Denbighshire County Council is a member of the North Wales Public Sector Equality Network. We have worked with other public bodies across North Wales to develop a NWPSEN Action Plan and to identify equality objectives.
Our Corporate Plan (2017 – 2022) also serves as our Wellbeing Plan and our Strategic Equality Plan. We believe we are able to take this integrated approach because the Plan equips the Council to deliver significant progress for all, by addressing current inequalities. The principles of equality are embedded throughout the council's functions and services.
The integrated plan is intended to ensure fair treatment for all, and to eradicate the risk of unfair or unequal treatment, such as harassment, victimisation or unlawful discrimination, in our work and service delivery. This includes our internal processes and treatment of employees, as well as services delivered to the public, and treatment of the public. We aim to foster good relations and equality of opportunity, and contribute to positive outcomes for all the people of Denbighshire.
We are required by law, however, to ensure we have a new strategic equality plan every four years. This year, the final year of our Corporate Plan 2017 to 2022, we will create an interim plan that will enhance the current corporate plan, and which may also align with our other strategic objectives of the next Corporate Plan from 2022 onwards.
During the lifetime of the Corporate Plan and beyond, we will ensure that all new projects and areas of work will:
- Engage, where appropriate, with groups that represent people with protected characteristics.
- Consider limitations to physical access, in particular with new builds, but also with regard to access to information and services.
- Consider the appropriateness of the facilities that we have available within the council’s estate for use by those people with protected characteristics.
- Engage, challenge and, where possible, remove barriers to opportunities (including work) for those with protected characteristics.
- Condemn hate related bullying and harassment
Read our Corporate Plan in full.
In April 2011 a new single public sector equality duty (the PSED) was implemented and in the same month the Welsh Government introduced regulations putting in place a series of specific duties to underpin the general duty of the Equality Act 2010.
As part of our duty, we are required to produce a Strategic Equality Plan for a four year term and report annually against progress. This does not necessarily have to be a single standing document, thus we have opted to incorporate it within our Corporate Plan 2017 – 2022 which strengthens the value of our diversity and equality work and underpins the goal within the Wellbeing of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015.
Our Corporate Plan Annual Performance Review document focusses on all our activities for 2017 – 2018 and meets our statutory requirements in terms of publishing an annual document which reports upon how we have met our equality duties.
In addition to aligning our activities to the Wellbeing goals, our activities broadly align to the proposed regional public sector objectives and to the national challenges published in the Equality and Human Rights Commission 'Is Wales Fairer?' report (external website) produced in October 2018.
We will, in 2021, be working with our communities to consult upon an interim Strategic Equality Plan, which will align with the new Corporate Plan from 2022. This will meet our commitment, and our obligation under the law, to support equality and diversity in our communities, and to provide a four-year plan. Our research will be aligned with the Well-being Assessment for the Conwy and Denbighshire Public Service Board (PSB), and the Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015.
How we developed our Corporate Plan objectives through engagement
Find out about the kind of information we used to develop our plan and objectives.