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Equality objectives

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Our equality objectives have been developed to deliver real changes to the ways we work.

We want to ensure the way we govern has the most effective impact on making our society fairer and more inclusive.

We engaged with individuals and organisations to develop our Equality Objectives, which confirmed the greatest inequalities we are trying to tackle.

Our equality objectives  ensures that public services and employment are fair, accessible, responsive to people's needs, and that communities are inclusive. We want everyone to feel safe and have their chance to flourish at school and in work. People should not be put at a disadvantage by any of the following (also known as 'protected characteristics'):

  • sex
  • race
  • faith or belief
  • sexual orientation
  • age
  • pregnancy and maternity
  • being married or in a civil partnership
  • disability
  • gender reassignment.    

Our equality objectives sit within our Strategic Equality Plan and underpin our work, ensuring a joined up approach to achieving better outcomes for the people. They are reflected within the Programme for Government and dovetail closely with our Tackling Poverty Action Plan. 

Progress against our equality objectives is captured and reported in our annual reports on equality.