Ceredigion County Council is committed to promoting equality and valuing diversity in all its roles as community leader, service provider and employer. Equality lies at the heart of everything we do. Equality means understanding and tackling barriers so that everyone has a fair chance to fulfil their potential. We commit to treating all citizens with respect, and to providing services and offering employment opportunities which are responsive to people’s diverse needs.
In accordance with the Public Sector Equality Duty 2011, the Council is required to have due regard to:
1. Eliminate discrimination, harassment, victimisation and any other conduct that is prohibited under the Act
2. Advance equality of opportunity, between persons who share a relevant protected characteristic and persons who do not share it, for example by:
– removing / minimising disadvantage
– meeting the needs of those who have a protected characteristic
– encouraging participation in public life/ activities
3. Foster good relations between persons who share a relevant protected characteristic and persons who do not share it. This duty ensures that equality considerations are integral to the design of policies and the delivery of services and that they are kept under review with the aim of achieving better outcomes for all.
We talk about equality in terms of people’s “protected characteristics”. While it is important not to put people into boxes, the law has meant that we need to look at equality in terms of certain headings. The Equality Act 2010 makes your rights not to be discriminated against stronger. Discrimination means treating someone worse than other people because of who they are. The groups of people who have the right not be discriminated against have also been extended. People who belong to these groups have what are called protected characteristics. It doesn’t matter whether any of these characteristics apply to you, or the people in your life. If you are treated worse because someone thinks you belong to a group of people with a protected characteristics, this is discrimination. The Act also protects you if people in your life, such as family members, friends or co-workers have a protected characteristic and you are treated less favourably because of your association with that person. For example, you are discriminated against because your son is gay. Ceredigion County Council is required to undertake Equality Impact Assessment (EqIA). An EqIA is required when developing proposals, making policy decisions or reviewing existing policies, or when making a reduction or closure of Service. EqIAs provide a systematic way of ensuring that legal obligations are met , by considering relevant evidence in order to understand the likely or actual effect of policies and practices on protected groups. Having considered the evidence, the Council must have ‘due regard’ (i.e. give appropriate weight) to the results of such assessments. EqIA cover the nine protected characteristics of: Age, Disablility, Gender reassigment, Pregnancy and maternity, Race, Religion or belief, Sex, Sexual orientation and Civil partnerships & marriage.
Please click here to access our online training to ensure that you are fully informed regarding equality, diversity, discrimination and harrassment.
The equality objectives as stipulated in the Strategic Equality Scheme, outlines how Ceredigion County Council will work towards these principles in providing services to the public in Wales. Click here for more info.
For advice advice on the Council’s Public Sector Equality Duty please contact Carys Morgan our Welsh Language and Equality Policy Officer.
For guidance and templates click here.