Our Equalities Objectives
The Equality Act 2010 applies to all public bodies and any private and voluntary bodies carrying out public functions. The act places a legal duty on Ashford Borough Council’s staff and councillors, when carrying out their duties and functions, to give due regard to equality issues, and specifically to:
- Remove or minimise disadvantages suffered by people due to their protected characteristic(s)
- Take steps to meet the needs of people from protected groups where these are different from the needs of other people
- Encourage people from protected groups to participate in public life or in other activities where their participation is disproportionately low
The duty covers people with the following protected characteristics:
- Sexual orientation
- Religion or belief
- Sex (previously referred to as gender)
- Gender reassignment
- Pregnancy and maternity
The eliminating discrimination aim also covers marriage and civil partnership.
Ashford Borough Council's equalities objectives and meeting the public sector equalities duty
As a public sector body, Ashford Borough Council must also comply with specific duties under the Equalities Act 2010.
The council must publish, annually, information it holds for people with protected characteristics who are either council employees or residents affected by the council's services or policies. This information can be found on our equalities information page.
The council must also publish at least one objective to focus its effort in tackling inequality and disadvantage. Our most recent objectives were agreed by the council's Cabinet and Full Council in May 2016 and can be found on Ashford Borough Council Equalities Objectives May 2016 [pdf] 95KB.
Information about the council's approach to equalities as a community leader, service provider and employer can be read in Ashford's Approach to Equalities [docx] 28KB. In this document you will find further information on the council's commitment to the Armed Forces Covenant and Working Definition of Anti-Semitism.
Previous equalities objectives were agreed by the council's management team in March 2012 and can be found on Ashford Borough Council Equalities Objectives March 2012 [pdf] 53KB.