TUNBRIDGE WELLS BOROUGH COUNCIL OVERVIEW AND SCRUTINY COMMITTEE 17 APRIL 2007 REPORT OF HEAD OF COMMUNITY & CORPORATE PLANNING

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OVERVIEW AND SCRUTINY COMMITTEE – 17 APRIL 2007 REPORT OF HEAD OF COMMUNITY & CORPORATE PLANNING DRAFT COMPREHENSIVE EQUALITY SCHEME FOR CONSULTATION

Executive Summary

The draft gender equality, age equality, religion/belief equality and sexual orientation equality documents have been prepared. These documents contribute towards the Council’s Comprehensive Equality Scheme and include action plans showing how Council Services will be improved to meet the needs of our customers.

This report sets out how the consultation on the gender, age, religion/belief and sexual orientation elements of our Comprehensive Equality Scheme will be carried out prior to adoption by Full Council in Summer 2007.

Members are asked to approve the following documents for consultation: • Gender Equality

• Age Equality

• Religion/Belief Equality • Sexual Orientation Equality FOR DECISION

Background

1. Members will recall that the draft Comprehensive Equality Policy & Scheme (including race and disability action plans) were recommended for approval for consultation purposes by Cabinet on 16th November 2006 [061116/CAB004] and by Overview and Scrutiny Committee and Policy and Development sub-committee on 7th December 2006 [061207/PDOS002]. 2. The Comprehensive Equality Policy sets out the Borough Council’s

commitments to eliminating discrimination and promoting equality in its roles as a community leader, service provider and employer.

3. The Comprehensive Equality Scheme shows how we will deliver the policy and focuses on delivering outcomes for improving and shaping our services. 4. The development of the Comprehensive Equality Scheme has taken a

phased approach. The policy, scheme and race equality and disability documents have been revised following consultation and will be published on 30th April 2007, following approval by Full Council.

5. The gender, age, religion/belief and sexual orientation equality documents have now been drafted and will be consulted on following approval by Cabinet on 10th May 2007.

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6. In developing the gender, age, religion/belief and sexual orientation documents, an initial consultation has been carried out with the public, voluntary and community organisations and Borough Council employees. The consultation sought to gain views on what the Council should adopt as priorities for the next three years to eliminate discrimination and promote equality in these areas.

7. Heads of Service have contributed actions that address the responses received during the consultation, outlining how equalities practice will be adopted across the services. Generic actions from the race and disability action plans have also been incorporated. The action plans are attached at Appendices A-D.

8. Once approved, the draft documents will be made available for consultation for a six-week period in May/June 2007 to confirm the priorities and actions identified. The documents will be published on the Borough Council’s website together with a questionnaire seeking people’s views on various aspects of the documents. We will also use our existing links to seek views from relevant partner organisations, local race and disability organisations and staff.

Delivery of the Comprehensive Equality Policy & Scheme

9. Delivery of our service-level equality action plans for gender, age, religion/belief and sexual orientation will commence, once revisions have been made, following the consultation and adoption by Full Council in Summer 2007. Progress against the action plans and will be monitored and the outcomes we achieve will be promoted. Regular reports will be brought to Cabinet, through the newly established Corporate Equalities Monitoring Group.

RECOMMENDED – That the Overview and Scrutiny Committee recommends approval by Cabinet of the gender, age, religion/belief and sexual orientation equality documents for consultation.

Contact Officer: Sarah Andrews, Equality Policy Officer

Nazeya Hussain

Head of Community & Corporate Planning Appendices:

Appendix A: Gender Equality Appendix B: Age Equality

Appendix C: Religion/Belief Equality Appendix D: Sexual Orientation Equality

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Draft Comprehensive Equality Scheme

2007–2010

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Legal responsibilities

Under the Equality Act (2006) the Council has a duty to: • eliminate unlawful discrimination and harassment; and • promote equality of opportunity between men and women.

Unlawful discrimination applies to direct and indirect discrimination on the grounds of sex, pregnancy and maternity leave, gender reassignment, marital status (including civil partnerships).

The Council must also meet the requirements of the specific duty to:

• prepare and publish a gender equality scheme, showing how it will meet its general and specific duties and setting out its gender equality objectives • in formulating its overall objectives, to consider the need to include

objectives to address the cause of any gender pay gap

• to gather and use information on how the public authority’s and practices affect gender equality in the workforce and delivery of services

• to consult stakeholders and take account of relevant information in order to determine its gender equality objectives

• to assess the impact of its current and proposed policies and practice on gender equality

• to implement the actions set out in this scheme within three years, unless it is unreasonable or impracticable to do so

• to report against the scheme every three years and to review the scheme every three years.

As an employer, the Council will monitor, with reference to the gender of its staff those who:

• are currently employed by the Council;

• apply for employment, training and promotion; • receive training;

• benefit or suffer detriment as a result of the Council’s performance assessment procedures;

• are involved in the Council’s grievance procedures; • are the subject of disciplinary procedures; and • cease employment with the Council

The Council already has employment monitoring arrangements in place

relating to its race equality duties and will continue to publish annual reports to Cabinet which will be available on the Council’s website

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Gender Borough % (total population: 104,030) Kent % England % Male 48.1 48.4 48.7 Female 51.9 51.6 51.3 (Source: Census 2001)

The census data also highlights the following facts about men and women in the borough:

• the majority of part time workers are women who make up 21.2% of such employees, compared with men (3.3%).

• women have much lower levels of self-employment (6.9%) than men (16.8%).

• more economically inactive females aged 16-74 look after home/family (13.7%) than men (0.8%)

• there are more female than male lone parent households with dependent children, ( 90.8% as compared to 9.8%).

Although statistics are available indicating the gender of people in the borough, we do not have detailed information on their experiences of the services that the Council provides, or the extent to which their circumstances (such as caring responsibilities) affect that experience.

