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Continuing to ensure equality, fairness and respect is at the heart of everything we do.
We have an increasingly cosmopolitan and diverse community and aim to provide excellent, accessible services to everybody.
We believe there is both a moral and legal case for ensuring equality is at the heart of everything we do. At the very least we must meet our statutory duties under the Equality Act 2010 and are committed to providing services that meet the needs of our communities.
We have always striven to promote equal opportunities in all our services. For many years the council has used its influence and powers to tackle discrimination wherever possible and provide opportunities and approaches that go beyond conforming to legislation. Following the introduction of the new Equalities Act (2010) the council, along with all other public sector bodies, now has an enhanced responsibility to show how it considers all individuals when carrying out its day to day work – in shaping policy, delivering services, fostering good relations and in relation to its own employees. This is called the ‘Public Sector Equality Duty’.
We work in partnership with our communities and support various forums such as:
We work very closely with these and other partners in the voluntary and community sector through the Inclusion reference Group (IRG). The IRG play a vital role in reviewing and improving our work so that we get it right first time for all our communities.
The Equality Data Hub provides demographic information such as age, sex and religion for the population of Preston and the surrounding areas. All the data provided has been sourced from the Office of National Statistics, Census 2011.
The data hub enables us to prioritise and focus on specific equality areas as we continue to provide services that are free from discrimination and promote equality of opportunity.
We have a number of key documents that inform our equality and diversity work, which can be found in the documents section.
Other key Council strategies and plans that are supported by the Corporate Equality Strategy include :-
Equality Analysis is about improving and developing services and policies to ensure they work fairly for people protected by the Equality Act 2010
If you require help with something in this section, please contact us.