EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES POLICY
Kirdford Parish Council recognises its responsibilities under the various legislation and regulations relating to unjustified discrimination including:-
Equal Pay Act 1970 (amended (1983)
Sex Discrimination Acts 1975 and 1986
Race Relations Act 1976 and Race Relations (Amendment) Act 2000
Employment Relations Act
Disability Discrimination Act 1995 plus amendments 2004
Human Rights Act 1998
Employment Equality (Sexual Orientation) Regulations 2003
Employment Equality (Religion or Belief) Regulations 2003
Employment Equality (Age) Regulations 2005/6
Employment Equality (Gender) Regulations 2007
Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) 1995
Human Rights Act 1998
In particular it acknowledges, the general duty placed upon it by the Race Relations (Amendment) Act 2000 to promote race equality, requiring the Council to have due regard to the need to:-
Eliminate unlawful racial discrimination
Promote equal opportunities
Promote good relations between people of different racial groups
Statement of Commitment
Kirdford Parish Council is committed to ensuring its policies, activities and services are such that no individual experiences unjustified discrimination on the grounds of gender, nationality, ethnic origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, sexuality, belief, or any other status.
Kirdford Parish Council will not tolerate harassment or bullying of staff by Councillors, service users and/or members of the public.
The Council will promote this commitment to equality of opportunity within the Parish and encourage all those organisations it works with, or works through, to share that commitment.
Councillors and staff will be requested to formally commit to supporting and actively implementing the Policy.
Data from the 2001 Census is attached as Appendix 1 showing the demographic makeup of the Parish including age and ethnicity. It is recognised that this will change and the data will be updated as fresh information becomes available.
It will form the basis against which the delivery of the policy will be assessed.
All recruitment, access to training and promotion will be done openly and transparently in accordance with good practice and will all stages monitored to ensure equality of opportunity and especially to meet the requirements of current and future discrimination legislation and regulations, including those listed above.
All employment procedures will be reviewed and monitored to ensure adherence to this policy.
Opportunities to raise awareness of the role of parish councillors among under-represented groups will be explored and developed and consultation strategies developed to ensure that their views are heard.
Delivery of Services
All services will be reviewed and monitored to ensure that they are accessible to all sections of the community. This will be advised to prospective suppliers by way of the tendering process.
All suppliers of services or goods to the Parish Council will be expected to have an Equal Opportunities Policy where services tendered exceed a value of £3,000.
When working with partners not covered by the general duty requirement the Parish Council will make sure that the partnership takes into account the general duty and that all partners are aware of the legal responsibilities of Kirdford Parish Council in this respect.
Kirdford Parish Council will promote its Equal Opportunities Policy among the voluntary sector in Kirdford and encourage all groups to adopt similar policies. The Council will promote and continue to support such organisations which can show that
All organisations with a constitution applying for grants will be expected to have an Equal Opportunities Policy/Statement.
Equal Opportunities training will be provided for all staff and councillors.
Monitoring and Reporting
The Parish Council will ensure, through its Finance and General Purposes Committee, that all its policies and services are reviewed for impact on equality of opportunity and take steps to ensure that any unjustified barriers identified are removed. In the reviews specific reference will be made to the general duty requirement under the RRAA 2000.
As part of its Annual Report the Parish Council will report on the steps taken to implement the policy with regard to employment, local democracy, services, partnerships and the voluntary sector.
The Parish Council’s complaints procedure will apply to this policy.
All complaints regarding non-compliance in delivery of services will be reported to the next meeting of the Parish Council who have responsibility for ensuring that the policy is enforced.