Equality and Diversity Legislation and Policies

Equality Legislation

The Equality Act 2010 replaced existing anti-discrimination laws with a single Act. It strengthened the law to help tackle discrimination and inequality. The Act applies to all organisations that provide a service to the public or a section of the public (service providers).

Who is protected?

The Act protects people from discrimination on the basis of ‘protected characteristics’ (these used to be called ‘grounds’):

  • age
  • disability
  • gender reassignment
  • pregnancy and maternity
  • race – this includes ethnic or national origins, colour and nationality
  • religion or belief
  • sex
  • sexual orientation
  • marriage and civil partnership

What the law prohibits?

  • Direct discrimination
  • Indirect discrimination
  • Discrimination by association
  • Discriminate by perception
  • Harassment
  • Victimisation

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The Public Sector Equality Duty

The Equality Act introduced the Public Sector Equality Duty on all public authorities. In fulfilling this duty the County Council in all its functions must have due regard to:

  • eliminate unlawful discrimination, harassment and victimisation
  • advance equality of opportunity between different groups and
  • foster good relations between different groups

To meet the requirements of the Equality Act and the public sector equality duty it is the responsibility of all staff to ensure that decision making, policy setting and service delivery supports these three aims, that equalities is integrated into our day-to-day work, and that we positively contribute to the advancement of equality and good relations.

If you require further advice about how to meet your responsibility for equalities please contact the Corporate Equalities team:

Tel: 01926 412659 Minicom : 01926 412277

The Equality Act 2010 introduced the concept of the Public Sector Equality Duty and further information is available on the Equality and Human Rights Commission site.

Equality and Diversity Policy Statement and Managing Equality and Diversity

Warwickshire County Council Equality and Diversity policy statement (DOCX, 94.87 KB)

This policy statement and guidance document sets out Warwickshire County Council’s vision and commitment to ensuring equality of opportunity for all, including equality of access to those services that we provide. In serving our community and in valuing the contribution of our workforce, we aim to improve the quality of life and wellbeing of the population.

Family Friendly Working Policy and Guide

Warwickshire County Council is committed to family friendly working, often giving more generous benefits than the legal entitlement. We hope that all our employees and their families can benefit from our policies.

The Family Friendly Guide is designed to help answer any questions you may have on family friendly working at the county council, and outline what you are entitled to as an employee. We have been assisted by colleagues within the Council who have helpfully checked the readability and style of the booklet.

Implementation of Equal Pay

Implementation of Equal Pay Structure (msword,1.82mb)

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Equality and Diversity Profiles

We have commissioned the following profiles and present data relating to Equality and Diversity.

Equality and Diversity key messages (PDF, 798.59 KB)
Rugby Key Messages 2015 (PDF, 364.05 KB)
Rugby Profile (PDF, 186.21 KB)
Stratford Profile (PDF, 185.86 KB)
Stratford language map (PDF, 286.88 KB)
Stratford health and wellbeing report (PDF, 545.63 KB)
Warwickshire health profile 2015 (PDF, 2.09 MB)
North Leamington Health and Wellbeing profile 2014 (PDF, 623.76 KB)
North Leamington Health and Wellbeing Report (PDF, 623.76 KB)
North Warks Profile (PDF, 182.09 KB)
Nuneaton and Bedworth Profile (PDF, 190.25 KB)
Nuneaton Language Map (PDF, 370.99 KB)
Warwickshire Key Messages (PDF, 468.19 KB)

Equality Guidance for Public Consultation and Engagement Activity

Under the Public Sector Duty Section of The Equality Act 2010, we have a legal duty to understand the communities we serve, our customer profile and the profile of our staff. You can find the Equality Guidance for Public Consultation and Engagement Activity on our intranet pages under Consultation and Engagement (internal access only)

Equality Guidance for collecting monitoring data (PDF, 485.99 KB)

Dignity at Work

Dignity at work policy and procedure (DOCX, 103.71 KB)

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Accessibility Statement (DOCX, 98.67 KB)

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Equality and Diversity Legislation and Policies was last updated on October 5, 2016.