Agenda/Speakers:

8.          OTHER BUSINESS – If approved under item 3 above. 

9.         EXCLUSION OF PRESS AND PUBLIC

  • If the sub-committee wishes to consider the remaining item
  • in private, it will be appropriate for a resolution to be passed in the
  • following terms:-“that under Section 100A of the Local Government Act 1972
  • the press and public be excluded from the meeting for the following item of
  • business on the grounds that it involves the likely disclosure of exempt
  • information as defined under paragraphs 1-7 of Part I of Schedule 12A to the
  • Act. It has been decided by the Council that in all the circumstances, the
  • public interest in maintaining the exemption outweighs the public interest in disclosing
  • the information.”

1.               APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE 

2.               MINUTES

  • To confirm as a correct record the Minutes of the Equalities Sub-Committee held on 24 August 2020. 

3.               NOTICE OF OTHER BUSINESS 

  • Items of other business notified under Council Procedure
  • Rule 30 to be announced, together with the special circumstances that justify
  • their consideration as a matter of urgency. The Chairman to rule on the
  • admission of such items. 

4.         DECLARATION OF INTERESTS 

  • To receive any declarations of interest. 

5.         PREJUDICE AND DISCRIMINATION CONSULTATION RESULTS 

  • Three Rivers Community Safety Partnership set an objective
  • to investigate the experiences of our communities, to understand how people
  • have been affected by prejudice and discrimination, the impact this has on an
  • individual and the resulting community needs. 
  • The insight gleaned will guide work with partners, to tackle
  • discrimination and prejudice. This survey looked particularly at the 9
  • protected characteristics, but was also interested to understand any challenges
  • or experiences of any other marginalised group. This report provides a summary
  • of the survey, outcomes and recommendations.

