Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Statement March 2019
Doncaster Council is committed ensuring high-quality, customer focused services to people living, working or visiting our borough. We recognise and value the benefits of diversity and inclusiveness in our communities where we strive to improve the quality of life for all.
We pledge a commitment to celebrating equality, inclusion and diversity whilst promoting good relations between our diverse communities to ensure that our services are appropriate and accessible for everyone. Our aspiration is for Doncaster to be an open, diverse and inclusive borough which is receptive to new ideas, creativity and innovation.
We will adhere to the general duty on public authorities contained in the Equality Act 2010. Due regard will be applied and legitimately considered when carrying out public functions to eliminate unlawful discrimination, harassment and victimisation, advance equality of opportunity and foster good relations with regards to the nine protected characteristics. These nine detailed characteristics in the include age, disability, gender reassignment, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation. For Marriage and Civil Partnerships the duty is to eliminate unlawful discrimination only. We are also striving to ensure people are not discriminated against due to their socio economic status (poverty), or because they are care leavers or armed forces veterans. This applies to the Council as an employer, service provider and in relation to any ongoing partnership work or through our public duties.
Equality focuses on improving outcomes for all by responding to individuals or groups differently in order to meet their needs to address differing levels of disadvantage and discrimination.
Diversity recognises respect and value differences to contribute and realise potential by promoting inclusive culture for individuals, communities and employees.
Inclusion is a sense of belonging and making all groups and individuals feel respected and valued.
This Statement is part of Doncaster Council’s Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Framework which underpins all of the Council’s equality, diversity and inclusion work. In conjunction with other key Council policies and strategies our framework will help the Council to realise its purpose “that all people in Doncaster thrive”
Damian Allen - Chief Executive
Ros Jones - Mayor