Wolvey Parish Council
Wolvey Parish Council is committed to providing the highest quality of
provision and service and recognises that the implementation of an effective
Equal opportunities Policy is an integral part of such an approach.
However, Wolvey is a relatively small parish council,
which currently has only one employee. It is also not responsible for the
management of any buildings and its services provision is limited. This
scope of this policy is, therefore, designed to reflect this.
The Council, as a corporate body, has responsibilities
as an employer, a service provider and a public authority, but both members
and employees as individuals also have responsibilities as well as rights.
The Council will treat all its employees, partners and
customers with dignity and respect, free from discrimination, victimisation
Under the Equality
Act 2010 it is unlawful to discriminate against an individual on the
and civil partnership
- religion or
These are known as
“protected characteristics” in section 4 of the 2010 Act.
Section 149 of the 2010 Act imposes a
Duty on Parish Councils to take into account:
The need to eliminate discrimination and
harassment, victimisation and any other conduct that is prohibited by or
under the Act;
- To advance
equality of opportunity between persons who share a relevant protected
characteristic and persons who do not share it;
To foster good relations between those
who share protected characteristics and those who do not.
Parish Council understands its obligations under the Equality Act 2010
Wolvey Parish Council
is fully committed to its duty,
imposed by Section 149 of the 2010 Act
Wolvey Parish Council is
committed to the principle of equal opportunities and declares its
opposition to any form of less favourable treatment, whether through direct
or indirect discrimination, on the grounds of the protected characteristics
as specified in the Equality Act 2010.
The Council is an Equal Opportunities employer,
provider of services and contractor. It is committed to the promotion,
maintenance and protection of the rights of individuals. The Council is
committed to making full use of the talents and resources of its employees.
The Council will ensure that all recipients of the
services delivered directly by the Council are guaranteed the same
All policies of the Council will be designed to support
the principles and practices of equal opportunity, to foster a fully
integrated community and maintain racial harmony.
The Equal Opportunities Policy has the commitment of
the Council and the Parish Clerk
THE COUNCIL AS AN EMPLOYER
Purpose of this policy is to provide equal opportunities to all employees or
prospective employees, irrespective of their characteristics (unless there
are genuine qualifications or objectively justified reasons for a different
approach to be taken) We oppose all forms of unlawful and unfair
discrimination, victimisation or harassment on the grounds of any protected
characteristics defined in the Equality Act 2010.
All employees, whether full-time, part-time, fixed
contract, agency workers or temporary, will be treated fairly and equally.
Selection for employment, promotion, training, remuneration or any other
benefit will be on the basis of aptitude and ability. All employees will be
helped and encouraged to develop their full potential and the talents and
resources of the workforce will be fully utilised to maximise the efficiency
of the council.
Every employee is entitled to a working environment that promotes dignity
and respect to all. No form of
intimidation, bullying or harassment will be tolerated.
The Council will
encourage and develop all employees to support and carry out the
requirements of the Equal Opportunities Policy.
Breaches of our Equal
Opportunities Policy will be regarded as misconduct and could lead to
The commitment to
equal opportunities in the workplace is good management practice and makes
sound business sense as it seeks to utilise the talents available from the
local community, representing Society as a whole.
This policy is fully
supported by all Members of the council and adopts the model contract as
devised by the employee professional body in the local government sector (
the Society of Local Council Clerks)
THE COUNCIL AS A DIRECT SERVICE DELIVERER
The Council’s clients have the right to expect fair and non-discriminatory
treatment whilst participating in or receiving any of the Council’s services
All aspects of the Council’s Equal Opportunities Policy
impact on the manner in which it directly delivers services to and for its
Adherance to the principles and practices contained
within this policy will be monitored on a regular basis.
The above requirements apply to all services and
activities of the Council.
Adopted by Wolvey Parish Council on
16th April, 2012