Asylum & Immigration Open or Close
Asylum seekers that arrive after April 2000 no longer have a right to assistance and do not have to be provided for by the Council. Instead, the Home Office provides support through the National Asylum Support Service (NASS).
The Home Office UK Border Agency website will help you understand UK immigration control and what your rights and responsibilities are when you make an application
Derbyshire Police have produced a range of leaflets for new arrivals to Derbyshire. They provide information relating to local councils, residency rights, currency, children and education, healthcare, driving and travel, emergency services, accommodation and employment.
Equalities data Open or Close
A new joint policy has been developed to explain what the law requires from those delivering public services and to support staff in dealing with our customers.
Equality monitoring is often not carried out because it is believed to be time-consuming, confusing, lacking in purpose or intrusive to customers. This guidance has been developed with these concerns in mind and offers best practice examples to help us get it right.
We publish equality information in a variety of ways:
Diversity Monitoring report – Citizen panel survey
In November 2016 we asked our Citizen panel members how fairly and equally they feel they are treated in their local area and by the Council. The report can be found here
Equality Act 2010: Public sector equality duties
The Equality Act 2010 (Specific Duties) Regulations 2011 came into force on 10 September 2011. Under Section 147(1) of the Act, public bodies are required to show that they meet the public sector equality duties by:
Setting equality objectives
Publishing relevant, proportionate information showing compliance with the Equality Duty.
The following data is held by us and will be updated periodically. We have identified some gaps in information about our services and workforce which we are addressing, following an organisational restructure.
Equality Impact Assessments Open or Close
An Equality impact assessment looks at a policy or procedure and sees if it discriminates or is likely to discriminate against somebody because of their Race, Gender, Disability, Age, Sexual Orientation, Religion, Belief and any other likely characteristic.
If it is found that a policy or procedure does discriminate against someone we will do what we can to eliminate, minimise or counterbalance the discrimination.
There are several reasons why we conduct EIAs.. The benefits of impact assessment include:
They help to analyse our services to see if there if reflective representation from our communities
They assist us in considering alternative policies or measures that might address any adverse impact
They help us to improve the way in which we develop our policies and functions by ensuring that they reflect the current equality & diversity legislative framework
They help to identify direct or indirect discrimination
They help us to better understand the needs and aspirations of the diverse communities we serve.
Equalities legalisation has now been extended so there is a statutory duty for gender and disability to conduct equality impact assessments. Our impact assessment process covers gender, disability, sexual orientation, age and religion and belief as well as race.
Joint Strategies and Policies:
Gypsies & Travellers Open or Close
We can only evict Gypsies/Travellers off Council owned land. If the Gypsies/Travellers are causing problems they will be moved on as soon as is possible and reasonable. It normally takes approximately three weeks to gather the relevant information and obtain a court hearing date. The Court can refuse to grant us an order to move the Gypsies/Travellers on if it believes there is an unavoidable reason for the Gypsies/Travellers to stay on the site or if the Court believes that we have failed to make adequate enquiries regarding the general health and welfare of the Gypsies/Travellers. Please report any illegal encampments to us immediately.
Dealing with illegal encampments on other land
If the encampment is on land not owned by us, then the landowner, if possible, should talk to the travellers to try and gauge how long they will be there. The landowner can also take proceedings in the County Court under the Civil Procedure Rules 1998 to obtain a Court Order for their eviction. There must be a minimum of two clear days between service of documents and the Court hearing.
Any decision by the landowner to allow the travellers to stay on site must be undertaken with the correct planning permissions and licensing. Any breach of these permissions will result in us taking action against the landowner.
Hate Crime Open or Close
Hate crime is crime that the victim or any other person perceives to be motivated by hostility or prejudice towards any aspect of a person’s identity. Some hate crime offences carry additional penalties. Derbyshire Police monitor six strands of hate crime:
- Gender identity
- Race, nationality or ethnicity
- Religion or belief
- Sexual orientation
- Subculture eg: Goth, Steampunk, Hipster
Police forces also monitor religiously motivated hate crime specifically related to anti-Semitism and Islamophobia.
Our hate crime policy, reporting form and online reporting form can be found below”Online reporting Form
A hate incident is any incident, which may or may not be a crime, that the victim or any other person perceives to be motivated by hostility or prejudice towards any aspect of a person’s identity. The police determine whether a hate incident is a crime.
Anyone who experiences or hears about a hate crime or hate incident in the District can report it to the Police or to Stop Hate UK. Reports are used to help those victimised, to bring perpetrators to justice, and to influence our work to stop Hate Crime.
Every incident should be reported, whether it is name calling in the street, damage to property, graffiti, physical assault, or any other type of incident that makes someone feel upset at being targeted. Please report all hate incidents to us immediately so we can investigate them fully.
Derbyshire Law Centre has produced a Hate and Harassment Toolkit (1.13MB) for people to refer to.
Stop Hate UK
In Derbyshire, you can get support and report hate incidents to Stop Hate UK online via their website or by:
Phone 0800 138 1625
Text Relay 18001 0800 138 1625
If you use British Sign Language, you can access it here.
If you have a learning disability, you can get Easy Read information and find out ways to report what’s happened here.
LGBT hate crime can be reported here.
Anyone can report hate crime and access support - victims and witnesses. You can remain anonymous if you wish.
Derbyshire Safe Places Scheme
A safe place is somewhere people with a learning disability can go if they feel scared, are lost or need help when they are out and about. Find out more about the Derbyshire Safe Places Scheme here.
Online hate material
You may come across a lot of material on the internet that offends you, but very little of it is actually illegal. UK laws are written to make sure that people can speak and write, even offensive material, without being prosecuted for their views.
Find out more about what you can do about on-line hate material via the True Vision website here.