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Equality and diversity

At Medway we are very proud of our track record of providing excellent services that are accessible to everyone, as set out by the Equality Act 2010.Protected Characteristics

As a public service provider, it is our general duty to consider everybody when we carry out our day to day work to ensure that we:

  • eliminate discrimination, harassment, victimisation and any other conduct prohibited by the Act
  • increase equal opportunities for people of all ages, race, gender, ability, religion, sexual orientation etc. (known as protected characteristics)
  • foster good relationships between people who share a protected characteristic and people who do not share it

 

The Council's duties

As well as our general duty to ensure people are treated equally, the council has two specific tasks it has to carry out:

  1. Publish information

We must publish information by 31 January each year to show compliance with the Equality Act, including information about our employees and service users who are affected by our policies and practices.
Read our latest annual equality report.

2. Set equality objectives

We must prepare and publish equality objectives and then update them at least every four years. We must ensure the objectives are specific and that progress in achieving them can be measured.
Take a look at our equality objective's for 2016 and how we have met them.

Our equality policy

When the council makes any decision, equality must always be considered, and our commitment to delivering fair and responsive services is set out in our Equality Policy.

Diversity impact assessments

Diversity impact assessments help us assess the likely impact on equality if changes to our services, policies or strategies are made.