Our equality and diversity

What are the council's plans to increase access to its services?

Corporate Equality Policy

The council has a formal requirement to produce a Corporate Equality Policy (133.2 KB) PDF .

The Vale has produced a joint policy with South Oxfordshire District Council to reflect the joint working arrangements. The policy sets out the councils’ commitment to ensuring equality considerations are included in everything we do; it also helps to demonstrate how we will meet our duties under the Equality Act 2010.

Corporate Equality Objectives

The council has set the following equality objectives in line with the requirements of the Equality Act 2010 and to support the delivery of the councils’ Corporate Plan priorities. We have set a number of measures that we will report against annually along with detail about actions we have achieved to demonstrate how the councils’ are meeting the general duties in the Equality Act.

The objectives will support the delivery of the councils’ overall equality vision

Ensure the provision of fair and accessible services and employment opportunities that meet the needs of everyone, and positively promote inclusion'

  • Continue to improve physical access to council owned or leased buildings or land.
  • Ensure new projects, policies or strategies, changes to services, and communication take account of the needs of all users.
  • Increase our understanding of the communities we serve, through consultation, engagement and using existing evidence (e.g. census data) to inform the decisions we make.
  • Continue to monitor the impact of our employment policies and practices to ensure all groups have access to employment opportunities.
  • Support communities to deliver better outcomes for disadvantaged groups and encourage community cohesion.
  • Seek to improve access to major new developments and town centres in South Oxfordshire and the Vale for people with disabilities, carers and older people.

You can view of download our Corporate Equality Action Plan 2016/17 – 2019/20 (305.0 KB) PDF  to look at the actions and measures we have set ourselves.

Annual review of our equalities work 2015/16

Each year we produce an annual progress report relating to our equality work program, this report helps to demonstrate how the council is meeting the general duties of the Equality Act 2010. You can view or download our progress report for 2015/16 (378.0 KB) PDF , equality measures (455.3 KB) PDF and data analysis and 2012/13 - 2015/16 Corporate Equality Action Plan (387.5 KB) PDF . You can also view the annual report (158.5 KB) PDF of the work we have been doing with young people, including work experience (318.3 KB) PDF placements. If you have any comments or questions on the progress we have made, ask the equalities officer (see contacts section of this page).

Translation and interpretation policy

As part of ensuring all our residents have equal access to council information and services we have a translation and interpretation policy (232.1 KB) PDF . This sets out our approach to responding to requests and proactively offering these services.

Last reviewed: 08 - 12 - 2016

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