Our commitment to achieving equality and diversity
Cambridgeshire County Council works hard to ensure that we are fair and accessible to 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 people volunteering with us;
We are committed to meeting our duties under the Equality Act 2010. We will work to eliminate discrimination and to promote diversity and equal opportunities through our
- service delivery,
- community engagement, and
- employment practices.
We know that the diversity of people and communities in Cambridgeshire helps to make our county the vibrant and creative place it is.
Our Single Equality Strategy
Our strategic objectives
Our single Equality Strategy will help us to achieve our commitment to equality and diversity. The current strategy runs from 2018-2022 and has three main objectives:
Objective A: Promote equality and inclusion within our workforce, our Members and through our employment and procurement practices.
Objective B: Promote equality and inclusion through fair and accessible services.
Objective C: Promote equality, inclusion and celebrate diversity through engagement between the council and communities, groups and individuals.
You can read our full strategy below.
The Equality Act 2010 identifies nine protected characteristics:
- Gender reassignment (this category protects the rights of transgender people)
- Marriage and civil partnership
- Pregnancy and maternity
- Religion or belief
- Sexual orientation
We will work to meet our legal duties to people with these characteristics. We have identified a further two characteristics which we believe also put people at risk of receiving unfair treatment.
These characteristics are:
- Rural isolation
We will work to support the needs of these groups too.
We value our diverse workforce and the contribution all our employees make to the success of our organisation. We know that having a diverse workforce means we reflect the people in the communities we serve. It also helps us to improve our efficiency and effectiveness.
We have an active Equality and Diversity Network. This group is for employees and Members who have protected characteristics and/or have interest in supporting people with protected characteristics. The Network holds regular meetings, runs awareness events for employees, and provides valuable feedback on how we can continue to improve our support for our diverse workforce.
We have a number of processes in place to support the recruitment, retention, promotion and engagement of employees with protected characteristics.
Disability confident employer
We are a disability confident employer
Cambridgeshire County Council provides a wide range of services, which are used by people from all backgrounds who have a wide variety of experiences, preferences and aims.
We work hard to meet the needs of all our customers, service users and members of the public. However, we know that it is always possible to improve how we do things. So, we’re making changes to our systems so they are even better at helping our services to meet the needs of all the people who use them.
We want to support managers and employees to improve how they think about equality and diversity when making decisions about our services. We are currently working to put in place the following changes to improve our equality and diversity performance:
- Updating our equality impact assessment process to make it more robust;
- Enhancing the system of checks and balances we use to ensure that assessments are carried out effectively, and are properly documented.
Since our Single Equality Strategy came into force in 2018, we have completed two major pieces of work to support the communities we serve.
AccessAble provides information on the accessibility arrangements at places members of the public visit. Accessibility arrangements are things put in place to support disabled visitors, people with long-term health conditions/impairments etc.
We commissioned AccessAble to review 200 venues in Cambridgeshire. AccessAble selected the venues they assessed, following research and consultation with disabled people.
- White Ribbon Campaign
We have achieved White Ribbon accreditation. The mission of White Ribbon is to end male violence against women, once and for all by working with men and boys to challenge those male cultures that lead to harassment, abuse and violence.