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Equality and diversity

Equality and diversity

We recognise and welcome the diversity of our borough. Our policy and strategy set out our commitment to advancing equality and celebrating the diversity within our communities.

  • We recognise that the comparatively small size of our black and ethnic minority community means that we have a particular responsibility to avoid believing that there is no problem of racism. We have a responsibility to challenge the "everyday racism" that black people and ethnic minorities have to face.
  • We recognise that both equal treatment and positive action are necessary to counteract discrimination. Working with local people who experience discrimination and with other agencies, we are committed to taking positive action to counteract the effects of discrimination and disadvantage.
  • We aim to comply with all the relevant legislation (primarily the anti-discrimination laws on sex, race and disability) on a good practice basis. We support the work of the Equal Opportunities Commission, the Commission for Racial Equality and the Disability Rights Commission to strengthen existing legislation. We recognise that existing law on disability does not provide civil rights for disabled people. We welcome new laws to tackle the discrimination facing lesbians and gay men, and on the basis of age and religion.
  • We also recognise that poverty, and inequality in the distribution of resources, seriously disadvantage and exclude individuals and communities in access to housing, employment and education. Under our social justice and economic regeneration policies and programmes, we take positive action to counteract these effects. We positively discriminate in favour of resources for eastern Chesterfield with the Staveley Community Action Plan and the Staveley Neighbourhood Management Pathfinder project, with special government funding for Markham, Middlecroft and Rother wards and also for St. Helen's ward. We take positive action to support those (primarily older, white men) made redundant from the closure of the heavy industries.
  • Some groups may experience the effects of both discrimination and disadvantage with consequent higher levels of deprivation. This may particularly affect black and ethnic minority communities, women and disabled people.
Equality and diversity policy 2017-2019 (pdf 304 KB)
Equality and diversity strategy 2017-2019 (pdf 278 KB)

For more information contact the Policy Service:
Tel: 01246 345 247
Fax: 01246 345 252
Textphone: 01246 345 285
General: Contact us online


Last updated on 12 July 2017