Consistent with the approach adopted by the Council, the Board considers that equality is most consistently and effectively achieved when it is genuinely part of an organisation’s culture, behaviour, practices and structures i.e. mainstreamed within routine operations. The Board recognises that effective mainstreaming of equality requires its integration into both the activities of an organisation and the way in which these are undertaken.
More information on how Stirling Council meets its equality obligations.
We are committed to promoting:
- and equal opportunity
for all who live, work in or visit the Stirling Council area.
Our approach is to promote equality based on peoples rights and responsibilities.
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We believe every citizen and employee or prospective employee, have the right to receive fair and equal treatment, and we are committed to promoting fairness, dignity, respect and equal opportunity for all who live in, work in or visit the Stirling area.
To achieve the above the Council will seek to:
- Remove or minimise disadvantage for our most vulnerable citizens and communities
- Ensure equality is integral to our decision making
- Respond effectively to equality issues on behalf of our citizens, communities and employees
- Ensure equality considerations are integral to our planning, development and review activity
- Develop policies and practices based on evidence including information obtained through engagement with local communities
Our continuing commitment to equality for our citizens, communities and employees is demonstrated in the reports below. These are the most recent in a series of reports we have published since 2013; as part of our equality obligations as a local authority.
Mainstreaming Report 2017 - Service Delivery This confirms how we integrate equality across our activities and functions when delivering services, and updates the 2015 Mainstreaming Report.
Mainstreaming Report 2017 - Employment This confirms how we meet our equality obligations as an employer. It provides information on our current and prospective workforce, pay gap statistics and an updated Equal Pay Statement and updates the information included in the 2015 Mainstreaming Report.
The Council’s Equal Pay Statement 2017 updates its previous statement published in 2013 and continues its support for the principle of equal pay for work of equal value.
The Council identified a set of equality outcomes for delivery from 2013 - 2017; designed to improve its effectiveness in meeting its equality obligations. Progress in delivering these are detailed in the Outcomes Progress Report 2013 – 17 This confirms the extent of progress achieved in delivering these outcomes and updates a previous report for the period between 2013 and 2015.
Equality Outcomes 2017-21 confirms the equality outcomes the Council will seek to achieve over the next four years. Further work will be undertaken with Council Services and local equality groups to identify actions required to secure the delivery of these outcomes.
Equality Outcomes 2017-21 Supporting Actions confirms the actions to be undertaken to help deliver the Council's agreed equality outcomes.
An equality impact assessment of the above outcomes confirms their delivery will have a positive impact on enabling the Council to continue to meet its equality obligations as identified by the General Equality Duty; the needs of people in all protected characteristic groups, and those experiencing or vulnerable to poverty. Equality Outcomes 2017-21 Equality Impact Assessment
If you would like information on the previous reports referred to above please contact the Equalities Coordinator 01786 233029.
Under the Public Sector Equality Duty, the Council is required to publish an update report confirming how equality considerations are mainstreamed into our operational activities, updated employee information including pay gap information, and confirm progress achieved in delivering our equality outcomes agreed for 2017-21.
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