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This page details St Helens Borough Council's arrangements to meet the general, specific and public sector duties of the Equality Act 2010; the Related Pages tab (below) takes you to other information, including the council's Comprehensive Equality Policy, Equality Impact Assessment Process, Equality Monitoring Reports, and Hate Crime Reporting.
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The Equality Act 2010, Specific Duty 2011 requires St Helens Borough Council to:
The most recent annual compliance information is the Annual Equality Monitoring Report 2019-20, published 23 March 2021.
Schedule 10 of the Equality Act 2010 requires St Helens Borough Council to prepare a written accessibility strategy, which must:
Arrangements for increasing the extent to which disabled pupils can participate in the schools' curriculums are set out within:
Arrangements for improving the physical environment of schools are set out within the council’s Programme of School Work, which is based on the assessment of all relevant built assets. Arrangements include contingency to make reasonable adjustments that meet unexpected or unforeseen access needs.
Arrangements for improving the delivery to disabled pupils of information which is readily accessible to non-disabled pupils is covered by St Helens Information Advice and Support Service.
The council has a number of officers with a "disability access" remit within the following service areas: Asset Management, Architects, Building Control, Building Surveyors, and Engineering. These staff ensure that (i) the Equalities Act (formerly the DDA), (ii) the current Building Regulations, and (iii) associated best practice are incorporated within all projects and services to ensure fair access for all.
For information about accessibility of council services or general disability access enquiries, please contact the St Helens Borough Council Contact Centre by email to firstname.lastname@example.org (Subject: "Disability Access Enquiry FAO the Equalities Officer").
The council's Website Accessibility Statement sets out the arrangements the council has in place to ensure that as many people as possible have full access to the information it has published on its webpages. This includes ensuring that our accessibility tool ATbar is available at the bottom left of every page of the website.
The council's Comprehensive Equality Policy sets out how it meets its duties under the Equality Act 2010.
The Comprehensive Equality Policy includes the following policy commitments: