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Thanet's Population An Equalities Overview

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									Thanet District Council
Corporate Equality Plan 2008/09
Introduction
Thanet District Council (TDC) is committed to promoting fairness and inclusion.

We want to ensure that our services are accessible to everyone, that we are a fair employer, and that people are able to take part in all
aspects of community life regardless of their race or ethnic group, gender, disability, age, sexual orientation, religion or beliefs.

To help us do this, we have developed an annual programme of work which is set out in this Plan. The programme of work includes:

   Achieving Level 3 of the Equality Standard for Local Government (ESLG) by October 2009. The ESLG is a nationally recognised
    framework used to embed equality and diversity in service delivery and is used by most Councils in the UK.

   Setting equality objectives and targets for each Council Service which are monitored on a monthly basis.

   Gathering and publishing a broad range of equality and diversity information about the Thanet area and Thanet Council. Analysing this
    information and using the results to strengthen and improve the delivery of services.

   Consultation with community and voluntary groups about equality and diversity issues and using feedback from consultations to
    strengthen and improve policy making, planning and service delivery.

   Using Equality Impact Assessments to check our services and policies to see if they unlawfully exclude or discriminate against people,
    and if so to eliminate any discriminatory barriers.

   Publishing an annual report which tells the community how we have performed in meeting the targets set out in this Plan.


For more information about what Thanet Council and its partners are doing to promote fairness and inclusion please visit our website at
www.thanet.gov.uk or contact Ian Driver, Corporate Projects Officer on 01843 577 192, e-mail ian.driver@thanet.gov.uk

To find our more about national developments and the laws which regulate equality in the UK visit the website of the Equality and Human
Rights Commission at www.equalityhumanrights.com




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Contents

Corporate equality targets 2008 -09       pages 4 – 6

Commercial Services                       pages 7 – 9

Community Services                        pages 10 - 14

Customer Services                         pages 15 – 17

Development Services                      pages 18 – 20

Financial Services                        pages 21 – 22

Improvement and Performance               pages 23 – 28

Maritime                                  pages 29




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Corporate Equality Targets 2008 - 09

Task                                                           Lead      Target Date   Expected outcome
Achieve Level 3 of the Equality Standard for Local          Sophie       March         Council to achieves Level 3 of ESLG
Government (ESLG)                                           Chadwick     2009
Member lead on equality and diversity                       Councillor   Ongoing       To champion equality and diversity issues in the
                                                            Jo Gideon                  political arena
Officer lead on equality and diversity                      Sarah        Ongoing       To champion equality and diversity issues with the
                                                            Carroll                    Council’s staff
Council-wide co-ordination of equality and
diversity agenda

The Corporate Equality Planning Group (CEPG) co-                                       Equality policy and planning processes
                                                            Ian Driver   Ongoing       mainstreamed into all areas of Council activity
ordinates the Council’s equality and diversity activities
and reports to ECMT

Service planning and performance monitoring
All Service Plans include equality and diversity            CEPG,        July 08 &     Equality and diversity mainstreamed into service
targets.                                                    Ian Driver   ongoing       planning.

Targets monitored monthly and performance                   CEPG,
reported to CEPG, ECMT, Cabinet and Overview and            Ian Driver   October       Equality and diversity actions monitored.
Scrutiny Panel.                                                          08 then
                                                                         monthly r




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Task                                                       Lead          Target Date   Expected outcome
Consultation
                                                        All Heads    Ongoing           Feedback strengthens inclusivity in policy
Council consults with community, staff and              of Service                     development and service delivery
stakeholders about the impact of its polices and        &
services in relation to equality and diversity.         managers

                                                        Hannah                         Strengthened and consistent consultation practice
The Council will produce guidance to its staff about                 Sept 2008
                                                        Thorpe &
managing consultation exercises.
                                                        Ian Driver
Language support
                                                                     Sept 08           Corporate policy on providing information in other
The Council will issue guidance about the translation   CEPG/
                                                                                       languages and providing interpreters
of its documents into other languages and the           Ian Driver
provision of interpretation services

