Fairness and tackling inequality are at the heart of our values as outlined in the Corporate Plan 2015-18. We believe that everyone should get a fair chance to succeed in Sheffield.
We recognise that some people and communities need extra help to reach their full potential and we will provide extra help where it is needed. We will also make sure that a core offer of services is available to everyone in the city.
We aim to provide excellent, accessible services that meet the needs of all our residents, visitors and our workforce.
We are also committed to tackling inequality in a variety of ways, such as through our commitment to the Fairness Commission Principles, the Tackling Poverty Strategy and the Cohesion Framework.
Under the specific duties of the Equality Act 2010 we must set equality objectives every 4 years. Our objectives for 2014-18 were designed to link into the city's Fairness Commission, the Corporate Plan and the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Policy.
Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Policy
Our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Policy sets out our equality commitments to the people of Sheffield and our staff and how we will meet them.
Our Public Sector Equality Duty (PSED)
The Public Sector Equality Duty (Section 149 of the Equality Act 2010) covers councils and other public sector organisations such as the Police, health and schools. It also applies to organisations we contract with who are carrying functions on our behalf.
The General Duty has 3 aims. It requires public bodies to have due regard to the need to:
- eliminate unlawful discrimination, harassment and victimisation
- advance equality of opportunity
- foster good relations
Annual Equality Report
Our Annual Equality Report is an overview of how we are meeting our Public Sector Equality Duty. It summarises our actions and progress on improving equality, in the way we serve the people of Sheffield and how we behave as an employer.
It includes more detailed information about some areas where we have identified some persistent challenges such as:
- hate crime
- workforce diversity
- domestic and sexual abuse
- financial exclusion
- attainment and absence
The examples throughout the report are only a selection of the ways in which we work to improve equality and to meet the equality duty. Our partners also have a duty to report on their work around equality.
Equality Impact Assessment (EIA)
An Equality Impact Assessment (EIA) is a way of systematically assessing the effects that a policy, project or proposal is likely to have on different groups people within the city. Our policies, projects and decisions will affect the communities we serve and there is the potential for our services to have unseen barriers or to effect some customers, residents, visitors or staff, even if this is not our intention.
We therefore undertake an EIA to help us make better decisions and to try to ensure that the services we provide and commission are fair and accessible to all.
EIAs are focussed on the impact on the protected characteristics in the Equality Act 2010. These include age, disability, race, sex, sexual orientation, religion/belief, gender reassignment, pregnancy & maternity. In Sheffield, we have decided to go beyond our statutory duty under the Equality Act 2010. We also assess the impact on the Voluntary and Community and faith Sector (VCFS), poverty and financial exclusion, carers, armed forces and cohesion. We believe that this gives us a wider understanding than the statutory framework would without these additions.
We carry out an initial EIA for any proposals, policies and projects and a full EIA where we think there may be a disproportionate impact on some groups of people. We then consult with those people who are likely to be impacted by proposals, projects or changes to policies. We also carry out an EIA on our overall budget report annually and on the proposals that under pin this.
Completed Equality Impact Assessments are available so for more information or to request a completed EIA please contact us.
EIA areas assessed
- gender - including pregnancy and maternity
- gender reassignment
- sexual orientation
- religion or belief
- other issues such as carers, cohesion and health and wellbeing, financial inclusion and poverty
Equality information & monitoring
Equality monitoring helps us to ensure that services are accessible. Recording personal circumstances allows us to analyse how well we are meeting our commitments to different groups of customers. Research such as the Census provides a profile of the population of Sheffield that enables us to compare who requests and receives services against the data we collect. For example, we collect information on who uses our translation and interpretation.
Equality monitoring helps us to:
- understand why our services do not meet their needs
- improve delivery of services making it easier for all groups of customers to access services