Equality and diversity is about fairness and opportunity for all. The council is committed to making Bracknell Forest the borough of opportunity for everyone.
The council delivers a large range of services to a community that has a mixture of needs, wants and expectations. Our focus is on finding modern, efficient routes to resolve customer issues, with courtesy and innovation at the centre of what we do.
Within the principles of fairness and opportunity we believe that:
- reducing inequalities benefits everyone in the borough
- strengthening community unity makes for a better borough
- understanding and promoting diversity improves people’s lives
We recognise that to provide excellent services we need to regularly review the changing needs of our communities. We need to provide fair and appropriate access to services that are tailored to meet the needs of our residents. It is not about political correctness but making sure that the council provides services in a way that does not exclude anyone.
Equalities monitoring reports
The council publishes annual service based equality information to make sure that Bracknell Forest communities are able to monitor and challenge our performance on equalities.
|Council wide equalities report 2020 to 2021||214.45 KB|
|Adult Social Care equalities report 2020 to 2021||267.76 KB|
|Children's Social Care equalities report 2020 to 2021||191.95 KB|
|Community Safety equalities report 2020 to 2021||224.83 KB|
|Customer Services equalities report 2020 to 2021||120.25 KB|
|Early Help equalities report 2020 to 2021||324.35 KB|
|Education equalities report 2020 to 2021||409.66 KB|
|Libraries equalities report 2020 to 2021||242.48 KB|
|Welfare equalities report 2020 to 2021||178.19 KB|
|Workforce monitoring report 2019 to 2020||474.49 KB|
Bracknell Forest Equality Scheme
The Bracknell Forest ‘All of Us’ equality scheme sets out what the council intends to achieve in terms of equality and diversity and includes the council’s equality objectives. An equality scheme was developed for 2017 to 2020 in line with the Council Plan and was due to be replaced in April 2020.
Following the May 2019 local elections, the council’s new administration have developed a Council Plan which came into effect February 2020 and underlines the council’s commitment to reducing inequalities. A new equality scheme will therefore be developed for 2021 to 2026 and start in July 2021.
In the meantime, the existing 2017 to 2020 equality scheme will be refreshed with updated actions and extended to cover 2020 to 2021.
Equality Impact Assessments
Equality Impact Assessments (EQIAs) are tools for assessing the implications of decisions on our workforce and the community. They work to eliminate discrimination, advance equality of opportunity and promote good relations between people of different backgrounds and groups.
They help the council to anticipate and identify the potential consequences of new or existing functions, policies or services.
EQIAs are available on request.
The council carries out EQIAs on budget proposals. These help us to understand the impact savings proposals may have on equality of different sections of our community.