Single Equality Framework

The Single Equality Framework is the council’s corporate strategy for understanding diversity, tackling inequality and promoting cohesion. Integrated into the strategic plan the framework provides the strategic direction for the council’s work on equality to enable us to better meet the financial, policy and social challenges that we face today. It embraces the principles of the Equality Act 2010 and Public Sector Equality Duty and builds on our strong record of embedding diversity and equality in everything we do.

The council’s vision, developed in the Community Plan 2020, to be achieved with our partners and with the active participation of all those who have a stake in the borough, is to improve the quality of life for everyone who lives and works here. Underpinning this vision is the desire to build One Tower Hamlets – by tackling inequality, strengthening cohesion and building community leadership. The Single Equality Framework helps to achieve this by prioritising equality outcomes that require intervention at a strategic level and ensuring that we have the capacity to deliver our vision.

Each year, equality objectives are incorporated within the council’s strategic plan and through robust delivery structures and processes these priorities are translated into work at all levels of the organisation.

The Single Equality Framework equality objectives are key drivers for our work on tackling inequality but also help us to demonstrate how we meet the requirements of the Equality Act 2010 and public sector equality duty.

Under the Act we are required to prepare and publish objectives which ensure that our work contributes to: eliminating discrimination; advancing equality of opportunity and; fostering good relations between different people. In many ways our cross cutting principle of One Tower Hamlets mirror the aspiration of the duty.