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 is consulting on the adoption of the following five equality objectives:

  1. Understanding community impacts when making business decisions 
  2. Promoting good relations 
  3. Promoting awareness 
  4. Increasing accessibility 
  5. Compliant procurement and commissioning.

To identify how these objectives will be met we have produced an Equality Objectives Action Plan (PDF, 126KB, 9 pages).

This plan will run from 2019 to 2022 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 Forum

    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.

Further information on Equality and Diversity and how the Council meets its statutory duty can be found by viewing the information provided on our Equality and Diversity web pages  or by contacting the Lead Officer for Equality and Diversity via telephone on 01983 821000.