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Equality and Diversity

Comhairle Equality Outcomes 2017 – 2021

We are asking for your views to help us develop and prioritize our equality outcomes and actions for all those who are living, working and learning throughout the Outer Hebrides within this period of public sector constraint. Whilst this is a challenging period for the public sector, particularly in managing community expectations with fewer resources, this may also provide opportunities for exploring new ways of delivering services.

In Scotland, the Public sector Equality Duty says that public authorities such as Colleges, Health and Social Care Partnerships, Local Councils and Health Boards must think about how they can make things more equitable for different groups.

The over-arching equality outcomes proposed have been identified after considering evidence available at a local and national level across the functions of the Comhairle. In order to consolidate our outcomes and develop our actions we would like to consult with a diverse range of individuals and organizations’ in particular relating to age, disability, sex, gender reassignment, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion, sexual orientation, marriage and civil partnerships. Your feedback is important and will help us to understand and work to ensure that our outcomes are as best as possible for all residents of the Outer Hebrides.

The Survey asks for some Equal Opportunity information about you which will be held confidentially and only used for statistical purposes where there is no opportunity to identify individuals. The Survey then asks to what extent you agree with each of the 5 proposed outcomes. The Survey also asks for suggestions that you feel we should take forward to achieve the outcomes. This Survey will not seek to identify individuals and is respectful of your privacy.

This Survey should take approximately 10/15 minutes to complete. The survey is available in alternative formats and languages on request.

Equality Outcome consultation 2017 Survey ( http://www.surveymoz.com/s/Z8PM5/ )

The consultation period will close on Friday 31 March 2017.