Decision Maker: Cabinet
Decision status: For Determination
Is Key decision?: No
Is subject to call in?: No
The Leader and Promoting South Lakeland Portfolio Holder introduced the report, stressing the importance for all to be treated equally, with fairness and respect.
The draft South Lakeland District Council Equalities, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Strategy 2019-22 attached as Appendix 1 to the report set out how the Council was meeting the requirements of the public sector equality duty under the Equality Act 2010. This included setting out specific equality objectives, as well as containing useful statistics about the Council’s communities to illustrate the different needs of people in South Lakeland.
The draft EDI Strategy included definitions of the terms Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion. It was being recommended to adopt this updated terminology into the title of the new document, and for this document to supersede the current Equality Scheme 2016-19 which sat within the Council’s Policy Framework.
It was also being proposed that the draft EDI Strategy would have its performance reviewed annually by the Overview and Scrutiny Committee. This would make it a dynamic document allowing responses to emerging needs, such as changing population or rates of digital inclusion.
The Overview and Scrutiny Committee had given to consideration to the report at its meeting on 26 October 2018. Members had acknowledged the need to embed equality and diversity, not only within the organisation but throughout the community, as well as the need to seek potential ways of passing on its message. They had welcomed the new Strategy and in particular the opportunity for its annual review by the Overview and Scrutiny Committee.
RESOLVED – That Council be recommended to adopt the draft South Lakeland District Council Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Strategy 2019-2022 to replace the existing Equality Scheme within the Council’s Policy Framework.
Reasons for Decision
This policy update is a Policy Framework Decision that supports good performance with the Council Plan.
The draft Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Strategy 2019-22 links to the health and wellbeing section of the Council Plan.
Alternative Options Considered and Rejected
There is no credible alternative to publishing new equality objectives to comply with the Equality Act 2010 (Specific Duties) Regulations 2011. The consequences of not approving new objectives would be the increased risk of legal challenge.
Report author: Inge Booth
Publication date: 30/11/2018
Date of decision: 28/11/2018
Decided at meeting: 28/11/2018 - Cabinet