Information gathering and analysis

The Council will gather and analyse equality and        All Heads Ongoing              Development of Thanet Knowledge Hub and
diversity information about its staff, customers and    of Service,                    equality monitoring systems. Information used to
the local community.                                    Ian Driver                     identify potential issues and strengthen policy
                                                                                       development and service delivery.
Corporate guidance issued on equality monitoring.       CEPG         August 08
                                                        Ian Driver                     Corporate policy on gathering, storing and
                                                                                       analysing equality information




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Task                                                        Lead          Target Date   Expected outcome
Training
                                                                      Ongoing           Staff are aware of any equality and diversity issues
The Council will ensure that staff receive appropriate   Tim                            and requirements in relation to their areas of
equality and diversity training                          Conroy                         responsibility and have a general understanding
                                                                                        of the Council’s equality and diversity duties.
Annual report and review

The Council will produce an annual Equality and          CEPG/        October           Council accountable and transparent in delivery of
Diversity Report which sets out its performance          Ian Driver   2009              its Equality Policy and Plan
against the targets in this Plan.


In consultation with the community and staff, the        CEPG/        March             Up to date plan which reflects public interest ,
Corporate Equality Action Plan will be subject to an     Ian Driver   2009              complies with equality and diversity law and
annual review.                                                                          follows best practice.




East Kent LSP

The Council will work with its East Kent LSP partners    Sophie           Ongoing       East Kent partners develop and follow common
to develop and equality and diversity policy for the     Chadwick                       policy in relation to equality and diversity
East Kent area.
Awareness Raising
                                                                                        Council keeps community informed of up to date
The Council will work with the Thanet community to       All/ Ian         Ongoing       news about equality and diversity issues of
raise awareness about equality and diversity issues.     Driver                         relevance




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Equality objectives and targets for Thanet District Council Services 2008 -2009

Task                                           Corporate /         Lead officer     When    Expected outcome
                                               Service Plan link
Commercial Services

Access to Beaches
Improved disabled access to Broadstairs,       CP1 (3C)            Joe            June 08   Boardwalk and beach wheelchairs
Margate, Ramsgate & Westgate beaches                               McCarthy                 available for use in designated areas.
                                                                                            Publicity about improved beach access
Sport & recreation
Extend opportunities for disabled people to CML33                  Chris Gunn     Ongoing   Consultation with disabled groups.
engage in sport and recreational activities.                                                Increased participation by disabled people

Sports facilities
Ensure that development briefs for the
                                               CP5 (7C)            Chris Tull     Ongoing
Marlowe Athletics track and the new                                                         Planning briefs are inclusive and based
swimming pool include equality and                                                          upon consultation with equality groups.
diversity considerations and that
consultations with equality and diversity
organisations about these developments
have been carried out.

Children’s play areas and equipment
Ensure that new children’s play areas and      CML 58A             Chris Tull     Ongoing
                                                                                            New or upgraded play facilities for children
new children’s play equipment promote                                                       and young people are designed to meet
equality of access to play opportunities for                                                good practice guidelines for inclusive play.
all children




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Task                                            Corporate /         Lead officer     When     Expected outcome
                                                Service Plan link
Commercial Services (continued)

Parks and open spaces                           CP5(7C)             Paul Verrall   Dec 2008   Barriers to access are identified for
Consult with equality and community                                                           resolution in future service plans
groups to identify improvements which will
increase accessibility.

Thanet Leisure Force

TLF to provide customer profile                 CP5 (7C)            Mike Marsh     Dec 2008   Annual customer profile report
information including, where possible,
information about age, gender, race,
disability, sexuality, religion or belief of
service users.


Thanet Leisure Force
                                                CP5 (7C)            Mike Marsh     Dec 2008   Annual staff profile and training report
TFL to provide annual staff profile
information detailing where possible age,
gender, race, disability, sexuality, religion
or belief of its staff and information
regarding equality training provided to its
staff

Public Toilets
                                                                    Peter          Dec 2008   Consultation with disabled groups to
Conduct consultation process about
                                                CML 47D             Thomas         – March    ensure that major refurbishment
accessibility prior to major refurbishments
                                                                                   2009       programmes and new public toilet are
or construction of new public toilets.
                                                                                              more inclusive and accessible.




