Equalities and diversity

What is equality and diversity?  

"Equality is ensuring equal treatment and equal opportunity, where no-one is held back because of who they are or where they come from." [Home Office]:

Home Office - Equalities (external website)

Diversity aims to recognise, respect and value people’s differences.

The East Riding of Yorkshire has 171 parishes and 26 wards, covering 930 square miles and has population of 337,100 (2014). Information on the demographics of the East Riding can be found at the East Riding data observatory:

Data Observatory (external East Riding website)

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What is the council’s commitment to equality?

The council is committed to fulfilling its role as an employer, service provider, purchaser of goods and services and community leader without discrimination on the basis of age, disability, gender, gender reassignment, race, religion, pregnancy and maternity, marriage and civil partnerships and sexual orientation. 

All councillors, employees and agents of the council must seek to eliminate discrimination, advance equality of opportunity and foster good relations within all communities.

The council has an Equality Policy and Corporate Equality Strategy: 

Equality Policy (pdf 97kb opens in new window)

Equality Objectives Update Report to Overview and Scrutiny 2013/14 (pdf 969kb opens in new window)

Translation and interpretation

The council uses an external translation and interpretation service provider.  By law we are required to provide accessible services to all, and providing this service ensures that those who do not speak English can still access our services.

The council's spending between 2010 - 2015 on translation and interpretation services:

  • 2010/11 - £26700 
  • 2011/12 - £24848
  • 2012/13 - £24262
  • 2013/14 - £22170  
  • 2014/15 - £29772 

 The main languages requested in 2014/15 were:

  • Russian
  • Polish
  • Latvian
  • Portuguese

Disability access guide 

The Disability Access Guide was produced with the help of local access and disability groups and is designed for residents and those who visit the East Riding.  The Guide provides accessibility information for a range of leisure facilities, tourist attractions and other visitor centres. 

Disability Access Guide (pdf 2mb opens in new window)

Changing Places

The Changing Places Consortium has launched its campaign on behalf of those people who cannot use standard accessible toilets. This includes people with profound and multiple learning disabilities and their carers. Changing Places toilets provide space and equipment, including a height adjustable changing bench and hoist.

British Sign Language Clips

Following feedback from the Deaf and Hearing Impaired Forum and developed in partnership with Humberside Police Authority, Humberside Police Force, NHS East Riding of Yorkshire and Humberside Fire and Rescue Service, the British Sign Language clips show the different services provided by all the organisations.

View information on accessing council information in alternative formats 

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How do I report a hate incident/crime?

Any incident where a person is targeted because of who they are is a hate crime. There are characteristics protected by law (Equality Act 2010):

  • Age
  • Disability
  • Gender reassignment
  • Marriage and civil partnership
  • Pregnancy and maternity
  • Race
  • Religion and belief
  • Sex
  • Sexual orientation

Whether the attack is verbal or physical, or targeted at a person or property, it is illegal and should be reported by: 

  • telephone 101 

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How does the council consider equalities as part of decision making?

The council, working with its partners,  makes sure that all residents are considered when decisions are made. This process is called an Equality Analysis (EA). EAs are completed for:

  • new or revised policies and strategies
  • new or changing functions of a service we provide
  • financial decisions, including budget reduction strategies
  • transformation projects.

Equality Analysis 2015-16 (pdf 26kb opens in new window)

Equality Analysis 2014-15 (pdf 126kb opens in new window)

Equality Analysis 2013-14 (pdf 240kb opens in new window)

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How does the council engage with protected groups?


The council, East Riding of Yorkshire Clinical Commissioning Group and Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust lead two equality reference groups.

The purpose of the groups is to:

  • provide a forum to consult, liaise with and inform communities

  • play a key role in consultation on matters which could impact on residents sharing protected characteristics

  • influence and inform the way local policy and strategy is implemented by public sector bodies

East Riding Equalities Network (EREN)

EREN is chaired by Cllr Shaun Horton and represents all protected groups including faith, black and ethnic minority (BME), migrant, Gypsy and Traveller, and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) communities alongside other public sector organisations.

Minutes from the most recent meetings can be accessed here:

 EREN minutes July 2016 (pdf 52kb opens in new window)

EREN minutes February 2016 (pdf 51kb opens in new window)

EREN minutes September 2015 (pdf 50kb opens in new window)

Disability Advisory Group (DAG)

DAG is a newly formed group including diverse groups representing residents with disabilities and public sector bodies.

Minutes from the most recent meetings can be accessed here:

First meeting to be held January 2017

For further information on EREN or DAG please contact:

Email: equalities@eastriding.gov.uk

Telephone: 01482 391425

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What are the council’s equality objectives?

Following a period of consultation, the council has set the following four equality objectives for 2016 to 2020, in line with the Equality Act 2010.

  • The council seeks to provide services which are accessible, wherever possible and appropriate to users
  • Communications with residents are provided, wherever possible, in clear and easily understood formats
  • Our knowledge of residents' needs is used to inform service provision
  • Equality and diversity training is reviewed and revised and made available to staff and elected Members as appropriate

We are now working with representatives from protected groups to revise our policy and develop a new action plan.

Equality Strategy 2012-2016  (pdf 917kb opens in new window)

Equality Objectives Report 2013/14 (pdf 969kb opens in new window)

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How diverse is the council’s workforce?

A report is produced annually showing the council’s workforce:

Equalities Workforce Information Report 2015 - 2016 (pdf 767kb opens in new window)

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