Equalities Information

We use information and data when preparing service delivery and policy to ensure that we understand how people of different groups (or protected characteristics) may be impacted.

Under the Equality Act 2010, all public authorities have both general and specific duties. Public authorities covered by the specific duties of the Act, like Blaby District Council, must publish information to demonstrate their compliance with the 'general duty'. This includes information relating to people who share a relevant protected characteristic. This applies to our employees (as an authority with more than 150 staff) and people affected by our policies and practices (for example our service users).

Disability Confident

The Disability Confident scheme supports employers to make the most of the talents disabled people can bring to your workplace.

Disability Confident:

  • Challenges attitudes towards disability
  • Increases understanding of disability
  • Removes barriers to disabled people and those with long-term health conditions
  • Ensures that disabled people have the opportunities to fulfil their potential and realise their aspirations 

Having originally gained level two status in March 2020, Blaby District Council were successful in gaining re-accreditation at this level in January 2023.

Gender Pay Gap

We are required to carry out gender pay reporting. This shows the difference between the average earnings of men and women in our organisation. We can use these results to assess the levels of gender equality in our workplace and the balance of male and female employees at different levels.

It is important to note that gender pay reporting is different from equal pay. Equal pay deals with the pay differences between men and women who carry out the same job, similar job or work of equal value. It is unlawful to pay people unequally because they are a man or a woman. The gender pay gap shows the difference in the average pay between all men and women in a workforce. Our most recent results can be found by downloading the Gender Pay Gap Report below.

Modern Slavery Statement

The term modern slavery covers a whole range of exploitation. It can take many forms including the trafficking of people, forced labour, servitude and slavery. The signs of modern slavery are often hidden making it difficult to identify potential victims and they can be any age, gender, ethnicity or nationality.

The Council adopted its own modern slavery statement in November 2018. This is reviewed annually, the latest version can be found at the bottom of this page.

Discrimination and Hate Crime

Hate incidents could be physical, verbal or written abuse. They take many forms but are essentially about someone being targeted because they are believed to be different, because of age, disability, gender identity, race, religion/belief or sexual orientation. If you have been a victim, or if you have witnessed or become aware of a hate incident, please tell us by visiting the Hate Crime page.


The International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’s Working Definition of Antisemitism (IHRA) saysAntisemitism is a certain perception of Jews, which may be expressed as hatred toward Jews. Rhetorical and physical manifestations of antisemitism are directed toward Jewish or non-Jewish individuals and/or their property, toward Jewish community institutions and religious facilities”.

The Council is committed to combatting hate crime in all its forms. The IHRA Working Definition of Antisemitism was adopted by Blaby District Council in November 2020. Our Statement can be found below.

About our District

A profile of the population characteristics of the District helps us to understand key issues facing the community. We use a variety of data gathering sources, including equality monitoring information and the latest census from the Office for National Statistics.  The census includes questions about your sex, age, work, health, education, household size, ethnicity and, for the first time, the 2021 census included questions about serving in the armed forces, and voluntary questions for those aged 16 and over on sexual orientation and gender identity.  For more information, visit the Census 2021 and Leicestershire and Rutland Statistics and Research websites, using the links at the bottom of the page.

Equality monitoring information

This is generally collected on forms you fill in. This information tells us who is and is not using our services, who our customers are and whether we are meeting their needs. The information helps us to improve and develop our services, identify barriers to access and will also highlight gaps to enable us to target services, to ensure everyone gets fair and equal access.

Employee Data

An equality profile of staff helps us to understand key issues about the workforce. We also use this data to inform decisions and policies affecting employees. We work to ensure that this data is comprehensive, and an equality profile of our employees can be found in the Annual Report.

Equality Impact and Needs Assessment

This Assessment provides data for us to use when making decisions and forming policies, to assess the impact on different groups of people and to examine customer needs. An assessment of this type will be carried out on new service policies as they are developed and, over time, on existing ones. Assessments ensure that any possible effects are considered and evaluated and, if necessary, an action plan created to reduce or remove any negative impact.

If you wish to see a particular Equality Impact Needs Assessment, please contact us with your request by using the contact form at the bottom of this page.

Accessibility Statement

We want as many people as possible to be able to use this website. Our Accessibility Statement explains what you should be able to do to make the website easier to use and how we are trying to make documents as fully accessible as possible.

Translation Services

The Council can make documents available, on request, in another language or format (large print, Braille or on audiotape). We can also provide translation services if required, for help with completing forms or attending meetings with Council officers. This website can also be translated. This free service is offered by Google and is not carried out by a professional translator.

Customer and Residents Consultation

We are committed to engaging and consulting with our local communities, wherever appropriate, in regard to our plans, strategies and policies. We welcome feedback and comments from people regardless of their age, ethnicity, gender, religion, disability and/or sexual orientation. Details of future consultations will be available on our website as they take place.

Equality and Human Rights

We take our general public duties very seriously. These are to:

  • Eliminate discrimination, harassment, victimisation and other conduct that is unlawful under the Act
  • Advance equality of opportunity between people who share a protected characteristic and those who do not
  • Foster good relations between people who share a protected characteristic and those who do not

We will pay due regard to the nine protected characteristics:

  • Age
  • Gender
  • Gender re-assignment
  • Disability
  • Ethnicity and Race
  • Sexual orientation
  • Religion and belief
  • Marital status and civil partnership
  • Pregnancy and maternity

We are determined to continually develop our equality and diversity agenda, not just to meet our increasing statutory responsibilities in this area, but because it is vital to our aim of delivering excellence and continuous improvement in all our services.

The Equality and Human Rights Commission

The Equality and Human Right Commission are committed to the vision of a modern Britain where everyone is treated with dignity and respect, and we all have an equal chance to succeed. Their aim is to act as a catalyst for change and improvement in equality and human rights.

The Commission has a statutory role to promote and monitor human rights, as well as to protect, enforce and promote equality across the nine "protected" characteristics listed in the Equality and Human Rights Policy tab. It also has a role in making sure people understand the law and uphold it.

The Equality Act 2010 provides a modern, single legal framework with clear, streamlined law to more effectively tackle disadvantage and discrimination. The remit given to the Commission by the government is to enforce and promote equality.

Last updated 31 October 2023
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