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Task                                         Corporate /         Lead officer     When     Expected outcome
                                             Service Plan link
Commercial Services

Clinical Waste Collection Service                                Graham         Dec 2008   Identify any barriers to service access
Conduct survey of service users and
                                                                 Gosden
analyse results in relation to inclusivity



Training
Ensure that all staff involved in                                Tim Conroy     Ongoing    Staff are aware of equality and diversity
recruitment and selection and equality                                                     requirements in relation to their areas of
impact assessment activities receive the                                                   responsibility and have a general
appropriate training                                                                       understanding of the Council’s equality
                                                                                           and diversity duties


Year 3 Equality Impact Assessments

Churchyards                                                      Paul Verrall   All by     EIAs completed with recommendations for
                                                                                March      any further action fed into service plan
Cemeteries                                                                      2009

Crematorium

Memorials




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Task                                             Corporate /         Lead officer     When      Expected outcome
                                                 Service Plan link
Community Services

Strategic Housing

Configure housing waiting list and tenancy       CP5 (7C)            Amber          Sept 08     Application forms and IT systems able to
management systems to capture                                        Christou                   collect equality information
information about the gender, race, age,
disabilities, sexuality, religion or belief of
applicants for TDC housing and TDC
tenants.

Report on the equality and diversity             CP5 (7C)            Amber          Dec 2008    Annual report produced
backgrounds of applicants for housing and                            Christou
TDC tenants.

                                                                     Amber
                                                                                                Customer feedback linked to equality and
Customer feedback and analysis                   CP5(7C)             Christou       Ongoing
                                                                                                diversity
processes to capture equality and diversity
information

                                                                     Amber
Review Equality Impact Assessment for            COM42               Christou       August 08   EIA recommendations evaluated and
Housing Options and Strategic Housing                                                           implementation schedule agreed


Develop Housing options service to reflect                           Amber          Ongoing
needs of BME community and other                 SHI 4               Christou                   Housing Options service to be more
equality groups                                                                                 inclusive




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Task                                            Corporate /         Lead officer     When    Expected outcome
                                                Service Plan link
Community Services (continued)
                                                                    Madeline       Ongoing   Key documents accessible and easy to
Key public documents i.e. letting policy,       SHI 5               Homer                    understand
application forms, rent deposit scheme
are clear and concise


Landlord Services

Report on equality background in relation       CP5 (7C)            Madeline       Dec 08    Annual report produced
to tenant management issues e.g.                                    Homer
possession order, anti-social behavior
issues


Resident involvement activities are             COM 59              Madeline       Ongoing   Demonstrate inclusive consultation
inclusive and engage people from diverse                            Homer                    and involvement processes with no
backgrounds                                                                                  barriers to participation.



Mears to provide annual staff profile           CP5 (7C)            Madeline       Dec 08    Major contracts in compliance with TDC
information detailing where possible age,                           Homer                    equality and diversity policy. TDC meet
race, gender, disability, sexuality, religion                                                statutory duties.
or belief of its staff and information
regarding equality and diversity training
provided to its staff




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Task                                      Corporate /         Lead officer     When     Expected outcome
                                          Service Plan link
Community Services (continued)

Community Safety
                                                              Mark
                                                                                        Inclusive consultation and involvement
Resident consultation on community safety COM 67              Richardson     Jan 2009
                                                                                        processes with no barriers to participation
priorities to be inclusive and record
equality information


                                                              Mark                      Link between customer satisfaction and
Customer satisfaction system to capture   COM 73              Richardson     Ongoing    equality background of respondents
age, gender, race, disability, race,
sexuality, religion/ belief information



Training

All staff required to conduct Equality                        Tim Conroy     Ongoing    Staff are aware of equality and diversity
Impact Assessments or who shortlist,      CP5 (7C)                                      requirements in relation to their areas of
interview and appoint job applicants to                                                 responsibility and have a general
receive appropriate training.                                                           understanding of the Council’s equality
                                                                                        and diversity duties




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Task                                      Corporate /         Lead officer     When      Expected outcome
                                          Service Plan link
Community Services (continued)

