We are committed to promoting equality and tackling discrimination. We have a duty to provide services that:
Our spend on goods, supplies and services contributes significantly to the local and regional economy and the people of our area have the right to expect that this spending will encourage and ensure equal opportunities.
We have an equality policy that is available on our website.
Part of this policy covers how we will handle matters in our dealings with organisations (firms, companies or other bodies) that tender or apply to us to be considered for the award of our contracts, whether for good, services or works.
Access to contracts within the Public Sector offers huge opportunities and revenue to business.
Public authorities are now subject to legislation that obliges them to:
which impacts on how we do business. We will not award contracts to businesses that have a history of discrimination in employment or service delivery.
Public authorities also have a duty to serve the entire community they are located in, and therefore it is reasonable that they expect organisations with whom they do business with to promote equal opportunities within their businesses. Increasingly, public authorities are asking businesses to demonstrate good equality policies and practice within their organisations.
Page last updated: 16 August, 2011