Council retains 'excellent' rating for equality
11 May 2016
Essex County Council has retained its ‘excellent’ rating for embedding equality and inclusion into its work; it was announced at a meeting of the authority’s Full Council yesterday.
The news comes following a reassessment of the Council by inspectors from the Local Government Association (LGA) which looked at every aspect of the Council, assessing how the organisation works with local communities and partners embedding equality and inclusion.
Essex is one of only two county councils in England to be reaccredited as Excellent – Leicestershire County Council is the second.
Cllr David Finch, Leader of Essex County Council, said: “Essex is a diverse county with many different communities and faiths. Embedding a culture of equality and inclusion into our work is absolutely vital and I am delighted that we have again been given an excellent rating.
“The inspectors not only spent time with officers but also went into out into our communities and saw some of the really fantastic work that is happening across the county.”
The inspectors made particular reference to work the Council has done in working with partners to tackle domestic abuse, the work undertaken to support the LGBT community in adopting, and the introduction of work experience opportunities for young people with autism.
The inspectors also noted the work the Council has been doing in supporting the Syrian Refugee Crisis, bringing together local authority, health, faith and community organisations to support arrivals into the county.
The full report from the LGA will be available in the coming weeks.