CLEVEDON TOWN COUNCIL

 EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES POLICY

PURPOSE

The purpose of this policy is to provide equal opportunities to all employees of the Town Council and the people it serves, irrespective of their gender, race, ethnic origin, disability, impairment, age, nationality, national origin, sexuality, religion, marital status, trades union membership and activities or any other grounds which cannot be justified.

This policy will underpin all decisions taken by the Council and all actions on its behalf taken by elected members, officers and all other associated individuals who are subject to Council policies and procedures.

POLICY

The Town Council oppose all forms of unlawful and unfair discrimination.

Employment

All employees whether full-time, part-time, fixed contract, agency workers or temporary, will be treated fairly and equally.

Recruitment selection, career development, promotion, training, remuneration or any other benefit will be on the basis of aptitude and ability.

All employees will be helped and encouraged to develop their full potential and the talents and resources of the workforce will be fully utilised to maximise the efficiency of the organisation.

Every employee is entitled to a working environment that promotes dignity and respect to all. No form of intimidation, bullying or harassment will be tolerated.

Any breach of the Town Council’s equal opportunities policy will be regarded as misconduct and could lead to disciplinary proceedings.

Service Delivery

The Council provides services to the community both directly and working in partnership with other organisations. The Council will promote equality of opportunity for the people it serves by providing accessible information about the services available to them and delivering services that are appropriate to needs.

IMPLEMENTATION AND THE LAW

To ensure the effectiveness of this policy the Council will ensure that they give due consideration to the equal opportunities implications of all policy decisions they take.

The policy will be implemented within the framework of all relevant legislation