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Equality Objectives 2016-2020

We are committed to ensuring that equality and diversity is at the heart of our organisation and responds to the needs of all our customers and communities. We want everyone living in Warrington to have a good quality of life and we want to ensure that all communities continue to get along together. These values are set out in our new equality objectives for 2016-2020. We are required by the Equality Act 2010 to publish these at least every four years.

We developed these objectives by undertaking a public online consultation, talking to our partners and staff and research on emerging national and local equality trends and needs. As a result we are pleased to present our equality objectives for 2016-2020.

Objective 1 – Helping to Improve Life Chances

We want everyone living in Warrington to have a good quality of life and equal life chances. We know that for some people particularly those most affected by social and health inequalities that this is not the case. We will work with our partners to take a positive approach to improving life chances for everybody. We have two priorities to support this:

Priorities

1. Look at the collective impact of national and local policy decisions and how they impact on people most affected by social and health inequalities.

2. Review and improve the way in which we analyse the collective equality impact of council decisions and strategies.

Objective 2 – A United Warrington

We are committed to ensuring that all communities in Warrington get on well together. In order to do this we will work with our residents and partners in the public and voluntary sectors to strengthen our knowledge and understanding of all of Warrington’s communities. This will enable us to provide and commission services that are accessible and meet everyone’s needs. We have four priorities to support this:

Priorities

1. Improve and develop our knowledge about all of Warrington’s existing and emerging communities.

2. Act as community leader to communicate with all of our communities and partners in the public and voluntary sectors to ensure that people from different backgrounds get on well together.

3. Work with our partners in the public and voluntary sectors to develop our understanding about different cultures within our communities.

4. Review and improve the way in which we collect equality monitoring information.

The next stage of our work is to put together an action plan to deliver the above objectives and priorities. We will publish this early in 2017.

Strategic Equality Steering Group

The purpose of the Strategic Equality Steering Group is to provide strategic direction and leadership for equality and diversity throughout the council. It is responsible for making sure that the Council fulfils its statutory duties under the Equality Act 2010. The group helps to ensure that equality and diversity is embedded and co-ordinated throughout the Council. Its work links closely to the customer project.

The group meets quarterly and comprises of Assistant Directors and Senior Managers from a range of different departments. In addition officers and representatives from other organisations are invited to attend meetings to provide reports on equality and diversity initiatives and topics.

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