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1 DIVERSITY CHAMPIONS SCOTLAND 4 th June 2009 A Public Sector Duty

2 Schedule 12.45pm Registration and lunch 2.00pm Welcome, Calum Irving, Director, Stonewall Scotland 2.10pmScotland, LGBT and the Equality Bill, Derek Munn, Director of Public Affairs, Stonewall GB 2.30pmFairness for LGBT people, Gillian Miller, Policy Manager, Stonewall Scotland 2.50pmSuccess factors and good practice, Lesley Crozier, Scottish Workplace Officer, Stonewall Scotland 3.10pmQuestions and discussion 3.30pm Networking and coffee

3 Scotland, LGBT and the Equality Bill Derek Munn Director of Public Affairs Stonewall

4 Who are Stonewall? Britain-wide campaign organisation for lesbian, gay and bisexual equality Founded in 1989 in the wake of Section 28 Record of Parliamentary lobbying for legal change Focussed increasingly on employers and schools Research, policy, information, good practice, youth involvement

5 LGB people No-one knows how many people are gay But estimate by Treasury Actuaries reflects most reputable research This suggests around 6% of the population – 3.6m people in the UK, 300,000 in Scotland Legacy of criminalisation and discrimination Now substantive legal equality but discrimination continues

6 The Equality Bill A single equality duty Positive action in employment Positive action in political representation Procurement to take account of equality Genuine occupational requirements Widened definition of gender reassignment

7 The Equality Bill Discrimination by association Private clubs Wider recommendations by Tribunals Ending the insurance exemption ? Multiple discrimination ? Class actions

8 And what about Scotland? Bill applies to Scotland except for part 1 – socioeconomic duty Some aspects e.g. employment tribunals are reserved Key area of potential difference is the power of Scottish ministers to put requirements on devolved services

9 A Single Duty Stephen Lawrence & MacPherson The three existing duties General and specific duties Making it real: outcome focus Envisioning the LGB and T friendly public service

10 Any Questions?

11 Fairness for LGBT people The public duty Gillian Miller Policy Manager Stonewall Scotland

12 Why we need the Equality Bill 6 in 10 lesbian and gay schoolchildren experience homophobic bullying and many contemplate suicide as a result 7 in 10 have had a public servant assumed they were straight Almost 9 in 10 Thought it was either very difficult or quite difficult to be out in a rural area

13 CASE STUDY

14 Why we need the Equality Bill Why we need to be doing this work What it means to someone when you get it right Hints about how to get it right –Training –Ownership –Leadership

15 What fairness means for the public sector Equality duty on public bodies – The duty will mean public bodies need to think about the needs of everyone who uses their services. Only 16% of LGBT people think that public services consider their needs when delivering services * Stonewall Scotland – Service with a Smile?

16 What fairness means for the public sector Public sector duty will also require that Prejudice is tackled Understanding is promoted Example of measurable changes that an organisation can make: A school could adapt its anti bulling strategy to explicitly address bullying of gay, lesbian and bisexual school children. At school I was being bullied because of my sexuality and the teachers did nothing

17 What fairness means for the public sector The housing department has not helped with my problem with homophobic abuse Under proposed legislation the housing department would need to eliminate the harassment/ victimisation Remove or minimise disadvantage Meet specific needs of people who are protected (LGBT)

18 Procurement I should be able to say I dont want to look after that client because they are being homophobic; and thats where I think my organisation wouldnt be supportive – or wouldnt know how to be supportive The bill makes it clear that public bodies can use public policy to drive forward equality and private companies carrying out a public function are also included.

19 Procurement Transport for London is a good case study: The Supplier Relationship Management pilot has provided a vehicle for us to engage positively with suppliers. It has enabled us to explain to suppliers that equality and diversity is an asset to be cultivated rather than a burden to be put aside. As a result suppliers have embraced the agenda and have been bold and inventive in their approach. Clive Saunders, E&I Delivery Manager

20 All of you are doing some of it, some of you are doing all of it Working to best practice Move away from just focusing on employees Single Equality Schemes Working towards benchmarking Monitoring employee sexual orientation Considering monitoring service user

21 Next steps Keep an eye out for more Stonewall guides, research and online resources Tell us what you need Utilise existing material and help already available (e.g. Diversity Champions, Good Practice Programme and WEI)

