Publication of Equality ObjectivesThe development of the Council’s equality objectives has been integrated within our usual business planning cycle through the production of our corporate plan for 2012-2015. The early stages of the Corporate Plan used data from our community consultation in 2010 on community priorities. In addition to this, consideration was given to equality issues previously highlighted on our Combined Equality Scheme which was adopted by the Council in 2010 plus new information from engagement work such as the Norfolk Disability co-production pilot where we, in conjunction with partners, worked with disabled residents to identify their key priorities.
Once key priority areas for the corporate plan had been identified, thematic papers for ‘Jobs and the Local Economy’, ‘Localism’ and ‘Delivering the Vision’ were developed to aid further discussions around the development of appropriate SMART equality actions for the Corporate Plan. These papers pulled together data from the Equality and Human Rights Commission’s Triennial review, Equality Impact Assessments, ‘Putting Localism into Practice with Norfolk’s Disabled Residents’ 2011, IPSOS MORI survey 2010: North Norfolk local priorities, the Norfolk Community Cohesion Network’s Transgender and Religion and Faith group issues paper, the Government’s Equality Strategy ‘Building a Fairer Britain’ and North Norfolk District Council’s work force profile. In addition to this the action plan has been reviewed and activities where the public sector equality duty is considered to have a high relevance have been highlighted to ensure that Council mechanisms such as EQIAs, equalities monitoring and procurement processes are applied as appropriate.
The Corporate Plan and it’s action plan are now ready for consultation with the public. This consultation, will seek feedback on the objectives and actions will include the general public, statutory partners and voluntary and community sector organisations who either work with or represent the protected groups. The consultation will be accessible and details about it, the results and final equality objectives will be posted on this website.
It is important to note that the Corporate Plan action plan is dynamic in that it will be reviewed annually. This affords us the opportunity to reflect the findings of new equalities data, engagement work, Equality Impact Assessments (EQIAs) and national data in the Council’s planning of future activity. Examples include the results of new information collected in response to data gaps identified as part of our review of the Council’s equalities data and the findings of the Norfolk Black Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) research project to identify local priorities.
For more information please contact the Performance Unit at:
North Norfolk District Council