Access and Representation
The Disability Discrimination Act (now superseded by the Equality Act 2010) requires Councils to audit their facilities for accessibility. This is to ensure equality of access and to highlight any potential issues which might need to be addressed by the Council.
The Council is also closely involved in a number of regular and well established community forums engaging, along with other public service providers, with representatives from key minority groups. Currently, the Council is represented on the Mendip Migrant Workers Forum, The Mendip Gypsy and Travellers Forum and the Mendip Disability Forum. These forums are run by representatives from minority groups to voice concerns and issues which the Council can address and learn from. This enables the Council to develop services and foster good relationships between groups which will help to provide a better equality of opportunity for individuals regardless of race, nationality or disability.
The Council also holds a regular Members Equality Steering Group to coordinate and oversee equalities work carried out across the Council and to ensure overall ownership of equality and diversity issues by elected members. A Staff Equality Group, previously active in addressing equality matters from the staff side, is due to be resurrected in the near future.
Mendip is a member of the Somerset Equality Officers Group which meets quarterly. Details of the aims of the group and current tasks and actions can be found in the links section of this page.
An audit of Council sites and facilities was carried out in Partnership with a consultant in 2007. Details of of each site and facility can be found below.
Mendip Migrant Workers
Please see below for links to reports and recent minutes for the Mendip Migrant Workers Forum.
Member Equality Steering Group
Please see below for links to the terms of reference and recent minutes for the Mendip Members Equality Steering Group.