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Decision details

Annual Equality Report 2017-18

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Finance

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: Yes


Our Annual Equality Report 2017-18 provides:


·         A summary of our Statutory Equality Duties and how we are meeting them.

·         An overview of progress against our Equality and Fairness Objectives for 2014-18.

·         An update on progress made and continued challenges on equality and diversity.

·         A summary of our workforce diversity.

·         An overview of areas of persistent inequality that will require continued focus.


The Cabinet Member is asked:


1.    To note:


·         Progress made in meeting out Statutory Equality Duties and equality and fairness Objectives 2014 – 2018:

·         Our latest Workforce Diversity data and outstanding challenges;

·         Areas of persistent inequality that will require continued attention; and


2.    To approve ‘Sheffield City Council’s Annual Equality Report 2017 – 18’ (Appendix 1 of the report)

Reasons for the decision:

1.    Our aim is to make Sheffield a fairer place to live, work and visit and on an ongoing basis we will continue to meet the needs of our diverse customers.  There are many strategies, policies and practices which impact our work on equality, diversity and inclusion; and there is excellent work being undertaken across the Council and city that will continue to make a difference to people’s lives in the city.  These are highlighted in the report.


2.    However, alongside this work there are areas of persistent inequality and challenges in areas across the council and the city that this report has noted and which are unacceptable.  These are not solely issues in Sheffield, but they will require ongoing attention and may need to be addressed differently if we are to improve outcomes for everyone in the city.  The Council cannot do this alone and all partners in the city will play a part if we are to meet these challenges.

Alternative options considered:

1.    We have a statutory duty to publish information on an annual basis which demonstrates how were are meeting our statutory duties under the Equality Act 2010 and associated Public Sector Duties (PSED).  This includes publishing information about our workforce diversity.


2.    Section 4.0 of the report outlines some of the areas we will focus on from 2019 to ensure we continue to meet our Public Sector Equality Duties and address persistent long term inequalities.  This includes developing our Equality Objectives for the next 4 year period, 2019 – 2023.

Publication date: 13/03/2019

Date of decision: 12/03/2019

Effective from: 20/03/2019

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