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Strategic Equality Plan: 2020-24

Every four years the Council is required to review its Strategic Equality Plan and Equality Objectives in-line with the Equalities (Wales) Act 2010. To meet our statutory duties we are currently undertaking preparations to publish a new plan in Spring 2020.

To help support the development of our plans, we are currently seeking your views by asking what you think about our draft six equalities objectives and our proposed approach for delivery:

  1. Blaenau Gwent Council is an exemplar organisation who champions inclusion and diversity.
  2. Develop an equality confident workforce who champions inclusion and diversity.
  3. Support children and young people, particularly those with protected characteristics, to achieve their learning ambitions.
  4. Promote, encourage and support safe, friendly and cohesive communities.
  5. Ensure the meaningful involvement of people, communities and stakeholders. To better understand equalities issues and to inform our decision-making processes.
  6. Strive to reduce inequality caused by poverty.

Further information is provided in our Draft Strategic Equality Plan Approach and Equality Objectives 2020 to 2024.

This document is also available in Easy Read – Blaenau Gwent’s Equality Plan 2020-24.

Your feedback is important to us as we want to ensure that our plan is meaningful, reflects the needs of local people and communities and supports us as a public service body in advancing and strengthening equalities. 

How can you take part?

You can take part in many different ways:

  • By completing our online survey
  • Write to us via Policy & Partnerships, Civic Centre, Municipal Offices, Ebbw Vale, Blaenau Gwent. NP23 6XB
  • Email us via: pps@blaenau-gwent.gov.uk
  • Call us on: 01495 355935 / 01495 355092 
  • We also welcome drawings, stories, poems or videos

Timeframe to respond

The consultation will be open from Monday 16th December 2019 – 22nd January 2020.

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. Marriage and Civil Partnership
  5. Pregnancy and maternity
  6. Race
  7.  Religion and belief
  8. Sex
  9. Sexual orientation
     

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 od 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.

Related Documents

Contact Information

Equality Officer
Telephone Number: 01495 355110
Address: Floor 4a, Civic Centre, Ebbw Vale, NP23 6XB
Email Address: Equalities@blaenau-gwent.gov.uk