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The specific duties and how South Gloucestershire Council meets them

The specific duties state that a public authority must carry out a number of actions. These actions, together with the way in which they are being implemented by South Gloucestershire Council, are shown below:

Specific duty How this is delivered by South Gloucestershire Council
Publish information to demonstrate its compliance with the general equality duty (not later than 31 January 2012); and subsequently publish this information annually. The information a public authority publishes must include, in particular, information relating to persons who share a relevant protected characteristic who are its employees and other persons affected by its policies and practices.

This information is published via the council’s website both within our annual equalities reports and within our equality impact assessments and analyses (EqIAAs).

Annual equalities reports are updated and published on an annual basis and contain a wealth of information in relation to the council’s progress against the requirements of the general equality duty.

To view the reports, visit: Annual equalities reports

In addition, our on-going equality impact assessment and analyses (EqIAAs) are published via the council’s website.

To view completed EqIAAs, visit: Equality impact assessment and analysis (EqIAAs)

Prepare and publish one or more specific and measurable objectives it thinks it should achieve the general equality duty. A public authority must publish these objectives by 6 April 2012; and subsequently publish this information at intervals of not greater than four years.

Specific measurable objectives are included in the council’s equality plan. Our first equality plan was published prior to 6 April 2012.

Objectives are reviewed four-yearly to fit the council’s budget and service planning timetable. This, our second equality plan sets out our objectives 2015-2019.

Measurement of progress against these objectives is set out in the council’s annual equalities reports.

To view the reports, visit: https://www.southglos.gov.uk/community-and-living/equality-and-diversity/monitoring-equalities-information-and-reports

Publish the above information in such a manner that it is accessible to the public and may do this by publishing the information within another published document. This information is published in the council’s equality plan, annual equalities reports and EqIAA.
These are made available via the council’s website (www.southglos.gov.uk)

In the interest of clarity, the specific duties mean that the council must do the following:

Specific duty How this is delivered by South Gloucestershire Council
Prepare equality objectives ensuring that they are specific and measurable. These are the developments/improvements that the council aims to achieve.

Specific measurable objectives are included in the council’s equality plan which, following consultation, is published on our website.

Objectives are reviewed four-yearly to fit the council’s budget and service planning timetable. This will help ensure equality principles and best practices are truly embedded into the council’s work.

Progress against the objectives is published on an annual basis via our annual equalities reports.

Assess and analyse policies and practices to ensure all that they further the aims of the general duty.

Equality impact is considered as part of all policies and decisions presented for consideration by the council and is built into service planning at all stages.

The analysis is carried out by the managers and staff involved in each service, to ensure conclusions are grounded in, and reflected in the delivery of, service delivery.

To view our on-going impact assessment and analysis documents please see: EqIAAs

Engage with a full range of interested parties concerning our work to fulfil the equality duty when we are setting our equality objectives, developing our action plans and reviewing our progress. This is to ensure that our objectives and actions are focused, relevant and successful in achieving the maximum impact and benefit for all. The council’s plans to fulfil the equality duty are laid out within this equality plan. In developing this, consultation has specifically included relevant bodies as well as being made available to all residents via the council’s website (www.southglos.gov.uk) and local media, and to all staff via the council intranet.
Monitor the composition of our workforce on an annual basis. The results of this monitoring should be analysed and interpreted so that it can be used to identify actions that can be taken to advance equality and good relations.

This work is carried out and reported each year after consideration by the council’s equality and diversity action team.

Results from the biennial staff survey are also considered as part of this process.

To view our workforce monitoring results which is published in our equalities in employment reports, please see: Workforce equalities monitoring

Monitor the composition of service-users and their experiences of our services on an annual basis. The results of this monitoring should be analysed and interpreted so that it can be used to identify actions that can be taken to advance equality and good relations.

Both users and non-users of services are surveyed on a regular basis. Analysis of these results is carried out as appropriate and the results included within the Annual Equalities Report.

See: Annual Equalities Reports

Publish information concerning our equalities work and progress annually; either as an individual document or as part of another report. This information is included each year in the annual equalities report which is published on the council’s website, and reviewed with the SGEF.

When undertaking procurement, have due regard to equality and consider the extent to which equality considerations are relevant and proportionate to the subject matter of the contract. The council’s equalities in procurement guide sets out how procurement is to be carried out in order to achieve this.