Equality and Diversity
We, as a council, want to make sure we treat everyone equally regardless of disability, race, age, sex, sexuality or religion.
As part of this commitment, we work to understand people's differences and value them. If, in any of your dealings with us, you feel we have not treated you fairly and with respect because of your disability, race, age, sex, sexuality or religion, please tell us so we can improve our services.
You can write to us at:
Customer Contact Centre
South Northamptonshire Council
Springfields, Towcester, Northants NN12 6AE
Equality & Diversity Policy
We have an Equality & Diversity Policy (2010-2013) which sets out our commitment to Equality for both customers and staff and shows how we meet our responsibilities under the Equality Act (2010) and the Public Sector Equality Duty.
Equality & Diversity Policy (2010-2013)We are also currently screening all our policies, procedures and services across the Council to make sure they are fair to everyone and don't disadvantage any particular group. These screenings are called Equality Impact Assessments (EIA). You can read the assessments we have already completed below.
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Public Sector Equality Duty
The public sector equality duty was brought in as part of the Equality Act (2010) and requires public authorities to have due regard to the need to eliminate discrimination, advance equality of opportunity and promote good relations. It supports good decision making by ensuring that all public authorities understand how different people will be affected by their activities, so that services are appropriate and accessible to all, and meet different people's needs.
To demonstrate that we comply with the duty we:
- Monitor complaints. In 2011/12 0 complaints received by the Council were found to be as a result of discrimination based on any of the characteristics protected by the Equality Act (2010)
- Have an Equality & Diversity Strategy and action plan which is monitored regularly
- Provide information in alterative formats on request
- Measure our progress using the Equality Framework for Local Government (EFLG). The Council is currently at the Developing level of the framework
- Carry out equality reviews on new policies or procedures
- Collect and monitor information about employees in relation to the characteristics protected by the Equality Act (2010)
- Publish information about our workforce:
Workforce Information 2012