AVJB Public Sector Equality Duty
In accordance with the Equality Act 2010 and the Equality Act (Specific Duties) (Scotland) Regulations 2012, we introduced the ‘Ayrshire Valuation Joint Board Public Sector Equality Duty’. This scheme was effective from April 2013 for a period of four years and was subject to review in April 2015.
A new Equality Duty Scheme was introduced with effect from 30th April 2017. It will be in place for a period of four years and was subject to review in April 2019. You can click on the links below to access the Ayrshire Valuation Joint Board Public Sector Equality Duty 2017 – 2021 and the Ayrshire Valuation Joint Board Public Sector Equality Duty 2017-2021 - Progress Report 2019.
The Equality Act 2010 imposes a duty on public authorities when exercising public functions to have due regard to the General Duties which are :
- To eliminate discrimination, harassment, victimisation and any other conduct that is prohibited by or under the Act.
- To advance equality of opportunity between persons who share a relevant protected characteristic and persons who do not share it.
- To foster good relations between persons who share a relevant protected characteristic and persons who do not share it.
In addition the Act sets out nine protected characteristics, which are :
- Gender Reassignment
- Marriage and Civil Partnership
- Pregnancy and Maternity
- Religion or Belief
- Sexual Orientation
Our Public Sector Equality Duty schemes set out the actions we have already taken and intend to continue to take in order to ensure that equality and diversity is at the heart of the Board’s decision making process and therefore at the core of all our functions and services.
Our Public Sector Equality Duty 2017 – 2021(see below) re-sets our equality and diversity activities, confirms how we will continue to mainstream our equality duties and updates our workforce monitoring.
Our latest report, Public Sector Equality Duty 2017-2021 – Progress Report 2019 (see below) provides an update on the activities undertaken between 2017 and 2019.
I believe that by implementing the Equality Outcomes as set in the report, Ayrshire Valuation Joint Board will provide all electors, rate payers and council tax payers of Ayrshire and its own staff, a service provision, culture and working environment which is free from unlawful discrimination, harassment, victimisation, where all members of our community have equal opportunities and treat each other with dignity and respect.
Assessor and Electoral Registration Officer
Ayrshire Valuation Joint Board