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Equality and diversity

Our approach to equality and diversity

Policy, objectives and performance

Workforce profile

The Equality Act

The Public Sector Equality Duty

Accessible Britain

Gender Pay

Mansfield District Council is committed to implementing and upholding equality and diversity in everything it does. 

Our approach to equality and diversity

We strive to be an effective service provider, community leader and corporate body and, in doing so, recognise the importance of meeting the needs of the diverse mix of communities.  In particular, we will address the needs of people with protected characteristics (age, gender, disability, gender reassignment, race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, religion/belief, maternity/pregnancy and marriage/civil partnership).

Equality is about ensuring that all people have access to the same life chances. This does not mean treating everyone the same, but recognise the differences in life situations and experiences and ensuring that there is equal of opportunities for all people.

Policy, objectives and performance

Our pdf icon Equality and Diversity Position Statement for 2018 [278kb]

Our pdf icon Corporate Equality and Inclusion Policy 2017 [216kb]

Workforce profile

We are committed to developing a workforce that reflects our society in respect of ethnicity, age, gender, marital status and disability.

Our annual workforce report provides a profile of the organisation and the make-up of the workforce to identify any potential barriers within the recruitment process.

We carry out regular monitoring to ensure we are offering equality of opportunity and treatment to all employees.

The Equality Act

The Equality Act 2010 legally protects people from discrimination in the workplace and in wider society.

Direct Discrimination

Direct discrimination occurs when an individual is treated less favourably because they have a protected characteristic than someone who does not have a protected characteristic.  It is unlawful to discriminate against people who have a protected characteristic.

Indirect Discrimination

Indirect discrimination occurs when there is a rule, a policy or a practice that applies to everyone but which particularly disadvantages people who have a protected characteristic.

For more information about the Act, visit the Gov website.

Other useful links:

Equality and Human Rights Commission

The Social Model of Disability

The Medical Model of Disability

The Public Sector Equality Duty

The Public Sector Equality Duty came into force on 5th April 2011 and consists of a General Duty with three main aims that require public bodies to have due regard to the need to:

  • Eliminate unlawful discrimination, harassment, victimisation and other conduct prohibited by the Equality Act.
  • Advance equality of opportunity between people from different groups; and
  • Foster good relations between people from different groups.

The Equality Duty replaces the three existing public sector equality duties for disability, race and gender.  The Equality Duty covers the following protected characteristics:

The general duty is underpinned by a number of specific duties which provide a framework to help public bodies meet the general duty.  These duties require public bodies to set specific, measurable equality objectives and to publish information about their performance on equality.

The EASS (Equality Advisory Support Service) is available to advise you on your rights under the Equality Act 2010 and the Human Rights Act 19987. The advice is not legal but through their free helpline you will speak to an experiences, highly trained and friendly advisor who will be happy to advise you of your rights and suggest the most effective way to resolve your problem. Visit the EASS website for more information.

Accessible Britain

We are supporters of the Accessible Britain Challenge, which encourages communities to be inclusive and accessible. That means working with disabled people to remove the barriers that stop them participating fully in their community.

For more information visit the Accessible Britain website.

Gender Pay

Please see full details in the pdf icon MDC Gender Pay Gap report 2018 [383kb].

 

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