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As a local authority, Mid Devon District Council (MDDC) has a specific duty to publish Equality Information annually and 'Equality Objectives' at least every four years. The Council's Single Equality Scheme sets out the Council's approach to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion. The policy outlines MDDC's vision and how we will achieve this. Using data from the most recent Census, the policy also provides a background to the community we provide our services to. 

The Single Equality Scheme 2023/24 was approved by Cabinet on Tuesday 4th April 2023.

At Mid Devon District Council, we want to work with individuals and groups to continue to improve our services and to promote equality, diversity and inclusion. In order to achieve this, we will:

  • Seek to understand the needs of our community
  • Know our customers and their specific needs
  • Involve the community in changes that might affect them
  • Develop services that can respond to the requirements of different residents
  • Develop an inclusive working environment
  • Ensure equality in procurement and commissioning
  • Promote equality through working with others
  • Recognise the needs of specific equality groups

Equality Objectives

The Council also has a duty to publish one or more specific and measurable objectives to achieve the General Duty outlined in the Equality Act 2010. For 2023/24, the Council has five Equality Objectives. These are:

  1. Meeting the needs of an ageing population.
  2. Overcoming the problems faced by vulnerable individuals caused by rural isolation.
  3. Overcoming the effects of multiple disadvantage in families with complex needs.
  4. To continue to concentrate on mental health issues within MDDC and the wider community.
  5. Secure decent digital connectivity for all of Mid Devon (Corporate Plan aim).


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