Disability Equality Scheme

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Dear Lancashire County Council,

Further to my not being able to access this information from your website:

Please can you provide me with the following information under the Freedom Of Information Act 2000:-

1. a copy of your current disability equality scheme

2. details of the steps taken to involve disabled people in
creating the scheme

3. where any body corporate (such as, for example, a charity) was involved in the creation of the scheme, the name of the body corporate and particulars of the extent of its involvement

4. contact details of the lead officer of the local authority who deals with compliance with the disability equality duty, including name,address, telephone number, and email address

5. a copy of your plans to comply with the duty to
eliminate harassment against disabled people

I thank you in advance for your assistance and I look forward to hearing from you

Yours faithfully,

Nicola Whitehill

Freedom of Information, Lancashire County Council

Dear Ms Whitewell,

Request for information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000

We are writing to acknowledge receipt of your email dated 17 November
2010, in which you request the disclosure of information under the
provisions of the above Act.

We have begun a search for the information you require and shall contact
you again when we are in a position to respond further. Should we envisage
any delays, or require more details from you, we will contact you
immediately.

In the meantime, if you have any queries about the above, do not hesitate
to contact us, quoting ref. 787.862.

Yours sincerely,

Holly Gregson

Freedom of Information | Access to Information Team

Lancashire County Council, PO Box 78,

County Hall, Preston, PR1 8XJ

Tel: 01772 533997

[1]www.lancashire.gov.uk

dangos adrannau a ddyfynnir

Lancashire, a place where everyone matters

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Freedom of Information, Lancashire County Council

Dear Ms Whitewell,

Further to your email dated 17 November 2010 we are now in a position to
respond.

1. A copy of your current disability equality scheme

Public authorities no longer have to publish single Disability, Gender,
and Race Equality Schemes. Like a lot of authorities, we publish a Single
Equality Scheme. Our Single Equality Scheme is called ' Narrowing the
Gaps'. It can be found on the front page of the Equality and Diversity
website at
[1]http://www.lancashire.gov.uk/corporate/w...

Narrowing the Gaps covers a range of people that are protected under the
recently published Equality Act, including people with a disability.

However, the County Council has a tradition of focussing on tackling
issues for people with a disability, and, although not legally necessary,
continues to publish a review of its Disability Equality Scheme on an
annual basis. The reviews for 2009 and 2008 can be found at
[2]http://www.lancashire.gov.uk/corporate/w...

Part 1 of the review for 2010 will be published next month, although this
will focus on an analysis of our employment activities including any
harassment and bullying complaints brought by disabled employees over the
last 12 months, and where appropriate, their outcomes.

2. Details of the steps taken to involve disabled people in creating
the scheme

Our Narrowing the Gaps strategy is based around corporate equality
objectives developed from our previous Single Equality Scheme ('Making a
Difference'). These objectives were identified as a result of
consultation with a range of equality groups in Lancashire, including
groups representing the interests of people with a disability.

However, we understand the need to strengthen our consultation and
engagement processes generally in order to influence service and policy
developments, and the 2010 review of our Disability Equality Scheme will
focus more heavily on engaging people with a disability in identifying
priority actions. We also have an internal Disabled Workers Forum, and
will be working with members of this to help structure a framework for
further community engagement.

3. Where anybody corporate (such as, for example, a charity) was
involved in the creation of the scheme, the name of the body corporate and
particulars of the extent of its involvement

In developing our corporate overarching objectives we worked with a number
of equality groups, and continue to do so on key pieces of work. Groups
representing the interests of people with a disability include Access
Lancashire, Action for Blind People, Disability Equality NW, and our
Learning Disability Equality Boards.

4. Contact details of the lead officer of the local authority who deals
with compliance with the disability equality duty, including name,
address, telephone number, and email address

Saeed Sidat, Senior Policy Officer

Equalities and Cohesion

Policy Unit

Lancashire County Council

PO Box 78

County Hall

Preston

PR1 8XJ

Tel: 01772 536118

Email: [3][email address]

5. A copy of your plans to comply with the duty to eliminate harassment
against disabled people

Lancashire County Council working together with Lancashire Crown
Prosecution Service and Lancashire Constabulary has undertaken research to
better understand Disability Hate Crime in the county. The research
canvassed people's opinions on their understanding of Disability Hate
Crime, the crime they fear and have experienced, the perpetrators who
committed these crimes and incidents, the changes in behaviour as a result
of the fear and experience of crime and the knowledge of support
services. The research report 's recommendations will be taken forward by
the Lancashire Strategic Hate Crime Group which is represented by partner
agencies from across the county. The research entitled 'A snapshot of
Disability Hate Crime in Lancashire 2010' will be published on the Safer
Lancashire website at [4]www.saferlancashire.co.uk in January 2011.

In addition, the County Council is a partner alongside Lancashire
Constabulary, Preston and Western Lancashire Racial Equality Council, and
UNISON in developing and circulating a DVD called 'Lancashire United
Against Hate'. The aim of the DVD is to raise awareness of hate crime,
including disability hate crime, and to signpost people where to go if
they experience of witness hate crime. A number of people with
disabilities were involved in the making of the DVD and it has been
circulated to a wide range of organisations across the county including
schools and football grounds.

If you require any further information please do not hesitate to contact
me.

Yours sincerely,

Miss Katie Miller

Katie Miller | Access to Information Team

Lancashire County Council, PO Box 78,

County Hall, Preston, PR1 8XJ

Tel: 01772 531116

[5]www.lancashire.gov.uk

dangos adrannau a ddyfynnir

Lancashire, a place where everyone matters

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References

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2. http://www.lancashire.gov.uk/corporate/w...
3. mailto:[email address]
4. http://www.saferlancashire.co.uk/
5. http://www.lancashire.gov.uk/