Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

Celebrating diversity and promoting inclusion for all

We aim to be fair and accessible when we deliver, design and evaluate services, buy services from others, develop policies, and when we consider the needs of our employees.

We are committed to adhering to equality legislation requirements. Us, and any organisations that have been contracted to carry out public functions on our behalf, must have ‘due regard’ to the three aims of the Public Sector Equality Duty, as set out in the Equality Act 2010:

  • eliminate unlawful discrimination and harassment
  • advance equality of opportunity between people with protected characteristics (age, disability, gender reassignment, pregnancy and maternity, race and ethnicity, religion and belief, sex, sexual orientation, and marriage and civil partnership)
  • foster good relations between people who share a protected characteristic and those who do not

Our Equality Policy Statement sets out our commitment to equality and diversity.

It incorporates our Equality Objectives – every four years we publish one or more equality objectives we want to achieve in relation to the Public Sector Equality Duty.

To demonstrate that we, as an employer and as a service provider, have considered the three aims of the equality duty as part of our decision making processes, we publish Equality Impact Assessments.

These impact assessments are undertaken when policies and services are being introduced or reviewed.

An Equality Impact Assessment (EIA) is a tool for ensuring that we do not discriminate and that we promote equality and take action to address inequality. EIAs enable us to thoroughly and systematically analyse our policies, services, functions and strategies, so that we can understand and minimise any negative consequences, and maximise opportunities for promoting fairness. EIAs also help MVDC meet the requirements of the PSED.

Member Equality Champions represent our commitment to celebrating diversity and inclusion for individuals and groups with the ‘protected characteristics’ they represent.

Councillor Paul Kennedy, Cabinet Member for Internal Services and Security, which includes responsibility for equalities and community relations, said: “I am delighted that the recent elections have delivered such a diverse and talented set of Councillors to represent Mole Valley, and that two of our new Councillors have agreed to join our team of Member Equality Champions. These roles confirm our collective commitment to being diverse and inclusive as a Council and to securing equality for all.”

Member Equality Champions for ethnic minorities

Councillor Alcia Loach brings to her role of Ethic Minority Champion, several years’ experience as the Head of Tech Women employee resource group in the European Women’s Leadership Council for Hewlett Packard Enterprise.

Her many years’ experience addressing the issues impacting women in a predominantly male IT sector, as well as her lived experience as a black woman have nurtured Alcia’s emotional intelligence and awareness of the needs of people like herself with protected characteristics. On her new role, Councillor Loach enthused: “I believe that the diversity of people living in Mole Valley enriches the life of our communities and I look forward to lending my lived experience and enthusiasm to the role of Ethnic Minority Champion!”

Councillor Jehangir – or Raj – Haque, moved to England in 1971. He has been a councillor since 2010 and was Chairman of the Council from 2018 – 19.

Councillor Haque said of his appointment: “It is an honour to have been chosen as MVDC’s champion for ethnic minorities, a role I will perform to the best of my ability. I look forward to representing and promoting the interests of all ethnic minorities on this council, which has been so welcoming to me during my time as a councillor.”

Member Equality Champions for people with disabilities

Councillor Jo Farrar-Astrop said of her appointment: “I am a new councillor and am honoured to be offered a role as one of the Members Equality Champions.

My particular interest is in physical disability of all types. I am a fulltime wheelchair user so can appreciate the challenges involved in everyday life when the world is not designed for you and what can be done to overcome this. I look forward to promoting and representing those with all types of disability in accordance with the aims of MVDC.”

Councillor Elsie Rosam trained as a psychodynamic counsellor and has volunteered for both MyTime, which supports young carers, and Dorking Minds, a charity which aims to help young people take control of their mental health.

Councillor Rosam said: “I am honoured to have been appointed to this important role which reflects the commitment of the whole Council to support and include people with every kind of disability, both mental and physical. I look forward to working with community groups and the council to put that commitment into practice”

The links below take you to defined datasets on the Office for National Statistics website, showing data for Mole Valley residents.  These datasets provide 2021 Census estimates.

To download a dataset, click on a link below, scroll down to ‘Get the data’, select the format you desire and click ‘Download’.