Equality and diversity
Perth & Kinross Council has reviewed and updated its equality framework to reflect the changes introduced by the Equality Act 2010 (Specific Duties) Scotland Regulations 2012.
The Council is committed to delivering services which are fair and inclusive for all of our citizens and we work to ensure that we pay due regard to eliminating discrimination, harassment, victimisation or any other prohibited conduct, advancing equality of opportunity by removing or minimising disadvantage, meeting the needs of particular groups that are different from the needs of others, encouraging participation in public life and fostering good relations.
The Council chairs a Community Equalities Advisory Group. This group is for public, third sector and community groups to share knowledge and experience of the issues of people across the range of protected characteristics. By sharing good practice and discussing areas of mutual interest this helps to shape and inform local strategy and policy development. For further information about this group, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Human Rights Statement of Intent
Perth & Kinross Council is committed to working with the people of Perth and Kinross and our Community Planning partners to promote a better human rights culture in our area.
Our ambition is to create a groundswell in awareness and understanding of what human rights are, why they exist, who they are for and how a claim can be made if a breach has taken place.
We worked with the Scottish Human Rights Commission pilot initiative to explore what a better human rights culture would look like in a local authority area. This key area of work which led to the establishment of the Fairness Commission locally.
There are nine protected characteristics in the Equality Act and these are age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion/belief, sex, and sexual orientation.
The Council has an Equality policy [336Kb] which outlines our approach to promoting Equality and Diversity.
The Council has published their revised Perth and Kinross Council Equality Outcomes Report [447Kb].
Equality Impact Assessments
The Council uses an Integrated Assessment Tool to assess the potential impact on individuals and communities of the introduction or revision of relevant policies and procedures. As part of these assessments an Equality Impact Assessment (EqIA) is carried out where appropriate.
Equality Mainstreaming Report
The Council produced an Equalities Performance Report for 2017/18 [1Mb] and this was approved by the full Council on 19 December 2018 and Scrutiny Committee on 6 February 2019 ( Equalities Performance Report 2017-18 [202Kb]). This also included our annual Equality and Diversity in Employment Report [328Kb]. This report provides the template for future mainstreaming reports and benchmarking of our equalities work.
The Health and Social Care Integration Joint Board approved their Equality Outcomes and Mainstreaming Report [300Kb] at their meeting on 23 March 2016 with effect from 30 April 2016. The Board approved their first Equality Outcome Progress Report at their meeting on 22 June 2018.
The Education Authority has published its summary of the 2016 school staff census [200Kb].
You can get further information about the Equality Act and related codes of practice and guidance on Equality & Human Rights Commission: Equality Act.