Involving men and women

Over the past few years the Council has made progress in consulting and involving men and women in the development of various plans and strategies. Groups and organisations have taken an active part in the Council’s

Stakeholder Conferences and contributed to the development of the

borough’s Community Plan through the Community Development Forum and the Town Forum.

In developing this Gender Equality Scheme and action plan, we have: • received views from local groups and organisations on the priorities we

should adopt for promoting gender equality

• met women’s organisations and obtained their views based on surveys of women in the borough

• publicised the scheme on the Council’s website

• received views from our staff on the priorities we should adopt for promoting gender equality

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Our vision for gender equality in Tunbridge Wells borough is that:

• everyone should expect to have an opportunity to lead a fulfilling life, free from discrimination and harassment, regardless of their gender or marital status

• long-lasting changes that meet the needs, and improve the quality of lives, of men and women are identified

• barriers to social inclusion are removed

• men and women experience equality of opportunity when applying for employment and working for the Council

• all services delivered by us, and on our behalf, are appropriate and relevant to the needs of men and women

Priorities for the next three years

We have produced an action plan that shows what each of the Council’s services intends to do to eliminate discrimination and promote gender equality over the next three years.

We will also be working, with partners where appropriate, to achieve the following priorities:

• actively promote the involvement of local communities in the further development of this scheme

• gather more evidence to gain a better understanding of the needs of men and women in the community

• increase awareness and use of Council services where men or women are under-represented, ensuring that service users with caring responsibilities, receive appropriate support

• identify actions to address the causes of the gender pay gap in the Council’s workforce

The Council’s performance in certain areas is monitored nationally through Best Value Performance Indicators (BVPIs), set by government. Over the next three years we will aim to:

• improve our level against the Equality Standard for Local Government • increase the percentage of women employees at the Council who are in

the top 5% of earners

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Gender Equality Action Plan 2007-2010

Ref Objective Action Outcome/monitoring information

and targets

Date for Completion

Implemented by

Directorate of Change and Business Support

Customer Access and Business Transformation G81. Ensure that reception

areas are accessible and provide comfortable and confidential surroundings.

Accommodation review will identify access improvement programme.

Reception areas will be renovated

August 2007 Head of Customer Access and Business Transformation.

G82. Ensure that services are delivered equitably.

Update guidance and information on equality issues in the customer service handbook.

Staff will be aware of their

customer service responsibilities in relation to equality issues.

August 2007 Customer Service Manager

Legal and Democratic Services G83. Ensure that internal clients

within Council Services are aware of and comply with all relevant equalities legislation.

Create checklists and toolkits which include guidance on

legislation on relevant equalities legislation.

Lawful actions will be taken by Council Services.

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Ref Objective Action Outcome/monitoring information and targets Date for Completion Implemented by G84. Ensure/promote public

access to ballot box.

Review buildings used – consider alternative arrangements where deficiencies are identified.

Review processes and revise if required.

Buildings and processes will comply with best practice. Buildings and processes will be audited.

Deficiencies and alternatives will be identified.

August 2007 Democratic Services Manager

G85. Encourage a diverse range of people to become

Councillors.

Hold informal

information events for people to find out about becoming a Councillor.

Promote the events towards targeted communities by attending meetings of representative organisations/groups and advertising in specialist publications and media.

The Councillors reflect the diversity of the community they serve and act as role models for other individuals who want to become Councillors. Annually (February/Marc h) Head of Legal, HR and Democratic Services

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Ref Objective Action Outcome/monitoring information and targets Date for Completion Implemented by Human Resources

G86. Ensure the recruitment process does not

disadvantage any group of the community or prevent them from applying for employment at the Council.

.

Review recruitment policy in line with ‘e-recruitment’ project, including reviewing and revising the information provided to applicants. Consider advertising in specialist

publications and websites and media.

Review to be completed. Applicants will have full

information about the Council. Procedure will be legally compliant.

Number of applications received will continue to be monitored by gender.

December 2007 Human Resources Manager

G87. Ensure that the Council employs a workforce which is representative of the community.

Take steps to ensure that the Council meets BVPI targets for

employing women.

A representative workforce will be employed.

BVPI targets will be met. Gender of staff members will continue to be monitored.

December 2008 Human Resources Manager

G88. To provide fair and

transparent pay systems.

Periodically carry out an equal pay audit.

The causes of any gender pay gap will be identified.

Every 3 years Human Resources Manager

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Ref Objective Action Outcome/monitoring information and targets

Date for Completion

Implemented by G89. To provide fair and

transparent pay systems.

Develop and

implement an equal pay action plan to address the causes of any gender pay gap.

The action plan will be developed.

The action plan will be

implemented and the causes of any gender pay gap addressed. Delivery of actions will be

monitored.

June 2007

March 2008

Human Resources Manager

G90. To provide fair and

transparent pay systems.

Continue to use the Hay Job Evaluation Scheme to evaluate the pay grades of jobs.

Jobs will be evaluated consistently and fairly.

April 2007-April 2010

Human Resources Manager

G91. To provide fair and

transparent pay systems.

Produce a Pay Policy. A pay policy will be produced. October 2008 Human Resources Manager

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Ref Objective Action Outcome/monitoring information and targets

Date for Completion

Implemented by Financial and Property Services

G92. Improve access to Council buildings and facilities.

(1) Include access appraisals in quinquennial property survey programme (2) Access improvements identified will be put in Planned Maintenance Programme.

Built environment will be more accessible to families with pushchairs.

Monitored through property survey and BVPI targets.

April 2007-April 2010.

Head of Financial and Property Services.

Directorate of Services to the Community

Leisure Services G93. To promote positive

images of diverse

communities and ensure that venues are welcoming and accessible to all.

