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Equal opportunities information
Medway Council’s equality information and objectives
Medway Council is committed to providing value
for money services that are appropriate, targeted and effective in
meeting the diverse and changing needs of our community.
Knowing the local community, identifying
priority areas for improvement and using this knowledge, makes it
easier to plan and deliver services to the people that need them in
the ways they can access them. This ensures positive outcomes,
which provide value for money and higher levels of customer
Medway Council has brought together
information on diversity of Medway residents and the make up of the
council’s workforce. This equality information along with the
equality objectives that have been developed for the council are
detailed in Delivering
Fair and Responsive Services 2013-14 (pdf 255KB).
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Diversity information about the residents of Medway and the
council’s workforce is detailed in Appendix A; the analysis of the
information and performance is in Appendix B; and how the council
meets it Public Sector Equality Duty is in Appendix C.
The equality information, the council’s
equality schemes and the challenges identified by the Equality and Human Rights
Commission through, ‘How
Fair is Britain?’ as being, “the most significant and the most
urgently in need of resolution” have been used to develop the
council’s equality objectives. The council’s equality objectives
- narrowing the gap in educational achievement;
- reducing repeat incidences of domestic abuse;
- reducing incidences of hate crime;
- increasing the independence of older and vulnerable people
receiving adult social care services;
- increasing the independence of carers of older and vulnerable
people receiving adult social care services;
- increasing the representation of disabled people in the
- improving the collection and analysis of equality information
Please let us have any comments by email on
We would particularly want to hear from you if you feel that
another aspect of equality needs to be given a higher priority and
should be a part of the equality objectives.
Medway Council’s commitment to excellent
customer care and responsive services is central to the council’s
core values and the priorities as set out in the Council Plan.
Fair Access, Diversity and Inclusion Policy
Medway Council’s Fair
Access, Diversity and Inclusion Policy (pdf 15KB) updates and
replaces the council’s Equal Opportunities Policy. The Fair Access
and Inclusion policy outlines the council’s commitment to tackling
discrimination, harassment and victimisation; advancing equality of
opportunity and fostering good relations amongst all residents.
Our Policy commitment
“The council is committed to ensuring that no service user,
employee, job applicant, partner, contractor, supplier or member of
the public will be unlawfully discriminated, harassed or victimised
on the grounds of race; ethnicity; nationality; ethnic or national
origin; colour; disability; gender identity or presentation;
marital or civil partnership status; maternity or pregnancy; family
and caring responsibilities; sex; sexual orientation; age; HIV
status; religion or belief; political beliefs; social class; trades
union activity; or irrelevant spent convictions.”
Medway Council’s Equality Objectives and the Equality
The council’s Equality Schemes on race, disability and gender
have been incorporated into the Equality Objectives outlined above.
Council performance against the equality objectives will be
monitored and progress reported on an annual basis to demonstrate
our compliance with the Fair Access and Inclusion Policy and the
Further information on equalities
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