We are committed to equality in everything we do. This involves having due regard to the needs of diverse groups when designing, evaluating and delivering services. This is in order to:
All of this is with due consideration to the full range of 'protected characteristics', which are:
These obligations are listed under the Equalities Act 2010. The Act also requires us to publish our equalities objectives.
The Fairer Enfield Policy 2021-25 sets out how we will tackle inequality, support an inclusive workplace and communities and create new opportunities for everyone in Enfield. The policy outlines the behaviours and values that Council staff must demonstrate and the actions they must take to make this a reality.
View the Fairer Enfield policy 2021-25 (PDF).
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The Public Sector Equality Duty requires us to publish one or more specific and measurable equalities objectives every four years, that show where we are tackling inequality. In the Fairer Enfield 2021-25 policy, we have identified eight objectives to reduce inequality:
To identify these objectives, we:
This action plan outlines how the Council will work towards achieving our eight equality objectives during 2021/22, This action plan will be updated annually, and our progress will be reported on in our Annual Equality and Diversity Report, which will be published in Spring 2022.
As well as aiming to reduce inequality for specific groups in Enfield, we are taking action to overcome structural causes of inequality as set out in the Council Plan 2020-2022. The plan includes actions to create opportunities and improve housing, education, employment and health for people in Enfield.
Each service also has targets relating to equality and diversity issues. These are backed up by individual actions that aim to provide positive outcomes for residents and customers. Progress against these targets are published in our Equality and Diversity Annual Report (PDF).