Equality and diversity

Equality underpins our Vision of making Allerdale a great place to Live, Work and Visit and we are aware that effectively delivering equality of opportunity for all is critical to the long term success of Allerdale, Cumbria and the North West Region.

Our Equality Scheme 2011 can be downloaded below.

The Equality Duty

The Equality Act 2010 contains the public sector Equality Duty, the aim of which is to support good decision-making by ensuring public bodies consider how different people will be affected by their activities so helping them to deliver policies and services that are efficient and effective, and meet different people's needs.

The Equality Duty is supported by specific duties which we, as a local authority have to meet.

The specific duties require us to:

  • publish information to show compliance with the Equality Duty, at least annually
  • set and publish equality objectives at least every four years

The information we publish must show that we have had due regard to the need to :

  • eliminate unlawful discrimination, harassment and victimisation and any other conduct prohibited by the Equality Act.
  • advance equality of opportunity between people who share a protected characteristic and people who do not share it.
  • foster good relations between people who share a protected characteristic and people who do not share it.

 The Equality Duty is supported by specific The protected characteristics covered by the Equality Duty are:

  • age
  • disability
  • gender reassignment
  • marriage and civil partnership (but only in respect of eliminating unlawful discrimination)
  • pregnancy and maternity
  • race-this includes ethnic or national origins, colour or nationality
  • religion or belief-this includes lack of belief
  • sex
  • sexual orientation

Our challenges

  • to gather appropriate information from groups within the local community to make sure we deliver services based on what our communities really want
  • to make more information about the Council accessible

To address these challenges we:

  • use the equality information we gather to better know our customers' needs and use the information to improve the way we deliver all our services in financially challenging times
  • ensure all information is in plain English, and have provided access to translation services
  • work with the County Council to provide improved public transportation links
  • provide more services closer to the customer through the provision of joint and shared services with other public sector partners.
  • will continue working with our partner organisations and the Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnership (CDRP) to address the cause of racially, disability and motivated attacks and reduce unlawful discrimination

Workforce Profile

The public sector Equality Duty, part of the Equality Act 2010, requires us to publish information relating to employees who share protected characteristics.

An equality profile of staff helps us to understand key issues about the workforce. We use this data to inform decisions and policies affecting employees. Our current workforce profile can be downloaded below.

Contact us

If you have any issues or experiences on how we provide our services, or ideas on how we could improve in relation to age, gender, race, sexual orientation, religion and belief or would like more information, please contact us (contact details to the left of this page).

Downloadable Documents

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