New scheme focuses on equality in South Lakeland

Staveley resident Steve Bateman, with  Marie and David Shields of Growing Concerns.
Staveley resident Steve Bateman, who is partly sighted, with Marie and David Shields of Growing Concerns, who provide basic property maintenance assistance through SLDC's Handyperson Scheme.

 1 April 2016

A new scheme has been launched by South Lakeland District Council to promote equality.

Councillors voted to adopt the council’s new Equality Scheme for 2016 to 2019 at last night’s meeting of Full Council (March 31).

The scheme lays out the council’s commitment to promoting equality throughout the district, by eliminating discrimination against people based on age, sex, religion, race and a range of other characteristics.

It updates the council’s Equality Scheme for 2013 to 2015.

The council is also considering how to reduce discrimination against people who are economically disadvantaged, including people on low incomes and those experiencing rural or urban deprivation.

Key objectives of the scheme are to make sure people can access council services through a project to improve digital communications and using the Kendal town centre masterplan to improve access to the town centre for everyone.

This will add to work it already does to reduce inequality and help vulnerable people.

This includes the Handy Persons Scheme, which has seen its housing team help elderly and vulnerable people by carrying out essential work at their homes such as fitting light bulbs, or installing security measures.

The council has also taken part in the Springboard project, which is a partnership with other local organisations to offer services to victims and perpetrators of domestic violence.

It has also included work to bring empty homes back into use for accommodation for local people and work to promote the safe use of ‘A’ boards in the street, which can cause an obstruction for visually impaired people.