Equalities and Diversity
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.
The protected characteristics covered by the Equality Duty covers the protective characteristics
The general equality duty is set out in the Equality Act 2010 and local authorities are required to have a respect for:
- Removing discrimination, harassment and victimisation
- Developing equality of opportunity between people who share protected characteristics and those who do not
- Adopting good relationships with those who share protected characteristics and those that don’t
These are sometimes referred to as the three aims of the general equality duty. The Act explains that having respected for advancing equality involves:
- Removing or minimizing disadvantages suffered by people due to their protected characteristics
- Taking steps to meet the needs of people from protected groups where these are different from the needs of other people
- Encouraging people from protected groups to participate in public life or in other activities where their participation is disproportionately low
(Source: Equality Act, 2010)
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 new 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.
The protected characteristics covered by the Equality Duty:
- Age - it refers to a person belonging to a particular age (e.g. 32 year olds) or a range of ages (e.g. 18-30 year olds)
- Disability - A person has a disability if s/he has a physical or mental impairment which has a substantial and long-term adverse effect on that person’s ability to carry out normal day to day activities
- Gender reassignment - The process of transitioning from one sex to another
- Marriage and civil partnership - Marriage is defined as a ‘union between a man and a woman’. Same sex couples can have their relationships legally recognised as ‘civil partnerships’. Civil partners must be treated the same as married couples on a wide range of legal matters
- Pregnancy and maternity - Pregnancy is the condition of being
pregnant or expecting a baby. Maternity refers to the period after the birth and is linked to maternity leave in the employment context. In the non-work context, protect against maternity discrimination is for 26 weeks after giving birth, and this includes treating a woman unfavourably because she is breastfeeding.
- Race -this includes ethnic or national origins, colour or nationality- refers to the protected characteristic of Race. It refers to a group of people defined by their race, colour and nationality (including citizenship) ethnic or national origins.
- Religion or belief - this includes lack of belief. Religion has the meaning usually given to it but belief includes religious and
philosophical belief (e.g. Atheism). Generally, a belief should affect your life choices or the way you live for it to be included in the definition.
- Sex - A man or a woman
- Sexual orientation - Whether a person’s sexual attraction is towards their own sex, the opposite sex or both sexes.
Community Impact Assessment Timetable
Completed Community Impact Assessments:
Environment and Health
Homelessness Strategy 2014-2019
Housing Strategy 2014-2019
Anti-Fraud and Bribery Framework
Anti-Money Laundering Framework
Benefit Take Up Strategy
Confidential Reporting Framework
Discretionary Housing Payment Policy
Housing and Council Tax Overpayment Policy
Sanctions and Prosecutions for the Benefits Service
Discipline and Dismissal Policy
Harassment and Bullying Policy
Health and Safety Policy
Maternity Leave Policy
Parental Leave Policy
Recruitment and Selection Policy
Sickness Management Policy
Planning and Regeneration
Car Parking Strategy
Market Square Booking Policy
Statement of Community Involvement (Draft)
Stone Town Centre Vision, A Framework for Regeneration
Policy and Improvement
Anti-Social Behaviour Reporting and Community Triggers
Communications and Engagement Strategy
Corporate Comments, Complaints and Compliments
Equality and Diversity Strategy
Safeguarding Children and Vulnerable Adults Policy
Sustainable Community Strategy