Radford Semele Parish Council recognises the need for equality for people from all parts of society when carrying out all aspects of its functions. The Parish Council will seek to ensure that no-one is disadvantaged by the application of other conditions or requirements which cannot be shown to be justified. In doing so, the Parish Council acknowledges that it has a role in the pursuit of opportunity for all and it seeks to work within the context of the Equality Act 2010.
The Parish Council is committed to treating all people equally and with respect irrespective of their age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage or civil partnership, pregnancy or maternity, race, religion or belief, sex, or sexual orientation.
People of any age or apparent age are protected from discrimination. Less favourable treatment of a person because of age is not lawful.
By law a person is disabled if they have a physical or mental impairment which has a substantial and long-term adverse effect on their ability to carry out normal day to day activities (for example using a telephone, walking, lifting, and reading). A long-term impairment is one where it has lasted or is likely to last for at least 12 months or the lifetime of the person affected.
Those certified as blind, severely sight impaired, partially sighted, or sight impaired by a consultant ophthalmologist will be deemed to have a disability. Also, people with cancer, HIV infection or multiple sclerosis are deemed to have a disability.
There are however a number of exemptions of groups of people who do not fall within the category of disabled. These include, for example, people suffering from an addiction to alcohol or nicotine. More favourable treatment by an employer or service provider does not amount to direct discrimination.
The Parish Council has a duty to make reasonable adjustments but can refuse to make adjustments that it considers to be unreasonable if;
The Parish Council endeavours to hold meetings in venues that are accessible to wheelchair users. When there are more than 40 people at an event, we aim to use a PA system and a hearing loop.
Gender reassignment is a protected characteristic that applies to a transsexual person who is proposing to undergo, is undergoing or has undergone a process (or part of a process) to change their sex (by physiological or other attributes of sex).
The Parish Council has a general duty to eliminate racial discrimination, promote equality of opportunity, and promote good race relations between people of different racial groups.
The legal provisions do not refer to a particular religion but do refer to a lack of religion. It means that people’s faith must be considered so that they can, for example, wear signs of their faith and not be expected to act in contradiction to their beliefs. The beliefs must be:
An example is that to discriminate against a breast-feeding woman is unlawful and she could breast-feed in the Parish Council Chamber and in Parish Council meetings.
The law protects a person’s sexual orientation towards: -
The law affords protection to people who have or share the characteristics of being married or being a civil partner. By contrast, a person who is engaged, a divorcee or a person whose civil partnership has been dissolved is not protected.
The legal rules deal with the treatment of pregnant people in non-work situations and cover the period of actual pregnancy and for the ensuing period of 26 weeks beginning with the day of delivery. Notwithstanding other employment provisions which attach to pregnancy and maternity a person discriminates against a woman if, in the protected period as identified above, she is treated unfavourably because of
The law imposes on public authorities (which includes principal authorities, parish councils and parish meetings, and in Wales, community councils) in the exercise of their functions, a duty to take into account:
The protected characteristics of marriage and civil partnership are not covered by these provisions.
This new and comprehensive statement is to demonstrate the Parish Council’s wholehearted commitment to action in tackling inequality..
In access to services the aim is to ensure that all those who receive from the Council or wish to use a Council service can do so without fear of discrimination or disadvantage.
This policy was approved and adopted at Parish Council 26th July 2021