Understanding our town

Equality monitoring

So that we can deliver our commitment to promoting equality and celebrating diversity, it is important that Stevenage Borough Council has a good understanding of the profile of our residents, the people who use our services and our staff. We build our understanding by gathering information on the profile of people using national and local data, by collecting profile information from people who take part in consultation or use our services and by asking our staff to provide this information when they begin employment with us and when taking part in surveys.

What information do we need from you?

The information we request and use usually includes your age, gender, marital status, race, religion or belief, sexual orientation, if you are a transsexual person and if you feel you have a disability. When we analyse this information collectively we do not use any personal information such as your name and address.

Why is this important?

We review and monitor equality information so that we can tailor our services effectively. This helps us to ensure we are offering equality of opportunity to everyone and can help us to make changes based on facts rather than assumptions.

The council also has a legal duty to ensure that we promote equality of opportunity in our service delivery, employment practices and other activities. Without equality monitoring, we would not know whether our policies and actions are working.

In what ways will this information be used?

Information will be used and analysed to:

  • Find out which groups use our services and regularly participate in council consultation and activities
  • Ensure we are including and treating everyone fairly and are aware of their different needs
  • Determine whether the plans and policies we make on equality and diversity are working
  • Determine if our workforce reflects the diversity of our community.

Confidentiality

Any details you provide will be treated confidentially and used anonymously. The council has a legal duty to comply with the Data Protection Act 1998, and more details can be found by searching ‘Data Protection Act’ in the box at the top of this page.

Contact details

Equality and Diversity
Stevenage Borough Council
Daneshill House
Danestrete
Stevenage
SG1 1HN

equalities@stevenage.gov.uk