Council creating a capital fair for all

The number of women in top jobs at the City of Edinburgh Council has approximately doubled since 2004.

Nearly 40% of its senior managers are now female, as the Council continues its efforts to ensure that its staff profile is a closer match for the population it serves.

There has also been significant progress towards making sure that Council decisions and services are fair towards all sections of society, including people who are disabled or are living in deprived areas.

Councillor Jenny Dawe, the Council Leader, welcomed the news: "The diversity in our communities is an asset and something to be celebrated. But it also brings challenges in how we take account of the needs of different groups and how we respond to those.

"While we have legal requirements we have to meet, I believe a Council also has a moral responsibility to make sure it is inclusive. And a capital city, of all places, should lead the way in creating a fair society. We can always do better, but I'm pleased to see that we are going from strength to strength in this area. It's also important we keep sight of these issues in difficult economic times."

The details of improvements in equalities are contained in two annual reports which will be considered by councillors this morning, one on 'mainstreaming' employment in the Council and the other on the Council's achievements in equalities, diversity and human rights.

Highlights include:

  • greater provision of respite care
  • greater provision of home care
  • improved achievement by pupils from black and ethnic minorities
  • improved results for people going from training to employment
  • more training and awareness raising for staff on the Council's obligations
  • more rigorous processes for equality impact assessments
  • more women in chief officer and senior officer roles.

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