We are proud of our diversity and of the potential this offers:
- Around 260,000 people live in Haringey (an increase of 3,300 since the 2011 Census). By 2021, it is projected that the population will rise by a further 30,000
- Over 100 languages are spoken
- The population is the fifth most ethnically diverse in the country; over 60% of residents are non-White British. English is an additional language for over half our children and young people
- Haringey is a “young” borough. Children and young people aged 0 to 19 comprise about a quarter of the population
Haringey has many of the ingredients that make London one of the world’s great cities. There are great transport links and a rich heritage including the iconic Alexandra Palace, Tottenham Hotspur Premier League football club, Bruce Castle Museum and the restaurants and shops in Green Lanes, Muswell Hill, Crouch End and Wood Green.
It is a welcoming place where there is a tradition of people settling here, finding a base to live, work, bring up families, thrive and achieve. Haringey has yet more potential but in order to realise this, we must address a number of key challenges.
Achieving better outcomes and ensuring we have the capacity to deliver against a background of high levels of deprivation is a continuing challenge. Haringey is the fourth most deprived area in London, mostly related to low incomes, poor housing conditions and high crime. One in three children live in poverty and one in four live in a household where no adult works. Almost 3,000 households live in temporary accommodation.
There are wide differences in the levels of deprivation and health; the more deprived the area, the shorter the life expectancy, especially for men. While levels of teenage pregnancy are reducing, the numbers are still high. We also have high levels of childhood obesity, mental illness and sexually transmitted infections.
Addressing the significant social, economic and health issues are made more difficult by the significant financial challenges the council and the public sector faces.
Our Equalities Duties
The Equality Act 2010 places a ‘General Duty’ on all public bodies to have ‘due regard’ to:
- Eliminating discrimination, harassment and victimisation
- Advancing equality of opportunity
- Fostering good relations
- In addition the Council complies with the Marriage (same sex couples) Act 2013.
The Act covers nine protected characteristics which are:
- gender and gender reassignment
- pregnancy and maternity status
- marriage and civil partnership
- religion or belief
- sexual orientation
The Public Sector Equality Duty came into force on 5 April 2011. The broad purpose of the equality duty is to integrate consideration of equality and good relations into the day-to-day business of public authorities - in shaping policy, in delivering services and in relation to their own employees, and for these issues to be kept under review If we do not consider how a function can affect different groups in different ways, it is unlikely to have the intended effect. This can contribute to greater inequality and poor outcomes.
Every person can identify with a combination of these characteristics; we all have an age, a disability status, a gender, our own beliefs and a sexual orientation. It is not the purpose of equalities monitoring to put people in boxes but to ensure that all groups of people have their needs met.
Haringey Council believes the Equality Impact Assessment process, which is no longer a statutory requirement, is an important way of informing our decision making process.
The Corporate Plan 2015-18, sets out how we plan to support Haringey’s residents to build a stronger future through 5 priorities:
- Outstanding for all: Enable every child and young person to have the best start in life, with high quality education
- Empower all adults to live healthy, long and fulfilling lives
- A clean and safe borough where people are proud to live, with stronger partnerships and communities
- Drive growth and employment from which everyone can benefit
- Create homes and communities where people chose to live and are able to thrive
These are underpinned by 6 cross-cutting principles:
- Prevention and early intervention – preventing poor outcomes for children, young people and adults and intervening early when help and support is needed
- Tackling inequality– tackling the barriers facing the most disadvantaged and enabling them to reach their potential
- Working together with communities – building resilient communities where people are able to help themselves and support each other
- Value for money – achieving the best outcome from the investment made
- Customer focus – placing our customers needs at the centre of what we do
- Working in partnership – delivering with and through others
The Medium Term Financial Strategy (MTFS) and these further savings proposals are aligned with the 5 corporate plan priorities. All priorities have delivery plans including a clear vision, objectives and performance indicators that are publicly available so our progress against those targets is transparent.
In the context of delivering millions of pounds of savings, it is inevitable that Haringey Council will need to make changes to the way it delivers its services. For example, if we do not change the way we provide adults social care packages, the costs in that area will increase by over one third. The council works continuously with partners to ensure there is transformation of services and better outcomes for residents, rather than just managing decline. However, these budget reductions may also have adverse impacts on service users.
At this stage, the assessments of what impact there may be is, at best, a high level view of potential issues and are not a detailed quantitative analysis. This is a live process and full impact assessments will be completed and consulted on as we move towards implementing changes to policies, strategies and service delivery.
We have a legal responsibility to ensure that our impact assessments, where needed are an integral part of the formulation of a proposal policy and not justification for its adoption. If a risk of adverse impact is identified, consideration will be given to measures that would mitigate that impact before fixing on a particular solution.
Tackling inequality is a priority for the council and this is reflected in the objectives and performance targets we have set out in the corporate plan 2015-18.
The proposals in this report are currently at a high level and will be developed further as new operating models, service changes and policy changes are progressed and implemented. Equalities impact assessments will be developed as part of this process.
Any comments received will be taken into consideration and a further update will be brought to Cabinet in February 2017.
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