Making Charnwood a better and fairer place for people from all backgrounds is at the heart of Charnwood Borough Council’s newly-adopted Equality Strategy 2016-20.
The strategy sets out the Council’s approach to advancing equality and diversity, fostering good relations and in challenging discrimination and harassment.
It recognises that specific actions are needed to address different equality issues while also acknowledging many people experience more than one type of disadvantage or discrimination.
Councillor James Poland, Deputy Lead Member with responsibility for Strategic Services, said: “We all want to feel safe, respected and valued and that’s why it is important the Council ensures it has a strategy in place to promote equality and inclusion and tackle inequality.
“We want people from different backgrounds to feel safe and comfortable in Charnwood and make sure it is a place where people are treated with dignity and respect.
“We are committed to putting the customer at the heart of everything we do and this strategy outlines the steps we will take to promote equality and inclusion in everything that we do. Whether, this is through providing services, employing people, developing policies, communicating, consulting or involving people in our activities. “The strategy sets out long-term continuous improvement and recognises the importance of ensuring that the principles of equality and inclusion inform key decision-making at every level within the Council.”
The Equality Act 2010 places a duty on the Council to help make sure people are not discriminated against. The act makes it illegal to discriminate against people because of:
- gender reassignment
- marriage and civil partnership
- pregnancy and maternity
- religion or belief
- sexual orientation
These are referred to as the nine protected characteristics.
The Council has consulted a wide range of individuals and groups to help draw up the strategy.