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Equality and diversity

North West Leicestershire is a diverse community made up of many different groups and individuals.  We value that diversity and believe it is essential to understand the different contributions, points of view and experiences people in our community have.

We know that not everyone's experience is the same. There are many forms of discrimination or unfairness, which affect peoples lives. 

We know some individuals or groups of people can experience or feel more discrimination or unfairness than others.  This can be because of their ethnic group (race), gender, disability, sexual orientation, age or religion.  People can also be excluded through class, poverty and other factors such as poor health, distress, education, etc.

We believe everyone in North West Leicestershire deserves excellent 'fair and equitable public services', which reflects individual needs and circumstances or situations.  Equalities in North West Leicestershire means it is a place where:

  • Diversity is seen as a strength
  • People's differences are understood and respected
  • Everyone has a responsibility to promote and support good relations between all local communities
  • Services are fully accessible - easy to get to
  • The workforce reflects the community we serve
  • There is zero tolerance / acceptance of unlawful discrimination and harassment of any kind
  • Everyone is able to access / get to the opportunities and life chances on offer to achieve their potential.

Current legislation

This section gives a brief summary of the current legislation with regard to creating a society which is at ease with its diversity, where every individual has the opportunity to achieve their potential, and where people treat each other with dignity and respect.
More about current legislation

Equality Monitoring

What is equality monitoring?

The council is committed to the delivery of excellent public services to all communities in the district.

This can only be achieved if we understand and know who the residents, workers and visitors of North West Leicestershire are, together with knowing what their needs are and the impact our services currently have on them. We are only able to do this if we have appropriate monitoring systems in place.

Equality monitoring is the process of collecting, storing, and analysing data about the ethnic background, gender, age, religion or belief, disability and sexual orientation of service users or potential service users, employees or potential employees.

Why do we need to ask such personal questions?

Ever wondered why we ask you so many personal questions? 

We are not just being nosey - asking questions can help us to improve the services we deliver to our communities and to you. 

If through monitoring, we find certain groups of people are not using certain services, we can address this to make sure everyone gets fair and equal access to our services – regardless of their age, disability, gender, race, religion / belief or sexual orientation.

We need to be confident in asking these questions of our residents or customers in our day-to–day roles, whether over the phone or in person.  

It is useful to remember:

  • Information provided by you is confidential under Data Protection legislation.  
  • Information is not passed onto anyone else and is not used to check citizenship status or nationality.  
  • You are not obliged to provide this information……….but it's our duty to ask all these questions. 

10 Reasons why you should tick those little boxes (in easy read format).

Equality framework for local government

What is the Equality Framework for Local Government?

The Equality Framework for Local Government (EFLG) replaced the Equality Standard for Local Government when it came into effect on the 1st April 2009. More about the Equality Framework

Equality impact assessment

Equality Impact Assessments or EIA's are a way of finding out whether our services or policies will affect some communities or groups of people differently. More about the Equality Impact Assessment.

Read our completed Equality Impact Assessments.

Interpretation and translation

We offer interpretation and translations of our documents, as well as making documents available in large print, Braille, on audio cassette or computer disk.  We can also provide information in languages other than English. More about interpretation and translation

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