We received 15 responses to this consultation with 3 specific points - summarised as follows:
1) Apply sensible use of resources to ensure SLDC is covered legally.
2) Define fairness in relation to the delivery of services in the scheme
3) Replace "promoting good relations" with "fostering good relations" & add text to show SLDC will train staff in the equality duty and equality considerations are considered before decisions are made. Ensure contractors are covered by our equality obligations.
The Equality Scheme has been reviewed in the light of these comments and the draft version is on the council's website.
The Equality Scheme will be considered by Cabinet on the 11 April 2012 and the final version will be available in hard copy and on the website once formally approved.
The Equality Scheme (2011 - 2014) contains information on how SLDC aims to provide services that are accessible and fair for all.
The Scheme looks at services provided for the public, as well as policies for council employees.
Links are provided in the Scheme to current council documents, council meetings, information held on South Lakeland and details on partner organisations.
The Scheme contains an action plan to help the council improve its services for all.
Why We Are Consulting
The Equality Scheme 2011 - 2014 is at a draft stage and we welcome comments and suggestions on its content, before the final version is approved.
Any comments we receive will be published after the closing date and we will report on the consultation and what we have changed as a result.
What Happens Next
Comments received will be published as soon as possible after the closing date. We will also report on the consultation and what we have changed as a result.