Develop inclusive community led exhibitions at the Museum and Art Gallery (including gender groups but not exclusively).

Two exhibitions will be provided which are owned by the

community and reflect their identity.

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Ref Objective Action Outcome/monitoring information and targets

Date for Completion

Implemented by G94. Effectively market the

Museum and Library

Service to targeted groups.

Develop and Audience

Development Plan for the Museum and Library.

Audience development Plan will be produced. April 2007 Museum Development Manager G95. Address inequalities in leisure provision.

Target grant support at projects that address inequalities (including gender inequalities, but not exclusively).

Three grants per year will be awarded.

Annually Leisure Development

and Projects Manager

G96. Promote active, healthy and inclusive communities

Promote informal participatory leisure activities.

Revised leisure guide will be published.

April 2007-April 2010

Leisure Client Officer

Environment and Street Scene G97. Ensure the consistent

investigation and application of

environmental health requirements.

Review and update the existing

enforcement policies.

A new enforcement policy that provides a framework for the consistent use of enforcement powers.

September 2007

Head of Environment and Street Scene

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Ref Objective Action Outcome/monitoring information and targets

Date for Completion

Implemented by G98. Ensure the needs of

bereaved families continue to be meet through the provision of services at the Council’s crematorium and cemetery.

Maintain an

understanding of the needs of local people through a dialogue with funeral directors, clergy, faith leaders, and bereaved families.

The continuous improvement of the services available for

bereaved families.

On-going from January 2007

Head of Environment and Street Scene and Registrar

G99. Contribute to the safety of the pedestrian

environment by maintaining current

provision of street lighting provided by Borough Council.

Street lighting will be inspected regularly, and reports of faults will be investigated appropriately.

Regular inspections will take place and faults will be repaired satisfactorily.

April 2007-April 2010

Head of Environment and Street Scene

G100. Facilitate the provision of publicly accessible toilets and baby changing facilities.

Undertake a review of the number and adequacy of facilities.

Review will be complete and further actions identified, if necessary.

September 2007

Head of Environment and Street Scene

Housing Services G101. Ensure women on low

incomes have access to housing advice and assistance.

Promote rent deposit scheme and housing benefits through housing advice service.

Awareness of housing services will be improved.

Take-up of services will be monitored by gender.

Ongoing Housing Needs

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Ref Objective Action Outcome/monitoring information and targets

Date for Completion

Implemented by Revenues and Benefits

G102. Increase awareness and accessibility of Revenues and Benefits Services.

Be an active partner in the Kent Benefits and Training Partnership.

Awareness of entitlement to benefits across all groups will be improved.

Take-up of benefits will be monitored.

April 2007-April 2010

March 2008

Head of Revenues and Benefits, Kent Benefits and Training Partners.

Directorate of Planning and Development

Community and Corporate Planning (see also Community Plan actions) G103. Support victims of

domestic violence through partnership working. Deliver the Community Safety Partnership Action Plan to improve responses and interventions related to domestic violence.

Repeat victimisation will be reduced.

Deliver and monitor the outcomes as detailed in the Community Safety Action Plan. BVPI 225 will achieve 82% success rate.

BVPI 225 will achieve 91% success rate. March 2009 March 2008 March 2009 Community Safety Co-ordinator and members of the Community Safety Partnership

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Ref Objective Action Outcome/monitoring information and targets

Date for Completion

Implemented by G104. Reduce the fear of crime. Deliver the

Community Safety Partnership Action plans relating to anti-social behaviour, children and young people, drugs and alcohol, priority neighbourhoods, the rural area and the town centre.

Contribute to a 10% reduction in fear of crime across Kent.

Delivery and monitoring of the outcomes as detailed in the Community Safety Action Plan.

March 2008 Community Safety Co-ordinator and members of the Community Safety Partnership

G105. Support vulnerable members of the sexual diversity community. Provision of a Homophobic Incident Reporting Line. Active officer representation on the West Kent Sexual Diversity Advisory Group by Council Officer.

Contribute to a 10% reduction in fear of crime across Kent.

Information will be followed up and actions taken as appropriate. Percentage of Council officer attendance at meetings will be monitored.

April 2007 – April 2010

Community and Corporate Planning Team, Kent Districts, Shepway Lifeline

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Ref Objective Action Outcome/monitoring information and targets

Date for Completion

Implemented by G106. Provide easier access to

information and support for parents and the

community

Work with KCC and the community/voluntary sector to promote support currently available. .

Women and men are aware of the facilities and support available to them.

April 2010 Head of Community & Corporate Planning

G107. Ensure women have the opportunity to become involved in and are supported by community and voluntary projects.

Ensure women have active involvement in community projects. Continued involvement of women in the TN2 Trust in Sherwood.

Review Council grant scheme for projects aimed at supporting women.

Women are supported in taking an active role in decision-making on community projects.

Monitor number/amount of grants awarded.

April 2008 Head of Community & Corporate Planning

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Ref Objective Action Outcome/monitoring information and targets Date for Completion Implemented by Planning Services

G108. Ensure that all people are able to fully access service functions and processes, in a way that is appropriate to their needs.

Review and update the Statement of Community Involvement.

Access to service functions and processes will be increased. The Statement of Community Involvement will embrace relevant equality and diversity issues.

Use of service functions and processes will be monitored.

Annually Policy Team Leader and Area Team Leader

G109. Raise awareness of inclusive and accessible design issues within the Planning Service and with external customers. Establish working group to prepare advisory leaflet on access issues, to be included in application packs.

Arrange training for planning officers on accessible

environments and inclusive design.

Working group will be set up / advisory leaflet produced.

Training sessions will be arranged / Officers will receive training.

July 2007

April 2007-April 2010

Annually

Area Team Leaders / Building Control / Access Officer

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Ref Objective Action Outcome/monitoring information and targets Date for Completion Implemented by Ensure Planning Agents Group meetings / seminars address inclusive design and accessibility.

