Equality data - information on the Equality Act and our duties, and our Workforce Equalities Report
The Workforce Equalities Report provides an overview of the Council’s performance in terms of equalities in relation to employment. It includes workforce data collected and some summary notes where applicable.
Annual Equalities Report 2018
Somerset County Council Gender Pay Gap 2018
Somerset County Council Gender Pay Gap 2017
The act covers nine protected characteristics, which cannot be used as a reason to treat people unfairly. Every person has one or more of the protected characteristics, so the act protects everyone against unfair treatment. The protected characteristics are:
Carers are protected through association with disability but is not one of the nine protected characteristics.
The Equality Act sets out the different ways in which it is unlawful to treat someone, such as direct and indirect discrimination, harassment, victimisation and failing to make a reasonable adjustment for a disabled person.
The act prohibits unfair treatment in the workplace, when providing goods, facilities and services, when exercising public functions, in the disposal and management of premises, in education and by associations (such as private clubs).
The General Equality Duty
The Equality Act 2010 also places proactive duties on public authorities, these are called the General Equality Duties. These duties apply to all of the protected characteristics:
The Specific Equality Duties
The General Equality Duties are supported by two specific duties. These are two duties that ask public authorities to publish information to evidence their compliance with the General Duties and produce objectives to evidence how they will promote and meet the General Equality Duties.
Public authorities have to prepare and publish one or more equality objectives that they think they can achieve in order to meet the general equality duty. Any objectives need to be specific and measurable. The general equality duty requires that public authorities, in the exercise of their functions, must have due regard to the need to:
The Equality Objectives identified on this page aim to embed and champion equality within Somerset County Council and Somerset. These objectives will work together with a joint set of actions identified by the Somerset Equality Officers Group.
Corporate Equalities Team
Somerset County Council,
Phone 01823 359221
Fax 01823 355529
Somerset Equality Data
Working with partners
Report a Hate Crime
Senior Management Board Paper on the Equality Act May 2011
Explanation of the Public Sector Equality Duty
SEOG Work Plan 2019 -2023 – Update October 2019
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