6.        EQUALITIES SUB-COMMITTEE WORKPLAN 2021 

  • The sub-committee will receive an updated work plan for
  • consideration 

7.        MOTIONS UNDER PROCEDURE RULE 11

  • At the Council meeting on 20 October 2020 it was agreed that
  • the following motions would be referred to the Equalities sub-committee.  The following motions will be taken
  • individually in the order provided.  All
  • the proposers and seconders of the motions have been invited to the meeting to
  • present their motion under new Rule 11(11). 
  •  -07-20-11-30-equalities-sub-committee-motions-report
  •  
  •  accessible-toilet-sign-design (annex for
  • Motion 2)Motion 1 - Councillor Sara Bedford and seconded by
  • Councillor Phil Williams to move under Notice duly given as follows:Supporting Trans and Non-Binary PeopleCouncil notes that Trans people face significant
  • disadvantage in society. One in four Trans people report being discriminated
  • against in work, over a third avoid expressing their gender through physical
  • appearance in fear of being assaulted or harassed, and almost 50% of Trans
  • people have attempted suicide at some point in their lives. (see
  • https://www.stonewall.org.uk/sites/default/files/trans_stats.pdf)           Council believes that:
  • a)  Trans men are men,
  • Trans women are women, and that non-binary genders are valid.
  • b)  Trans people
  • deserve respect and autonomy
  • c)  Transphobia has a
  • hugely detrimental impact on the mental health and well-being of trans
  • individuals
  • d)  It is our duty as
  • community leaders who seek to create an open and tolerant society to speak out
  • against transphobia and make clear it will not be tolerated.2.   Council therefore
  • resolves to:a)  Ensure that all
  • Council services, both directly provided and through partners, are fully
  • accessible to all, regardless of their sexuality or gender identity.b)  Work to provide at
  • least one gender neutral toilet where possible in every public building owned
  • or operated by the Council, and encourage partners to do likewise.c)  Ensure that the
  • Council’s constitution, policies, forms, and all internal and external
  • communications are gender neutral.
  • d)  Create a network
  • of informal LGBT allies across officers and councillors to support all members
  • of the LGBT communities.Motion 2 - Councillor Stephen Giles-Medhurst to propose,
  • seconded by Councillor Chris Lloyd to move under Notice duly given as follows:Not every Disability is VisibleThis Council notes that:The charity Crohn's and Colitis UK is encouraging venues
  • providing accessible public toilets to install new signage. This is to help
  • stop stigma and discrimination towards people with invisible illnesses such as
  • Crohn’s Disease and ulcerative colitis.There have been instances nationally where such individuals
  • using an accessible toilet have been accused by others of being ineligible to
  • use them.These signs have two standing figures and a wheelchair user
  • with the words Accessible Toilet and the logo. 
  • Not every disability is visible. The Government has decided recently
  • that large accessible toilets for severely disabled people known as Changing
  • Places will be made compulsory for large new buildings, such as shopping
  • centres supermarkets, sports and arts venues, in England from 2021.Council resolves to:Ensure that accessible toilets on Council premises bear
  • these signs.Ask town and district centre retailers and leisure outlets
  • to do likewise with their accessible public toilets.Seek advice from the charity Crohn's and Colitis UK on the
  • information and training we should provide to Council Staff members.  This is so they understand these illnesses
  • and to prevent potential embarrassment for those who suffer with them.Ensure that any Changing Places toilets in our buildings are
  • properly signposted for visitors.Ensure that the any legal requirement to provide new
  • Changing Place toilets is included within any of the Council's future plans.Motion 3 - Councillor Stephen Giles-Medhurst, seconded by
  • Councillor Sarah Nelmes to move under Notice duly given as follows: This Council is appalled by the evidence of racism and
  • discrimination that have blighted the lives of so many in the UK and concerned
  • by the evidence of the disproportionate impact the COVID-19 pandemic is having
  • on BAME communities. The Council during Black History Month and at time where
  • Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities globally are expressing
  • their anger and frustration with institutional racism which disproportionately
  • affects them, takes this opportunity to restate our condemnation of racism,
  • discrimination and hatred in all its forms. This Council reaffirms its underlying our values of equality
  • and inclusion. Recent events have highlighted once again the sad truth that
  • discrimination and racism still looms large, particularly against members of
  • the black community both abroad and at home in the UK. Council restates its determination to condemn racism where
  • we see it but also to develop and maintain a proactive anti-racist approach
  • across the council. Part of this is acknowledging the hard truth that there are
  • inequalities within our organisation and our communities. These inequalities
  • can only begin to be fixed by speaking to and understanding members of our
  • workforce and our residents who have been disadvantaged because of their
  • ethnicity. Council acknowledges that, alongside the threat of overt
  • racism, there exists deeply ingrained and often unconscious discrimination
  • across all levels of society. As a council representing a diverse community, we
  • have an important role to play in dismantling biases and systemic oppression. As an organisation we endeavour to make Three Rivers and
  • Hertfordshire a safe and inclusive place of opportunity for all of our
  • residents. Three Rivers District Council remains committed to doing our part to
  • achieve this and play our part in the hard task of removing racism and
  • discrimination from our society. Council therefore:Endorses this approach, calling out racism as an evil that
  • has no place in the Council’s workplaces;Supports the holding of a Q&A event for the Council’s
  • BAME staff with senior leaders to understand their concerns and required
  • actions;Affirms its commitment to condemn racism, discrimination and
  • hatred in all its forms.

8.          OTHER BUSINESS – If approved under item 3 above. 

9.         EXCLUSION OF PRESS AND PUBLIC

  • If the sub-committee wishes to consider the remaining item
  • in private, it will be appropriate for a resolution to be passed in the
  • following terms:-“that under Section 100A of the Local Government Act 1972
  • the press and public be excluded from the meeting for the following item of
  • business on the grounds that it involves the likely disclosure of exempt
  • information as defined under paragraphs 1-7 of Part I of Schedule 12A to the
  • Act. It has been decided by the Council that in all the circumstances, the
  • public interest in maintaining the exemption outweighs the public interest in disclosing
  • the information.”