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AVJB Public Sector Equality Duty

In accordance with the Equality Act 2010 and the Equality Act (Specific Duties) (Scotland) Regulations 2012, we introduced the ‘Ayrshire Valuation Joint Board Public Sector Equality Duty’ (see below). This scheme was effective from April 2013 for a period of four years and was subject to review in April 2015.

A new Equality Duty Scheme was introduced with effect from 30th April 2017. It will be in place for a period of four years and will be subject to review in April 2019. You can click on the link below to access the Ayrshire Valuation Joint Board Public Sector Equality Duty 2017 – 2021.

The Equality Act 2010 imposes a duty on public authorities when exercising public functions to have due regard to the General Duties which are :

  • To eliminate discrimination, harassment, victimisation and any other conduct that is prohibited by or under the Act.
  • To advance equality of opportunity between persons who share a relevant protected characteristic and persons who do not share it.
  • To foster good relations between persons who share a relevant protected characteristic and persons who do not share it.

In addition the Act sets out nine protected characteristics, which are :

  • Age
  • Disability
  • Gender Reassignment
  • Marriage and Civil Partnership
  • Pregnancy and Maternity
  • Race
  • Religion or Belief
  • Sex
  • Sexual Orientation

Our Public Sector Equality Duty scheme introduced in 2013 sets out the actions we had already taken and intended to continue to take in order to ensure that equality and diversity was at the heart of the Board’s decision making process and therefore at the core of all our functions and services. The Specific Duties also included a requirement for listed public authorities, including Ayrshire Valuation Joint Board, to publish information during April 2015 in the form of a progress report. You can click on the link below to access the Ayrshire Valuation Joint Board Public Sector Equality Duty Progress Report 2015.

This report provides an update on the activities we undertook between April 2013 and April 2015 to mainstream equality issues in to the daily functions of the Board. It also provides detailed information on our workforce and the changes we noted in our workforce between April 2013 and April 2015. The progress report also reviewed our existing Equality Outcomes and commented on what we aimed to achieve between 2015 and 2017.

Our latest report, Public Sector Equality Duty 2017 – 2021(see below) reviews our equality and diversity activities between 2013 and 2017, confirms how we will continue to mainstream our equality duties, updates our workforce monitoring and re-sets our Equality Outcomes for the period 2017 – 2021.

I believe that by implementing the Equality Outcomes as set in the report, Ayrshire Valuation Joint Board will provide all electors, rate payers and council tax payers of Ayrshire and its own staff, a service provision, culture and working environment which is free from unlawful discrimination, harassment, victimisation, where all members of our community have equal opportunities and treat each other with dignity and respect.

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Helen McPhee
Assessor and Electoral Registration Officer
Ayrshire Valuation Joint Board