Tuesday, 24 November 2015

[diversityliving] Haringey Council: FOI Request - Equality and Diversity in Practice Reference LBH/4743415 [2 Attachments]

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Freedom of Information Act Request ref: LBH/4743415


Thank you for your request for information received on 26 October 2015, in which you asked 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 Haringey 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 Haringey's contracts.


3. Please send me the information about the proportion of BAME 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 and other BAME residents who have applied for jobs within the London Borough of Haringey  including the rates of applicants invited for interviews and the pass rates of the interviews by Black and BAME  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 organisations based or serving London the Borough of  Haringey. 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.  Please let us know how you know BAME residents? needs and priorities to inform your service delivery framework.


6. Please also send me the information about the rate of unemployment from Black and other BAME people residents of LBH and the information about the Council 's support  to unemployed BAME people in accessing the labour market.


My response is as follows:


1. The Council published its annual report on the implementation of its equality scheme for 2012/13 and 2013/14. From 2013 our equalities objectives were embedded within the Council's Corporate plan and progress reported through the regular performance reporting on this plan.


The Council's current Corporate Plan is a 3 year plan and runs from 2015-18. It includes a cross-cutting theme of a Fair and Equal Borough which covers our equality and diversity objectives over the lifetime of the plan.


Attached is the:

·         Corporate Equality annual report 2012-13

·         Equality objectives progress update 2013/14 – see pages 11-14

·         The Council's Corporate Plan 2013/14-14/15

·         Example quarterly performance reports from 2013/14 and 2014/15

·         The Council's current Corporate Plan 2015-18


All performance reports and the Council's current performance management reporting can be found on the Haringey website:



2. Procurement does not hold information on contracts awarded to Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) people.


3. The Council produces a quarterly Equalities Scorecard giving a profile of the council's workforce. A copy of the Scorecard can be found on the council's website - http://www.haringey.gov.uk/local-democracy/about-council/equalities-haringey


4. The Scorecard also gives details of recruitment in terms of applicants and new starters across the council, categorised by age, disability and race, we don't keep data for all shortlisted candidates separately. The recruitment data that is captured is for all applicants regardless of whether or not they are residents of the borough.


5. There is no specific report relating to engagement with BAME people and organisations. A monitoring form is included as part of consultation activity, where relevant and appropriate, to monitor participation for different groups. However, we are not currently collating this information centrally. The Council works closely with its Voluntary and Community Sector partner HAVCO to identify key voluntary and community organisations, including those representing BAME groups. The Council also keeps a database of key groups that represent different communities in the borough. Services should complete a stakeholder map of key community groups as part of the consultation process and these groups are notified of upcoming consultations.


The needs and priorities of BAME residents inform our service delivery framework in two ways:

·         Business intelligence data includes local and national data which highlights needs and priorities for different groups of residents – including BAME groups - and helps to inform the Council's overall corporate objectives and service planning

·         The Equalities Impact Assessment process requires services to consider the needs of different groups when planning service provision. The results of consultation with service users is expected to inform the EqIA and is formally recorded within EqIA documents.   


6. Labour market data of this nature are in the public domain and can be accessed from the following link:




By way of summary, below are two tables showing ethnic minority employment and unemployment rates:


Employment rates



July 2011-June 2012

July 2012-June 2013

July 2013-June 2014

July 2014-June 2015

Haringey – all people aged 16-64





Haringey – ethnic minorities aged 16-64





London – all people aged 16-64





London – ethnic minorities aged 16-64





England – all people aged 16-64





England – ethnic minorities aged 16-64





Source: Annual Population Survey



Unemployment rates



July 2011-June 2012

July 2012-June 2013

July 2013-June 2014

July 2014-June 2015

Haringey – all people aged 16+





Haringey – ethnic minorities aged 16+





London – all people aged 16+





London – ethnic minorities aged 16+





England – all people aged 16+





England – ethnic minorities aged 16+





Source: Annual Population Survey


Haringey Council has an employment service, the Haringey Employment and Skills Team (HEST), that offers support to unemployed and economically inactive residents seeking work.  At least 50% of the people HEST works with will be from an ethnic minority background.   More information about HEST can be accessed from the link below:




Also, the Council has launched an apprenticeship scheme offering opportunities (with the Council and other employers) to local people, including people from ethnic minority groups.  More information about the scheme and the opportunities currently available can be accessed from the link below:




In addition, the Council has also been successful in managing and delivering employment programmes that support people from an ethnic minority background.  To illustrate this point, below is data from a European Social Fund programme that Haringey Council managed (and partly delivered) across Enfield, Haringey and Waltham Forest from June 2012 to September 2014:




Ethnic Minorities



1,022 (71%)

Job start


427 (71%)

Sustained job (26 weeks)


279 (74%)

Conversion rate (sustained jobs as a percentage of registrations)





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

T 020 8489 1988

E FoI@haringey.gov.uk



Yours sincerely,


Haringey Council

River Park House, 225 High Road, London N22 8HQ


T. 020 8489 2576

E. claire1.gunn@haringey.gov.uk








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