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  1. Equality and Diversity Forum London, 17 October 2007 Alison Rose - Deputy Director, Government Equalities Office Equalities PSA

  2. Aim of Equalities PSA “to address the disadvantage that individuals experience because of their gender, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, religion or belief”

  3. Context - Comprehensive Spending Review 2007 (CSR07) • Total number of PSAs reduced to 30 • Each PSA to focus on priority actions for Government • These should be stretching but deliverable objectives making clear what public services can do to bring about positive change affecting people’s lives • PSA indicators to be: • based on reliable data • outcome-focused • capable of making an impact over the three-year period • developed in consultation

  4. Building on previous achievements – gender Number of registered childcare places Women as % of newly self employed people

  5. Building on previous achievements – race Gap between the overall employment rate and the BME employment rate Proportion of BME staff in the Criminal Justice System Probation Staff Police Officers

  6. Objectives • reduce the gender pay gap from 12.6 per cent; • tackle barriers which are due to gender, disability or age that limit people’s choice and control in their lives; • increase participation in public life by women, ethnic minorities, disabled people and young people; • reduce discrimination in employment due to gender, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, religion or belief ; and • reduce unfair treatment at work, college or school, and when using health services and public transport due to gender, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, religion or belief.

  7. CSR07 PSAs – 4 groups A more secure, fair and environmentally sustainable world Sustainable growth and prosperity Stronger communities and a better quality of life Fairness & opportunity for all

  8. CSR07 PSAs significant for equalities • Maximise employment opportunity for all • Raise the educational achievement of all children and young • people • Narrow the gap in educational achievement between • children from low income and disadvantaged backgrounds and • their peers • Make communities safer • Deliver a more effective, transparent and responsive • Criminal Justice System for victims and the public

  9. CSR07 PSAs significant for equalities • Promote better health and wellbeing for all • Ensure better care for all • Tackle poverty and promote greater independence and • wellbeing in later life • Increase the proportion of socially excluded adults in settled • accommodation and employment, education or training • Increase long term housing supply and affordability • Build more cohesive, empowered and active communities • Halve the number of children in poverty by 2010-11

  10. Delivery of Equalities PSA – Central Government

  11. Delivery – Local Government • Performance Framework for Local Authorities & Local Authority Partnerships • Single Set of 198 National Indicators • Targets against national indicators negotiated through Local Area Agreements • Up to 35 targets for each area • No other way of managing local authority performance

  12. Further Work • Delivery • Data improvement

  13. Further Information • HM Treasury PSA webpage: • www.hm-treasury.gov.uk/pbr_csr/psa/pbr_csr07_psaindex.cfm • Government Equalities Office website: • www.womenandequalityunit.gov.uk

  14. Data Sets Further information on usage of survey data and indicator methodology can be found at: http://www.womenandequalityunit.gov.uk/equality_psa/index.htm

  15. Survey Questions – Objective 1Reduce the gender pay gap from 12.6 per centData source: Annual Survey of Hourly Earnings Average hourly full-time wages are calculated on the basis of gross pay, using the answers to questions in section 4 of the Annual Survey of Hourly Earnings.

  16. Survey Questions – Objective 2Tackle barriers which are due to gender, disability or age that limit people’s choice and control in their livesData source: ONS Omnibus Survey NB Data used for measurement is taken from answers to the final question only. Answers to previous questions are used to frame the final question and will provide useful further evidence for policy development. • SHOW CARD A Q1 Thinking about your current situation, how often do you feel you have the assistance and/or equipment you need to go about your daily life the way you want to? • Always • Often • Sometimes • Rarely • Never • I don’t require assistance or equipment • (Ask those answering 1-5 at Q1. Single code) • SHOW CARD A Q2 Thinking about your current situation, how often do you have a say over what assistance and/or equipment you receive? • Always • Often • Sometimes • Rarely • Never

  17. Survey Questions – Objective 2 cont. • (Ask those answering codes 1-5 at Q1. Single code) • SHOW CARD BQ3 Currently how often do you have control over how this assistance or equipment is provided? • Always • Often • Sometimes • Rarely • Never • SHOW CARD B Q3a Currently, how often do you have control over how you make use of this assistance and/ or equipment? • Always • Often • Sometimes • Rarely • Never

