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Equality and diversity

Meeting our equality duty

The public sector duty of the Equality Act 2010 requires that we, as a local authority, must consider all individuals when carrying out our day-to-day work.

This includes:

  • shaping policy
  • delivering services
  • how we treat our employees.

More broadly, under the Equality Act, we must ensure that we are taking steps to:

  • eliminate discrimination
  • advance equality of opportunity
  • foster good relations between different people when carrying out our activities.

In meeting these duties, we must have regard for the equal treatment of people based on the Equality Act’s nine protected characteristics:

  • age
  • disability
  • sex
  • gender reassignment
  • pregnancy and maternity status
  • marriage and civil partnership
  • race
  • religion or belief
  • sexual orientation

Equality and diversity strategy

Equality and Diversity Strategy 2017-2021 (PDF, 1.13 MB)

The strategy outlines our commitment and continuing work to improve the lives of our residents by advancing equality, diversity, fairness and inclusion.

Our vision is to create a place where:

  • people understand, respect and celebrate each other’s differences.
  • tolerance, understanding and a sense of responsibility can grow
  • all people can enjoy full equality and fulfil their potential.

The strategy primarily aims to improve outcomes for residents by setting actions to address known equality and diversity issues faced by our population covering several important domains that have an impact on outcomes such as housing, employment, health, and education.

It is also concerned with how the council operates and uses functions and tools, such as commissioning, data and intelligence, and equalities impact assessments to systematically ensure the council has a robust approach to equality and diversity.

As well as advancing equality and diversity for people affected by the council’s policies and service delivery, the public sector equality duty includes employees of the organisation.

The strategy therefore outlines our approach as an employer and sets objectives specific to our workforce.

The key themes of the strategy are:

  • improve outcomes for all
  • no-one left behind
  • fair and open service delivery
  • exemplar employer

With the strategy, we have developed an action plan, delivery of which will be monitored to ensure we are held to account hold for achieving the strategy’s objectives.

Statement of Intent: Our Commitment to Addressing Poverty, Racism and Structural Inequality in Barking and Dagenham

In 2021, we decided to change the way we will approach the Equality & Diversity Strategy in the future. Rather than developing a new Strategy now, we will align the next Strategy with our next Corporate Plan (2022-26), thereby placing it at the heart of our Strategic Framework and everything we do.

The statement of intent (PDF, 100KB) sets out this commitment and provides an assessment of the council’s current position in relation to Equality & Diversity – it is not a strategy, but a statement of our intent.

The Statement of Intent reviews the progress made in relation to our current Equality & Diversity commitments, including the Equality & Diversity Strategy Action Plan, the Gender Equality Charter, and the LGBT+ Needs Assessment. It also re-states our commitments to the deliverables in the existing Strategy, as well as those related to E&D set out in the Corporate Plan 2020-22 and ensures that we meet our public sector duty under the Equality Act.

Equality and Diversity Community Fund

Each year the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham organises a range of events and projects to celebrate and promote equality and diversity within the borough - these are mostly highlighted in our Equality and Diversity Calendar. Charities and community groups play an important role in delivering these events.  One of the aims of the Borough Manifesto is greater community cohesion and ensuring that change in our community is resident led.

The Equality and Diversity Community Fund will allow local charities and community groups to take a greater role in delivering events related to the Barking and Dagenham Equality and Diversity Calendar, creating new and engaging projects that will benefit our residents. These projects should promote social inclusion, celebrate diversity, and support equality through providing opportunities for people with protected characteristics.

Find out more, including how to apply

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We may request information on your background or needs to understand if our services are being provided fairly for everyone in the borough.

We ask for equalities monitoring information so that we can find out who is using our services and who is not.

This means that we can find out if we are meeting people’s needs and if people are satisfied with the service they are receiving.

If we are not meeting needs, then we can use this information to make services more accessible.

This information may be collected from you at these times:

  • when using a service for the first time, for example joining the housing register
  • when using a service on a one off basis, for example making a complaint
  • to find out satisfaction with a particular service
  • to monitor service uptake
  • to identify specific customer needs

If you have any questions about the information we collect, or why we are collecting it, speak to the member of staff or service asking for this information.

Alternatively contact us:

Equalities and Diversity Team