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Equity and Inclusion Scheme 2022-24

Introducing the scheme

This Equity and Inclusion scheme sets out our vision, ambitions and proposed objectives for promoting equity, diversity and inclusion over the next three years. It intends to showcase the actions we will take to reduce the impact of inequity, making a real and valuable difference to the quality of people’s lives.

The scheme takes a holistic approach, recognising that true commitment to equitable outcomes and diversity goes beyond just the nine protected characteristics. It has been produced following engagement
with colleagues and interest groups in the West Midlands region and it builds on the knowledge that we have gathered over the past few years.

It recognises the scale of the regional equality challenge, particularly as the region recovers from the impacts of the Covid 19 pandemic. It is based on the premise that progress can only be achieved through strong corporate ownership, effective partnership working and by listening to what our residents and communities are telling us and responding appropriately.

The process behind developing this scheme has enabled us to reflect on our work streams and assess what upcoming challenges will require a firm focus. As an organisation, we aim to continuously improve and build upon our successes whilst ensuring inclusive growth is at the forefront of our deliverables and future plans.

The Scheme is divided into a number of sections, which together provide a complete picture of our holistic approach to inclusion, equity and diversity.