The Strategic Director for Finance, Governance and Support submitted a report which ought approval of the following revised policies:
Equality Monitoring Policy, and
Hate Incident policy
The policies were attached to the report as appendices.
The report outlined that the public sector equality duty, which was contained within the Equality Act 2010. The
duty contains both general and specific duties that are applicable to the Council. In line with the Councils Policy framework these policies are brought forward for review every three years.
Over the years these policies have been refined to reflect case law changes and identify opportunities to streamline and merge documents, resulting in the three revised policies that are appended to this report for approval:
Equality Monitoring Policy; and
Monitoring of Hate Incidents Policy.
The key amendments to each policy were as follows:
The policy attached at Appendix 1, had been updated to reflect changes to HR policies and procedures that have been introduced since it was revised last and name changes. Changes include introduction of the People Strategy, flexible working policies, Middlesbrough Manager and Middlesbrough Employee Frameworks
and the Work Life Balance Policy. It also reflects the creation of the Equality and Inclusion officer group, led by the Director of Adult Social Care to advance the equality and inclusion agenda within the Council.
Equality Monitoring Policy
The covering Policy (attached at Appendix 2) has been streamlined further and an additional question has been added into the standard equality monitoring form for adults to enable the Council to capture transgender status. There is a lack of data available on transgender people which makes it difficult to identify views on a range
of issues and information on how well services are meeting the needs of all communities in Middlesbrough. It is anticipated that a question on transgender status will also appear in the next Census, enabling the Council to benchmark its data.
Monitoring of Hate Incidents Policy
Following consultation with the Equality and Inclusion group, changes to the policy have been made to include reference to hate crime reporting processes that can be followed, Call a Halt to Hate Crime, which is a Tees Valley partners produced form for communities and the national reporting tool promoted by the Police. In addition information on who information may be shared with has been made clearer. The revised policy is attached at Appendix 3 for consideration.
That the revised policies be agreed and implemented.
The decision was supported by the following reason:
The d ecision was necessary to ensure the Councils arrangements continue to reflect the expectations of the Public Sector Equality Duty and effectively support the organisation to deliver its priorities.