Accessible design for families with pushchairs will be promoted

Area Team Leader

G110. Incorporate inclusive and accessible design issues into planning guidance.

Review existing literature and ensure any new Council information / guidance makes reference, where relevant, to inclusive and accessible design issues. Consider feasibility of developing Supplementary Planning Document on Inclusive and Accessible Design.

Literature will be reviewed and amended where necessary.

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Feasibility study will be undertaken.

April 2008

April 2009

Policy Team Leader and Area Team Leader

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Actions from the Sustainable Community Plan for Tunbridge Wells Borough 2006 - 2011

Tunbridge Wells Borough Council will also be seeking to promote gender equality through its contribution to the Sustainable Community Plan. Actions contained in the Community Plan document ‘Enhancing the Quality of Life for All’ that are relevant to promoting gender equality are detailed below. These actions will be monitored and reported on separately from the Council’s Gender Equality Action Plan.

Action Outcome Timescale Lead

organisation

Partner organisations Monitoring information and targets

Develop and implement an action plan to enhance local enterprise

development and

entrepreneurial initiatives in schools/colleges/ community

Deliver enterprise and start-up training courses to young people, BME, women, and those living in deprived areas

To encourage more people to be more entrepreneurial and learn about business start-up 2006-2011 Tunbridge Wells Borough Council Schools, colleges, KCC, West Kent Partnership Skills Group, Learning and Skills Council, EAWK

Develop two enterprise and business start-up training courses by 2008 Number of people in each category receiving enterprise and start-up training

Delivery of support for victims of domestic abuse via Freedom Programme

Reduction in repeat victimisation 2005-2008 Tunbridge Wells Community Safety Partnership SW/Kent PCT, Domestic Abuse Forum, Tunbridge Wells Borough Council, West Kent Police, Voluntary

Under 33% repeat victimisation within 12 months

Three Freedom

programmes funded and delivered per annum

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Action Outcome Timescale Lead

organisation

Partner organisations Monitoring information and targets

Organisations, RSLs, KCC

Monitoring through bi-annual meetings of DA sub-group

Provide a drugs and alcohol outreach service to difficult-to-contact groups (eg street drinkers, homeless people, and women)

A reduction in the harmful use of alcohol and other drugs by offering weekly clinics to people with

problems of addiction in their family, located in areas accessible to the target populations

Ongoing Kenward Trust

All Tunbridge Wells Community Safety Partnership partners, West Kent Health, KCA, Police, Probation, Youth Offending Service, Social Services, Tunbridge Wells Borough Council, Kent Drug & Alcohol Action Team, GPs

Number of contacts made per quarter

Access to breast-feeding support

Breast-feeding clinic and support network in Children’s Centre Sherwood 2007 West Kent Primary Care Trust MTW, National Childbirth Trust, Baptist Church Attendance rates at clinic Increasing length of breast-feeding Provide more affordable,

quality childcare based around schools

Increased number of parents able to access childcare

2010 Early Years

& Childcare

Health, CFE, Clusters

Increased links with The Childminding

Association and rural schools

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Action Outcome Timescale Lead

organisation

Partner organisations Monitoring information and targets

of schools working in partnership with other agencies to provide affordable childcare for more parents

Provide easier access to information and support for parents and the community

Increased number of agencies providing better help to staff, parents and the

community to address children’s wider needs

2010 KCC Children, Families and Education (CFE)

Health, Police, Social Services, TWBC, voluntary

organisations, KCC Youth & Community

• Number of schools involved in Extended Schools • Number of schools providing information • Community Schools Development Manager Audit 2008 • Increase number of Family Liaison Officers (from 4-7) appointed by the Clusters

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Draft Comprehensive Equality Scheme

2007–2010

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Legal responsibilities

Under the Employment Equality (Age) Regulations (2006) discrimination, harassment and victimisation on the grounds of age is unlawful in

employment, and vocational training.

Although the legislation does not apply to the provision of goods, facilities and services or place a general duty on the Council, we will:

• eliminate discrimination and harassment on the grounds of age

• promote equality of opportunity for, and good relations between, people of all age ranges.

As an employer, the Council will monitor, with reference to the age of its staff those who:

• are currently employed by the Council;

• apply for employment, training and promotion; • receive training;

• benefit or suffer detriment as a result of the Council’s performance assessment procedures;

• are involved in the Council’s grievance procedures; • are the subject of disciplinary procedures; and • cease employment with the Council

The Council already has employment monitoring arrangements in place

relating to its race equality duties and will continue to publish annual reports to Cabinet which will be available on the Council’s website

(http://www.tunbridgewells.gov.uk/equality) and in other formats on request. Age in the borough

Age Group Borough %

(total population: 104,030) Kent % England % 0-15 20.7 20.4 20.2 16-24 9.4 10.1 10.9 25-44 28.6 27.3 29.3 45-64 25.0 25.0 23.8 65-74 8.3 8.9 8.3 75-84 5.4 5.6 5.6 85 and over 2.5 2.3 1.9 (Source: Census 2001)

Although statistics are available indicating the number of people in the

borough across the age groups, we do not have detailed information on their experiences of the services that the Council provides.

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better understanding of the views and experiences of young residents, in relation to a range of local issues and services. Of the 1,346 interviews carried out, 130 (9.7%) were with people aged 14-18 years old.

The survey focused on general awareness, use and satisfaction levels with various Council services (rather than identifying the specific problems that young people faced). The findings from the survey indicated that young people are:

• more likely to be in full-time education

• less likely to have a long-term illness, health problem or disability • more likely to have lived in Tunbridge Wells all their lives

• less likely to read/watch/listen to most of the specified media • less likely to use most Council services than older people • more likely to find transport, education opportunities and leisure

opportunities more important than older people Involving people of all ages

Over the past few years the Council has made progress in consulting and involving people of all ages in the development of various plans and strategies. Groups and organisations have taken an active part in the

Council’s Stakeholder Conferences and contributed to the development of the borough’s Community Plan through the Community Development Forum and Youth Council.

