This consultation is now closed.
This could be in relation to equality, diversity, human rights, and uniting communities. The strategy will help us to plan future work and continue to make our services and employment fair and inclusive for all.
There is an action plan that supports the strategy, and sets out the actions that we are going to take.
It is aimed at anyone with an interest or involvement in the council’s work related to equality, diversity, human rights and uniting communities. The council is seeking views on what it can do to help reduce inequality, eliminate discrimination and continue to foster good relations within the work force and communities and individuals it is responsible for working with.
The period covered by the Equality Strategy 2013 - 2016 is coming to an end.
The council has a legal and moral duty to eliminate discrimination, harassment and victimisation, advance equality of opportunity and foster good relations in the delivery of our services, support to communities and developing our workforce. The council is required to produce an equality strategy to demonstrate how it is meeting its statutory duties regarding equality and diversity. The county council is also required by law to publish one or more priority equality objectives at least every four years.
It is also good practice to have an up to date equality strategy. We are committed to improving the lives of all people in Leicestershire and ensuring that everyone is treated fairly, with respect and they can and do have the opportunity to get on better together. This is simply the right thing to do.
There are increasing financial pressures on local government. The county council has saved more than £100 million over the last five years and is having to save a further £78 million over the next four. We have to make savings across all areas of the council’s work. This makes it more important than ever that we continue to promote and achieve equality and diversity but we will need to do this with fewer resources.
The draft strategy outlines the council’s intention to deploy resources where the risk to equalities is at its highest and the extent of disadvantage could be the greatest e.g. in delivering services direct to the public. This approach will ensure a positive impact where it matters most.
What has happened so far?
The council has developed a draft strategy which outlines how the organisation aims to eliminate discrimination, harassment and victimisation, advance equality of opportunity and foster good relations in the delivery of services, and to provide support to communities and workforce. It has been developed in response to evidence from research and data, as well as engagement with staff, workers groups, service users and partners.
The draft strategy sets out the council’s aims and objectives, and how we will measure the impact of what we do. It is supported by a more detailed draft equality action plan which lays out what we intend to do, who will do it, when it will be done by and how we intend to measure success for specific actions. The action plan provides the detail that supports the aims and objectives of the overarching strategy.
The strategy outlines our main aims. All of our work around equality, diversity, community cohesion and human rights will sit under these three aims.
What happens next?
After the consultation closes, we will report the results back to the council in June, together with the action plan which takes into account the consultation feedback and ask for their approval to implement the strategy.