Equality Impact Assessment
Service Plans 2008/09
LAA Theme Names
Enterprise and Economic Development
Safer Stronger Communities
Lead Officer completing EQIA
Divisional Director - Tourism Leisure Cultural
Q1. How will this plan narrow the gap between equalities groups?
We will use the Council's Heritage assets to generate funds (in excess of £2million) that can be released into the Council's statutory programmes of activity. In addition for each service, we will seek out partnerships, external funding and grants in order that we can invest additional/new resources into our programmes - whilst supporting other Departments.
We will be open & transparent in the way we invest resources - providing opportunities for organisations to share our objectives and delivery programmes. We will report our activities at the end of each financial year and post the report on the Council's web site - along with the reports of our contractors and partners.
This process of: monitoring, reporting and accounting for our decisions and service quality will characterise our approach addressing equalities.
Despite a generally prosperous picture, small pockets of deprivation exist across the area with five super output areas (Twerton West, Kingsmead, Fox Hill North and Whiteway) in the bottom 20% most deprived neighbourhoods in the country. Three (Kingsmead, Bath Central and Victoria Park) feature in the bottom 10% for levels of crime deprivation and one (Whiteway) is in the bottom 2% for Education, Skills and Training.
Educational attainment and achievement is lower across B&NES for certain BME groups (Black African KS1/KS4, Black Caribbean KS3 and Black Other KS2) and for children in care.
We will ensure that different perspectives of our diverse communities are taken into account when designing, developing and delivering services that will affect them. By understanding our customers and responding to their needs we will identify who is using our services and what they need and expect from the council. By the very nature of the work that this service plan delivers, it will impact on the majority of residents, and those people that work and visit Bath & North East Somerset.
We have adopted a cross cutting approach across all the theme blocks working in the partnership with the residents, the voluntary and private sectors to deliver;
We have ambitious stretch targets such as: increasing the number of those people who are active users of our services in our libraries, running active lifestyles & arts programmes and contributing to the reduction in the number of young people who enter into the criminal justice system.
Active Lifestyles is a good example of how we can target resources in an effort to close the gap between communities by focussing upon the issues that are indicators of need - especially in those wards of B&NES where life expectation is 10 years less than the norm for the remaining wards.
The Active Lifestyles project works upon ensuring individuals remain active and thus more mobile and independent into later life. We are working with the PCT in order to extend this programme into 2009/10.
The Libraries are a source of learning and knowledge exchange. We are keen to promote reading and literacy in order to encourage further learning, skill development and academic achievement - in order to deliver future employment and access to further education. We will focus staff resources and the reader development programme in the Super Output Areas and particularly the area of low Educational Achievement in order to address this. Our mini libraries in Children's Centres provide a starting point.
Generally B&NES is a low crime area, however crime, fear of crime and victimisation are disproportionately concentrated in the discreet areas of deprivation, where these issues are prevalent. Tackling crime and anti-social behaviour are clear local and national priorities, and narrowing the gap between areas of Bath, Keynsham, Radstock and Midsomer Norton is a key target.
Our Sports Programmes are aimed at Youth Centres and Sports Clubs in `community settings' that are used, in part, to address a positive diversion (of young peoples interest) into sport, however the `Breakthrough' project also addresses poor educational attainment due to low levels of confidence and social engagement - this will be extended in 2008-9. Attempting to tackling the root of the problem.
Behind the statistics that identify Twerton West, Kingsmead, Fox Hill North and Whiteway as Super Output Areas lies a history of disadvantage including unemployment, poor education achievement, school exclusion, low pay, poor health, and poor housing. Behaviours arising from these risk factors are often anti-social. We will help narrow this gap by reducing the number of young people from these communities who enter the criminal justice system. We will also improve outcomes for young people on Intensive Supervision and Surveillance Programme, this programme is an alternative to custody and its improvement will lead to fewer young people entering custody.
We will encourage, support and work with community and voluntary sector groups who will deliver elements of the prevention and diversion work with young people. Local volunteers will help to support young people on programmes designed to reduce the risk of offending and will support young people on community reparation projects.
The number of BME communities is growing. 78 different languages are spoken in our Primary Schools - this is moving on from a concentration upon the Chinese and Polish Communities that characterised Bath & NES in the recent past. In addition we subscribe to `Bright Books' as a way of securing a wide range of reading materials in minority languages, from the countries of origin.
The population is ageing and additionally, there are identifiable `communities of interest' such as those people with Disabilities who may be less mobile than other groups. We will tailor our services to ensure there is both opportunity and access to services that are appropriate, well planned and delivered in such a way as to ensure that individuals feel valued.
People with Learning Difficulties (PwLD) fare significantly less well than mainstream residents with many of the same deprivation issues as those suffered in the geographic neighbourhoods described above. The number of PwLD is increasing as are the numbers of children with profound learning difficulties.
Exercise and social interaction outside of a school, or care location, is important, particularly in circumstances that protect venerable children and adults, whilst offering respect and the prospect of achievement.
We will work with individuals and groups to provide opportunity in Para Olympic and Special Olympic Sports and to create appropriate opportunities to enjoy the other services the Division provides.
We will invest resources in organisations that can help us achieve these objectives. Our Arts Development Programme is a good example of using investment strategies to drive particular community outcomes through partner organisations.
Q2. How will you demonstrate over time that the gap has been
There are a number of key performance indicators across the plan which will measure the narrowing of the gap.
Q3. How will this plan promote community cohesion?
The Local Strategic Partnership has established to drive the partnership agenda for strong communities and a sense of well-being in neighbourhoods and the TLC service plan will assist in the delivery of this by;
Q4. How will you demonstrate over time that community cohesion has
The plan will be able to demonstrate that community cohesion has improved by;
- Improving Economic Well Being
- Enjoying and Achieving
- Being Healthy
- Staying Safe
- Making a Positive Contribution
Although improvements in community cohesion can be measured in each of the areas, some of the areas have more of a community cohesion focus than others. The "Enjoying and Achieving" area measures the success of our support services in helping an individual to access training or education, accessing cultural, faith or informal learning activities, obtaining unpaid work or work experience, including volunteering, and/or maintaining contact with friends, groups, family or external services.
Q5. What are the top five equalities outcomes that this plan should
Deliver in relation to the Council's priorities e.g.
Q6. What performance indicators will you use to measure the
- Number referrals in the month the target -
- % of referrals resulting in Individual Plans, target - 90%
- Hours young people engaged
- Successful achievement of QPR indicators.
Q7. What do you think are the main risks/concerns that could hinder the effective implementation of equalities and diversity issues within the Theme Service Plan?