Our Equality commitment to our residents
- Keep Barnet as a good place to live work and study where every every resident, service user and employee is entitled to a safe environment free from discrimination and harassment.
- Encourage citizens to support each other to take control of their own lives, optimise their independence, and make a difference in their communities and to local services.
- Support communities to get on well together, celebrate their diversity and build understanding about what really matters.
- Promote active engagement with the rich diversity of Barnet’s communities, people who use services, residents and employees.
- Seek out the voices of people who are not always heard and those who need extra help to access our services.
- Promote fair economic growth across the borough which supports the development of diverse markets and allows workforces and suppliers to maximise the benefits of jobs and growth for local people and communities.
- Use evidence to support the delivery of needs led, appropriate and accessible services which reflect the diversity of need at different stages in people’s lives.
- Meet our legal, organisational and personal responsibilities to treat people fairly, promote equalities, address inequality, challenge discrimination, and make reasonable adjustments when we identify any physical or attitudinal barriers which limit equal opportunities.
All residents, service users, service providers, employees and partners in the community have a responsibility to promote equalities and challenge discrimination and stereotyping
Strategic Equalities Objective
In response to the public sector Equality Duty (as specified in the Equality Act 2010), the Council's 2013 - 16 Corporate Plan sets out our Strategic Equalities Objective. We have developed performance measures and we will report progress with these. A range of Corporate Plan equalities measures and Delivery Unit performance indicators were agreed by Cabinet Resources Committee on 24th June 2013. These can be found in appendix 1 in this Cabinet Resources Committee report.
For 2013/14 Q2 performance monitoring we have gathered the available data against the Corporate Plan equalities measures to assess whether there are any notable gaps between different groups.
Our Equalities Policy
Our policy sets out our vision for keeping Barnet a good place to live for everyone who lives, works, studies and uses services in the borough.
Following consultation the council has launched a revised Equalities Policy entitled ‘Aiming for equal life chances in Barnet’ – ensuring the right approach to equalities in changing times".
This document gives a detailed breakdown of equality statistics relating to the council's workforce, including the borough's community schools. It provides figures on the following 'protected characteristics': gender, age, ethnic origin, disability, religion or belief, sexual orientation and marital status.
Publishing this data is a requirement of the Equality Act 2010.
This data is due for review and will be updated in the near future.