Council’s Equalities Review sees progress

Article dated Thursday Jun 29, 2023 at 09:40 AM

Bradford Council has published a report into its equality work from colleagues from other local authorities and the Local Government Association (LGA).

​In November 2022, the review team spent two days on-site in Bradford. They met council staff, councillors and stakeholders.

The report reflects positively on the hard work being done on the council’s equalities agenda.

The peer review team praised the council's RESPECT campaign and seven staff networks, found staff feel more empowered to challenge behaviour, acknowledged that senior managers were committed to addressing inequalities and discrimination and also recognised the strength of our partnerships with key stakeholders in the voluntary and community services and our statutory partners.

The report also made some recommendations for areas where things could be improved. These include improving the handling of reasonable adjustments for disabled members of staff, making better use of data and speeding up how long it takes to investigate formal grievances.

Cllr Abdul Jabar, Bradford Council's Executive Member for Neighbourhoods and Community Safety, said: "As a council we are fully committed to addressing inequalities and discrimination and creating a working environment we can all be proud of.

"The Equality Peer Challenge has been a constructive experience, giving us a chance to reflect on our equality, diversity and inclusion agenda and identify what we do well and what we can improve.

Cllr Susan Hinchcliffe, leader of Bradford Council, said: "We welcome the report and the conclusions it draws, in particular, that community representatives and staff recognise we have made significant progress in recent years.

"This useful feedback, from respected local government colleagues, will really help shape our future priorities and plans. The recommendations will support our ongoing efforts to improve how we ensure our staff and the people of Bradford District are treated equitably and fairly by the Council and can access the support they need and the opportunities our district has to offer."

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