  18. Survey Questions – Objective 2 cont. • (Ask only of those in paid work. Single code) • SHOW CARD BQ4 And thinking about your current situation, how often do you have the support and flexibility you need at work to manage your work/life balance? • Always • Often • Sometimes • Rarely • Never • (Ask all. Single code) • SHOW CARD B Q5 Again, thinking about your current situation, overall, how often would you say you have choice and control in your life, to live your life the way you want to? • Always • Often • Sometimes • Rarely • Never

  19. Survey Questions – Objective 3Increase participation in public life by women, ethnic minorities, disabled people and young peopleData source: Citizenship Survey • In the last 12 months have you contacted any of the people listed on this card? Please exclude contact with councillors or council staff for personal issues such as housing repairs, and contact through work: • Local councillor • Member of Parliament (MP) • Public official working for local council • Government official • Elected member of the Greater London Assembly - including the Mayor of London Public official working for the Greater London Assembly / Authority • Elected member of the National Assembly for Wales - including the First Minister • Public official working for the National Assembly for Wales • None of the above • And in the last 12 months have you… • Attended a public meeting or rally? • Taken part in a public demonstration or protest? • Or, signed a petition? • None of the above

  20. Survey Questions – Objective 3 cont. • SHOWCARD 18 • And in the last 12 months, that is, since (DATE) have you taken part in a consultation about local services or problems in your local area in any of the ways listed on this card? • Completing a questionnaire (about local services or problems in the local area) • Attending a public meeting (about local services or problems in the local area) • Being involved in a group set up to discuss local services or problems in the local area. • None of these • SHOWCARD 23 • Now I would like you to look at this showcard. In the last 12 months have you given unpaid help to any groups, clubs or organisations in any of the ways shown on this card? • Raising or handling money/taking part in sponsored events • Leading the group/ member of a committee • Organising or helping to run an activity or event • Visiting people • Befriending or mentoring people • Giving advice/information/counselling • Secretarial, admin or clerical work • Providing transport/driving • Representing • Campaigning • Other practical help (e.g. helping out at school, shopping) • Any other help • None of the above

  21. Survey Questions – Objective 3 cont. • SHOWCARD 32 • In the last 12 months, that is since (DATE), have you done any of the things listed on this card? Please include any activities you have already told me about. Please do not include any activities related to your job. • Been a local councillor (for the local authority, town or parish) • Been a school governor • Been a volunteer Special Constable • Been a Magistrate • None of these • SHOWCARD 33 • And again, in the last 12 months, that is since (DATE) have you done any of the things listed on this card? Please include any activities you have already told me about. Please do not include any activities related to your job. • Member of a group making decisions on local health services • Member of a decision making group set up to regenerate the local area • Member of a decision making group set up to tackle local crime problems • Member of a tenants’ group decision making committee • Member of a group making decisions on local education services • Member of a group making decisions on local services for young people • Member of another group making decisions on services in the local community • None of these

  22. Survey Questions – Objective 4Reduce discrimination in employment due to gender, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, religion or beliefData source: Citizenship Survey May I check, in the last FIVE YEARS, have you been refused or turned down for a job in the UK? (1) Yes (2) No (3) Don't know Do you think you were refused the job for any of the following reasons? (1) your gender (2) your age (3) your race (4) your religion (5) your colour (6) where you live (7) other reason (8) don't know (9) none of the above

  23. Survey Questions – Objective 4 cont. • In the last five years, do you think you have been discriminated against at work with regard to promotion or a move to a better position? • (1) Yes • (2) No • (3) Don't know • (4) Not applicable • Do you think you were discriminated against because of any of the following reasons? • (1) your gender • (2) your age • (3) your race • (4) your religion • (5) your colour • (6) where you live • (7) other reason - specify • (8) don't know • (9) none of the above

  24. Survey Questions – Objective 5Reduce unfair treatment at work, college or school, and when using health services and public transport due to gender, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, religion or beliefData source: Citizenship Survey • 10.c In general, would you say that you are treated with respect ... at work, school or college? • 10.d In general, would you say that you are treated with respect... when using public transport? • 10.f In general, would you say that you are treated with respect ... when using health services? • Responses offered to each of the above: • All of the time • Most of the time • Some of the time • Rarely • Never