Introduction to the Corporate Equality Scheme
How we deliver equality of opportunity and value the diversity of our population is central to the Council's activities. We recognise that there is the need for fairness and equality in everything that we do. This will ensure that everyone can have access to our services and can share in the achievements of the Borough, and that we can make the best possible use of the talents of all people in the Borough.
Purpose of the Council's Corporate Equality Scheme
The purpose of the Equality Scheme is to make sure, so far as is reasonably possible, that all of the Council's services and activities are available without undue challenge to all of those who live in, work in or visit the Borough of Epsom and Ewell, regardless of their personal characteristics.
The Council's activities are broad in scope and many will ultimately have an effect on securing greater equality. In particular, the Council has an impact when undertaking its duties, for example as:
- a regulator, enforcing statutory requirements;
- a service provider;
- a commissioner of services (the Council's statutory equality duties and its own commitments on quality will apply to partners and contractors that provide services on behalf of the Council);
- an employer;
- a grant provider;
- an educator.
The Scheme sets out how the Council will meet the specific and general requirements placed upon public bodies by the Equality Act 2010 as well as how we will meet our own commitments as defined by the priorities and values set out in the Borough-wide Sustainable Community Strategy and the Council's Corporate Plan.
It sets against the measures that we will take to promote and build equality into all aspects of service design and delivery; and aims to develop and implement measures and appropriate actions to prevent discrimination on the grounds of:
- gender reassignment;
- marriage or civil partnership;
- pregnancy and maternity;
- religion or belief;
- sex (gender);
- sexual orientation
These are referred to as "protected characteristics."
We want what we do to achieve equality of opportunity and the valuing of diversity to be open and transparent to all members of our community. We want it to be driven by people in our Borough, in particular those who have an interest in eliminating discrimination, furthering equality of opportunity and promoting good relations between the diverse groups in our community.
Working together with our residents and partners we will work to build a culture of respect for everyone in our Borough to achieve a strong, modern and fair society.
Read the Corporate Equality Scheme 2011 to 2016.
Read the Corporate Equality Scheme Action Plan.
Read about the analysis of activities in each service area that contribute to delivering equality of opportunity and valuing diversity in the Borough of Epsom and Ewell
Read Background Information to the Corporate Equality Scheme, including information on the Equality Act 2010
For further information on equality please speak to the Council's Consultation & Communication team on 01372 732000.