Equality and diversity

The equality and diversity policies of the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) and how these are monitored.

Our approach to equality and diversity is at the heart of our efforts to meet the needs of our diverse communities.

Diversity is one of our corporate values and is championed at board and in our Executive Management team.

Our commitment to equality and diversity aims to create a way of working that enables us to respond to the needs of all communities in a way that is fair and proportionate.

Equality and Diversity Board Advisory Group

To support us in setting and delivering our vision for equality and diversity we established an independent board advisory group.

Reporting to our board and executive team, the Equality and Diversity Board Advisory Group consists of stakeholders with a commitment to and expertise in diversity issues.

The advisory group continues to play an important role in developing new ideas, championing diversity and holding us to account.

Find out more about the HCA’s Equality and Diversity Board Advisory Group.

Equality duties

As a public body the Equality Act 2010 requires us to meet certain statutory duties. These duties are unique to equality law because they give public bodies a legal responsibility to take proactive measures to address inequality.

The purpose of the statutory duty framework is to assist public bodies to tackle persistent and long-standing issues of disadvantage.

The general duty requires us to give due regard to equality in the way we go about our business as an investor, enabler, regulator and employer. In doing this we must take steps to:

  • eliminate unlawful discrimination, harassment and victimisation and other conduct prohibited by the Act
  • advance equality of opportunity between people
  • foster good relations between people

We are also required to meet a specific equality duty which only applies to public bodies like local authorities, schools, government bodies and the police.

This requires us to demonstrate how we deliver equality outcomes by:

  • publishing annual equality information which enabled the public to hold us to account
  • publishing equality objectives

The Equality Act 2010 does not require us to consult on our equality objectives but we intend to undertake a 12 week consultation on our draft equality objectives that will underpin our work until 2020.

Our draft equality objectives are that we will:

  1. Work with staff to develop and incorporate best diversity practice into our employment policies and practices.

  2. Ensure that equality and diversity issues are identified and addressed effectively through enquiries and activities of the Consumer Regulation Panel.

  3. Improve the profile and representation of disabled people at the HCA.

  4. Support the capacity of staff and stakeholders to deliver housing options that meet the needs of people with protected characteristics.

  5. Promote investment in housing that meets the needs of people with protected characteristics – including older people.

We intend to publish our new equality and diversity strategy in October 2016.

Read our previous HCA equality and diversity strategy (PDF, 311KB, 12 pages)

Partner organisations

We work in partnership with a range of organisations including:

We track our progress against these objectives and are accountable to our stakeholders, by publishing annual HCA equality information (PDF, 1.65MB, 23 pages) Latest version published May 2016.