Swansea Council Logo 2017A new scrutiny inquiry panel has started which will look at how effectively the Council is meeting and embedding its requirements under the Equality Act 2010 (Public Sector Equality Duty for Wales).

The Inquiry will look in particular at how equality issues are considered in the provision of Council services and during development and changes to those services. It will also consider what the Council does well and what could be areas for improvement.

As part of this inquiry Swansea councillors would like your views on the following issues.

  1. Role: The Councils role under the Equality Act 2010 (Public Sector Equality Duty for Wales) and how well is the Council meeting and embedding that duty?
  2. Skills/knowledge: Do Council staff have the necessary skills, training and capacity to ensure that the Council is meeting the duty?
  3. Culture: Is there a positive attitude and a commitment to ensuring equality across the organisation?
  4. Systems and processes: Are there effective and efficient systems, practices and processes in place across the Council to enable meeting of the duty. Are Council Officers consistently applying these practices?
  5. Partnership working: How we are working with local communities, the voluntary sector and others to help and embed the requirements?
  6. Measuring success: How is the Council measuring how it is meeting and embedding the duty?How to provide your views…

Interested groups or individuals are encouraged to send in written evidence to the inquiry by email to [email protected] by 11th January 2019. The Panel may contact you to discuss your evidence. All evidence that is submitted will usually be published as part of the inquiry, if you do not wish your evidence to be published please state clearly.

Louise Gibbard, Councillor for Dunvant, Council Member Champion for Women and Chair of the Equalities Scrutiny Inquiry says:

Over the next couple of months we will be meeting with the Council's Directors of services, these are public meetings and we will make time for public questions. I will share the details of these when they are finalised.’ There will be sessions with representatives from community groups representing protected characteristics and others. If your group would be interested in taking part please contact [email protected] or [email protected] We would especially like to 'get out' and make these more accessible meetings as I appreciate the Guildhall committee rooms are not the most welcoming so I'd welcome any thoughts on this.

For more information, click here.

Click here for the Minutes of first Equality Scrutiny Committee meeting - 11th October and terms of reference and draft timetable.