- Legal duty
- Darlington equality facts and figures
- What action have we taken?
- Equality impact assessments
- Workforce information
- The Equality Policy 2018-22
- Equality objectives 2018-22
Equality Act 2010
The Equality Act 2010 replaced previous discrimination laws and introduced nine legally protected characteristics groups:
- Gender reassignment
- Pregnancy and maternity
- Religion and belief
- Sexual orientation
- Marriage and civil partnership (limited to elimination of discrimination, harassment and victimisation)
Everyone has protection under this legislation.
The Public Sector Equality Duty (PSED)
The PSED requires the council and other organisations carrying out public functions on our behalf, to advance equality and to understand how people with protected characteristics are affected by policies and services.
All public bodies must seek to:
- Eliminate discrimination, harassment, victimisation
- Advance equality of opportunity between protected characteristic groups
- Foster good relations between protected characteristic groups
By considering how to:
- Remove or minimise disadvantage experienced by people due to their protected characteristics
- Take steps to meet the needs of people with protected characteristics where they are different from the needs of others
- Encourage people from protected characteristics groups to take part in public life or other activities where participation is disproportionately low.
- Meet the needs of disabled people by taking account of their disabilities
- Tackle prejudice
- Promote understanding
The council must publish information to show how it complies with the Public Sector Equality Duty. This must include equality information about its employees and service users. The council must also publish equality objectives.
The more we know about our local population and service users the better we can understand their needs in order to deliver services. Information is collected from a variety of sources and relates to Darlington where this is available and nationally where not.
Age and sex
Darlington mid-2016 population estimates (Crown Copyright)
Total population 105,696
|Age||Male (number)||Male (%)||Female (number)||Female (%)|
|Aged under 1 year||619||1.2||573||1.1|
|Aged 1-4 years||2,653||5.2||2,504||4.6|
|Aged 5-8 years||2,622||5.1||2,556||4.7|
|Aged 9-12 years||2,606||5.1||2,441||4.5|
|Aged 13-16 years||2,408||4.7||2,266||4.2|
|Aged 17-20 years||2,240||4.4||2,276||4.2|
|Aged 21-24 years||2,234||4.3||2,223||4.1|
|Aged 25-28 years||2,418||4.7||2,664||4.9|
|Aged 29-32 years||2,482||4.8||2,662||4.9|
|Aged 33-36 years||2,524||4.9||2,659||4.9|
|Aged 37-40 years||2,409||4.7||2,529||4.7|
|Aged 41-44 years||2,600||5.1||2,854||5.3|
|Aged 45-48 years||2,948||5.7||3,087||5.7|
|Aged 49-52 years||3,120||6.1||3,270||6.0|
|Aged 53-56 years||3,006||5.8||3,078||5.7|
|Aged 57-60 years||2,625||5.1||2,842||5.2|
|Aged 61-64 years||2,400||4.7||2,391||4.4|
|Aged 65-68 years||2,396||4.7||2,490||4.6|
|Aged 69-72 years||2,222||4.3||2,425||4.5|
|Aged 73-76 years||1,580||3.1||1,675||3.1|
|Aged 77-80 years||1,348||2.6||1,699||3.1|
|Aged 81-84 years||964||1.9||1,290||2.4|
|Aged 85-90 +||961||1.9||1,807||3.3|
2011 Census information shows 19.6% of the population of Darlington have a limiting long term illness. This is a fall from the 20.4% 2001 census but is higher than the national average of 17.9% for England and Wales.
Disability by category where available
Visual impairment (Data from RNIB)
RNIB Sight Loss Data Tool [external link]
Total number of people registered blind or partially sighted in Darlington 2017:
- Action On Hearing Loss [external link]
- Office for National Statistics main language article [external link]
- 2011 Census - Table "Main Language detailed, England local authorities" [external link]
- 150 people in Darlington choose sign language as their main language
Community Mental Health Profiles [external link]
|Depression: Patients aged 18 and over with depression, as recorded on practice disease registers||9,092||10.6%|
|Depression: The percentage of patients aged 18 and over with depression recorded on practice disease registers for the first time.||1,395||1.6%|
|The percentage of patients with schizophrenia, bipolar affective disorder and other psychoses as recorded on practice disease registers.||1,089||1.01%|
Gender reassignment and sexual orientation
There is very little official information available regarding gender reassignment and sexual orientation but the following sources provide an indication of the UK and local position.
