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 - Tackling Hate Crime
The Council has been working to tackle hate crime in Trafford together with key partner organisations, service users and community representatives for the last few years. A Hate Crime strategy and action plan have been developed with the Safer Trafford Partnership which aim to put in a place a powerful and effective framework to help Partnership members to combat hate crime in our community.
While we are proud that Trafford remains the safest borough in Greater Manchester, nationally hate crime figures are on the rise. Everyone has the right to feel safe and we all have a responsibility to stand together against hatred and discrimination. It is important for Trafford, as a community, to do its utmost to tackle hate crime.
There are 3 key objectives within the strategy and action plan which are:
1. Raise awareness of hate crime
2. Improve and review engagement with Third Party Reporting Centres
3. Build resilience within the Trafford community.
Please see below for the latest Trafford Hate Crime Action Plan.
Equality Objective 2: Improving our Workforce Data Collection
The Council has recently updated its equality profile from information supplied by staff up until end of March 2016; this shows that we need to improve our data about the make-up of the workforce in relation to:
- Ethnic Origin
- Marital Status
We would really like to have this data as it helps us to see who is in our workforce, how diverse it really is and be able to respond to people’s current and changing needs. When we plan for any organisational change, it is important that we consider if there is any differential impact on certain groups of staff and take this into account. We also want to attract and retain a diverse and skilled workforce so we can deliver quality services to all our communities in Trafford.
Therefore, the Council has decided to make ‘improving our workforce data collection’ a key equality objective. To this end, we are talking to our staff through communications such as our Weekly Updates, adverts on the Staff Intranet page and meetings with their managers and encouraging them to supply more information about themselves so that we can improve the data that we hold about our workforce.
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 please visit the Joint Strategic Needs Assessments website