Public Sector Equality Duty and Traffic and Transport Planning

Ms M Jennings made this Freedom of Information request to Haringey Borough Council

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Dear Haringey Borough Council,

The information I am requesting is in the last paragraph but I set out the background so as to ensure my request is clear.

I refer to Councillor Kirsten Hearn's statement in writing on 23rd December 2018 that Haringey Council has a policy of not collecting equalities monitoring information "We deliberately avoid including ... equalities monitoring ... consultation we do" in Traffic and Transport Planning. Kirsten Hearn is Haringey Council's Cabinet Member for Environment.

In common with all public bodies in England, Haringey Council has a Public Sector Equality Duty under the Equality Act 2010 to ensure that in the exercise of its functions Haringey Council must have due regard of the need to "Advance equality of opportunity between people who share a protected characteristic and those who do not". See this link for further information https://www.equalityhumanrights.com/en/a...

My original enquiry had raised concerns about Haringey Council's policies impacting on Disabled people and Polish people and others from from newly arrived communities, who are under-represented in views collected. Also taking the 2018 Haringey residents survey as an example, Disabled people with a disability that impacts significantly, are much more likely to feel unsafe at night than the general population; and other white respondents, which includes newly arrived Polish and Romanian communities, are much more likely to disagree with the statement that people of different backgrounds get on well. Interestingly the residents survey includes an whole analysis on parking but fails to include any questions on transport or accessibility, despite the fact that many of Haringey's pavements and walkways are impassable for wheelchair users.

Given Haringey Council's Public Sector Equality Duty, please provide any information to indicate whether the Traffic and Transport Planning needs of Disabled people and newly arrived communities, including Polish people and Romanian people are the same or different to that of the Haringey population as a whole.

Yours faithfully,

Ms M Jennings

Haringey Borough Council

Dear Ms Jennings

 

Freedom of Information / Environmental Information Regulations Request:
LBH/8252619

 

I acknowledge your request for information received on 05 January 2019.

 

This information request will be dealt with in accordance with the Freedom
of Information Act 2000 / Environmental Information Regulations and we
will send the response by 01 February 2019

 

Yours sincerely,

 

 

 

Feedback and Information Governance

 

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Dear Ms Jennings,

Re: Freedom of Information Act Request ref: LBH/8252619

 

Thank you for your request for information received on 05 January 2019, in
which you asked for any information to indicate whether the Traffic and
Transport Planning needs of Disabled people and newly arrived communities,
including Polish people and Romanian people are the same or different to
that of the Haringey population as a whole.

 

Haringey has “general public body duties” under equalities legislation and
statutory duties to promote equality arising from the Equality Act 2010.

 

The purpose of undertaking an EqIA is to help ensure the strategy does not
discriminate against any individual or community and to promote equality
for all, where possible, including the groups you mention. The EqIA
identifies the potential impacts and any disproportionate effects on
Target Equalities Groups because of the implemented strategy and reports
committed mitigation measures to reduce negative impacts and increase
benefits to maximise positive equality outcomes.

 

Under the 2010 Act, the council’s duties apply to groups with protected
characteristics as the grounds upon which discrimination is unlawful. The
protected characteristics are age; disability; gender; gender
reassignment; marriage and civil partnership; pregnancy and maternity;
race/ethnicity/ nationality; religion/belief; and sexual orientation. The
groups you request information for are considered to be covered by
one/more of the protected characteristics above.

 

All traffic and transport Planning decisions are made in accordance with
the Council’s policies including, and more specifically for your request,
the adopted Transport Strategy. The Transport Strategy was subject to an
Equalities Impact Assessment  (EqIA) and can be found here:
[1]https://www.haringey.gov.uk/parking-road...

 

The Council’s Local Implementation Plan which expands on the transport
projects the Council will deliver with the funding we receive was subject
to a further EqIA and can be found here:
[2]https://www.haringey.gov.uk/parking-road...

 

 

If you are unhappy with how we have responded to your request you can ask
us to conduct an Internal Review. If so, please contact the [3]Feedback
and Information Team. (Please note you should do so within two months of
this response.)

 

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Neil Goldberg

Transport Planning

 

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Dear Haringey Borough Council,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of Haringey Borough Council's handling of my FOI request 'Public Sector Equality Duty and Traffic and Transport Planning'.

I requested the following information:
"Given Haringey Council's Public Sector Equality Duty, please provide any information to indicate whether the Traffic and Transport Planning needs of Disabled people and newly arrived communities, including Polish people and Romanian people are the same or different to that of the Haringey population as a whole."

The response I received Neil Goldberg states that Haringey Council complies with its Equality Act duties. I am not clear whether this is a reason for refusing to provide the information, however the information I requested has not been provided.

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/p...

Yours faithfully,

Ms M Jennings

Haringey Borough Council

Dear Ms Jennings,

 

Thank you for your email dated 05 March 2020, where you have requested an
Internal Review relating to your request for information. 

I am sorry but we are unable to carry out an internal review on this
particular request.  As per the response that you received it states:   If
you are unhappy with how we have responded to your request you can ask us
to conduct an Internal Review. If so, please contact the [1]Feedback and
Information Team. (Please note you should do so within two months of this
response.)

 

You may wish to submit a new FOI request.

Please note we have not dealt with your enquiry as a formal Freedom of
Information Act request at this stage, and we shall take no further action
on your request unless we hear further from you.

 

  

Regards,

 

 

Corporate Feedback Team

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Haringey Borough Council blocked this request from being able to request an internal review so a duplicate request has been made.
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Clay Lesley, Haringey Borough Council

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