1. Our Derby Diversity Forum meets every two months and is chaired by a Council Champion. The Forum comprises representatives from diversity groups who help us to check our policies and procedures are working. Members also regularly take part in Equality Impact Assessments. The new way of working with the Forums means that more people get together to discuss equality issues from all experiences, rather than particular strands of equality.
  2. We continue to celebrate and mark national and international days, such as International Women’s Day, World AIDS Day, International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia, LGBT History Month, LGBT Fostering and Adoption Month, Black History Season and National Interfaith Week.
  3. We regularly use our Public Sector Equality Duty to challenge discrimination and advance equality in outside bodies, such as access for disabled people. We know we do not have the powers to police the Equality Act, but we do all we can to try to encourage other agencies to work to equality legislation and beyond.
  4. We still believe strongly in involving community representatives to help us with our equality impact assessments and these are published on our equality webpages. Despite equality impact assessments no longer being a legal requirement, we believe that they help us to demonstrate that we are paying ‘due regard’ to equality in our decision making.
  5. We held several successful anti- racism events at Derby County football club in conjunction with Show Racism the Red Card and local schools. The event resulted in Full Council passing a motion to run more of these events as part of a city wide anti- racism initiative.
  6. In addition we took part in Show Racism the Red Card ‘Wear it Red Day’ where businesses and employers showed solidarity in encouraging their employees to wear red for the day in a stance to stamp out racism. We’re considered to be one of the UK’s leading Local Authorities for helping to tackle racism.
  7. Equality is embedded in all our work and all our main Council websites are designed to the highest accessibility standards.
  8. In addition our Scrutiny Boards take equality extremely seriously and it is part of their everyday work when they are scrutinising services.
  9. When we receive customer comments and feedback, if any of these are in relation to an equality and diversity issue, they are automatically passed to our Lead on Equality and Diversity to examine. In addition all the equality implications on our Chief Officer Group, Cabinet and Scrutiny reports are reviewed by our Lead on Equality and Diversity before they are published.
  10. Our commitment to equality meant that we were one of only three councils in the world to be selected by the Japanese Government to advise and support them on equality.

Find out more about our Equality Act commitment on our website.