EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES STATEMENT

Bellsmyre Housing Association strives to be an equal opportunities organisation and is committed to providing fairness and equality of opportunity in all aspects of our work. Our aim is to promote an environment of respect, understanding, encouraging diversity and eliminating discrimination by providing equality of opportunity for all.

The following statement therefore summarises our overall aim in this area:-

'Bellsmyre Housing Association will aim to treat all individuals or groups of individuals equally, avoiding unfair discrimination on any grounds in relation to service delivery, opportunities or employment'

We will seek to promote and to achieve equality of treatment and opportunity for all without discrimination or prejudice on any grounds including: age, disability, race, religion and belief, sex, pregnancy and maternity, marriage and civil partnership, sexual orientation and gender reassignment. These are known as 'protected characteristics' or the grounds upon which discrimination is unlawful under the Equality Act 2010.

The omission of other groups should not be interpreted as condoning discrimination or indicating a lack of commitment to extending equal opportunities principles to them.

AIMS AND OBJECTIVES OF OUR EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES POLICY

Bellsmyre Housing Association aims to ensure that it provides equal opportunities:

1. In the services we provide to residents, applicants, clients and to members of the public.

2. In access to membership of the Association, the Management Committee and generally everyone who wishes to become involved in the governance and overall management of the Association.

3. In the recruitment and employment of staff.

4. In relation to the hiring of contractors/consultants.

Additionally, we aim to ensure that all residents are made aware of our commitment to equal opportunities and also that our staff are aware of the Association's commitment to and obligations in relation to equal opportunities.

We consider any form of, direct or indirect, discrimination to be unacceptable, in terms of good practice, social justice and legal duty.