Stafford Borough Council is committed to promoting diversity and equality of opportunity to everyone it comes into contact with. This is an essential part of improving services for everyone. We realise that this idea can only be achieved if we ensure that we promote equality for all groups of people and remove discrimination and harassment both in our role as an employer and service provider.
Equality Act 2010
The Equality Act became law in October 2010. For the first time it brought together all of the legal requirements for equality that private, public and voluntary organisations must follow when they work with their employees and the public.
More information about the Act, and who is protected by it, can be found on the Equality and Human Rights Commission website.
Public Sector Equality Duty
As part of the Equality Act 2010 (Section 149), the Borough Council must pay due regard to the general duty to:
- eliminate unlawful discrimination (harassment, victimisation and any other prohibited conduct)
- advance equality of opportunity between those who share a protected characteristic and people who do not
- foster good relations between those who share a protected characteristic and people who do not
The Public Sector Equality Duty also puts in place some other things that the Council must do to show that it is working fairly.
In response to this Stafford Borough Council has produced an Equality and Diversity Strategy which addresses the statutory duties introduced by the legislation. Please follow the related links on the left hand side of the page to the strategy.
Community Impact Assessments
A community impact assessment (CIA) is a way of assessing how what we do affects people with protected characteristics and other equality groups and considering how we can mitigate any unlawful or negative impacts. We can then take action to address any potential disadvantages to any equality group.