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.
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.
The scheme outlines the council’s equality objectives for the period 2022 to 2025. These have been co-produced with staff, members, partners, community groups and consultation with our residents. It reflects a range of current equality issues including those relating to the COVID-19 pandemic.
We will publish annual equality reports that show our progress in the last financial year on achieving our equality objectives and highlighting equality and inclusion work across the council.
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.