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Equal Opportunities and the Highland Council

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Our Equality Plan, A Fairer Highland, sets out how the Council aims to make a positive contribution towards a fair and inclusive Highland. We have developed equality outcomes and associated actions based on evidence, including the views and experiences that local people have shared with us on equality and diversity issues.

We want to ensure that in Highland:

  • People are, and feel, free to live their lives without harassment and discrimination, and can take part in community life.
  • People benefit from public services in a fairer way and are able to have their say about them.
  • Our staff feel there is an organisational culture where everyone is treated with dignity and respect.

We aim to have employment and recruitment practices that are fair and that our services are accessible (pdf 47 kb).  For information on our employment policies please visit the Council’s Equalities in Employment pages.

The Highland Council’s Equality Plan: A Fairer Highland

The Highland Council’s equality priorities during 2012 – 2017 are presented in "A Fairer Highland". This work is designed to build and improve on the achievements of previous equality schemes, as well as to meet the new and extended public sector duties introduced by the Equality Act 2010.

In April 2013, the Council published a set of Equality Outcomes for the Council and Education Authority. Each of our equality outcomes aim to meets the needs of the public sector equality duty to:

  • Eliminate unlawful discrimination, harassment and victimisation
  • Advance equality of opportunity
  • Promote good relations

We  also published a Mainstreaming Equality report on how we build equality into all our work,an  Equal Pay Statement and a Gender Pay Gap report.

Evidence gathering

You can find some of the key evidence gathered during 2011 – 2012 here

The Equality Act 2010

The Council’s equal opportunities policies are in accordance The Equality Act 2010 which provides protection from unlawful discrimination and harassment to groups and individuals because of: age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation.

The Act introduced a new single Public Sector Equality Duty (the General Duty).  This is supported by Scottish Specific Duties published in May 2012.

A briefing note on the Equality Act is available here (42Kb, pdf).

For further information and guidance please visit the website of the Equality and Human Rights Commission.

Contact details

Equal Opportunities team, tel 01463 702094, email equal.opportunities@highland.gov.uk

Everyone has the right to be treated with dignity and respect.  If you have any concerns or comments please use our online forms: Comments and Compliments | Complaints.