Council scores highly on equality policies
North Devon Council has improved its standards of equality for the third time in a row, making it one of only two district councils in Devon to deliver such fair and equal services. The Council has been awarded Level 3 of the Equality Standard for Local
North Devon Council has improved its standards of equality for the third time in a row, making it one of only two district councils in Devon to deliver such fair and equal services.The Council has been awarded Level 3 of the Equality Standard for Local Government by a group of external assessors, who looked at how well the council takes into account issues of equality and diversity.North Devon is one of only 22 districts in the country to achieve Level 3 and is the second district in Devon to reach the milestone.The Equality Standard is a set of guidelines that every council has to follow to ensure that equality is included in all aspects of local government services and employment. In other words, to make sure that the Council does not disadvantage anyone on the basis of race, gender, disability, religion or belief, sexual orientation or age. Each council is graded from Level 1 to 5, with Level 5 being the best.Portfolio Holder for Diversity, Councillor Dave Butt, said: "The Equality Standard is about making our services available to everyone in ways that suit their particular needs. I am delighted that the assessors have recognised the hard work and efforts the council has made to make our services accessible for all."Gaining Level 3 demonstrates that North Devon Council has achieved a number of activities and developments in four key areas:* Leadership and corporate commitment * Community engagement and accountability * Service delivery and customer care * Employment and trainingThe council is committed to equal access to all services and providing people with equal opportunities in getting jobs and in career development and is already working towards achieving Level 4 of the Equality Standard.