Equality Impact Assessments


Complete Equality Impact Assessment for   COM 41              Madeline       Sept 2008   Any adverse impact or access issues
Landlord Services                                             Homer                      identified. Recommendations made to
                                                                                         eliminate/ reduce adverse impact/ access
                                                                                         issues

Complete Equality Impact assessment for   COM 41              Madeline       Sept 2008   Any adverse impact or access issues
Repairs service                                               Homer                      identified. Recommendations made to
                                                                                         eliminate/ reduce adverse impact/ access
                                                                                         issues

Complete Equality Impact Assessment of    SHI 6               Carla          Dec 2008    Any adverse impact or access issues
Neighborhood Renewal Service.                                 Wenham                     identified. Recommendations made to
                                                                                         eliminate/ reduce adverse impact/ access
                                                                                         issues


Complete Equality Impact Assessment of    SHI 6               Carla          Dec 2008    Any adverse impact or access issues
Housing Improvement Team.                                     Wenham                     identified. Recommendations made to
                                                                                         eliminate/ reduce adverse impact/ access
                                                                                         issues


Complete Equality Impact Assessment for   COM 74              Mark           Oct         Any adverse impact or access issues
CCTV                                                          Richardson     2008        identified. Recommendations made to
                                                                                         eliminate/ reduce adverse impact/ access
                                                                                         issues




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Task                                       Corporate /         Lead officer     When    Expected outcome
                                           Service Plan link
Community Services (continued)

Equality Impact Assessments


Complete Equality Impact Assessment for                        Mark           Oct       Any adverse impact or access issues
community warden services                  COM 74              Richardson     2008      identified. Recommendations made to
                                                                                        eliminate/ reduce adverse impact/ access
                                                                                        issues


Complete Equality Impact Assessment for                        Mike           Sept 08   Any adverse impact or access issues
Environmental Food Services                COM 31              Hannan                   identified. Recommendations made to
                                                                                        eliminate/ reduce adverse impact/ access
                                                                                        issues

Complete Equality Impact Assessment for                        Penny          Sept 08   Any adverse impact or access issues
Environmental Public Protection Services   COM 31              Button                   identified. Recommendations made to
                                                                                        eliminate/ reduce adverse impact/ access
                                                                                        issues




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Task                                           Corporate /         Lead officer     When     Expected outcome
                                               Service Plan link
Customer Services
  Corporate Complaints
 Develop a plan to configure corporate         CP5(7C)             Roz Edridge    Nov 2008   Plans developed to extend capacity of
complaints system to capture equality                                                        Corporate Complaints system to capture
data including race, disability, gender,                                                     equality data.
age, sexuality and religion or belief of the
complainant

 Benefits service

  Develop a plan to configure benefits         CP5(7C)             Barry          January    Plans developed and approved to extend
application forms and benefits database                            Mileham/       2009       capacity of benefits systems to capture
system to capture equality data including                          Sarah                     equality data.
race, disability, gender, age, sexuality and                       Medus
religion or belief of the applicant.

 Benefits consultation and
 outreach programme.

 To continue to support the activities of
 the Benefits Community Group                  CUS21               Barry          Ongoing    Consultation and feedback mechanism to
                                                                   Mileham/                  monitor and improve service delivery.
                                                                   Sarah
                                                                   Medus
                                                                                             Improved awareness of entitlements.
 To develop links with community               CUS26               Barry          Ongoing
                                                                                             Improved benefit take up by targeted
 groups, including Thanet Disabilities                             Mileham/
 Forum, Thanet Senior Citizen Forum,                               Sarah                     Groups
 the Learning Disabilities Drop In, to                             Medus
 improve awareness of benefit
 entitlement and to provide advice on
 applying for benefits




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Task                                      Corporate /         Lead officer     When     Expected outcome
                                          Service Plan link
Customer Services

 Procurement

 Promote equality within
 procurement activity/documentation in-   CUS57 &             Karen Paton    Ongoing    Equality and diversity embedded in
 line with statutory obligations and in   CP5(7C)             Duncan                    procurement processes
 keeping with corporate policies                              Riches


