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Birmingham City Council

Equality Objectives

BIRMINGHAM CITY COUNCIL EQUALITY OBJECTIVES

Birmingham is, outside of London, the UK’s most diverse city, made up of a wide range of cultural, faith and other communities. The city benefits from positive community cohesion within this diversity.

Promoting equality and tackling inequalities is at the heart of the goals of the Council which are fundamental to building a strong local economy and a fair society; and in these difficult economic times they become even more important. As we take the difficult decisions necessary to tackle the impact of the global recession we are determined to do so fairly, protecting the most vulnerable and prioritising equal opportunities for all. That is why the Council has set itself three priorities which will achieve the Leader’s vision for Birmingham of

"An inclusive city, in which many more people can play their part – a fair chance for everyone in Birmingham."

The three key priorities which underpin this vision are to:

  • Tackle inequality and deprivation, promote social cohesion across all communities in Birmingham and ensure dignity, in particular for our elderly and safeguarding for children
  • Lay the foundations for a prosperous city, built on an inclusive economy; and
  • Involve local people and communities in the future of their local area and their public services.

The Council’s five Strategic Directorates:

Adults & Communities

Children, Young People and Faimilies

Corporate Resources

Development and Culture and

Local Services

will each be responsible for the implementation of the Leader’s Policy Statement and the Council’s contribution to the achievement of the Birmingham 2026 Sustainable Community Strategy outcomes. Service Areas have identified specific equality objectives to deliver the council’s priority actions.

Adults and Communities – for further information on the directorate's published equality information please click the link - Adults Equality Information

  • Providing better information, advice and signposting for all. Identifying people who are most at risk of needing care and providing early support to prevent or delay people needing a more intensive service later on
  • Developing an enablement service - Review sample of citizens who have been enabled and who have not been enabled to gain a deeper understanding of service effectiveness vis a vis enviromental issues such as deprivation
  • Moving to Individual Budgets - independence of people with learning difficulties

Children, Young People and Families - for further information on the directorate's published equality information please click the link - CYPF Equality Information

  • Protect children from significant harm by particularly addressing the key factors of domestic violence, poverty & neglect, drug, alcohol and mental health problems in families
  • Improve engagement in learning and achievement in education, focusing on 14-19 educational experiences
  • Reduce health inequalities by particularly addressing the key areas of infant mortality, childhood obesity, teenage conception and emotional health.

Corporate Resources - for further information on the directorate's published equality information please click the link - Corporate Resources Equality Information

  • Workforce Priorities - Empowering people to make change and enabling people to working agilely

Development and Culture - for further information on the directorate's published equality information please click the link - Development Equality Information

  • Continue to engage with private sector and partners to support Birmingham residents to secure jobs, skills and training
  • Reduce worklessness in the City i.e. through targeted recruitment, training and apprenticeship

Local Services - for further information on the directorate's published equality information please click the link - Local Services Equality Information

  • Promote healthy lifestyles and encourage more people to take up sport or active recreation
  • Raise profile of the contribution Directorate services make for the physical and mental health and well being of the community
  • Increase volunteer opportunities through Friends of Parks and other groups, Ranger-led activities and community use of parks for events
  • Tackle inequality and promote social cohesion
  • Develop programme to tackle crime and anti social behaviour (Victims Charter)