Approved the new Equality and Equity charter that seeks wider Borough support for the Council’s ambitions to promote Equality.
Noted the public consultation that took place throughout July and August 2020 on the draft Equality and Equity Charter. The summary of the consultation is at Appendix D.
Approved the six new Equality Objectives for 2020-24 (as required under the Public Sector Equality Duty) and the associated actions which have been derived from a variety of consultation exercises and are contained at Appendix E.
Noted the steps being taken by the Council to ensure Equalities planning, outcomes and objectives are placed at the centre of the Council’s service delivery and business planning processes.
Noted that BAME communities have been disproportionately impacted in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Agreed to continue monitoring the Headline Equalities Measures (HEMS) list at Appendix A as a means of quantifying progress on Equality Objectives.
Noted the proposal to conduct further work on embedding Equalities across the borough through the work of the Council and its partners and in particular the ongoing work by an officer working group to develop an Equality and Equity Action Plan that will monitor the delivery of the Charter’s pledges.
Approved the establishment of a Councillor working group to oversee and review work on Race Equality as well as a community led Race Equality Advisory Board. Details of the operation of each are to be delegated to the Director of Communities and Environment.
This decision is subject to call-in until 5pm - 29 October 2020