Our equality objectives
As part of the Equality Act 2010, Public Sector Equality Duty, the Council is required to publish equality related information (see Facts and figures) and publish our equality objectives.
Equality Objective 1: Inclusive Leadership- Equality is Everybody’s Business
This objective is to ensure that senior leaders use their influence to promote equality, diversity and human rights and are effective in the delivery of this agenda across the Council and the CCG. Without senior managers showing consistent leadership, we will not see the changes we need.
Promotion of the message ‘Equality is Everybody’s Business’ will ensure that everyone takes ownership to promote equality in all aspects of service delivery. The strategy will be championed by Elected Members, the CCG Governing Body Members, Corporate and Senior Leadership Teams, as well as all managers and staff.
- Uptake of training on mandatory Equality, Diversity & Inclusion (EDI) course ‘Equality as a Leader’
- Uptake of training on mandatory EDI course, ‘Equality is Everybody’s Business for all staff
- Uptake of training on Human Rights by CCG staff and CCG Governing Body
- Uptake of mandatory training on EPIC Manager - Equality, Diversity and Inclusion
Equality Objective 2: Improving Equality Workforce Data Collection and improving the representativeness of our workforce
To embed effective equalities working practices in all our employment and service delivery.
To address the need to improve recruitment, selection, training and promotion opportunities for all protected groups, and in particular for the disabled and BAME (Black and Minority Ethnic) members of our workforce.
The Council and the CCG are required to hold data on the protected characteristics of their workforces. Having complete and accurate information is vital if we are to understand inequalities within our workforce, and to take effective steps to address these.
We recognise that some members of staff have concerns about sharing this information, and so we need to do more to understand and allay these concerns. To this end we are raising awareness of the importance of this data through adverts on the Staff Intranet page and our Staff Networks and asking managers to encourage their staff teams to keep their equality profile information up-to-date and complete.
- Increase in successful applicants from protected groups
- Increase in uptake of mandatory equality and diversity in recruitment training for managers and directors
- Increase in recording of all protected characteristics
- Diversity in interview panels
Equality Objective 3: Reducing Health Inequalities
This is a key objective for Trafford Council and partners including Pennine Health Trust and the Clinical Commissioning Group because of the large gap in life expectancy between residents living in different areas, as described in the Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA):
These inequalities have their roots in both social and lifestyle factors. Approximately 11.6% of children aged 0-16 in Trafford (an estimated 5,085 children) live in poverty, with this percentage rising to almost 40% in some of the most deprived wards: well above the regional or national averages. Poverty and deprivation can damage the health and wellbeing of children and young people and have severe impacts on ‘life chances’.
Areas of deprivation also tend to see the highest rates of illness-related lifestyle factors, such as smoking and excessive alcohol consumption.
The JSNA relates that, "over 30% of circulatory disease and many cancers could be avoided by stopping smoking, improving diet and increasing levels of physical exercise".
The Health and Wellbeing Board therefore identified the following priority areas for narrowing this health inequality gap over the next four years:
- To reduce the impact of poor mental health
- To reduce physical inactivity
- To reduce the number of people who smoke or use tobacco
- To reduce harms from alcohol
- To improve cancer prevention and screening
The Trafford Health and Wellbeing Board is determined to increase the number of years people spend in good health. This is measured by:
Healthy life expectancy (HLE). This is a good pointer to the population’s general health and gives an idea of the population’s need for health and social care services. The variation across the borough for this indicator is greater than for life expectancy, and in general communities in the north of the borough fare much worse than those in the south, putting additional burdens on these communities.
In Trafford we have a 16 year inequality or difference gap between our most affluent and most deprived communities. To improve HLE, we are focussing on preventing poor health and on promoting wellbeing, as this will reduce health and social care costs, and enhance resilience, employment and social outcomes. The actions required must address the ‘wider determinants’ of health such as housing, transport, employment and the environment we live in, as all of these have a role in driving our behaviours.
For the latest JSNA information visit the Joint Strategic Needs Assessments website.
Equality Objective 4: Reducing Hate Crime
Trafford has a diverse community, with many faiths and cultures across our borough. We have strong community relations, and Trafford is the safest borough in Greater Manchester. However, we recognise that more could be done to improve social inclusion of isolated and vulnerable residents, reduce hate crime, prevent radicalisation, and ensure people with different faith and cultures live together positively and without fear.
Trafford’s Hate Crime Action Plan is aligned with the Greater Manchester Standing Together Plan with a local focus on the following priorities:
- Keeping People Safe - Partnership approach (working with Greater Manchester Police and the Voluntary Community Sector) to reduce hate crime incidents includes: awareness-raising in communities, promoting services to keep people safe, staff training and referrals for support.
- Reducing Harm & Offending - Ensuring an effective responsive where hate crime occurs with victim support, early intervention with perpetrators to prevent escalation and swift enforcement where appropriate.
- Strengthening Communities & Places - Community Cohesion work, support for grass roots community groups through grant funding, work with schools, supporting community and faith groups around the issue of hate crime.
Read more about the GM Standing Together Plan