The Forest of Dean District Council understands and respects that people are unique. We celebrate this diversity and encourage positive relationships between people from different communities.
As a service provider and employer we are committed to ensuring that no one living, working or visiting the Forest of Dean is unfairly discriminated against. Everybody should have equal opportunity to access employment and services, so that they can enjoy a good quality of life.
The Equality Act 2010 became law in April 2010, replacing existing anti-discrimination laws with a single Act. The new Act, recognises a number of ‘equality strands’, which are referred to as ‘protected characteristics’, which includes the following groups:
- Gender reassignment
- Sexual Orientation
- Marriage and civil partnership
- Religion and Belief
- Pregnancy and maternity
The Act imposes a duty on public authorities known as ‘The Equality Duty’, it requires public bodies and others carrying out public functions to consider the needs of all individuals in their day to day work – in shaping policy, delivering services, and in relation to their own employees. The duty has three main aims, which requires public authorities to have due regard to:
- Eliminate discrimination, harassment, victimisation and any other conduct that is prohibited by or under the act;
- Advance equality of opportunity between persons who share a protected characteristic and persons who do not share it; and
- Foster good relations between persons who share a relevant protected characteristic and persons who do not share it.
On the 10 September 2011 specific duties came into force to support the Act and public authorities covered by the duty must publish information to demonstrate compliance. As a Council (listed in Schedule 1 and 2 of The Equality Act 2010 (Specific Duties) Regulations 2011), we have a legal obligation to make available information relating to people who share a relevant protected characteristic who are:
- Its employees (we have more than 150 employees)
- People affected by our policies and practices (e.g. service users)
It is another requirement that we publish objectives that we believe will contribute to achieving the three main aims of the equality duty.
These equality pages aim identify how the council embeds equality throughout its services, provide information to the public whilst fulfilling our legal requirements.
We use various sources to research local authorities equality and diversity requirements. Some of which can be accessed via the links below:Equality and Human Rights Commission
We appreciate your feedback
If you would like to make any comments on our equalities work or request a copy of the documents on the equality pages in another format, please do not hesitate to contact the Corporate Support Team on 01594 812607 or email firstname.lastname@example.org