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Equality Information

Information required by the Equality Act

IN THIS ARTICLE

  • The Equality Act
  • Publishing information about Equality
  • Type of information
  • Protected characteristics

The Equality Act asks all councils to provide a range of equality information. This page will be used to bring the required information together into one place.

The Equality Act includes a general duty for councils to integrate equality into their day-to-day business and across all their functions. Colchester Borough Council, including its councillors and its staff, must have due regard to the need to

  • eliminate unlawful discrimination, harassment and victimisation and other conduct prohibited by the Act.
  • advance equality of opportunity between people who share a 'protected characteristic' and those who do not.
  • foster good relations between people who share a 'protected characteristic' and those who do not.

Publishing information about Equality To show that they meet their Equality Act duties in full, all councils must publish relevant information by 31 January 2012 and at least annually after that. Colchester Borough Council updates this information via its website throughout the year.

Type of information The equality information that the Council has to publish relates to people who share a relevant 'protected characteristic' [see below] and who are

  • affected by the Council's policies and practices (for example, service users)
  • employees (for authorities with more than 150 staff).

Protected characteristics The duty covers the following eight 'protected characteristics': age, disability, gender reassignment, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation.  It also covers marriage and civil partnership, but not for all aspects of the duty.  Equality and Human Rights Commission definitions of the 'Protected Characteristics'

Service users and employees The Council completes Equality Impact Assessments (EQIA) for policies, procedures and practices that have an impact on the customers and employees. A copy of each EQIA is shown here.

Councillors consider the equality and diversity implications of the Council's policies and services as as part of the decision making process.

Cabinet Equality and Diversity is also a key Cabinet responsibility. 

On 29th October 2019, the Council’s Governance and Audit Committee considered how the Council was meeting its legal duties, as detailed within its Equality and Safeguarding Annual Update 2019.

The Council's Strategic Plan provides the vision, priorities and objectives to improve the quality of life for all residents. This includes our Equality Objectives.

Type of Information Notes and Links
Service users and
employees

The Council produces an annual report which summarises progress made in meeting the Council's statutory duties and achieving its Equality and Diversity objectives. Copies are shown below in the 'related documents' section.

The Council completes Equality Impact Assessments (EQIA) for policies, procedures and practices that have an impact on the customers and employees. A copy of each EQIA is shown here.

Local research and statistics

Annual population updates

A broader range of research about the whole of Essex

Essex Council's comparison document

Census 2011

Workforce statistics

This section is about Council employees. It also includes information about the Council’s approach to equality and diversity in employment, and its monitoring of data including gender pay gap figures, to help ensure the diversity of our borough is fully represented through the services that we deliver.

National and specialist
resource soures

These help us identify equality priorities and information. If you would like to know more about Equality and Diversity at a broader level, visit these websites - they're a useful starting point:

Equality and Human Rights

Home Office

DirectGov

The Police and Crime Information website

Comments and feedback We welcome comments and feedback from all including organisations which represent the protected characteristics. We recognise that the information we have published will need to be developed and added to in the future, and we particularly welcome comments on any "gaps" in the equality information published here. Please email the Equality and Diversity Officer

 For equality information in other formats  please contact the Equality and Diversity Officer