Epsom & Ewell Borough Council is currently developing a diversity, equity and inclusion framework to ensure that its services, its communications, employment practices and engagement with residents do not disadvantage or discriminate against any group in the community.
The framework will support the borough’s long term vision to be a creative and vibrant place where people support each other and work together to build a fair, inclusive and safe place for everyone.
As a public body, the council has both a legal and moral duty to promote equity, diversity and inclusion amongst residents, service users and employees.
The proposed framework builds upon the progress already made. The council appreciates and recognises that there is more to do, and this draft framework proposes ambitions and plans to continue to promote opportunities for all.
A public consultation has been launched to give those who live, work and study in the borough the opportunity to review and submit their comments on the framework.
Councillor Eber Kington, Chairman of the Strategy and Resources Committee said “Diversity, equity and inclusion really does matter as every single person, whether a resident, student, commuter, worker, fellow councillor, member of staff or one of our many customers deserves to be treated fairly and with respect.
“We know that Epsom and Ewell is becoming an increasingly diverse area, and it is important that all residents are able to access our services and also contribute to the development and success of the borough going forward”
The consultation is open for comments until Sunday 6 December 2020.
To take part in the consultation, please respond online via the council website or Click Link Below https://wh1.snapsurveys.com/s.asp?k=160335924069
The councils Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Framework explains the council’s commitment to equality across all aspects of the council’s work. Within the framework, the objectives have been set out as three themes:
- Developing inclusive communities and creating community cohesion
- Engagement and accessible services
- Workforce inclusivity
This consultation aims to gather the views and feedback on the proposed framework. It also invites ideas for different themes or objective