The County Council is fully committed to eliminating discrimination and actively promote equality of opportunity through our service delivery, policy development and employment practices.
The council's vision is simple - it wants to create communities where people want to live and work, now and in the future. To achieve this the council must recognise and celebrate the diversity of its local communities and be sensitive to the particular needs that arise from that diversity. The council must also make sure that all its services are fair and accessible to everyone.
The diversity of people and communities in Cambridgeshire makes the county a vibrant and creative place. The council is committed to promoting equality through its service delivery, policy development and employment procedures. It is also committed to eliminating discrimination. The council will provide fair and equally accessible services for everyone, including people who are:
- using our services, in need of our services or may need our services in future
- living in, working in or visiting Cambridgeshire
- employees or prospective employees; contractors supplying goods or services; or anyone working in a voluntary capacity, supported by us
Community Impact Assessments (CIAs)
The Equality Duty set out in S149 of the Equality Act requires the council to consciously think about the following three aims as an integral part of developing policy, making decisions and providing services:
- to eliminate unlawful discrimination, harassment, victimisation and any other conduct prohibited by the Act
- to advance equality of opportunity between people who share a protected characteristic and people who do not share it
- to foster good relations between people who share a protected characteristic and people who do not share it
The council takes very seriously the need to be aware of the impact that our policies, decisions and services have on communities across Cambridgeshire. It carries out CIAs on all of the major proposals and developments as part of our Business Planning process, as well as other policies, plans and decisions relating to service delivery.
The council's CIA process is a local development of national Equality Impact Assessment procedures, allowing us to consider locally significant issues, such as rural isolation and deprivation, alongside nationally prescribed issues, such as age and disability.
For CIAs relating to the published Business Plan 2013-2014 visit Section 8 of the Plan documentation. The CIAs below relate to plans and proposals not explicitly covered in the current 2013-2014 Business Plan or the 2011-12 or 2012-13 Integrated Plan.
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