In October 2010, the Equality Act 2010 came into force. This act brought together a number of legislations making it stronger to help tackle discrimination and inequality. Overall this is now referred to as Equality Diversity and Inclusion or EDI.
The protected characteristics now cover age, disability, race, gender, sexual orientation, religion or belief, pregnancy and maternity, gender reassignment and marriage and civil partnerships.
Within the Act there is a requirement for organisations providing services to the public, to:
The aim under the 'general' duty is for public bodies to consider the needs of all individuals in their day to day work, in developing policy, in delivering services, and in relation to their own employees.
BHP's 6 core objectives:
This process was introduced at BHP at the end of 2011 and is used by BHP Managers to carry out equality impact assessments on any services, policies or procedures to be introduced by BHP which directly affect Brent Council tenants.
A covering report and a completed 'equality analysis' form is sent to BHP's Board for decisions on the introduction of new policies and services. This form assists the Board in taking equality and diversity considerations into account in their decision making process.
If you have any questions about equalities diversity and inclusion within Brent Housing Partnership then please contact