Pembrokeshire County Council has launched a consultation on its draft Strategic Equality Plan 2020 – 2024.
The plan has been developed following an engagement exercise with those protected under the Equality Act 2010.
The engagement exercise was undertaken jointly with other public service organisations across South West Wales during 2019. This has been supplemented by an extensive review of national and local research and policy documents.
The impact of the Covid-19 pandemic and the potential impacts of Brexit have also been taken into consideration in formulating the draft plan.
The draft plan identifies the following priority areas for action for the Council:
· improving how it ensures its services are suitable for different groups of people and examining the impacts on people with low incomes when it makes decisions
· getting better at helping different groups of people to find employment
· improving educational outcomes for all
· making it easier for different groups of people to get out-and-about and take part in community life
· continuing to make sure different groups of people can access services especially as more are now being provided online
· making it easier to get suitable housing
· encouraging different groups of people to get on well together
The Council’s Cabinet Member for Education and Lifelong Learning, Guy Woodham, said: “As an organisation which provides many essential services we need to ensure that our services are equal and fair.
“We want to hear views from as many people as possible. These views will ensure the Strategic Equality Objectives - which will be central to our Strategic Equality Plan 2020 - 2024 - are developed through taking account of as many perspectives as possible.”
A copy of the draft plan in Welsh and English can be found at: www.pembrokeshire.gov.uk/haveyoursay together with Easy Read and Polish summaries. Hard copies are available from the Council’s Customer Contact Centre on 01437 764551.
The closing date for responses is Friday 11th September.
The draft plan, and responses to the consultation, will be considered by Cabinet at its meeting on the 5th October.