"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 is recognising that people are different.
The East Riding of Yorkshire has 171 parishes and 26 wards, covering 930 square miles and has population of 335,900 (2013). Information on the demographics of the East Riding can be found at the East Riding data observatory:
Data Observatory (external East Riding website)
Top of page
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 which have been approved by the Corporate Management Team and Cabinet.
Equality Policy (pdf 97kb opens in new window)
Top of page
The Equality Act has consolidated over 100 pieces of equalities legislation and guidance into one piece of legislation. Further information is available from the Equality and Human Rights Commission:
Equality and Human Rights Commission (external website)
The majority of the Act came into force on 1 October 2010, providing protection from discrimination on the basis of 'protected characteristics'. Protected characteristics are classed as;
religion, faith or belief including lack of belief
marriage and civil partnership
pregnancy and maternity
The Equality Act also includes the Public Sector Equality Duty (PSED) which consists of a general equality duty, set out in section 149 of the Equality Act 2010, and specific duties which are imposed by secondary legislation. The general equality duty came into force on 5 April 2011.
In summary, those subject to the General Equality Duty must, in the exercise of their functions, have due regard to the need to:
Eliminate unlawful discrimination, harassment and victimisation and other conduct prohibited by the Act.
Advance equality of opportunity between people who share a protected characteristic and those who do not.
Foster good relations between people who share a protected characteristic and those who do not.
The above are sometimes referred to as the three aims of the general equality duty.
In relation to the protected characteristic of Marriage and Civil Partnership, protection is provided under the first aim of the duty only.
In order to meet the three aims and also as part of the Public Sector Equality Duty (PSED), the Council by law has Specific Duties to:
Top of page
- at least annually by 31st January, publish information to demonstrate their compliance with the General Equality Duty and;
- commencing 30 April 2012, prepare and publish one or more equality objectives that it thinks it needs to achieve to further any of the aims of the General Equality Duty, with a review at least once every four years.
The council has a discriminatory incidents reporting process. A discriminatory incident is any:
Incident that is perceived to be discriminatory by the victim or any other person. Discrimination happens when someone is treated less favourably because of their race, gender (including gender reassignment), sexual orientation, age, religion/belief or disability (known as direct discrimination), or when a policy, practice or process puts someone at an unfair disadvantage (known as ‘indirect discrimination’).
This is a very broad definition and means that if an incident is thought to be discrimination by (for instance):
- the victim
- a witness to the incident
- the member of staff to whom a report is made
- another member of staff reviewing a report of the incident.
and it meets the definition (as above) then it should be counted as an incident.
Incidents might include:
- verbal or physical threats
- insulting, abusive, embarrassing or patronising behaviour or comments
- humiliating, intimidating, demeaning and/or persistent criticism
- open hostility
- isolation or exclusion from normal work or study place, conversations or social events
- publishing, circulating or displaying pornographic, racist, sexually suggestive or otherwise offensive pictures or other materials
- unwanted physical contact, ranging from an invasion of space to a serious assault,
- suggestive comments or body language
- alleged discrimination in the failure to provide a service
- discriminatory graffiti.
(This list is not intended to be exhaustive.)
Reporting an incident
To report a discriminatory incident members of the public should please complete an online formor contact the council directly on (01482) 391425, text 07786 208207 or visit a Customer Service Centre.
The discriminatory incidents are reported four times a year to the Corporate Management Team and annually to Corporate and Communities Overview and Scrutiny Committee.
‘Hate crimes and incidents are taken to mean any crime or incident where the perpetrator’s hostility or prejudice against an identifiable group of people is a factor in determining who is victimised’.
The council is signed up to Humberside Police’s Hate Crime initiative, ‘Hate Crime So Do We!’
Humberside Police - Hate Crime (external webpage)
The council makes sure that all residents are considered when decisions are made so that they are not discriminated against. 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.
List of EAs by directorate (excel 17kb opens in new window)
Translation and interpretation
The council uses an external translation and interpretation service provider so that residents and visitors to the area can access the services we provide. By law we are required to provide accessible services to all, and providing a translation and interpretation service ensures that those who do not speak English can still access our services. For information on the service please contact Janet Hagues:
Telephone: (01482) 391425
Council spending on translation and interpretation
The council's spending between 2007 - 2013 on translation and interpretation services:
- 2007/08 - £8360
- 2008/09 – £10777
- 2009/10 - £28334
- 2010/11 - £26700
- 2011/12 - £24848
- 2012/13 - £24262
The main languages requested in 2012/13 were:
Spending per quarter in 2013/14 has been:
Q1 - £3,440
Q2 - £3,065
The main languages requested being the same is in 2012/13.
Advancing Equality of Opportunity
This means taking steps to meet the different needs of people or removing or minimising disadvantages suffered by people from protected groups, if necessary.
The council has undertaken many different projects to make sure that residents have equality opportunity in their life.
Disability access guide
The Disability Access Guide has been 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.
The Guide is available from Tourist Information Centres, Libraries, Customer Service Centres or Leisure Centres and is available in different formats.
