Equality and diversity

Our vision is a county where we all look after each other and take responsibility, where the vulnerable are protected and supported, and where the people who can help themselves receive the assistance they need to stay independent and healthy. One of the key considerations at the heart of our desire to transform is that changes take into account equality gaps and mitigate impact, so that we reduce inequalities and disparity of opportunities.

Our duties under the Equality Act 2010

As a public authority, the Council is bound by the Public Sector Equality Duty which sits within the legislation and we must have due regard to the need to:

  • Eliminate unlawful discrimination, harassment and victimisation and other conduct prohibited by the Act
  • Advance equality of opportunity between people who share a protected characteristic and those who do not
  • Foster good relations between people who share a protected characteristic and those who do not

We meet these duties in a variety of ways.

Equality impact assessments

We must consider equality issues and promoting good relations as part of our day-to-day business of public authorities. Equality considerations should be reflected in the design of policies and the delivery of services. We demonstrate that we do this by undertaking equality impact assessments.  

Equality Duty Information Reports

The council is required to publish equality information on an annual basis as part of the Public Sector Equality Duty under the Equality Act 2010. Below are the latest reports:

Equality objectives 2019 to 2021

Under the Equality Act 2010, the Council must set at least one equality objective and review it at least every four years. Although two new unitary councils will be created in Northamptonshire to provide all local government services in the county, it is important that the Council continues to meet its duties and we are committed to these until the Council ceases to exist and the two new authorities come into being on 1 April 2021.

Our equality objectives are:

  • Narrow the gap.
  • Ensure that equality considerations are at the heart of what we do.
  • Play our part in ensuring that North Northamptonshire and West Northamptonshire unitary authorities have due regard to equality and diversity in their development.

Targets and monitoring plans for these are being developed and they will be published here when available.

Accessibility

As a service provider, Northamptonshire County Council has a duty to make reasonable adjustments to make sure that a disabled person can use a service as close as it is reasonably possible to get to the standard usually offered to someone who is not disabled. We have produced a File Download - guide (PDF 238KB)guide(PDF 238KB) for customers which sets out some of the adjustments we might make, how you can make a request, and how we decide what to do.

We also aim to make this website accessible to all, and you can find out more about the accessibility features by visiting the Accessibility webpage.