2.0% of the UK population aged 16 and over identified themselves as lesbian, gay or bisexual (LGB) in 2016. 4.1% of 16 to 24 year olds in the UK identified themselves as LGB compared with 0.7% of the population aged 65 and over. Source: Office for National Statistics, 2016, Sexual Identity, UK: 2016 Statistical Bulletin [external link]: Experimental Statistics, ONS, Newport, Wales. However, these figures only demonstrate what percentage of the population are prepared to divulge their sexual preference to a cold-calling stranger on the doorstep and local GADD further point out that the Department of Health and the Home Office use a figure of 6% to 7% of the population as an estimate. Arecent Public Health England report, Producing modelled estimates of the size of the lesbian, gay and bisexual population of England analysed 15 surveys representing the general adult population in England and calculated a weighted estimate of people identifying as LGB or ‘other’ as 2.5%, with an upper limit of 5.89% identified when including all respondents selecting ‘prefer not to say’, ‘don’t know’ or giving no answer were taken into account i.e. assuming all of these respondents were LGB.
The figure of 2.5% implies approximately 2,640 adults in Darlington would identify themselves as LGB.
At present, there is no official estimate of the trans population. The England/Wales Census has not asked if people identify as trans in the past, however a question on gender identity may be included in future censuses. GIRES, in their Home Office funded study estimate the number of trans people in the UK to be between 300,000 - 500,000, defined as ‘..a large reservoir of transgender people who experience some degree of gender variance’ (Reed et al 2009).
The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) research paper on trans inequalities [external link] provides further information around the issues faced by this community.
Further information can be found at Stonewall [external link]
Marriage and Civil Partnership
Marriage and Civil Partnership from the 2011 census:
Marriages, Cohabitations, Civil Partnerships and Divorces [external link]
Details of marriages in England and Wales [external link]
Census 2011 - Table "Marriage Summary Statistics"
- 577 - All Marriages
- 466 - Civil Marriages
- 111 - Religious Marriages
Pregnancy and maternity
In 2016 there were 1,154 live births in Darlington: 594 male and 560 female.
Births by mothers’ usual area of residence in the UK [external link]
Race (ethnicity and nationality)
Darlington 2011 Census, Ethnic Group (Crown Copyright)
|All usual residents||105564|
|White: English/ Welsh/ Scottish / Northern Irish / British||98898||93.69|
|White: Gypsy or Irish Traveller||350||0.33|
|White: Other White||2019||1.91|
|Mixed / Multiple Ethnic Groups: White and Black Caribbean||463||0.44|
|Mixed / Multiple Ethnic Groups: White and Black African||97||0.09|
|Mixed / Multiple Ethnic Groups: White and Asian||350||0.33|
|Mixed / Multiple Ethnic Groups: Other mixed||236||0.22|
|Asian / Asian British: Indian||726||0.69|
|Asian / Asian British: Pakistani||145||0.14|
|Asian / Asian British: Bangladeshi||523||0.50|
|Asian / Asian British: Chinese||349||0.33|
|Asian / Asian British: Other Asian||462||0.44|
|Black / African / Caribbean / Black British: African||206||0.20|
|Black / African / Caribbean / Black British: Caribbean||105||0.10|
|Black / African / Caribbean / Black British: Other Black||46||0.04|
|Other Ethnic Group: Arab||112||0.11|
|Other Ethnic Group: Any Other Ethnic Group||149||0.14|
According to the 2011 Census, in Darlington 2% of the population have a main language that is not English but speak English very well or well.
0.62% of the population cannot speak English or cannot speak English well. (ONS Crown Copyright)
Religion or belief
Darlington 2011 Census, Religion (Crown Copyright)
|All usual residents||105564|
|Religion not stated||6716||6.36|
Additional sources of information
- Darlington Public Health Profile [pdf document]
- Darlington Joint Strategic Needs Assessment 2017
- Darlington Community Survey 2013
The Equality Policy 2018-22 helps the Council to meet the Public Sector Equality Duty set out in the Equality Act 2010. The policy was drawn up after consultation with a wide range of representatives from protected characteristics' groups. It commenced in March 2018 and replaced the Council's previous equality policy.
Equality Impact Assessments (EIAs)
EIAs are used to help the Council manage change and review services to achieve the fairest possible outcomes. Assessments are key to making sure that the Council has due regard to the Equality Duty when it makes decisions on its activities, including policies, projects, services and budgets. The EIA provides decision makers with an understanding of the potential effects of their decisions across all parts of the community.