In developing this Age Equality Scheme and action plan, we have:

• received views from local groups and organisations on the priorities we should adopt for promoting age equality

• publicised the scheme on the Council’s website

• received views from our staff on the priorities we should adopt for promoting age equality

Our vision for age equality

Our vision for age equality in Tunbridge Wells borough is that:

• everyone should expect to have an opportunity to lead a fulfilling life, free from discrimination and harassment, regardless of their age

• long-lasting changes that meet the needs, and improve the quality of lives, of people of all ages

• barriers to social inclusion are removed

• people of all ages experience equality of opportunity when applying for employment and working for the Council

• all services delivered by us, and on our behalf, are appropriate and relevant to the needs of people of all ages

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We have produced an action plan that shows what each of the Council’s services intends to do to eliminate discrimination and promote age equality over the next three years.

We will also be working, with partners where appropriate, to achieve the following priorities:

• actively promote the involvement of local communities in the further development of this scheme

• gather more evidence to gain a better understanding of the needs of different age groups in the community

• increase awareness and use of Council services where age-groups are under-represented

The Council’s performance in certain areas is monitored nationally through Best Value Performance Indicators (BVPIs), set by government. Over the next three years we will aim to:

• improve our level against the Equality Standard for Local Government • reduce the percentage of early retirements (excluding ill-health

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Age Equality Action Plan 2007-2010

Ref Objective Action Outcome/monitoring

information and targets

Date for Completion

Implemented by

Directorate of Change and Business Support

Customer Access and Business Transformation A112 Ensure that reception

areas are accessible and provide

comfortable and confidential surroundings.

Accommodation review will identify access improvement programme.

Reception areas will be renovated

August 2007 Head of Customer Access and

Business

Transformation.

A113 Ensure that services are delivered

equitably.

Update guidance and information on equality issues in the customer service handbook.

Staff will be aware of their customer service

responsibilities in relation to equality issues.

August 2007 Customer Service Manager

Legal and Democratic Services A114 Ensure that internal

clients within Council Services are aware of and comply with all relevant equalities legislation.

Create checklists and toolkits which include guidance on legislation on relevant equalities legislation.

Lawful actions will be taken by Council Services.

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Ref Objective Action Outcome/monitoring information and targets

Date for Completion

Implemented by A115 Ensure/promote public

access to ballot box.

Review buildings used – consider alternative arrangements where deficiencies are identified.

Review processes and revise if required.

Buildings and processes will comply with best practice. Buildings and processes will be audited.

Deficiencies and alternatives will be identified.

August 2007 Democratic

Services Manager

A116 Encourage a diverse range of people to become Councillors.

Hold informal

information events for people to find out about becoming a Councillor. Promote the events towards targeted communities by attending meetings of representative organisations/groups and advertising in specialist publications and media.

The Councillors reflect the diversity of the community they serve and act as role models for other individuals who want to become Councillors. Annually (February/March) Head of Legal, HR and Democratic Services

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Ref Objective Action Outcome/monitoring information and targets

Date for Completion

Implemented by Human Resources

A117 Ensure the recruitment process does not

disadvantage any group of the

community or prevent them from applying for employment at the Council.

.

Review recruitment policy in line with ‘e-recruitment’ project, including reviewing and revising the information provided to applicants. Consider advertising in specialist publications and websites and media.

Review to be completed. Applicants will have full

information about the Council. Procedure will be legally compliant.

Number of applications received will be monitored by age.

December 2007 Human Resources Manager

A118 Ensure that the Council employs a workforce which is representative of the community.

Take steps to ensure the Council employs people across all age ranges.

A representative workforce will be employed.

Age of staff members will continue to be monitored.

December 2008 Human Resources Manager

Financial and Property Services A119 Increase uptake and

flexibility of concessionary travel scheme. Increase awareness of scheme through promotion / advertising. Develop a policy for considering discretionary cases.

All customers will be aware of and able to make use of concessionary travel scheme. Monitor number using scheme. Report will be produced.

March 2008 Acting Chief Accountant.

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Ref Objective Action Outcome/monitoring information and targets

Date for Completion

Implemented by A120 Improve accessibility

and flexibility of payment options.

Investigate the

production of payment cards for use at pay point and pay zone networks.

All customers will be able to pay their bills conveniently and on time through cost effective methods.

April 2007 Acting Chief Accountant

Directorate of Services to the Community

Leisure Services

A121 Ensure the Assembly Hall programme has wide ranging appeal and is open and welcoming to all.

Promote a programme which is attractive to a wide range of ages.

Programme will be promoted and will be in line with

Business Plan targets.

April 2007-April 2010

Assembly Hall Theatre Manager

A122 To promote positive images of diverse communities and ensure that venues are welcoming and accessible to all.

Develop inclusive community led exhibitions at the

Museum and Art Gallery (including different age groups but not

exclusively).

Two exhibitions will be

provided which are owned by the community and reflect their identity.

Annually Museum Manager

A123 Effectively market the Museum and Library Service to targeted groups.

Develop and Audience Development Plan for the Museum and Library.

Audience development Plan will be produced.

April 2007 Museum Development Manager

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Ref Objective Action Outcome/monitoring information and targets

Date for Completion

Implemented by A124 Address inequalities in

leisure provision.

Target grant support at projects that address inequalities (including age inequalities, but not exclusively).

Three grants per year will be awarded.

Annually Leisure Development and Projects Manager

A125 Promote active, healthy and inclusive communities.

