Tuesday, 24 November 2015

Barnet Council: FOI Request : Diversity and Equality in Practice

Barnet Council: FOI Request : Diversity and Equality in Practice

Thank you for your request received on 19 October 2015, for the following
information:
1. Please send me the Council's reports about the implementation of your Equality
and Diversity Scheme for the last three years.
2. Please send me the information about the nature and description of Barnet
Council's contracts awarded to Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) businesses
in the last there years, including the support provided to BAME businesses to win
Barnet Council's contracts. Please send me your report about the action undertaken
by the Council to minimise the disadvantages usually experienced by BAME small
organisations and business in competing for Barnet's contracts.
3. Please send me the information about proportion of BME staff employed by the
Council, especially in the management positions.
4. Please send me the report that you may have showing the breakdown of Black
people who have applied for jobs within the London Borough of Barnet including the
rates of applicants invited for interviews and the pass rates of the interviews by Black
applicants.
5. Engagement and Participation:
Please send me any report that you may have in relation to the Council's
engagement with BAME people and BAME organisations based or serving London
the Borough of Croydon. We are interested in the Council's engagement work
undertaken directly with BAME people and organisations. Please send me the
information about the level of participation of BAME people and organisations in the
Council's consultations.
6. Please also send me the information about the rate of unemployment from Black
people residents of Barnet.
We have processed this request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.
Response
1. Please send me the Council's reports about the implementation of your Equality
and Diversity Scheme for the last three years.
These are available on our website: https://www.barnet.gov.uk/citizen-home/counciland-
democracy/policy-and-performance/equality-and-diversity.html
2. Please send me the information about the nature and description of Barnet
Council's contracts awarded to Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) businesses
in the last there years, including the support provided to BAME businesses to win
Barnet Council's contracts. Please send me your report about the action undertaken
by the Council to minimise the disadvantages usually experienced by BAME small
organisations and business in competing for Barnet's contracts.
Equalities is mainstreamed into procurement policy
https://www.barnet.gov.uk/citizen-home/council-and-democracy/finance-andfunding/
procurement-tenders-and-contracts/procurement-policy.html. We are more
interested in the equality track record of businesses in Barnet and their capacity to
act in accordance with Equality legislation, know about, respect and value the
diversity Barnet’s service users and residents in access to, service design and
delivery.
The Entrepreneurial Barnet strategy is on our website website and was considered
at 08/09/2014 - Assets, Regeneration and Growth Committee and included an EIA
https://barnet.moderngov.co.uk/ieDecisionDetails.aspx?AIId=8009
3. Please send me the information about proportion of BME staff employed by the
Council, especially in the management positions.
HR data is published on equalities internet pages, as above, and as part of the
Annual Equalities report also on those pages.
4. Please send me the report that you may have showing the breakdown of Black
people who have applied for jobs within the London Borough of Barnet including the
rates of applicants invited for interviews and the pass rates of the interviews by Black
applicants.
HR data is published on equalities internet pages, as above, and as part of the
Annual Equalities report also on those pages.
5. Engagement and Participation:
Please send me any report that you may have in relation to the Council's
engagement with BAME people and BAME organisations based or serving London
the Borough of Croydon. We are interested in the Council's engagement work
undertaken directly with BAME people and organisations. Please send me the
information about the level of participation of BAME people and organisations in the
Council's consultations.
We do not have information on Croydon. Equalities is mainstreamed into Barnet
Council’s approach to consultation. https://www.barnet.gov.uk/citizen-home/counciland-
democracy/democracy-and-elections/consultations.html
6. Please also send me the information about the rate of unemployment from Black
people residents of Barnet.
This information is not held, it may be obtainable through job centre plus
Further information
If you are interested in the data that the council holds, we recommend that you take
a look at Open Barnet, the council’s data portal. This is an important tool in pushing
forward Barnet’s Transparency Agenda, bringing together all our published datasets
and other information of interest on one searchable database for anyone, anywhere
to access:

London Borough of Barnet,
North London Business Park,
Oakleigh Road South,
London
N11 1NP


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Our vision is of a society where no one should experience discrimination on the grounds of their mental health.

Mental health problems are extremely common across society, with one in four of us experiencing them in any year. Despite being so common, people from all communities will still experience discriminatory attitudes and behaviours that can prevent people from speaking out, seeking support and playing full and active roles in our communities. The impact of mental health stigma and discrimination will vary between communities as mental health has a cultural context that affects the way communities talk about the subject and engage with people who have mental health problems. In some cultures depression, for example, doesn't exist and in others an experience of a mental health problem can be attached to a sense of shame.

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· Help and support unemployed people to look for work, including training and job preparation

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