Explaining the council's commitment to equalities and diversity, how we publish information, what the Equality Act 2010 is and the diversity of the council workforce.
"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)
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)
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:
The main languages requested in 2014/15 were:
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)
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.
For further information on Changing Places and accessible toilet facilities in the East Riding please see the PDFs available via the links below:
Changing Places (pdf 34kb opens in a new window)
Accessible toilet facilities in the East Riding (pdf 32kb opens in a new window)
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
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):
Whether the attack is verbal or physical, or targeted at a person or property, it is illegal and should be reported by:
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:
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)
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
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 January 2017 (pdf 581kb opens in new window)
EREN minutes April 2017 (pdf 50kb opens in new window)
DAG is a newly formed group including diverse groups representing residents with disabilities and public sector bodies.
DAG Minutes February 2017 (pdf 30kb opens in new window)
For further information on EREN or DAG please contact:
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Telephone: 01482 391425
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.
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)
A report is produced annually showing the council’s workforce:
Equalities Workforce Information Report for 2015/2016 (pdf 799kb opens in new window)