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About equality and diversity in Enfield

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:

  • eliminate discrimination
  • advance equality of opportunity and access
  • foster good relations between different groups in the community

All of this is with due consideration to the full range of 'protected characteristics', which are:

  • race
  • disability
  • sex
  • age
  • religion or belief
  • sexual orientation
  • gender reassignment
  • pregnancy and maternity
  • marriage and civil partnership (eliminating discrimination only)

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).

For more information, email consultation@enfield.gov.uk.

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:

  • Overcome racism in Enfield
  • Deliver positive interventions to reduce serious youth violence in Enfield
  • Increase the number of Enfield residents with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) who are in paid employment
  • Improve the wellbeing and celebrate the contribution of our Lesbian, Gay, Bi and Trans Community
  • Provide access to support services and networks to reduce social isolation
  • Work with partners to mitigate the impact of Covid-19 on children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing
  • Keep people safe from domestic abuse
  • Promote safer and stronger communities by encouraging the reporting of hate crime and reducing repeat incidents

To identify these objectives, we:

  • analysed local data on the experiences of different groups in our communities
  • analysed national research on inequality
  • learnt from successful approaches used by other councils, and public, voluntary and community sector organisations
  • considered the views and experiences from our staff equality networks and voluntary and community sector partners

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.

View the Fairer Enfield Objective Action Plan 2021/22 (PDF).

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.

Service targets, actions and outcomes

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).