Equality and Diversity
Equality, diversity and community cohesion are seen as central to the achievement of the council's corporate plan and the way we do things as a council.
In line with our commitment to equality and diversity, all service areas across the council are required to carry out Equality Impact Assessments.
This is a way of systematically and thoroughly assessing the effects of a proposed policy or project on different groups within the borough.
You can view equality impact assessments for all the council's functions, which are grouped under their service areas below.
Equality and Diversity Objectives 2018-2019
As an organisation we take equality and diversity very seriously and are committed to championing and promoting our diverse communities, providing fair and equal access to services and challenging inequality to achieve our vision and priorities for South Ribble.
We have a strong track record in the way in which we have incorporated equality and diversity into our everyday work as a council through our corporate and budget planning programme, assessing our decisions, new ways of working and projects. Practical examples include our fully accessible website, community events, welcoming Syrian refugee families to the Borough, our customer service excellence accreditation, being a disability confident employer and tailoring our services to meet individual needs.
We use our organisational values of integrity, positive attitude, learning organisation, teamwork and excellence in all that we do and have placed equality of diversity at the heart of these values. During the year we have reviewed our equality objectives with our cross-council equality and diversity team looking at relevant data, customer information and evidence. We have followed the Equality & Human Rights Commission's best practice and aligned our objectives with our corporate plan and service plans.
We will achieve the following objectives by 31 March 2019:
- Disability Access Audit of the Business & Conference Centre (formerly the Banqueting Suite)
- Implement a project to deliver independent living support to people living with a disability
- Develop and electronic equality impact assessment tool to replace our current manual system
- Review all service equality impact assessments to reflect the new leadership structure
- Updated equality and diversity training to be provided to employees and members, using discussion groups and our MILO e-learning package
- Review of corporate consultation and sharing of intelligence Page | 2 Deliver the key actions of the South Ribble Dementia Action Alliance as part of our Dementia Friendly Borough status
- MH2K project and work place based health checks programme
- Develop a strategy for engaging with young people with members of South Ribble Partnership
We will monitor delivery of the above objectives through our quarterly performance monitoring report presented to our Leadership Team, Scrutiny Committee and Cabinet.