Promote informal participatory leisure activities.

Revised leisure guide will be published.

April 2007-April 2010

Leisure Client Officer

A126 Provide healthy opportunities for the 60 plus age group.

Continue programme of activities aimed at the 60 plus age group, the Breath Easy and Parkinsons Groups, cardiac Rehab and GP referral at Tunbridge Wells Sports and Indoor Tennis Centre. Programme continues to be delivered. April 2007-April 2010 TW Sports and Indoor Tennis Centre Manager

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Ref Objective Action Outcome/monitoring information and targets

Date for Completion

Implemented by A127 To promote and raise

awareness of leisure activities within

particular age groups.

As part of the Leisure Strategy, bring together voluntary, commercial and Council-run leisure organisations and schools to offer a Go and Try incentive scheme for a limited period to adults and young people.

Awareness will be raised. More adults and young people will participate in leisure

activities.

Participation will be monitored.

April 2010 Leisure

Development and Projects Manager

A128 Ensure the Museum and Library Service has wide ranging appeal and is open and welcoming to all age groups.

Develop “The Project” to achieve an improved museum and library service at Tunbridge Wells Museum and Art Gallery and Tunbridge Wells Library.

As part of Leisure Strategy, apply for

Heritage Lottery Funding (HLF) to include

provision of physical and intellectual access for all users and based on community participation and development.

New facilities and services provided (dependent on result of HLF application).

More young people will visit the Museum and Library – visitors monitored.

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Ref Objective Action Outcome/monitoring information and targets

Date for Completion

Implemented by A129 Ensure leisure

activities meet the needs of older people.

Implement actions identified in the Leisure Strategy.

The needs of older people will be met.

Progress against actions in the Leisure Strategy will be

monitored. As part of Leisure Strategy 2007-2012 Head of Leisure Services

Environment and Street Scene A130

Ensure the consistent investigation and application of

environmental health requirements.

Review and update the existing enforcement policies.

A new enforcement policy that provides a framework for the consistent use of enforcement powers.

September 2007 Head of

Environment and Street Scene

A131

Ensure the needs of bereaved families continue to be meet through the provision of services at the Council’s crematorium and cemetery.

Maintain an

understanding of the needs of local people through a dialogue with funeral directors, clergy, faith leaders and

bereaved families.

The continuous improvement of the services available for bereaved families

On-going from January 2007

Head of

Environment and Street Scene and Registrar

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Ref Objective Action Outcome/monitoring information and targets

Date for Completion

Implemented by Housing Services

A132 Support the independence of young people and older people through housing support and related activities.

Meet the targets set out in the Housing Strategy.

Improvements to the way the Council meets the housing needs of young people and older people.

Monitor against Housing Strategy Action Plans

April 2010 Housing Needs Manager

Revenues and Benefits A133 Increase awareness

and accessibility of Revenues and Benefits Services.

Be an active partner in the Kent Benefits and Training Partnership

Awareness of entitlement to benefits across all groups will be improved.

Take-up of benefits will be monitored.

April 2007-April 2010

Head of Revenues and Benefits, Kent Benefits and Training Partners.

A134 Increase awareness and accessibility of Revenues and Benefits Services.

Be an active member on the Older Persons Consortium.

Issues affecting different age groups will be identified and further actions developed as appropriate.

March 2008 Head of Revenues and Benefits.

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Ref Objective Action Outcome/monitoring information and targets

Date for Completion

Implemented by A135 Ensure older people

are able to access the benefits service.

Work jointly with the Pension Service and other agencies to find ways of ensuring older people are able to access benefits services.

Consider feasibility of using a ‘bus’ to provide access to shared services locally.

Access to benefits services for older people will be improved.

Feasibility study completed and further actions identified, if appropriate.

September 2008 Head of Revenues and Benefits.

A136 To gather more information about people’s experience of the service.

Review the findings of the Benefits Customer Satisfaction Survey.

Results will be reviewed and analysed with reference to equality issues.

Report will be produced and actions identified, if

appropriate.

September 2008 Head of Revenues & Benefits

(35)

Ref Objective Action Outcome/monitoring information and targets

Date for Completion

Implemented by

Directorate of Planning and Development

Community and Corporate Planning (see also Community Plan actions) A137 Reduce the fear of

crime

Deliver the Community Safety Partnership Action plans relating to anti-social behaviour, children and young people, drugs and alcohol, priority neighbourhoods, the rural area and the town centre.

Contribute to a 10% reduction in fear of crime across Kent.

Delivery and monitoring of the outcomes as detailed in the Community Safety Action Plan.

December 2008 Community Safety Co-ordinator and members of the Community Safety Partnership

A138 Address issues identified by children and young people.

Develop and deliver a Youth Strategy, with the involvement of young people.

Youth Strategy will be

developed and implemented. The needs identified by

children and young people will be met.

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Ref Objective Action Outcome/monitoring information and targets

Date for Completion

Implemented by Economic Development

A139 Ensure the Tourist Information Service has wide ranging appeal and is open and welcoming to all age groups.

Consider offering additional Council Services to young people, as part of the development of the Tourist Information Centre Business Plan.

Additional services will be identified and included in the Tourist Information Centre Business Plan.

April 2008 Tourism Manager

Planning Services A140 Ensure all people are

able to fully access service functions and processes, in a way that is appropriate to their needs.

Review and update the Statement of Community Involvement.

Access to service functions and processes will be increased.

The Statement of Community Involvement will embrace relevant equality and diversity issues.

Use of service functions and processes will be monitored.

Annually Policy Team Leader and Area Team Leader

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Actions from the Sustainable Community Plan for Tunbridge Wells Borough 2006 - 2011

Tunbridge Wells Borough Council will also be seeking to promote age equality through its contribution to the Community Plan. Actions contained in the Community Plan document ‘Enhancing the Quality of Life for All’ that are relevant to promoting age equality are detailed below. These actions will be monitored and reported on separately from the Council’s Age Equality Action Plan.

