We are committed to equalities as an employer and in all the services provided to all sections of the community.
We believe that no person should be treated unfairly and is committed to eliminate all forms of discrimination in compliance with current legal requirements. We also have due regard to eliminate discrimination and to proactively promote equality of opportunity and social harmony between all groups in society when performing its functions.
Asylum & Immigration
The UK has a responsibility to refugees because it has signed the 1951 United Nations Convention and the 1967 Protocol on refugees.
The Convention says a refugee is someone who is forced to flee his/her country due to: "a well founded fear of persecution due to race, religion, nationality, political opinion or membership of a social group". To be accepted as a refugee in the UK, an individual must first apply for asylum. While the Home Office decides on a claim the applicant is classified as an asylum seeker.
Prior to 1999 we had a statutory responsibility to offer assistance to asylum seekers under the National Assistance Act of 1948. Councils also had a duty to provide accommodation and benefits to asylum seekers whilst they awaited the outcome of their case with the Home Office.
However, following changes in the law due to the Immigration and Asylum Act of 1999, asylum seekers that arrive after April 2000 no longer have a right to assistance and do not have to be provided for by the Council. Instead, the Home Office provides support through the National Asylum Support Service (NASS).
The Home Office UK Border Agency website will help you understand UK immigration control and what your rights and responsibilities are when you make an application
Derbyshire Police and East Midlands Migration Partnership have produced a range of leaflets for new arrivals to Derbyshire. They provide information relating to local councils, residency rights, currency, children and education, healthcare, driving and travel, emergency services, accommodation and employment.
We publish equality information in a variety of ways:
We have benchmarked our services against national standards for customer insight, organisational culture, information and access, delivery of services, and timeliness and quality of services.
Equality Act 2010: Public sector equality duties
The following data is held by us and will be updated periodically. We have identified some gaps in information about our services and workforce which we are addressing, following an organisational restructure.
Open Government Licence
Citizen Panel Data
Compliments, Comments & Complaints Data
Electoral Registration Survey Data
Our workforce data is scrutinised by the Union Employer Consultative Committee (UECC) and published in our committee minutes.
Equality Impact Assessments
We recognise that the work we do has an impact on our service delivery to you, the customer, and to measure this we conduct equality impact assessments on all our procedures. This kind of assessment tells us if you all have equal access to our services eg people who have impaired vision need to know we can help by supplying information in other formats such as larger print or audio CD's.
All our services are examined and the Equality Impact Assessments are updated as and when they have been completed. The outcome of the assessments give us enough information to be able to improve our service delivery to you where appropriate.
EIA Bolsover Contact Centre
EIA Leisure Facilities
EIA Housing and Economic Development Strategy 2015 - 2020
EIA Empty Properties Strategy
EIA Local Authority Mortgage Scheme
EIA Arts Strategy
EIA Bus Shelter Policy
Gypsies & Travellers
There is one transit site located within the District at Pleasley. The site is licensed by us but is privately owned.
When dealing with gypsy and traveller issues we follow the Inter Agency Guidance (426kb) to ensure that all services are delivered fairly to gypsies and travellers in compliance with the law, government guidance and local authorities equalities policies.
Dealing with illegal encampments
We are only able to evict Gypsies/Travellers off Council owned land. If the Gypsies/Travellers are causing problems they will be moved on as soon as is possible and reasonable. It normally takes approximately three weeks to gather the relevant information and obtain a court hearing date. The Court can refuse to grant us an order to move the Gypsies/Travellers on if it believes there is an unavoidable reason for the Gypsies/Travellers to stay on the site or if the Court believes that we have failed to make adequate enquiries regarding the general health and welfare of the Gypsies/Travellers. Please report any illegal encampments to us immediately.
Dealing with illegal encampments on other land
If the encampment is on land not owned by us, then the landowner, if possible, should talk to the travellers to try and gauge how long they will be there. The landowner can also take proceedings in the County Court under the Civil Procedure Rules 1998 to obtain a Court Order for their eviction. There must be a minimum of two clear days between service of documents and the Court hearing.
Any decision by the landowner to allow the travellers to stay on site must be undertaken with the correct planning permissions and licensing. Any breach of these permissions will result in us taking action against the landowner.
Hate crime is crime that the victim or any other person perceives to be motivated by hostility or prejudice towards any aspect of a person’s identity. Some hate crime offences carry additional penalties. Derbyshire Police monitor six strands of hate crime:
Police forces also monitor religiously motivated hate crime specifically related to anti-Semitism and Islamophobia.
A hate incident is any incident, which may or may not be a crime, that the victim or any other person perceives to be motivated by hostility or prejudice towards any aspect of a person’s identity. The police determine whether a hate incident is a crime.
Anyone who experiences or hears about a hate crime or hate incident in the District can report it to the Police or to Stop Hate UK. Reports are used to help victims, bring perpetrators to justice, and influence our work to stop Hate Crime.
Every attack should be reported, whether it is name calling in the street, damage to property, graffiti, physical assault, or any other type of incident that makes someone feel upset at being targeted. Please report all hate crimes to us immediately so we can investigate them fully.
Derbyshire Law Centre has produced a Hate and Harassment Toolkit (1.13MB) for people to refer to.
Stop Hate UK
In Derbyshire, you can get support and report hate incidents to Stop Hate UK online via their website or by:
Phone 0800 138 1625
Text Relay 18001 0800 138 1625
If you use British Sign Language, you can access it here.
If you have a learning disability, you can get Easy Read information and find out ways to report what’s happened here.
LGBT hate crime can be reported here.
Anyone can report hate crime and access support - victims and witnesses. You can remain anonymous if you wish.
Derbyshire Safe Places Scheme
A safe place is somewhere people with a learning disability can go if they feel scared, are lost or need help when they are out and about. Find out more about the Derbyshire Safe Places Scheme here.
Online hate material
You may come across a lot of material on the internet that offends you, but very little of it is actually illegal. UK laws are written to make sure that people can speak and write, even offensive material, without being prosecuted for their views.
Find out more about what you can do about on-line hate material via the True Vision website here.
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