Wyre Forest District Council has both a moral and a statutory obligation to reflect the needs of a diverse population through its service provision and as an employer. We are committed to employing a diverse workforce and providing equitable services to the people of the Wyre Forest district. Our aim is to fully meet our obligations and to learn from best practice, as we strive to improve as a local authority.
It aims to ensure all public bodies consider the needs of all individuals in their day to day work in shaping policy, delivering services, and in relation to their own employees. Under the duty we are required to publish at least one equality objective which will continue to support improvements in our equality and diversity programme of work as set out by our Equality Scheme and Plan 2017-2020.
In response to the Equality Act 2010 and the Public Sector Equality Duty, we have published the following objective for 2017/18, which underpins the Equality Scheme and Plan.
Wyre Forest District is an inclusive place for its communities.
The Council has made significant improvements in its approach to equality and diversity since 2010. Every aspect of the Council’s service delivery has been assessed to ensure that services are provided in a way which enables equal access to all members of our communities. Practical and realistic areas for improvement were identified and subsequently implemented to improve service provision.
In addition to this, other specific achievements have included:
• Member and Officer Training on equality and diversity
• Increasing the number and variety of entries for the Annual No Barriers Awards
• Monthly column in the Kidderminster Shuttle by the North Worcestershire Community Safety Partnership focuses on key areas of community concern including hate crime
• Ensuring our new Council website and ongoing improvements make it more accessible and easy to use; so customers who use assisted technology can now successfully navigate the site
• Carried out detailed equality impact assessments for Council policies, procedures and key decisions to support our corporate planning policy processes
• Ensured our physical assets, e.g. car parks, Wyre Forest House and Wyre Forest Leisure Centre have suitable disabled provision
• Ensure our budgets have taken into account the equality impact of any changes in service delivery
• Gaining a better understanding of our communities to ensure we spend money in the right way, on the right things.
We have a formal Interpretation and Translation Policy which has been produced alongside other councils in Worcestershire.
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