Equal opportunities

The Council is committed to delivering fair, accessible and relevant services, which recognise the different communities within the borough.

Under amendments to the Local Government Act 1988 the Council is now free to seek information from suppliers on equal opportunities and workforce codes of practice where they are relevant to contractual quality and efficiency.

There is also a requirement under The Public Sector Equality Duty (Equality Act 2010), to not only promote equality and eliminate discrimination but also to ensure that such work is transparent and outcome based. Therefore, the Council will ask for details of the supplier’s policies and procedures for ensuring equal opportunities.

The Council’s Equality Scheme was agreed in May 2005, and updates the previous Race Equality Scheme. The scheme includes a section on procurement and sets out the commitment that officers responsible for contracting will consider equalities issues throughout the procurement process. The Equality Scheme is currently under review and will be revised following the publication of Equality Objectives in April 2012.

Overall, the Council wishes to use its role as a community leader and its considerable purchasing power to forward its commitment to promoting equality and respecting diversity. Equal opportunities will be, however, considered specifically in light of each procurement opportunity.

The outcomes we seek as a Council are:

  • to achieve a consistent approach to equality and diversity in the delivery of our services
  • to ensure that our tendering and selection processes positively address and include equality considerations