Our Equality Improvement Priorities 2016 to 2020 set out what we are going to do to continue to remove and reduce barriers that may prevent some people from fully participating in the social, cultural, political and economic life of the city.
This document sets out our approach to embedding equality and explains where we are focussing our attention and why we want to continue to make changes and improvements. Our Improvement Priorities also outline how the council will meet its legal duties outlined in the Equality Act 2010.
Equality and Diversity Update 2016
On this page you will also find a copy of our Equality and Diversity update 2016. This provides an update on how we delivered against our Equality Improvement Priorities for 2015 - 2016. In addition it also helps the council to meet our specific legal obligations outlined in the Equality Act 2010
Equality and Diversity Policy
A copy of our Equality and Diversity Policy is available in the Documents section of this page. (Please note: Although the policy is dated 2011-2015, this is the policy we are currently using)
A copy of our council workforce profile as of October 2015 is available on Leeds Data Mill.
External Peer Challenge: Reaccreditation to excellent
Leeds City Council’s commitment to equality received an ‘excellent’ rating of the Equality Framework for Local Government from the Local Government Association (LGA).
A group of external peer assessors validated the council’s approach to equality in November 2015. The Council have received feedback that the peer assessment team were ‘ impressed by what it saw and had no hesitation about awarding the ‘Excellent’ level to Leeds City Council and looks forward to working with the council in the future to help the rest of the sector continue to meet diverse needs and address inequalities'.
The peer assessors identified a range of notable strengths and recognised the council were able to demonstrate that by focussing on the needs of individuals they have improved service provision whilst at the same time achieving its budget targets. The peer assessors also stated that they felt that the council are able to sustain their approach to equality as they have strong foundations, with strong leadership at elected member and officer levels. The strong relationships which the council has with a range of community groups and organisations were also identified as extremely positive.
A copy of the narrative and stories that formed a key part of the submission are available in the documents section of this page.