Information about the legislation we comply with.
Equalities at Rother District Council
Our aim is to ensure that every person we deal with receives the same level of service, based solely on relevant factors and taking individual needs into account. We will ensure that everyone is treated with courtesy and respect.
We recognise people have differing communication, access and cultural needs, which may require us to make reasonable arrangements to ensure they are assisted appropriately.
We are committed to meeting our statutory duties under the Equality Act 2010. We will aim to place equality issues at the centre of our service planning and decision-making processes. We will ensure that all of our working practices promote access, equality and good relations between different groups and eliminate unlawful discrimination.
We have published the following Corporate Equality Objectives, which shows what we are doing to:
- prevent unlawful discrimination on the grounds of age, gender, religion, philosophical belief, family status, race, disability and sexual orientation;
- promote equality of opportunity and good relations between persons of different groups within our community; and
- eliminate unlawful discrimination in our workplace
Information relating to equalities that we publish and is required under the Equality Legislation.
We monitor whether or not there are differences in levels of satisfaction in the usage of the services we provide between people in different equality groups.
An Equality Impact Assessment (EIA) is used to look at new or existing policies, strategies and services to identify what effect or likely effect they will have on different groups within our communities.
The Equality Steering Group meets every eight weeks to discuss equality issues, coordinates the mainstreaming of equalities and oversees the development and progress of the Rother Equality Scheme.
Rother District Council is able to provide the information contained in our leaflets and documents in large print, Braille and tape/CD. We can arrange for translation or interpretation of information in a range of languages.
We work in partnership with Sussex Community Development Association (SCDA) to provide a bi-lingual advocacy service for those residents who are from minority ethnic communities.