22 Leadership, Equality Impact Assessment, Community Engagement & Monitoring Success factors & good practice examples

23 Leadership, Equality Impact Assessment, Community Engagement, & Monitoring Leadership – success factors Ongoing top-level commitment & willingness to commit resources to achieving LGBT equality, fairness & dignity Developing a shared understanding and vision of what LGBT equality will look like for the organisation, which links directly to organisational objectives Board/Management Team-level leadership & accountability Senior management support & accountability Specialist staff to steer the process & support staff capacity

24 Leadership, Equality Impact Assessment, Community Engagement, & Monitoring Leadership – example of good practice Lloyds TSB (WEI winner 2009) demonstrated: A strong strategy which linked LGBT equality & diversity to wider organisational aims Progress is measured & reported to the Board every 6 months Ongoing sexual orientation work is discussed at a monthly meeting between the Head of Diversity & the Depute Group CEO All LGBT work is business underpinned & is communicated well to all employees

25 Leadership, Equality Impact Assessment, Community Engagement, & Monitoring Community Engagement – success factors Identify LGBT groupings in your area and ask them how current policies & practices affect them – do they feel included or excluded, are they fair, is their dignity maintained, etc. Involve LGBT people at the service planning stage as well as in matters of service delivery Encourage membership & involvement in staff LGBT network groups as well as resourcing these groups Consult with LGBT people to take account of relevant information in order to determine LGBT equality objectives

26 Leadership, Equality Impact Assessment, Community Engagement, & Monitoring Community Engagement – example of good practice When Manchester City Council reviews HR policies it consults with the LGBT Employee Group to ensure that all policies are inclusive of LGBT staff The LGBT Employee Group also offers support to departments in developing & delivering their equality action plans Newcastle City Council has an LGBT Issues Network made up from workers across the city. Members of the network have responsibility for consulting with LGBT people in the community

27 Leadership, Equality Impact Assessment, Community Engagement, & Monitoring Equality Impact Assessment (EqIA) – success factors Develop staff understanding of equality & skills in analysing the impact of policies Build equality standards & objectives into routine organisational procedures such as policy & budget approval documentation, organisational & departmental targets and objectives, & individual job descriptions, objectives, & appraisals Mandatory use of corporate EqIA from start of project, policy planning, etc.

28 Leadership, Equality Impact Assessment, Community Engagement, & Monitoring Equality Impact Assessment (EqIA) – examples of good practice At Ernst & Young (EY) both the central Diversity & Inclusiveness Team and the EY Gay, Lesbian & Bisexual Network leadership regularly check policies to ensure LGBT inclusion SPECTRUM, the Home Office LGBT network group, has been working to change the culture inside the Home Offices service to the public, by ensuring that none of its policies adversely affects lesbian, gay and bisexual people.

29 Leadership, Equality Impact Assessment, Community Engagement, & Monitoring Monitoring – success factors Introduce good systems for disaggregating new & existing data Incorporating LGBT targets/outcomes into the organisations performance management system, and into the business plans of departments Having regular (quarterly) progress updates reported to top management boards/teams in addition to six month/annual progress reports Setting up Board-level Steering Groups as well as corporate monitoring groups

30 Leadership, Equality Impact Assessment, Community Engagement, & Monitoring Monitoring – examples of good practice 98% of the Top 100 in the 2009 WEI monitor sexual orientation at job application and/or in staff attitude surveys 93% of the Top 100 in the 2009 WEI have in place a strategy/strategies that link LGBT equality to wider organisational aims 74% of the Top 100 in the 2009 WEI monitor their supplier organisation's people policies to ensure that they are inclusive of sexual orientation

31 Leadership, Equality Impact Assessment, Community Engagement, & Monitoring And finally…. Success factors and good practice examples used in this presentation are not exhaustive – you may already have some – but you need to present them effectively Success factors and good practice examples used in this presentation are not exhaustive – you may already have some – but you need to present them effectively Participation in the 2010 WEI will help you in the writing of your equality scheme/(s) and progress reports Participation in the 2010 WEI will help you in the writing of your equality scheme/(s) and progress reports Further advice, support & guidance is available to Diversity Champions by contacting the Scottish Workplace Officer at Stonewall Scotland, 9 Howe Street, EDINBURGH, EH3 6TE Tel: Further advice, support & guidance is available to Diversity Champions by contacting the Scottish Workplace Officer at Stonewall Scotland, 9 Howe Street, EDINBURGH, EH3 6TE Tel:

32 Questions and discussion


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