 Training
                                                                                        Staff are aware of equality and diversity
 Ensure that all staff involved in        CP5(7C)             Tim Conroy     Ongoing
                                                                                        requirements in relation to their areas of
 recruitment and selection and equality
                                                                                        responsibility and have a general
  impact assessment activities have
                                                                                        understanding of the Council’s equality
 received the appropriate training
                                                                                        and diversity duties




Equality Impact Assessment (EIAs)

Benefits
                                                                                        Any adverse impact or access issues
Access to benefit Services                CUS21               Barry          Dec 2009
                                                                                        identified. Recommendations made to
                                                              Mileham &
                                                                                        eliminate/ reduce adverse impact/ access
                                                              Sarah
                                                                                        issues
                                                              Medus




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Task                           Corporate /         Lead officer     When     Expected outcome
                               Service Plan link
Customer Services
                               CUS27               Julie Smee     October    Any adverse impact or access issues
Thanet’s Gateway Plus                                             2008       identified. Recommendations made to
                                                                             eliminate/ reduce adverse impact/ access
                                                                             issues


IT service customer helpline   CUS28               William        Dec 2008   Any adverse impact or access issues
                                                   Neech                     identified. Recommendations made to
                                                                             eliminate/ reduce adverse impact/ access
                                                                             issues




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Task                                              Corporate /         Lead officer     When    Expected outcome
                                                  Service Plan link
Development Services

Planning

Develop system to capture and analyse             CP5 (7C) DEV 46     Simon          Jan
                                                                                               Customer profile developed. Annual report
gender, race, age, disability, sexuality,                             Thomas         2009
                                                                                               of planning applications linked to equality
religion/ belief of applicants for planning
                                                                                               groups
permission.

Licensing
Develop systems to capture and analyse            CP5 (7C) DEV 54     Phil           Feb       Customer profile developed. Annual
gender, race, age, disability, sexuality,                             Benstead       2009      report of license applications/ renewals
religion/ belief of applicants for all types of                                                linked to equality categories
licenses applied for, granted and revoked


Strategic Planning
Ensure that equality and diversity issues         CP5 (7C)            Colin Fitt     ongoing
are taken into account and that
consultation takes place with equality and
diversity groups, when developing
strategic plans for the Thanet District

Major developments and regeneration
projects

Ensure that equality and diversity issues
                                                  CP5 (7C) CP1.6
are taken into account and that                                       Doug Brown     Ongoing   Consideration of major developments and
consultation takes place with equality and        CP1.1                                        regeneration projects are inclusive.
diversity groups, when considering major
developments and regeneration projects




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Task                                     Corporate /         Lead officer     When     Expected outcome
                                         Service Plan link

Training

Ensure that all staff involved in        CP5 (7C)            Tim Conroy     Ongoing
                                                                                       Staff are aware of equality and diversity
recruitment and selection and equality
                                                                                       requirements in relation to their areas of
impact assessment activities have
                                                                                       responsibility and have a general
received the appropriate training
                                                                                       understanding of the Council’s equality
                                                                                       and diversity duties.




Development Services
Equality Impact Assessments
                                                                                       Any adverse impact or access issues
Licensing service                                            Phil           Oct 2008   identified. Recommendations made to
                                                             Benstead                  eliminate/ reduce adverse impact/ access
                                                                                       issues
Enforcement service                                          Steve Albon    Nov
                                                                                       Any adverse impact or access issues
                                                                            2008
                                                                                       identified. Recommendations made to
                                                                                       eliminate/ reduce adverse impact/ access
                                                                                       issues

                                                                                       Any adverse impact or access issues
Tree Protection Orders                                       Colin Fitt     Jan
                                                                                       identified. Recommendations made to
                                                                            2009
                                                                                       eliminate/ reduce adverse impact/ access
                                                                                       issues




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Task                                       Corporate /         Lead officer     When     Expected outcome
                                           Service Plan link
Financial Services
Assessments

Conduct feasibility study for developing   CP5(7C)             Ginny Bax,     Oct 2008   Begin planning for development of
database containing equality profile of                        Caroline                  debtors profile which could be used to
debtors.                                                       Snook                     proactively reduce number of debtor
                                                                                         numbers

