In the week when the country marked the 100th anniversary of women first being given the right to vote in the UK, Cabinet councillors at Lewes District Council approved a new equality plan for 2018 and welcomed the progress made within the authority to achieve numerous equality objectives.
The work over the last year has included full consideration of the equality implications of the joint transformation programme with Eastbourne Borough Council, an extension of the campaign to make the district ‘Dementia Friendly’, training for staff on equality and fairness policies and support for the White Ribbon Campaign.
Councillor Elayne Merry, Cabinet Member for People and Performance, said:
“This is an historic week for our country and one that it is important to reflect on, especially with full equality remaining unfulfilled in many facets of women’s lives.
“I’m quite sure that if Millicent Fawcett and Emmeline Pankhurst were alive today, they would welcome how far we have come, but be clear that we still have some way to go.”
The action plan for 2018 includes a report on equality profile in relation to the recruitment and retention of staff and activities to commemorate the centenary of the Representation of the People’s Act 1918.
Councillor Merry added:
“The equalities and fairness agenda at Lewes District Council is extremely important and always treated with the utmost regard and consideration. We receive regular monitoring reports from senior officers on the progress being made and I look forward to hearing how we are meeting the ambitious plan of action set out for 2018.”