Equality Duty

An introduction to the Equality Duty and Mendip District Council.

The Equality Duty was created by the Equality Act 2010 and replaces the race, disability and gender equality duties. The duty came into force in April 2011 and applies in England, Scotland and in Wales.
The Public Sector Equality Duty is made up of a general equality duty which is supported by specific duties.
The Council as an employer seeks to act in a way which meets the objectives of the Equality Duty by having due regard to eliminating discrimination, ensuring equality of opportunity and promoting positive working relationships between all its employees.
When customers of the Council come into contact with our services, data is collected both to allow us directly to deliver the service but also to enable us to monitor how we are performing and to evaluate how that service may be impacting upon certain groups of people.
The Disability Discrimination Act (now superseded by the Equality Act 2010) requires Councils to audit their facilities for accessibility. This is to ensure equality of access and to highlight any potential issues which might need to be addressed by the Council.
The council is committed to ensuring that is pays due regard to the Equality Act and that anyone who comes into contact with its services and functions is treated fairly and provided with suitable support to achieve their needs.
A great deal of data is available from a variety of sources which can be used to help place Mendip in context in Somerset, the South West and the country in general.