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Equality and Diversity

Introduction

This page contains the key documents which set out the Council's approach to promoting Equality and Diversity in the Tameside. The overarching aim of the Community Strategy for the borough is to reduce inequality. In everything we do we are trying to narrow the gap between the experiences of different groups within the community, so that everyone can benefit from our services to the same degree, and achieve the best outcomes. 

This page, together with the links below provide an introduction to equality and diversity in general, our Corporate Equality Scheme 2015-19, the Equality Act 2010, and details of further information, support, and advice that is available to you though both the Council and other sources.

Equality Act 2010

The main provisions of the Equality Act 2010, which provide the basic framework of protection from discrimination, victimisation and harassment, came into force from 1 October 2010.The Act replaces all existing anti-discrimination laws, and extends protection across a number of ‘protected characteristics’. These are race, gender/sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, religion or belief, gender reassignment, pregnancy and maternity, and marriage and civil partnership. The Act applies across services and public functions; premises; work; education; associations; and transport provision.

From 5 April 2011 the public sector equality duty came into force. Contained within section 149 of the Equality Act 2010, the general duty (which replaces the previous race, gender, and disability duties) requires those subject to it to have due regard to the need to:

  • Eliminate unlawful discrimination, harassment and victimisation
  • Advance equality of opportunity between different groups
  • Foster good relations between different groups

For more detailed information on the Equality Act and the public sector equality duty, further guidance is available on Tameside's Equality Act 2010 page, the Government Equalities Office Link to External Website (part of the Home Office) and Equality & Human Rights Commission Link to External Website websites.

Corporate Equality Scheme 2015-19

Tameside’s Corporate Equality Scheme 2015-19 was approved in August 2015, and replaces the previous Corporate Equality Scheme 2011-15.

View the Corporate Equality Scheme 2015-2019 (1.76MB)

Under the terms of the Equality Act 2010 (Specific Duties) Regulations 2011, all public bodies are required to publish certain pieces of equality related information. Our revised Corporate Equality Scheme 2015-19 ensures that we fulfil our obligations – particularly to publish one or more specific and measurable equality objectives at no more than four years from the date of first publication.

Progress against our equality objectives during the course of the Scheme will be published on an annual basis. The progress report for Year 1 was approved in August 2016, a copy of which can be viewed here CES Year 1 Update (6.58MB)

You can find out more about the Specific Duties of public bodies under the Equality Act 2010 on the Government Equalities Office website Link to External Website.

Corporate Equality Scheme 2011-15

Tameside’s previous Corporate Equality Scheme (2011-15), along with copies of annual updates reporting progress against our objectives over the four year period, can be viewed at https://www.tameside.gov.uk/ces2011-15  

Equality Impact Assessments

Equality Impact Assessments (EIAs) are an important tool in demonstrating how we as a Council have paid, and are paying, due regard to the public sector equality duty.

The process allows the Council to consider the ways in which our services are delivered, and how this might impact on the various individuals and groups who use a particular service. In doing this, we are able to look at potential barriers to access, and offer mitigations to these. They help us understand the needs of service users better, and help raise awareness of the different considerations that need to be taken account of when making decisions.

 

Publishing Equality Information

The specific duties of the public sector equality duty require public bodies, including Councils, to publish certain types of information, for example information in relation to the protected characteristics of employees, and persons who share a relevant protected characteristic who are affected by our policies and practices. They also require the publication of one or more equality objectives that we think achievable in relation to the public sector equality duty.

We currently do this in a number of ways. As mentioned above, we have published our Corporate Equality Scheme 2015-19, and also our Equality Impact Assessments.

The Council also has a history of publishing annual workforce monitoring reports. In response to equality duties under the Race Relations (Amendment) Act, the Council produced an annual workforce monitoring report. As a result of the introduction of further disability and gender equality duties we extended the workforce monitoring report to include disability, gender and age monitoring statistics.

View the most recent Employment Monitoring Report here. Historic reports can be accessed via the related links section at the top left hand side of this page.

Key statistics about Tameside, together with links to other demographic, health, education and employment data sources can be accessed here.

The Equality and Diversity profile brings together data covering the main equalities characteristics for residents of Tameside, as well as information on non-UK born residents, languages spoken and general health status. Access the profile (0.18MB)

Alternatively, this infographic provides a visual interpretation of some of the key data sets within the profile, such as the languages spoken, the health of our residents and the age of our population.

Equality and Diversity

Our Joint Strategic Needs Assessment looks at the way people in Tameside live as a whole population, the lifestyles they lead, and the diseases and illnesses that affect them. This helps us understand what the main health and wellbeing needs are for people living here, so we can look for ways to improve physical and mental health, prevent illness and protect people from disease and injury. A copy can be viewed at https://www.tameside.gov.uk/puplichealthreports/JSNA-Report-201516.pdf 

Equal Opportunities Policy

Tameside Council exists to maximise the well being of the people of the borough and in pursuing this aim, it will strive for a just and inclusive society which gives everyone equality. The Council's Equal Opportunities Policy sets out our commitment to promoting equal opportunities in service delivery and employment.