Equality scheme 2012/16

Equality scheme 2012-2016 [pdf document] (Word version)

The scheme sets out the Council’s approach to meeting the Public Sector Equality Duty established in the Equality Act 2010. The duty requires all public bodies like the Council to ‘have due regard’ in all its activities to the need to eliminate discrimination, harassment and victimisation; advance equality of opportunity; and foster good relations.

The Equality Act defines nine legally protected characteristics: age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, race, religion and belief, gender reassignment, pregnancy and maternity, and marriage and civil partnership.

The Equality Scheme 2012/16 provides the means for ensuring that Council actions do not cause inadvertent disadvantage or discrimination to people because of their protected characteristics. All of us share at least some of the characteristics so the scheme is relevant to all of us.

Paper copies can be obtained from Deena Wallace, on deena.wallace@darlington.gov.uk or 01325 406054. It may also be provided in alternative formats or languages on request.

If you wish to comment on the scheme, or raise any equality issues or concerns, please contact Deena Wallace through the above email address or by post to:

Engagement Team, Room 101, Town Hall, Darlington, DL1 5QT

Comments can also be made by through social media

Database update

If you would like to add your organisation or group to our database please contact Deena Wallace, details as above.