The Lead Democratic Services and Improvement Officer presented the above
report, a copy of which had previously been circulated. She advised that the purpose of the report was to present for elected Members’ consideration a draft Equality Scheme 2020-2023 and a draft Disability Scheme 2020-2023.
Alderman McClintock expressed concern that the consultee list did not contain up-to-date contact details and requested that this be addressed prior to proceeding.
The Lead Democratic Services and Improvement Officer referred to the challenge presented in terms of ensuring that the contact details contained in consultee lists were up-to-date. She requested that Members advise her of any anomalies identified in relation thereto.
Councillor Fleming welcomed the report and commended the work carried out by Officers in this regard. Whilst acknowledging the importance of good relations, he stated that from a Council perspective and in regards to Section 75 groups, equality must be a main focus.
In response to a query from Councillor Fleming regarding Council’s Disability Action Policy, the Lead Human Resources Officer advised that a report updating Members thereon would be presented to the next Meeting of Committee.
Recommended that approval is given to (i) The Equality Scheme 2020-2023 and (ii) The Disability Scheme 2020-2023.