Equality & diversity

We understand and respect that people are unique and have individual differences. We celebrate this diversity and encourage positive relationships between people with differing needs.  

Equality and diversity when providing services

The District's communities and individuals have different needs and we take these into consideration when planning and providing our services. We are committed to ensuring that every individual is treated fairly and equally when dealing with the Council.

Equality and diversity as an employer

We aim to reflect the District's diversity in our workforce. We are committed to creating a working environment in which everyone can take full part, and integrate fairness and equity into every aspect of our employment practices.

All the decisions we make relating to employment practices are objective, free from bias and based solely upon work criteria and individual merit.

We are committed to interviewing all disabled applicants who meet the minimum selection criteria for a vacancy.

We believe that our organisation will be a better, more creative and innovative place to work as a result of managing people in a way that gets the best from different perspectives.

Equality policy and action plan

We are working with Cotswold and Forest of Dean District Councils on equality and diversity issues, and we have agreed:

  • a Joint Equality Policy which sets out our approach and equality outcomes until 2020
  • an action plan for this Council for 2017/18. 

For more information please view the documents in the download section of the page.

Equality Impact Assessments (EIA)

An Equality Impact Assessment (EIA), is an assessment of the effect that a service or a policy has on minority groups in our community. For example, the assessment will show whether something that we are proposing to do will have a harmful effect on a particular group of people or whether certain groups may have difficulty in using a new service. If this is the case, the assessment will then address how we will deal with that issue. 

Please view recent EIAs below. Older EIAs are available on request.  

Equality Impact Assessments

West Oxfordshire District Council
Elmfield
New Yatt Road
Witney
OX28 1PB