South Petherton Parish Council
Equality & Diversity Policy
Adopted and Approved at the Meeting of the Parish Council on Monday 2nd November 2015
1.1 The aim of this policy is to communicate the commitment of South Petherton Parish Council, its Members and Officers to meeting the Public Sector Equality Duty, which came into force on 5 April 2011. The Equality Duty applies to public bodies and others carrying out public functions. It supports good decision-making by ensuring public bodies consider how different people will be affected by their activities, helping them to deliver policies, representation and services, which are efficient and effective; accessible to all; and which meet different people's needs.
2. Policy Statement
It is South Petherton Parish Council’s policy to provide representation, information, facilities, services and employment to all irrespective of:
♦ Gender, including gender reassignment
♦ Marital or civil partnership status
♦ Having just had a baby or being pregnant
♦ Having or not having dependants
♦ Religious belief or political opinion
♦ Race (including colour, nationality, ethnic or national origins)
♦ Sexual orientation
South Petherton Parish Council is opposed to all forms of unlawful and unfair discrimination. All people and employees will be treated fairly and will not be discriminated against on any of the above grounds. All decisions about will be made objectively and without unlawful discrimination.
South Petherton Parish Council recognises that supporting Equality is of primary importance. This policy will help all those who are Council Members or work for the Council to develop sound and effective policies that impact on the village, community and surrounding areas.
South Petherton Parish Council aims to create a culture that respects and values each others’ differences, that promotes dignity, equality and diversity. We aim to remove barriers, bias or discrimination that prevent individuals or groups from realizing their potential and contributing fully to the community to develop a culture that positively values diversity.
South Petherton Parish Council will challenge discrimination. It aims to provide equality and fairness to all in the community and expects all Members and Officers to be aware and understand the Equality Act 2010.
3. Equality Commitments
South Petherton Parish Council is committed to:
- Promoting equality of opportunity for all persons.
- Promoting a good and harmonious environment in which all persons are treated with respect.
- Preventing occurrences of unlawful direct discrimination, indirect discrimination, harassment and victimization.
- Fulfilling our legal obligations under equality legislation and associated codes of practice.
- Complying with our own equal opportunities policy and associated policies.
- Taking lawful affirmative and positive action where appropriate.
This policy has been adopted by and is fully supported by all Members of South Petherton Parish Council.
The chairman has specific responsibility for the effective implementation of this policy. In order to implement this policy he or she shall:
- Communicate the policy to Members, the Clerk and members of the public
- Incorporate equal opportunities into general practices
- Ensure that other persons or organisations will comply with the policy in their dealings with the Council
5. Monitoring and Review
South Petherton Parish Council will establish appropriate information and monitoring systems to assist the effective implementation of our equal opportunities policy.
The effectiveness of our equal opportunities policy will be reviewed annually, and action taken as necessary.
In addition to the Council’s internal procedures, any person has the right to pursue complaints of discrimination under the Equality Act 2010.