Equality and diversity

Equality

is about creating a fairer society where everyone can participate and has the opportunity to fulfil their potential.

Diversity

is about recognising and valuing difference for the benefit of South Ayrshire communities, people who use our services and our staff.

South Ayrshire's commitment

South Ayrshire Council is fully committed to the general principles of fairness, equality and human rights and seeks to apply these principles in all that it does as a community leader, service provider and employer, Education Authority and Licensing Board by:

  • challenging and eliminating unlawful discrimination, harassment and victimisation wherever it can;
  • being inclusive, fair minded and transparent in all that it does;
  • tackling prejudice and promoting understanding and inclusion; and
  • consulting and engaging with service users and employees

The Council developed its Equality and Diversity Strategy in 2013. It provides in detail the Councils arrangements for meeting the requirements of the Equality Act 2010 and the Equality Act 2010 (Specific Duties) (Scotland) Regulations.

The Council has responsibilities under this legislation as:

  • a Service Provider
  • an Employer
  • an Education Authority
  • a Licensing Board

The Strategy explains these responsibilities along with more detailed information on:

  • how equality is built into everything the Council does (mainstreaming) and
  • the improvements and changes from the work it is taking forward on its own and in partnership to meet the equality and diversity needs and priorities identified by its communities (equality outcomes).

The Council, over the past years has reported its progress by delivering and publishing its Equality Outcomes and the Equality Outcomes and Mainstreaming Progress Reports. These reports include the progress we have made in mainstreaming equalities across the Council, the Education Authority and Licensing Board. We also have a duty to publish the latest Pay Gap information and workforce data on the protected characteristics is also detailed in these reports. View the latest Equality Outcomes & Mainstreaming Progress Report 2019-2021 and the Equality Outcomes, which have been set for 2021-2025. (Please note this is currently in draft and the final reports will be published in May 2021).

LGBT Charter Journey

We have achieved the LGBT Charter Foundations Award Award in recognition of our commitment to equality of access to our services so that they are inclusive for LGBT people. The Charter, operated by LGBT Youth Scotland, enables us to show the steps we have and will continue to take to improve services and the workplace.

  • Disability Confident Employer logo
  • Carer Positive logo
  • LGBT Charter Foundations

Co-ionannachd is Iomadachd

Is ann mu dheidhinn cruthachadh co-chomunn nas cothromaiche anns an urrainn gach neach pàirt a ghabhail agus cothrom fhaighinn air an cuid comais a ruighinn a tha co-ionannachd. Is ann mu dheidhinn aithneachadh agus luachadh eadar-dhealachadh chum buannachd choimhearsnachdan Siorrachd Inbhir Àir a Deas, agus dhaoine a tha a’ cleachdadh ar seirbheisean agus ar luchd-obrach, a tha iomadachd.

Tha Comhairle Siorrachd Àir a Deas fo làn chùmhnant ri prionnsapalan coitcheann cothromachd, co-ionannachd agus còirichean daonna agus airson gun coilean iad na prionnsapalan sin anns gach nì a nì iad mar stiùiriche coimhearsnachd, mar sholaraiche seirbheis agus mar bhuidheann-fastaidh, ùghdarras foghlaim agus Bòrd Ceadachaidh le bhith:

  • a’ toirt dùbhlan agus a’ cur às do lethspreidh mì-laghail, sàrachadh agus ìobairteachd uair sam bith as urrainn dhaibh;
  • in-ghabhalach, cothromach agus soilleir anns gach nì a nì iad;
  • a’ dèiligeadh ri claon-bhàigh agus a’ brosnachadh tuigse agus in-ghabhail; agus
  • a’ sireadh comhairle agus a’ dol an sàs le luchd-cleachdaidh seirbheis agus luchd-obrach

Bidh sealladh na Comhairle a thaobh co-ionannachd agus iomadachd a’ suidhe taobh a-staigh co-theacsa nas fharsainge far a bheil Sealladh gnàthaichte na Comhairle gu bhith a’ stèidheachadh Siorrachd Àir a Deas mar a’ choimhearsnachd as beòthaile, as in-ghabhalaiche agus as seasmhaiche ann an Alba. Mar bhunait air an seo tha luachan agus prionnsapalan stiùiridh ris a bheil sinn a’ gabhail gu bhith:

  • ag èisteachd agus a’ toirt aire do na tha sinn a’ cluinntinn
  • onarach, soilleir agus treun nar cuid obrach
  • for-ghnìomhach ag obair ann an com-pàirt
  • a’ brosnachadh co-ionannachd le bhith a’ dèiligeadh ri leth-spreidh agus ana-cothrom
  • a’ strì airson sàr-mhaitheas
  • a’ togail àm ri teachd a bhios seasmhach airson na sgìre

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