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Strategic Equality Plan

Published: 13/10/2016

Each local authority in Wales needs to identify and publish equality objectives every four years. At its next meeting, Flintshire County Council’s Cabinet will be asked to agree the Council’s second Strategic Equality Plan (SEP) before publication. In 2012, the Council agreed its first SEP and six high level equality objectives as follows: ? Reduce health inequalities ? Reduce unequal outcomes in education to maximise individual potential ? Reduce inequalities in employment ? Reduce inequalities in personal safety ? Reduce inequalities in representation and voice ? Reduce inequalities in access to information and services, buildings and the environment. Flintshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Corporate Management, Councillor Billy Mullin, said: “We are pleased to publish this plan which details the objectives, actions and targets that will be undertaken during the next four years and identifies the evidence and rationale on which the objectives are based. The consensus was to keep the same objectives which were established in 2012. There is still much work to do, reducing deep-seated inequalities does not happen overnight and continuity is needed to ensure that outcomes can be achieved over a longer period of time. This was echoed and confirmed when we consulted key stakeholders.” The Chief Executive of Flintshire County Council, Colin Everett, said: “We have worked in partnership with all the public bodies across North Wales and we are pleased that the membership of the original North Wales Public Sector Equality Network has grown and includes Coleg Cambria and Glyndwr University. Working in partnership is important in these financially challenging times but it also helps to identify common equality objectives.”