Disability Access Guide (pdf 2mb opens in new window)
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, as well as many other disabled people. They need Changing Places toilets with enough space and the right equipment, including a height adjustable changing bench and a hoist.
Find out how the Changing Places campaign is changing lives (external website)
British Sign Language Clips
Following feedback from the Deaf and Hearing Impaired Forum, it was found that many deaf or hearing impaired residents were not aware of services as they couldn’t read English.
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 so that deaf and hearing impaired residents can access these services.
View information on accessing council information in alternative formats
In September 2010, the Local Strategic Partnership (LSP) agreed to undertake a place based project focused on improving outcomes for migrant families in Goole. The project is hosted by the Courtyard and delivered by the Communities Together Team, and works to deliver the following outcomes:
Ensuring access to services/supporting families, safeguarding children and young people and adults, supporting families, reducing health inequalities, promoting social inclusion, reducing child poverty.
The project is also working to deliver the following process outcomes: reducing duplication, improving value for money and reducing pressure on services.
Since the project started in October 2012 it has supported 1850 economic migrants through over 1200 hours of targeted support. The main issues this support covered were:
- >Housing and Council Tax
- Benefits including Disability Living Allowance and Job Seekers Allowance
- National Insurance Registrations
- GP registrations and appointments
- Schools, including registrations
- Medical appointments including dental, optical, hospital and ante/post natal care
- Homelessness and repatriation
The main users of the project team have been Polish, Latvian, Bulgarian, Hungarian, Spanish, Brazilian, German, Venezuelan, Lithuanian, African and Mexican.
Gypsy and traveller liaison
The council also has a gypsy and traveller liaison team.
The council recognises that we do not know who uses our services in many areas. By undertaking equalities monitoring, we will be able to,
- identify who is using our services;
- make sure that we provide accessible services which meets the needs of the diverse population of the East Riding.
This information will be published once it is available.
The council also recognises that more work needs to be done so that residents know what services we provide.
The council with East Riding of Yorkshire Clinical Commissioning Group and NHS Humber Foundation Trust have a Disability Advisory and Monitoring Group (DAMG) who
- act as an advisory body on disability issues for all of the organisations;
- develop and monitor equality objectives and equality analysis;
This group plays an important role in informing the equalities agenda across the East Riding and the Humber area, and also provides a great opportunity for people with disabilities to have their voice heard.
We are committed to allowing residents to have their say. There are many ways to get invovled and make a difference to services and the place in which you live.
Have your say
So far, the group has given its views on:
- Council Feedback Policy
- Residential and Domiciliary Care
- Clinical Commissioing Group Communications and Involvement Strategy
- Council Positive Symbol Award
- NHS Independent Complaints Advocacy
- Dementia Services
- Library Services
- Council website
- Humber NHS Foundation Trust Patient Experience Strategy
The next meeting of the group is on 14 April at Worklink, Cottingham. If you would like to join, please contact:
Telephone: (01482) 391425
DAMG minutes December 2013 (pdf 63kb opens in new window)
DAMG minutes September 2013 (pdf 41kb opens in new window)
DAMG minutes May 2013 (pdf 38kb opens in new window)
Future DAMG Meeting Dates
14 April 2014
9 June 2014
8 September 2014
8 December 2014
East Riding Equalities Network (EREN)
The network has representation from physical and learning disability, faith, black and ethnic minority (BME), economic migrants, gypsy and traveller, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) and older people communities attending.
The Hull LGBT Forum exists as a voice and representative body for lesbian, gay, bi-
sexual & Trans (LGBT) people within the community of Hull and East Riding.
EREN minutes of the last meeting (pdf 65kb opens in new window)
Presentation: Pilkington Update (pdf 214kb opens in new window)
Presentation: Equality Objective Update (pdf 2mb opens in new window)
Presentation: Health checks (pdf 512kb opens in new window)
Additional Agenda Items from the last meeting (pdf 83kb opens in new window)
Agenda item 7 from the last meeting (pdf 40kb opens in new window)
Future EREN Meeting Dates:
29 April 2014
15 July 2014
4 November 2014
Pride Hull (external website)
The council recognises that it needs to work more closely with the different protected groups in the area. Throughout the next year, this will be seen as a priority.
Further information will be published once it is available.
Top of page
There is still further information which can be used to show how the council is meeting its duties under the Equality Act, especially about specific services and showing how equalities monitoring is used in delivering services. During the next year, the council will be undertaking further work on these areas and will publish information once this is available.
Top of page
Following a period of consultation, the council has set the following four equality objectives in line with the Equality Act 2010.
- Ensure that the council’s decision makers assess, understand and manage the impact of their key decisions on protected groups.
- The council improves its knowledge of its residents to better provide accessible and appropriate services.
- The council, working with its partners, seeks to minimise the impact of hate crime.
- Ensure that all council publications are clear and easily understood.
Further information on the council's equality objectives is available:
Draft Equality Objectives 2012 (pdf 123kb opens in new window)
Top of page
A report is produced annually showing the council’s workforce:
Equalities Workforce Information Report for 2012/13 (pdf 633kb opens in new window)
Top of page