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Strategic Equality Plan Annual Report 2019/20

Published: 10/02/2021

Flintshire’s Cabinet will be presented with the Strategic Equality Plan Annual Report when it meets on Tuesday 16 February.

The Council published its equality objectives and four year Strategic Equality Plan (SEP) in April 2016. The purpose of equality objectives is to address the most significant issues and areas of inequality that face people with protected characteristics e.g. age, disability etc.

There have been some areas of achievement in meeting the equality duties during 2019/20, including:

  • Supported internships for nine young adults with a learning disability through Project SEARCH.
  • Theatr Clwyd increased access to the arts for people with protected characteristics. Examples include their work with “Sorted”, the Youth Drug and Alcohol team, to offer creative sessions for young people from deprived backgrounds. They also worked with City of Sanctuary to hold creative session for young refugees and their families.
  • The Youth service has developed a youth group to support young people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT).

Flintshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Corporate Management and Assets, Councillor Billy Mullin, said:

“The current SEP came to an end in March 2020. The new Plan for the period 2020/24 is now in place. The inequalities highlighted by the impact of Covid-19 and Black Lives Matter has emphasised the importance of Strategic Equality Plans in identifying and addressing specific areas of inequality.“

It is proposed that the former Corporate Equality group is reconvened, chaired by a Chief Officer, in a similar model to the Welsh Language network. The Welsh Language Network has made significant progress implementing Welsh language across the Council.  A Corporate Equality group will contribute to ensuring that a focussed and joined-up approach is maintained across the Council to achieve our equality objectives, address any issues raised by Welsh Government and, ultimately, reduce inequalities.