The Equality Act 2010 introduced a new Public Sector Equality Duty (PSED).
The general duty requires public bodies to pay due regard, in the exercise of their functions, to the following three aims:
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. One of these is to prepare and publish at least one equality objective.
In July 2017, The Council's Executive Committee adopted the following set of equality objectives up to 2021:
(a) Monitor the diversity of employees and customers, where appropriate, to understand who is and isn't accessing services or employed by the Council.
i. Customer data will only be collected where appropriate and in a proportionate way to the work being undertaken
ii. Employee data will always be used in an anonymised way
(b) Improve awareness and understanding of hate crime and methods of reporting within the Borough.
i. Hate crime is a topic of rising prominence and is recorded by Hampshire Constabulary