To provide services that are relevant and accessible to the needs of the population we serve, our workforce needs to reflect the diversity of the Black Country and we also need to build a clearer picture of the people using our services, those who might potentially need our services and those involved in helping us to develop them.
To enable us to do this we need to gather as much ‘equality information’ as we can. Equality information is often collected by the 9 personal characteristics protected by the Equality Act - age, disability, gender-reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion and belief, sex (gender) and sexual orientation.
As well as using this information to help us develop our services we are also required to share and publish all this information, as part of our equality duty as a public sector body. We are aware that there are areas for improvement where we do not have as much information or the level of detail as we would like. Improving the quality of our equality information continues to be one of our key equality objectives.