it.
Foster good relations between people who share a protected characteristic and people who do not share it.
The protected characteristics covered by the Equality Duty are:
- gender reassignment
- marriage and civil partnership (but only in respect of eliminating unlawful discrimination)
- pregnancy and maternity
- race-this includes ethnic or national origins, colour or nationality
- religion or belief-this includes lack of belief
- sexual orientation
Below are our equality objectives:
- Improve the collection and use of data in order to achieve better equality outcomes
- Improve the Council's Equality Impact Assessment (EIA) process
- Ensure staff and members are kept informed about the requirements of the public sector Equality Duty and specific duties
Equality Action Plan 2012-2016
Equality Action Plan 2012-2016 (PDF: 83Kb / 8 pages)
For Further Information
Contact: The Communities Team
Telephone: 01768 817817
Address: Eden District Council, Mansion House, Penrith, Cumbria CA11 7YG