Equality Objectives - MAR12/CAB/033
Decision Maker: Cabinet
Decision status: Recommendations approved
Is Key decision?: Yes
Is subject to call in?: Yes
Cabinet received a report requesting it agree the Equality Objectives for the Council for the next 2 years as required by section 149 of the Equality Act 2010 and The Equality Act 2010 (Statutory Duties) Regulations 2011.
Cabinet RESOLVED to:
Approve and agree to publish the three equality objectives recommended by the Equality and Diversity Steering Group, namely:
a) To undertake a full review of strategic functions, policies and procedures across the authority, to ensure legislative compliance and best practice is embedded within our systems;
b) To establish Corporate Governance and Partnership arrangements that ensure the Equality Duty is delivered; and
c) To establish a Quality Assurance Process that meets the recognised standards for assessing the Equality impact of our internal processes and policies and those relating to our service delivery.
Reasons for the decision:
The Council is required by Section 149 of the Equality Act 2010 Public sector equality duty, and the Equality Act 2010 (Statutory Duties) Regulations 2011 to publish one or more objectives that it believes need to be achieved to further the aims of the General Equality Duty. This must be done no later than 6th April 2012 and at least every four years after that.
Alternative options considered:
1) Not to agree any equality objectives. This has been rejected as an option as it would put the authority in breach of its statutory duties;
2) To agree different objectives. This has been rejected as it is considered that the recommended objectives are the most appropriate at this time. Furthermore to reconsider alternatives now would result in a shorter time for consultation and put the authority at risk of failing to publish our objectives within the legal timeframe required; and
3) To publish the objectives as part of a larger document similar to the draft Single Equality Scheme presented to Cabinet in November 2011. This has been rejected because there is no longer any requirement to have a single equality scheme, and it is considered more appropriate to concentrate on publishing and working towards achieving the specific objectives of the authority.
Publication date: 26/03/2012
Date of decision: 26/03/2012
Effective from: 30/03/2012