Equality and diversity
Dartford Borough Council is committed to eliminating discrimination and promoting equality of opportunity, both as a provider of services and as an employer. The Council recognises that diversity is an asset to the Borough and that equality of opportunity is important to all regardless of gender, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, religion or belief or any other factor.
Individuals and groups with diverse backgrounds, cultures, lifestyles and experiences live and work in the Borough, and the Council will ensure that everyone in Dartford can fully participate in the social, cultural and economic wealth of the Borough.
Our commitment is outlined in more depth in our Equality and Diversity Document Framework - PDF, 1219.17 KB. Our Framework sets out how we comply with the Equality Act 2010.
We have rigorous systems in place for ensuring that equality and diversity is taken into account across all services and in the development of Council policies, practices and procedures. Several services have already completed Customer Access Reviews as part of an ongoing corporate assessment programme.
Dartford Borough Council Equality Action Plan
The Equality Action Plan PDF, 146 KB sets out the equality objectives the Council aims to achieve to meet one or more aims of the general equality duty. The Action Plan has three key objectives:
- Our services are more accessible and do not discriminate on any unjustifiable ground.
- Our services seek to meet the needs of our customers and local communities can influence our services.
- Equality and diversity is championed within the Council and our workforce, at all levels, is representative of the local community.
Dartford Borough Council Gender Pay Gap Report
The Equality Act 2010 (Specific Duties and Public Authorities) Regulations 2017 require all public sector employers with 250 or more employees to report their Gender Pay Gap annually as part of the existing public sector equality duty.
We want to hear from you
We welcome any comments or views you have on our Equality and Diversity Document Framework and Customer Access Reviews. Your opinions are important to us and will inform future reviews of our progress. If you would like more information on our approach to equality and diversity please contact us online.
Equality and Human Rights Commission
The Equality and Human Rights Commission is an independent statutory body with the responsibility to encourage equality and diversity, eliminate unlawful discrimination, and protect and promote the human rights of everyone in Britain. For more information visit the Equality and Human Rights Commission website.
Equality Advisory and Support Service
The Equality Advisory and Support Service advises and assists individuals on issues relating to equality and human rights. The service can be contacted on 0808 800 0082 or text-phone 0808 800 0084. For more information visit the Equality Advisory and Support Service website.