That the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Policy be adopted subject to the following amendments:-
(a) That the sentence "the council ... policies" in paragraph 9.1 of the report be replaced by "The policy will be reviewed on a regular basis by the relevant portfolio holder and will be taken through the committee process every three years to ensure that it reflects the latest legalisation, best practice and other council policies."
(b) That the term "local characteristics" be changed to "Dorset Council's protected characteristics".
(c) That a minimum of one key performance indicator be developed for equality and diversity once the Council Plan is finalised.
Reason for Decision
The Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Policy would ensure that the Council was delivering services fairly and meeting the needs of Dorset communities whilst also being a fair and inclusive employer.
The policy would ensure that the Council was meeting its statutory duties as contained in the Equality Act 2010.