Shropshire Council collects and uses equality and diversity data as part of a range of partnership and corporate approaches towards meeting the needs of service users. These approaches involve consultation and engagement with current and potential service users, communities, and local and regional stakeholders in the business sector such as housing developers, social care providers, and the Marches LEP.
Partnership approaches very much encompass liaison work through and with the local voluntary and community sector, particularly through the Shropshire Voluntary and Community Sector Assembly and its forums of interest. The Council also seeks out good practice in the field of equality and diversity policy from public sector bodies, such as NHS Foundation Trusts and other local authorities. Examples include Cornwall, Cumbria, Gloucestershire and Leicestershire local authorities.
Shropshire Council is required to publish three key documents, as per our Public Sector Equality Duty under the Equality Act 2010. These may all be found on the webpages with regard to equality, diversity and social inclusion, at shropshire.gov.uk
The documents comprise:
- The Equality Objectives Action Plan 2016/2020
- The service user diversity report for 2016, and the workforce diversity report for 2016: these are companion documents required to be published on an annual basis.
The Equality Objectives Action Plan is a key strand of the corporate and partnership approach of Shropshire Council towards continuing compliance with the Public Sector Equality Duty (PSED). The Deputy Portfolio Holder, Councillor Gwilym Butler, is leading locally on promoting the Equality Objectives Action Plan more widely with local partners including town and parish councils and the VCS. This links to ambitions to share materials across sectors, in order to pool resources for maximum effect and increase understanding amongst the general public, service users and communities of the challenges faced by people with Protected Characteristics and people at risk of social exclusion.
Councillor Butler has accordingly asked that these documents be brought to wider attention for reference purposes, in his capacity as Member Champion for Equalities
For any further information, please contact:
Mrs Lois Dale,
Rurality and Equalities Specialist
Performance, Intelligence and Policy Team
Commissioning Support Services
Shirehall, Abbey Foregate, Shrewsbury
Shropshire SY2 6ND
Telephone 01743 258528