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[diversityliving] Freedom of Information Act Request-Haringey Council [1 Attachment]

 
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Freedom of Information Act Request-Haringey Council

 

1. Please send me the information about the nature and description of Haringey Council

contracts awarded to Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) businesses in the current year and

last three years, including the support provided to BME businesses to win Haringey

Council Contracts.

 

Haringey Council does not maintain information on the ethnicity of ownership for our

businesses awarded contracts.

There has been no specific support provided to BMEs, although the Council has provided

significant support to small/medium enterprises within the last three years. This can be

summarised as follows:

 

· A mandate for all contracts (excepting construction) to be let via the Compete for

system. This is an online portal that enables bidders to enter pre-qualification information

on a ‘yes /no’ basis and only the top scoring organisations are asked to submit their

documents, saving companies the time and expense of preparing a fully evidence based

PQQ submission unless they pass the criteria for shortlisting.

 

· A raising of our financial threshold for requests for quotation to £100k, ensuring

smaller businesses are able to compete for larger contracts, without having to comply go

through an expensive and lengthy tendering process.

· 3 Meet the Buyer events;

· Several workbooks, available at

 

http://www.haringey.gov.uk/index/business/selling/sustainableprocurement.htm

 

2. for the list of all voluntary organisations that have been or being funded by the Council

this year and the last three years including BME organisations. This information should

include the description of the activities for which the funding was provided for each

organisation.

Please see attached.

 

3. Please send me the information about proportion of BME staff employed by the Council,

especially in the management positions.

 

Ethnic Group of our Workforce June 2011

Headcount

BME

Headcount %

Haringey Council Workforce 3866 2117 54.76

Management Workforce 103 16 15.53

 

4. Please send me your report about the complaints from the public in relation to your

Equality and Diversity Scheme, including any change or action that may have been taken

place in the Council's policies, activities, services as the result of these complaints.

We have not received any complaints in relation to our Equality & Diversity Scheme.

5. Please send me the reports about the implementation of your Equality and Diversity

Scheme for the last three years.

All actions will be contained in the policy and implementation plan in the links below these

documents are on the website.

 

http://www.haringey.gov.uk/equalities_scheme_2010-2013.pdf

 

http://www.haringey.gov.uk/school_place_planning_report_2009.pdf

 

http://www.haringey.gov.uk/equal_opportunities_policy_2012-13.pdf

http://www.minutes.haringey.gov.uk/ieIssueDetails.aspx?IId=34139&Opt=3

 

6. Please send me your annual workforce profile report that provides breakdowns of the

workforce profile by gender, ethnicity, religion, disability and age and other additional data

required by the Equality and Human Rights Commission.

See below link for our employment profile

 

http://www.haringey.gov.uk/local-democracy/about-council/equalities/haringey-council-employment-profile

 

7. What concrete actions being undertaken by the Council to increase its ethnic diversity in

the Council staff.

 

The Council have an equalities policy that has been in place for a number of years. The

council’s annual Employment Profile shows that the council is well represented in terms of

ethnic diversity but we use this to help monitor the situation.

 

8. What strategy to increase the proportion of black people personnel if it is underrepresented

in your workforce ?

 

Please see above answer. We do not need to increase representation, because we are

already well represented in Black, Asian and Minority ethnic staff groups.

If you have any further queries, or are unhappy with how we have dealt with your request

and wish to make a complaint, please contact the Feedback and Information Team as

below. (Please note you should do this within two months of receiving this response.)

 

Feedback and Information Team

River Park House

225 High Road

N22 8HQ

Telephone: 020 8489 2550

Email: FoI@haringey.gov.uk

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