To present the Council’s Equality and Diversity policy to Cabinet for approval to adopt (report of the Portfolio Holder Governance and Customer enclosed).
Consideration was given to the report of the Portfolio Holder for Governance and Customer inviting adoption of the Council’s revised Equality and Diversity Policy.
The current Equality and Diversity Policy was originally adopted in January 2014.
As with the Freedom of Information policy, there were no fundamental changes to the policy as it was aligned with the Equality Act 2010 which has seen no major updates in the years since the previous policy was written. However, in consultation with the Chairman and Vice-chairman of the Policy Development Panel, some changes had been made to the format of the policy. These had been made in order to produce a policy that was written in plain English and reduced in size.
That the Cabinet approves the adoption of the Equality and Diversity Policy.
(Other options considered:
· Do nothing.
Reasons for decision:
· The currently adopted policy is 4 years old and due a review. Whilst there have not been any fundamental changes to statutory requirements, the new policy is improved for the benefit of all those engaging with the Council.)