Action Outcome Timescale Lead

organisation

Partner organisations

Monitoring information and targets

Develop and implement an action plan to enhance local enterprise development and entrepreneurial initiatives in schools/colleges/ community Deliver enterprise and start-up training courses to young people, BME, women, and those living in deprived areas.

To encourage more people to be more

entrepreneurial and learn about business start-up 2006-2011 Tunbridge Wells Borough Council Schools, colleges, KCC, West Kent Partnership Skills Group, Learning and Skills Council, EAWK

Develop two enterprise and business start-up training courses by 2008

Number of people in each category receiving

enterprise and start-up training

Bring together voluntary, commercial and Council-run leisure organisations and schools to offer a Go and Try incentive scheme for a limited period to young people

Young people encouraged to try leisure activities which they might not otherwise have considered trying March 2009 Tunbridge Wells Borough Council Commercial providers Sports clubs Arts organisations Leisure trusts Local media Kent County Council Education

Achieve three positive press stories, and 100 new

attendances at leisure activities

Work with youth clubs, the youth service and artists to give young people

Increased opportunities for young people to March 2008 West Kent Arts Partnership Tunbridge Wells Borough Council, Sevenoaks District

Ten arts workshops by March 2007

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Action Outcome Timescale Lead

organisation

Partner organisations

Monitoring information and targets

opportunities to try out different arts activities participate in arts activities Council, Tonbridge and Malling Borough Council, Maidstone Borough Council, Kent County Council, Connexions, artists, Blingin’ 100 young people participating in arts workshops Encourage participation by children and young people in youth, cultural and community initiatives through:

• delivering workshops for schools linked to shows at the Assembly Hall Theatre

• contributing to Kent and Medway Museums Partnership ‘Inside Out’ project for young people in Kent Children and young people encouraged to participate in theatre and cultural activities March 2007 Tunbridge Wells Borough Council Schools 40 workshops to be delivered

Improve provision of play and recreation facilities in Royal Tunbridge Wells and the parishes, as identified in the Local Plan Review and the Playing Pitch Strategy

Children and young people encouraged to participate in community activities March 2007 Tunbridge Wells Borough Council Local community, Rusthall Village Association, The Zone Rusthall Community and Youth Project, ‘Neighbourhood Equipped Area of Play’ scheme commenced at St John’s Recreation Ground Outline design for

(39)

Action Outcome Timescale Lead

organisation

Partner organisations

Monitoring information and targets

Tunbridge Wells Day Services, Town and Parish Councils

Neighbourhood Equipped Areas of Play and new pitches at Rusthall developed

Outline design for new pitches at Hawkenbury developed

Increase funds available for local leisure activities by supporting and advising local groups in making bids and fund-raising Improved and increased leisure opportunities and activities March 2008 Voluntary Action West Kent Sports Clubs Forum, Arts Forum, Tunbridge Wells Borough Council, KCC

Four successful funding applications by voluntary groups

Increase the confidence of volunteers to run sports activities by providing annual best practice training

A high standard of practice for local sports organisations March 2007 Kent Sports Development Unit Tunbridge Wells Borough Council, Sports Club Forum, Sports Coach UK

Two training courses per year

Make better use of existing opportunities to market leisure activities in the borough

Increased awareness of existing leisure opportunities and new initiatives March 2008 Courier Newspaper

Sports Club Forum, Leisure Forum, Arts Forum, KCC

Increase visits to Courier leisure listings

Bring together voluntary, commercial and Council-run

Increased levels of participation March 2009 Tunbridge Wells Borough Commercial providers,

Achieve three positive press stories, and 100 new

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Action Outcome Timescale Lead

organisation

Partner organisations

Monitoring information and targets

leisure organisations to offer a Go and Try incentive scheme for a limited period to adults

in existing activities

Council sports clubs,

arts organisations, leisure trusts, local media

attendances at leisure activities

Increase the number of sports clubs who achieve the

nationally-recognised Clubmark accreditation Increased number of well-run clubs, providing good quality coaching and competitive opportunities 2006-2011 Tunbridge Wells Borough Council

Sports Club Forum, Kent Sports

Development Unit

Three newly accredited clubs per year

Initiate a healthy walks project targeted at older people

Participants are more physically active 2007-2008 Tunbridge Wells Borough Council Kent County Council Number of people participating

Increase in activity levels Targeted work with young

people at risk of offending (Power Project) Reduction in number of young people entering the criminal justice system 2005-2007 Tunbridge Wells Community Safety Partnership: Power Project Steering Group KCC, Youth Offending Service, Education, Youth and Community, Tunbridge Wells Borough Council, West Kent Police, voluntary youth organisations

5% reduction in new entrants into the Criminal Justice System

Minimum 50 assessments resulting in 40 action plans per annum

Monitoring through Steering Group

Provision of support for identified vulnerable young people particularly in Reduced risk behaviour by young people 2005-2008 Kent County Council Education

Kent Safe Schools, KCC, West Kent Police, Tunbridge

Schools in disadvantaged neighbourhoods achieving attendance targets,

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Action Outcome Timescale Lead

organisation

Partner organisations

Monitoring information and targets

neighbourhoods identified as a priority through the Community Safety Audit and by partners

Wells Borough Council

minimum 48 young people supported by Safe Schools in six schools per annum Monitoring through quarterly monitoring by TWCSP Seek to secure the provision of

supported housing (including sheltered and extra care sheltered housing, housing suitable for people with physical and/or learning disabilities or mental illness, young people aged 16/17, people recovering from substance misuse and ex-offenders) where there is an identified need Increased supply of supported housing 2006-2011 Tunbridge Wells Borough Council KCC Adult Services, Kent Supporting People Team, RSLs, The Housing Corporation To be monitored by Tunbridge Wells Borough Council and reported to Borough Housing Partnership

