Equality Framework for local government
The Equality Framework has been designed to build upon and recognises the existing equality work alrready undertaken under the Equality Standard and is in line with the introduction of the local government White paper "Strong and Prosperous Communities" and the Comprehensive Area Assessments (CAA).
The framework aims to be simpler, smarter, proportional, and relevant. The framework is based on three levels of the old Equality standard. Each level of achievement in the Equality framework has five areas of performance:
Each level of achievement in the Equality framework has five areas of performance.
- knowing your communities and equality mapping
- place shaping, leadership, partnership and organisational commitment
- community engagement and satisfaction
- responsive services and customer care
- a modern and diverse workforce
An 'Achieving' Council
We have been working to and against the Equality standard since it came into effect in 2001 and was externally assessed in March 2012 following which we received confirmation that Melton Borough Council is an ‘Achieving’ Council in respect to the Equality Framework for Local Government.
The external review team praised the Council on its coordinated focus on the priorities of People and Place, its innovative use of the Children Centres and strong evidence of effective partnership working which is enabled further through the delivery of a true multi-agency building, Parkside. Other areas of strength picked up were around community safety initiatives and support for the Young Mayor and the Youth Council.