Equality strategy 2013 - 2018 and outcomes for equality

This is our second equality strategy. It builds on the work of our first strategy that covered the years 2009-12. We said in 2009 what we would do to achieve equality for everyone who works or lives or learns in North Lanarkshire.

In 2010 a new Equality Act came into force. The Equality Act is for everyone. Everyone has characteristics that are protected by the Equality Act.

The protected characteristics are:

  • age
  • disability
  • gender re-assignment
  • marriage and civil partnership
  • pregnancy and maternity
  • race
  • religion or belief
  • sex
  • sexual orientation

Along with the Act came new equality duties. These new duties mean that public bodies, like the Council, have to do certain things to achieve equality for more people. One of the new duties is called the General Duty. When the Council is carrying out its work it has to think about how it can:

  • Eliminate unlawful discrimination, harassment and victimisation
  • Advance equality of opportunity between people who share a protected characteristic and those who do not and
  • Foster good relations between people who share a protected characteristic and those who do not.

There are also specific duties which tell us what we need to do to show that we are considering the general duty. One of the specific duties is to publish outcomes. We have to involve people with protected characteristics in deciding what the outcomes should be. The outcomes should be based on evidence.

You can download the complete Equality Strategy 2013 - 18 from the download section on this page.

The Equality Strategy 2013 - 18 signed in British Sign Language with audio subtitles can be viewed using the link under Other useful websites.

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