Consult with equality groups and third                         Sharon                    Bills easier to understand. Payment
                                           FIN 29 FIN 34                      March
sector about the format and content of                         Harvey,                   methods clearly explained. Sources of
                                                                              2009
Council Tax/ Business Rate bills                               Andrew                    help and advice clearly signposted
                                                               Howard

Progress establishment of debtors user                         Ginny Bax,                Inclusive consultation/ discussion with
                                           FIN 34              Caroline       Dec 2008   debtors
group ensuring that membership is
inclusive and representative of equality                       Snook
strands


Training

Ensure that all staff involved in          CP5(7C)             Tim Conroy     Ongoing    Staff are aware of equality and diversity
recruitment and selection and equality                                                   requirements in relation to their areas of
impact assessment activities have                                                        responsibility and have a general
received the appropriate training                                                        understanding of the Council’s equality
                                                                                         and diversity duties




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Task                                      Corporate /         Lead officer     When   Expected outcome
                                          Service Plan link
Financial Services (continued)
Equality Impact Assessments (EIAs)
Revenues debt recovery
Carry out equality impact assessment of   CP5 (7C)            Mark Wilson    March    Any adverse impact or access issues
debt recovery including debt advice and                                      2009     identified. Recommendations made to
court attendance process                                                              eliminate/ reduce adverse impact/ access
                                                                                      issues
Billing and Collection of Current Rents   CP5 (7C)            Mark Wilson    March
Carry out equality impact assessment of                                               Any adverse impact or access issues
                                                                             2009     identified. Recommendations made to
debt recovery including debt advice and
court attendance process                                                              eliminate/ reduce adverse impact/ access
                                                                                      issues
Billing and Collection of Council Tax
                                                              Mark Wilson    March    Any adverse impact or access issues
Carry out equality impact assessment of   CP5 (7C)                           2009     identified. Recommendations made to
debt recovery including debt advice and                                               eliminate/ reduce adverse impact/ access
court attendance process                                                              issues

Billing and Collection of Business                            Mark Wilson    March
                                                                             2009     Any adverse impact or access issues
Rates                                                                                 identified. Recommendations made to
                                          CP5 (7C)
Carry out equality impact assessment of                                               eliminate/ reduce adverse impact/ access
debt recovery including debt advice and                                               issues
court attendance process
                                                              Sarah Martin            Any adverse impact or access issues
Generation and processing of sundry       CP5 (7C)
                                                                             March    identified. Recommendations made to
debtors                                                                      2009     eliminate/ reduce adverse impact/ access
                                                                                      issues
                                                              Sarah Martin            Any adverse impact or access issues
                                                                             March
                                          CP5 (7C)                           2009     identified. Recommendations made to
Creditors
                                                                                      eliminate/ reduce adverse impact/ access
                                                                                      issues




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Task                                           Corporate /         Lead officer     When      Expected outcome
                                               Service Plan link
Improvement & Performance

Corporate support for equality &
diversity

Support the work of the Corporate Equality     CP5 (7C)            Sophie         ongoing     CEPG manages the development of
Planning Group (CEPG)                                              Chadwick/                  equality and diversity policies and process
                                                                   Ian Driver                 in a timely, efficient and effective manner.
Corporate Research

Gather and publish information related to      CP5(2c)             Ian Driver     From        Launch of Thanet Knowledge Hub. (Web
equality and diversity in the Thanet area,                                        August 08   based information gateway which will
including                                                                         and then    include wide variety of equality and
                                                                                  ongoing     demographic information)
      Up to date community profile
      Information about local and                                                            Regular updating of content of equality
       national equality and diversity                                                        pages on TDC/ TOM websites.
       organisations and events
      Council policy documents and
       reports related to equality and
       diversity including Equality Impact
       Assessments

Information gathering & publication

Produce corporate policy on the collection,                                                   Improved knowledge of TDCs customer
analysis and publication of equality           CP5 (7C)            CEPG/ Ian      August 08   base and staff profile, improved service
monitoring information related to race,                            Driver                     planning
gender, disability, sexuality, age, religion
or belief




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Task                                           Corporate /         Lead officer     When     Expected outcome
                                               Service Plan link
Improvement & Performance
(continued)

