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Equality policy and performance

Equality means everyone has the right to be treated fairly and have the opportunity to fulfil their potential.

Promoting equality is one of the North Ayrshire Council's core values. The principles of equality and fairness are central to all of our activities.

North Ayrshire Council Equality Outcomes

Public sector organisations set Equality Outcomes once every 4 years.

North Ayrshire Council, along with public sector partners, consulted on revised Equality Outcomes during 2016.

This section contains the report on the shared Equality Outcomes and actions specific to the Council. Information is attached on the consultation process.

North Ayrshire Health and Social Care Partnership equality outcomes

North Ayrshire Health and Social Care Partnership is committed to ensuring that all individuals and communities in North Ayrshire are treated fairly and have the opportunity to thrive and fulfil their potential.

Our Equality Outcomes Report 2016-2019 (PDF, 634kb) outlines how these outcomes are translated into reality.

Mainstreaming equalities and equality outcomes progress

Our Mainstreaming Equality report (PDF, 986kb), and Equality Outcomes report (PDF, 385kb) outline the progress we have made in mainstreaming equality within North Ayrshire and North Ayrshire Education Authority. The reports contain progress made on meeting the North Ayrshire Equality Outcomes.

The Council's Licensing Board is required to publish a separate report (PDF, 151kb) outlining the progress the Board has made in mainstreaming equality and meeting the Board's own equality outcomes.

Equal pay statement

Our Equal Pay Policy Statement (PDF, 194kb) outlines how we'll ensure that pay and conditions of employment do not discriminate unlawfully and are free from bias.

Corporate Equality Group: driving equality forward

The council's Corporate Equality Group is responsible for directing, supporting and reviewing the arrangements for:

  • promoting equality
  • tackling discrimination
  • fostering good relations.

Equality subgroups from; Education & Skills, Corporate Services, Finance & Infrastructure and the Health and Social Care Partnership, report to the Corporate Equality Group.

The Corporate Equality Group provides support to council services in completing Equality Impact Assessments.

Equality and Children's Rights Impact Assessment (ECRIA)

We have a Children's Rights Impact Assessment process. This has been integrated into the Equality Impact Assessment process, and can be found in the tools below. New or adapted policies and procedures should be impact assessed using these tools.

The Fairer Scotland Duty

The Fairer Scotland Duty, Part 1 of the Equality Act 2010, came into force in Scotland during 2018.

The duty places a legal responsibility on public bodies to actively consider (‘pay due regard to’) how they can reduce inequalities of outcome caused by socio-economic disadvantage.

This means that we must seriously consider strategic decisions and how these relate to inequalities caused by socio-economic issues which include low income (in comparison to others), low wealth, material deprivation, area deprivation.  Other ‘cross-cutting’ themes are ‘communities of interest’, and ‘communities of place’.

The Fairer Scotland Duty is included in the Council’s Equality Impact Assessment process.

Island Proofing

Following the introduction of the Islands (Scotland) Act 2018, a section on this has been added to the Equality Impact Assessment process.

The Act recognises that island communities often face different issues and challenges compared to the mainland and Council’s must consider this when assessing their strategies and programmes.

Summary table of EIA Screenings for Budget Proposals 2020/21

Communities: Full assessment forms

Communities: Combined screenings

Place directorate: Full assessment form

Place directorate: Screenings for Commercial Services 

Place directorate: Screenings for Economic Development and Regeneration and Physical Environment 

Finance and Corporate Support: screenings only

Summary table of EIA Screenings for Budget Proposals 2019-20

EIAs for budget proposals 2019-20

Summary table of EIAs and screenings for budget proposals 2018-19

EIAs for budget proposals 2018-19

Generic EIAs

Ayrshire Equality Partnership

The Ayrshire Equality Partnership (AEP) is made up of the 3 Ayrshire Councils, NHS Ayrshire & Arran, Police Scotland, Scottish Fire and Rescue Service and the Procurator Fiscal.