Equality Information & Advice

As a Council we are opposed to discrimination in any form.  Our aim is to ensure that everyone is able to access all of our services in a way that meets their requirements.

Equality and Diversity and the Equality Act 2010

We recognise that people might suffer discrimination and be disadvantaged for many reasons. It also has both a moral and statutory obligation to reflect the needs of a diverse community through its service provision and as an employer.

It is committed to promoting equality and diversity across all of our services and ensuring that they are accessible to all.    The Act puts fairness at the heart of society, harmonises discrimination law, strengthens the law to support progress on Equalities and devolves the responsibility for discrimination to Wales.
               
The Act consolidated the previous 116 different pieces of equality legislation and gives everyone the right not to be treated less favourably by public authorities. The protected characteristics (strands) to which the General public sector equality duty apply are:                      

  1. Age
  2. Disability
  3. Gender reassignment 
  4. Pregnancy and maternity
  5. Race
  6. Religion and belief
  7. Sex 
  8. Sexual orientation
  9. Marriage and Civil Partnership

 
The Welsh Language is not part of the Equality Act as it is covered by its own specific piece of legislation – The Welsh Language Measure (Wales) 2011 – but is no less important.  

There is the need to have due regard to:  

  • Eliminate unlawful discrimination, harassment and victimisation
  • Advance Equality of opportunity
  • Foster good relations
  • Covers employment and the provision of goods and services (covers both staff and the public who access services)

Specific Duties have been created to support compliance of the Equality Duty.

  1. Setting equality objectives 
  2. Consultation and Involvement
  3. Assessing impact (Equality Impact Assessments) 
  4. Reporting progress against objectives
  5. Gender pay and job segregation
  6. Public Sector Procurement
  7. How inspection supports the equality agenda; 
  8. Reporting by the Welsh Ministers.     

We have a Strategic Equality Plan, and report on this policy to the Equality and Human Rights Commission annually.

Related Documents

Contact Information

Equality Officer
Telephone Number: 01495 355108
Address: Floor 4a, Civic Centre, Ebbw Vale, NP23 6XB
Email Address: cymraeg@blaenau-gwent.gov.uk