External links
                                               CP5 (7C)            Ian Driver     Ongoing
Promote the Kent Racial Incident                                                             Information available on TDC website at
Reporting Line & The Kent Homophobic                                                         staff development sessions, local media
Incident Reporting Line

                                               CP5 (7C)            Ian Driver     Ongoing    Joint meetings, shared service provision,
Develop and maintain partnership working,                                                    best practice guidance
knowledge sharing and best practice
around equality and diversity issues with
other public authorities, third sector and
private organisations in the East Kent area

Working with external partners to develop      CP5 (7C)            Sophie         Ongoing    A joined up equality vision and plan for
equality and diversity strategy for the East                       Chadwick                  East Kent
Kent LSP




Internal racial incident recording
procedure
                                                                                             Staff aware of the internal procedure for
Review, update and promote Thanet’s            CP5 (7C)            Ian Driver     Oct 2008
                                                                                             reporting racial incidents.
Racial Incident Reporting Protocol.

Monitor Racial Incident Recording              CP5 (7C)            Ian Driver     Jan 2009
procedure and produce annual report




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Task                                          Corporate /         Lead officer     When      Expected outcome
                                              Service Plan link
Improvement & Performance
(continued)

Corporate Communications

Strengthen community and staff
consultation processes on equality and        CP5 (7 a, c)
diversity issues including;

   Production of corporate consultation      CP5(6) (7d)         Hannah         August 08   Inclusive consultation processes which
    guide which includes guidance on                              Thorpe                     comply with Corporate guidance
    equality consultation. Guide to be
    approved by ECMT and launched at
    staff development sessions/ published
    on TOM & TDC website.


   Establish a Community Equality Forum                                                     Improved communications with equality
    which includes representatives from all   CP5 (6d) (7c)       CEPG/ Ian      July 08     and diversity community groups, leading to
    six equality and diversity strands                            Driver                     improved policy making and service
                                                                                             delivery

   Encourage and support the
    development of community equality
    and diversity groups in Thanet such as    CP5 (7c)            Ian Driver     Ongoing     Growing network of sustainable
    multi-faith, migrant, BEM and LGBT                                                       community equality and diversity
    groups.                                                                                  organisations in the Thanet district.

                                                                                             Improved communications with staff from
   Establish a Staff Equality Forum which                        CEPG/                      all equality and diversity strands, leading
    represents the six Equality and           CP5 (7c)            Ian Driver/    Dec 2008    to improved employment policy and
    Diversity strands                                             Sarah                      practice
                                                                  Carroll




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Task                                             Corporate /         Lead officer     When    Expected outcome
                                                 Service Plan link
Improvement and Performance

   Develop Corporate translation and                                CEPG/          Sept 08   Customers, managers and staff aware of
    interpretation policy                                            Ian Driver               translation and interpretation policy.
                                                                                              Services provided in relation to this policy
                                                                                              monitored and reported on


Human Resources

Capture, analyse and publish information
related to ethnicity, gender, age, disability,   CP5 (7C) CP6 (9)
sexuality, religion/ belief in relation to -



       Applications for employment
       Recruitment of staff                                         Sarah                    Recruitment, training, grievance and
       Training requested and provided          CP5 (7C) CP6 (9)    Carroll                  disciplinary processes monitored to check
       Grievance and Disciplinary                                                            for patterns which may indicate
        processes                                                                             discrimination.
       Salary levels
       Staff turnover                                                                        Production of staff profile. Information
                                                                                              base to inform target setting and ensure
                                                                                              workforce reflects the local population
Compare TDC staff profile against                                                             established
community profile. Develop, apply and            CP5 (7C)            Sarah
monitor employment policies and targets                              Carroll                  Staff profile reflects community profile.
which address any under representation of
the six equality strands in the Council’s
workforce.




