Council acts on gender equality

Telford & Wrekin Council is poised to commit itself to a gender equality scheme – ensuring that men and women enjoy equal pay and job opportunities. The policy will also be extended to all borough schools.

This will mean governing bodies will have to come up with their own schemes by the end of the month.

It comes amid national concern that thousands of people are still suffering sexual discrimination despite changes in the law. The council cabinet is being urged to adopt a scheme at its meeting on April 16.

An officers? report to cabinet says the council has a legal duty under the Equalities Act 2006 to publish a gender equality scheme by April 30. It requires the council to eliminate unlawful discrimination and harassment and to promote equality of opportunity between men and women.