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 equalities issues, and specifically to:
The duty covers people with the following protected characteristics:
The eliminating discrimination aim also covers marriage and civil partnership.
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 in our Ashford Borough Council Equalities Objectives May 2016 [pdf] 87KB
Previous equalities objectives were agreed by the council's management team in March 2012 and can be found in our Ashford Borough Council Equalities Objectives March 2012 [pdf] 53KB