Policies, objectives & plans

The Council has a duty to encourage and promote equality as an employer, in the services it provides and in carrying out its public functions. Councillors, everyone who works for us, or wants to work for us, or represents us must follow the law and the Council’s policies.

Derbyshire Dales District Council is committed to fairness and equality.

We will make sure our employment practices, services and public functions do not treat anyone in an unfavourable way. We will make sure no one who works for us, or has applied to work for us, or uses our services experiences unfavourable treatment because of a protected characteristic. The characteristics protected by law are;
  • age
  • disability
  • gender reassignment
  • marriage or civil partnership (in employment only)
  • pregnancy and maternity
  • race
  • religion or belief
  • sex
  • sexual orientation

We will take positive steps to promote equality of opportunity for service users, employees and potential employees.

We will take positive steps to promote good relations between different groups.

We will work with our partners to tackle prejudice where it occurs.

Managing equality and diversity means ensuring that everyone is treated in a fair way and has access to the same opportunities and services; and different people feel included and respected.

Equality Diversity and Inclusion Policy

The way that the Council shows how it meets Equality laws, is its Equality, Diversity and Inclusion policy.

The Council's Equality, Diversity and Inclusion policy describes how it meets Equality laws. The policy statement confirms the District Council's commitment to implementing equality and diversity laws and the Council policy.

The policy describes our approach to equality, diversity and inclusion. It describes the way we meet the requirements of equality and diversity legislation and the needs of residents and employees. It influences decision making, actions and activities.

The policy applies to all elected members, employees, contractors and all others who are involved in the business of the council. The policy statement confirms the District Council's commitment to ensuring those responsible implement both equality and diversity legislation and the Derbyshire Dales District Council policy.

Full policy is available to read - Equality & Diversity Policy [PDF 425KB]

Equality objectives

Part of the Equality Act [2010] is called The Equality Duty. The Equality Duty applies to public sector organisations. It requires the District Council to publish equality objectives every four years. The aim of the objectives is to tackle equality issues in the Derbyshire Dales. Setting specific and measurable objectives helps the District Council meet the aims of the Duty, which are to:

  1. Eliminate discrimination, harassment and victimisation
  2. Advance equality of opportunity between all persons
  3. Foster good relations between all persons

The District Council publishes Equality information in January every year.  The information published in January 2020 and the Corporate Plan 2020 to 2024, helped inform the equality objectives.

Our Equality Objectives for 2020 - 2024 are:

  • Maintain high customer satisfaction about the quality of services we deliver
  • Put in place the Derbyshire Dales Climate Change Strategy. Make improvements to the operational aspects of the Clean & Green services
  • Promote housing development that meets the needs of the present and future population of the District
  • Attract investment that supports the local economy including the provision of jobs for younger people
  • One team, working together as one Council with one purpose

Equality Plan

Our Equality Plan reflects our objectives and details the actions we plan to take each year.

See the Equality Plan and progress on the actions.

Dignity and Respect for All

The District Council has a leaflet that explains everyone's rights around equality and diversity and what to do if they are not respected.

The aim of the leaflet is to encourage people who live, work and visit the Derbyshire Dales to be considerate and treat each other in a fair way.

The Dignity & Respect Leaflet [PDF 142KB] includes a form for reporting any incidents when a person felt their right to dignity and respect was not met. It also contains contact details for a range of agencies able to provide advice.