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Task                                          Corporate /         Lead officer     When      Expected outcome
                                              Service Plan link
Staff and Manager Charters to include         CP5 (7C) I&P 53     Sarah                      Clear standards for staff and managers
commitment to the promotion of equality                           Carroll                    which include equality and diversity

Produce “Staff Handbook” which includes       CP5 (7C)            Sarah                      Staff and their managers gain increased
information about current equality                                Carroll                    awareness of rights and responsibilities in
legislation and updated guidance, on                                                         relation to equality and diversity in
dignity at work, flexible working for staff                                                  employment. TDC processes comply with
with families, maternity and adoption leave                                                  equality and diversity legislation and best
etc.                                                                                         practice


                                              CP5 (7C)            Amy Riches     June 2008   Successful review process
Maintain Disability Symbol status
                                                                  Amy Riches
                                                                                 January
Apply for Mindful Employer status             CP5 (7C)                           2009

Staff Training

Review and refresh Corporate Learning         CP5 (7C)            Tim            June 08     Learning & Development Strategy includes
and Development Strategy in relation to                           Conroy                     equality and diversity issues
six equality and diversity strands


Deliver diversity awareness training to all   CP5 (7C)            Tim            July 08     Staff have awareness of full range of
new Council employees                                             Conroy         ongoing     equality and diversity issues.


Deliver specialised equality and diversity    CP5 (7C)            Tim            July 08     Staff performing duties which require
training for managers and other identified    I&P 35B             Conroy         ongoing     specialist equality and diversity knowledge
staff groups covering issues such as                                                         are supported
conducting Equality Impact Assessments,
Interviewing and Selection of staff etc.




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Task                                         Corporate /         Lead officer     When     Expected outcome
                                             Service Plan link
Improvement & Performance
(continued)

Democratic Services

Member Training & Engagement
                                             CP5 (7C) I&P92      Glenn Back     March 09   Members understanding of equality and
Develop and deliver (as part of wider                                                      diversity issues strengthened.
Member training and development
programme) equality and diversity training
events for elected Members

Overview and Scrutiny Panel engaged in       CP5 (7C)            Glenn Back     Ongoing    Corporate Equality Action Plan subject to
monitoring the delivery of the Corporate                                                   Member scrutiny
Equality Action Plan.


Becoming a district/ parish councillor       CP5 (7C)            Glenn Back     Jan 2009
Develop and deliver awareness raising
activities about how to become an elected
member, with focus on under-represented
groups




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Task                                       Corporate /         Lead officer     When     Expected outcome
                                           Service Plan link
Improvement & Performance
(continued)

Equality Impact Assessments (EIAs)
                                           CP5 (7C)            Ian Driver     August     User friendly documents and supporting
Review the design of the Equality Impact                                      2008       advice
Assessment form and guidance
documents

                                           CP5 (7C)            Sophie         Nov        Any adverse impact or access issues
Communication and marketing                                    Chadwick       2008       identified. Recommendations made to
Residents Panel consultation process                                                     eliminate/ reduce adverse impact/ access
                                                                                         issues

Human Resources                            CP5 (7C)            Sarah          Nov        Any adverse impact or access issues
Grievance and disciplinary processes                           Carroll        2008       identified. Recommendations made to
                                                                                         eliminate/ reduce adverse impact/ access
                                                                                         issues

Democratic Services                        CP5 (7C)            Glenn Back     Oct 2008   Any adverse impact or access issues
Electoral registration &                                                                 identified. Recommendations made to
Elections                                                                                eliminate/ reduce adverse impact/ access
                                                                                         issues




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Task                                       Corporate /         Lead officer     When     Expected outcome
                                           Service Plan link
Maritime Services

Record customer equality information       CP5 (7C)            Mary Barber    Sept 08    Greater knowledge of customer profile.
gathered from revised application forms,
using new corporate system



Equality Impact Assessments (EIAs)

Complete the ongoing assessment of Boat    CP5 (7C)            Mary Barber    Sept 08    Any adverse impact or access issues
Hoist                                                                                    identified. Recommendations made to
                                                                                         eliminate/ reduce adverse impact/ access
                                                                                         issues

Complete the ongoing assessment of         CP5 (7C)            Mary Barber    Sept 08    Any adverse impact or access issues
Boat Parking                                                                             identified. Recommendations made to
                                                                                         eliminate/ reduce adverse impact/ access
                                                                                         issues


Carry our assessment of local fishing      CP5 (7C)            Mary Barber    March 09   Any adverse impact or access issues
vessels and local angling vessels                                                        identified. Recommendations made to
                                                                                         eliminate/ reduce adverse impact/ access
                                                                                         issues




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