Equality and Diversity

Equality Objectives

Under the Equality Act 2010 public bodies are required to develop and publish equality objectives every four years after consultation with the public.

The council’s overall vision is for the Island to be a great place to live, work and visit.

In supporting this vision the Isle of Wight Council has adopted three equality objectives:

  • To consider the needs of community and staff when making decisions.
  • To ensure reasonable and proportionate treatment of its customers.
  • To apply robust Equality and Diversity requirements in the commissioning and management of procured services.

Following public consultation these Equality Objectives were approved by the Isle of Wight Council’s Executive on 24th March 2015.

To identify how these objectives will be met an Equality Objectives Action Plan has been produced which can be viewed by clicking here (PDF, 86KB, 7 pages).

This plan will run from 2015 to 2018 and will be reviewed on a six monthly basis to ascertain progress.

To help the Isle of Wight Council to meet these objectives the following measures are in place;

  • Strategic Equality and Diversity Board – comprises of service managers and trade union representatives. The board has the responsibility to lead the strategic direction of Equality and Diversity matters, including ensuring that the Equality Objectives are met. This includes reviewing the position of Equality Impact Assessments, devising learning and other interventions as well as maintaining an overview of equality and diversity strategy and policy development.


  • Staff Equality Group – comprises of staff and trade union representatives. This group meets to assist in the delivery and review of the Equality Objectives Action Plan and the group also considers staffing issues in respect of equality and diversity, providing support and advice where appropriate. The group is not only involved in consultation and consideration of new and established council processes, but it also has a social and pastoral function that supports the promotion of equality and diversity issues.