North East Derbyshire District Council has an Equality & Diversity Policy for Service Delivery which sets out what we expect from our staff, our Councillors and our partners. Our aim is to treat our customers fairly regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity.
We assess our policies for any equality impact on members of the LGBT community and include LGBT issues in our corporate equalities training, which is mandatory for all new employees.
The Council uses equality monitoring to help us understand who is using our services as well as their experiences and outcomes. For example, when we undertake consultation, we collect monitoring data (when appropriate to do so) to check that any feedback on our services is representative of the people we serve.
Whenever we ask members of the public for information for equality monitoring purposes, we will take care that this is relevant and appropriate.
NE Derbyshire District Council works with Derbyshire LGBT+ to ensure that we take account of our LGBT community’s needs and learn from best practice.
Derbyshire LGBT+ offers a range of social and specialist support services around the county:
Our Community Safety team leads on tackling hate incidents and hate crimes in the District. If you are experiencing harassment or hate incidents because of your sexuality or gender identity, please don’t hesitate to contact them.
We want our LGBT community to feel confident in reporting hate incidents they have experienced or witnessed and we have a range of ways to help:
- Report it online
- Telephone our Contact Centre: 01246 231111
- Contact Stop Hate UK – an alternative reporting choice
It is Council policy to remove any offensive graffiti within 24 hours. If you see it, please tell us:
If you or anyone else is in danger:
- Call the police on 999
- Contact the Derbyshire Domestic Abuse Helpline
- Contact the Derbyshire Domestic Violence and Sexual Abuse Service; a specialist and experienced provider of domestic abuse services. They are a local charity that offers a range of services appropriate to individual need to help and support women, men and children who are affected by domestic abuse.
If you have changed your name to reflect your gender identity and wish to change your name on the Electoral Register, you can do so in two ways:
- You may re-register online, however please provide your previous name when completing the application as this helps us to identify any previous registrations you may have, ensuring that you are not registered twice and that your registration period is continuous which may help should you wish to apply for credit in your new name. If you would prefer to not be linked to records in your previous name, please contact us to discuss this, as while we can ensure that here is no continuity between your registrations there are some implications to doing this.
- Alternatively, you can contact the Electoral Services Team directly on 01246 217058, who will be happy to help you with the process and will deal with your request confidentially and sensitively. You may be required to provide evidence of your change of name / identity, but the team will be happy to discuss ways in which you can do this.
If you would like to have an informal, confidential conversation about registering or changing your name on the Electoral Register, please do not hesitate to contact the Electoral Services Team on 01246 217058, who can talk you through the process and your options.
The Council introduced monitoring for sexual orientation to ensure that our recruitment and employment practices do not discriminate against LGBT applicants and staff. Not everyone provides this information but, year on year, more applicants and existing staff have felt comfortable declaring their sexual orientation. We publish our Workforce Information annually.
We also have a comprehensive Harassment and Bullying Policy to support LGBT staff.