Equality groups and networks

We recognise that involvement and effective participation of members, staff, our service users and partners is fundamental to the way the Council operates. We strongly believe that involving, engaging and consulting with people should be meaningful and sustainable. We want to continually improve our ways of engaging and involving people. The following equality governance structures are in place to ensure that we actively engage with members, staff, service users and partners.

Reducing inequality and delivering the Council’s equality objectives can only be delivered effectively if it is embedded across the organisation and within partnership working. The equality governance structure outlines how key internal and external groups/partnerships work in collaboration to deliver the Council’s commitment to equality. A brief description of each element of the structure is outlined below.

Bradford Council's Executive

The Executive is responsible for the development of the policies, strategies and plans for the Council and their approval. The Executive comprises the Leader of the Council and a small number of members of Council appointed by the Leader following the Council’s Annual meeting. There will always be an Executive Member responsible for equalities.

Overview and Scrutiny Committee

The primary role of the Overview and Scrutiny function is to hold local decision makers to account in order to help improve local services. Overview and Scrutiny Committees have wide ranging powers and can review decisions taken by the Council and its partners; highlight areas of improvement; advise on policy development and formulation; enable the voice and concerns of the public to be heard and make recommendations to support the improvement of services. The role of Overview and Scrutiny committees is not restricted to Council run services. Any area of work that is of interest to the local community may be considered by the Overview and Scrutiny committees. Equalities is one of the many areas that they give consideration to.

Corporate Management Team (CMT)

CMT provides the leadership and care for the organisation’s approach to equalities. They receive reports and recommendations from the Cross Departmental Equality Group, and on a quarterly basis monitor the Council’s progress on its equality objectives. They also have responsibility for ensuring that the Council’s legislative duties are carried out. CMT comprises the Chief Executive and their team of most senior directors.

Cross Department Equality Group

This group provides a forum to debate and discuss equality issues which affect the council as an employer, as a provider of services and in its community leadership role. Made up of representatives from all parts of the Council the group ensures equalities is an active part of the Council’s work and culture. Recommendations from the group are escalated for a decision or action to relevant Executive Members, Corporate Management Team and/or to departments.

The group’s key objectives include:

  • Providing the Council with a platform where a better understanding of equality issues can be sought through active debate.
  • Supporting the Council’s officer and political leadership to give better strategic direction on matters relating to equalities, through providing them with an informed collective Council wide view.
  • Supporting Bradford in delivering best practice on equalities.
  • Supporting the Council in meeting its equality duties and being fair to its employees and citizens, and promoting diversity.
  • Contributing to the delivery of the Council’s equality objective to improve workforce culture and leadership.

Bradford District Partnership

Equality is a concern for all the partnerships and groups within the BDP family. Strategic oversight is given by the Equalities and Community Relations Strategic Group which reports directly to the Safer and Stronger Communities Partnership. As part of BDP governance arrangements, the Health and Wellbeing Board has ultimate responsibility for all matters relating to the work of the broader partnership including equalities.

Equalities Engagement Framework

The Council has a framework for the different ways we engage with communities which is called the Community Engagement Framework. This is made up of the three aspects theme, place and people. All three are relevant to equalities and reducing inequalities experienced by the district’s neighbourhoods and communities.

  • Theme – This is where we organise engagement by partnership and service areas on a particular topic or theme.
  • Place – Place is where we organise engagement by geographic areas such as wards.
  • People – This aspect covers engagement with communities of interest and equality groups who are not as involved through theme and place. It includes groups who are recognised as sharing a ‘protected characteristic’ within the Equality Act 2010. This is the Equalities Engagement Framework.

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