Equality and Diversity

Equality objectives for Hampshire County Council

The Equality Act 2010 places a Public Sector Equality Duty (PSED) on public bodies.

The general duty requires public bodies to pay due regard, in the exercise of their functions, to the following three aims

  • eliminate unlawful discrimination, harassment, victimisation and other conduct prohibited by the Act
  • advance equality of opportunity between people who share a protected characteristic and those who do not
  • foster good relations between people who share a protected characteristic and those who do not

The PSED is supported by a set of specific duties which are intended to help public bodies to carry out the above aims in a way that is tangible, transparent and accountable.

A key specific duty is to:

  • prepare and publish one or more measurable and specific equality objective(s)

Hampshire’s equality objectives

Hampshire’s objectives focus on three priority areas

  • improving equality of access to services for all communities
  • understanding the needs of the community
  • workforce action; ensuring best practice in recruitment and inclusion

The equality objectives support the priorities of Shaping Hampshire: modern, public services for the future. Strategic Plan 2013 - 2017  Download Adobe Reader to view this PDF 4MB

Monitoring performance and outcomes

We are committed to delivering better and equiltable outcomes for the people of Hampshire, and our staff. We see Equality as part of the core for this, and we will monitor how we deliver the above objectives through our performance management processes, report them to our members, and publish them on this website on an annual basis.