At least one new supported housing scheme provided within the period 2006-2011 for each identified need group

Further develop services to assist older and disabled households to remain in their homes, including:

• increased funding for disabled adaptations home

repairs/improvements and, affordable warmth measures through a Older and disabled households able to remain in their homes in more cases/longer than as at present 2006-2011 Tunbridge Wells Borough Council KCC Social Services OT Bureau, Kent Supporting People Team, In touch Home Improvement Agency, Health Primary Care Trusts, GPs, To be monitored by Tunbridge Wells Borough Council and reported to Borough Housing Partnership

Additional 50 clients per annum assisted to remain in their own homes

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Action Outcome Timescale Lead

organisation

Partner organisations

Monitoring information and targets

wider range of funding options ,

• improved occupational therapy services

• improved links with health services • the development of an equity-release loan scheme endorsed by Tunbridge Wells Borough Council Kent Energy Centre, RSLs, KCC Adult Social Services Additional 40 vulnerable households per annum provided with affordable warmth assistance

Develop the range of housing options for young people to reduce homelessness amongst young people

Prevent young people from becoming homeless 2006-2011 Tunbridge Wells Borough Council Sevenoaks DC, Tonbridge & Malling BC, RSLs, KCC Social Services, Kent Supporting People Team, KCC Education Services To be monitored by Tunbridge Wells Borough Council and reported to Borough Housing Partnership

Year-on-year reduction in number of young people aged 16-21 presenting to the Council as homeless Develop a range of initiatives

to improve home security, particularly for older and disabled people Improved home security. Reduction in crime/fear of crime 2006-2008 In touch Home Improvement Agency Tunbridge Wells Borough Council, RSLs, Private landlords, lettings agents, SPLA, In touch To be monitored by In touch Home Improvement Agency and reported to Borough Housing Partnership Year-on-year reduction in

(43)

Action Outcome Timescale Lead

organisation

Partner organisations

Monitoring information and targets

Home Improvement Agency, KCC

number of domestic burglaries

Provide play activities for young people at various outdoor locations across the borough To increase levels of participation in moderate-intensity physical activity by targeted young people 2007-2008 Tunbridge Wells Borough Council

Kent Youth and Community, Kent Community Wardens, Kent Police, Kent Education, Grey Zebra,

The Power Project, Blingin’ (West Kent Arts Partnership), Oak Road

Community Association

120 attendances at activities led by qualified sports and arts facilitators by children and young people each calendar month

36 hours of physical activity provided each calendar month

30 young people per year introduced to sports and arts activities other than those provided by the detached play workers Provide two incentive

schemes to young people to adopt healthy eating habits or cease smoking

Multi-disciplinary Mental Health Team for adults

Comprehensive assessment. Brief intervention 2007 West Kent Primary Care Trust

Plan to reduce waiting list to six-eight weeks within six months of set up

(44)

Action Outcome Timescale Lead

organisation

Partner organisations

Monitoring information and targets therapy by range of professionals, psychologists, gateway workers, primary care workers and counsellors Increase voluntary activity by

those at risk of social exclusion including:

• establish data from Volunteer Centre

• promote Compact and deliver seminar on increasing volunteering

• establish baseline in priority neighbourhoods (Sherwood/ Showfields)

• provide grant support to voluntary and community sector Increased levels of volunteering March 2007 Tunbridge Wells Volunteer Centre West Kent Compact Steering Group High Weald Housing Tunbridge Wells Borough Council Tunbridge Wells Borough Council, Voluntary Action West Kent, Kent County Council Tunbridge Wells Volunteer Centre Tunbridge Wells Community Safety Partnership To recruit minimum of 150 new volunteers per annum (LAA Outcome 13)

Provide parenting training and support, including parents of

Improvement in the behaviour, 2005-2008 Tunbridge Wells District Kent County Council Social

Number of courses per annum in priority

(45)

Action Outcome Timescale Lead

organisation

Partner organisations

Monitoring information and targets

children with learning disabilities emotional and social stability of children Children’s Consortia Services, Education, Youth and Community, Tunbridge Wells Borough Council, voluntary organisations, churches, High Weald Housing, TWCSP neighbourhoods Monitoring through TWCSP quarterly monitoring

Provide appropriate pre-school opportunity in disadvantaged neighbourhoods Improved physical, emotional, social and intellectual development of children and young people Ongoing to 2011 Kent County Council KCC Education, Tunbridge Wells Borough Council, SW/Kent PCT, Voluntary Action West Kent, Homestart, voluntary organisations, churches

Family Centre in Sherwood operational by Dec 06 and minimum 20 pre-school places available

Monitoring through TW Children’s Consortia annually

Provide out of school activities in rural and disadvantaged areas Improved participation and engagement by children and young people in community, youth and Ongoing to 2011 Tunbridge Wells Borough Council KCC Youth and Community, Education, Social Services, voluntary and community organisations, churches, KCC

Minimum four after-school sessions per week term time. Minimum seven summer playschemes with total 500 attendances. (LAA Outcomes seven and 13)

(46)

Action Outcome Timescale Lead

organisation

Partner organisations

Monitoring information and targets

cultural activities Community

Wardens

Monitoring through TWCSP quarterly

Provide opportunities for young people to make a positive contribution to decision-making and community activity by:

• encouraging schools and organisations to be represented on the Youth Council • encourage young people to volunteer Young people empowered to participate in local decision-making through engagement in community activity 2005-2008 Tunbridge Wells Borough Council West Kent Voluntary Service Unit, schools, KCC Youth and Community, voluntary organisations, Kent Youth County Council Minimum ten schools/organisations represented on Youth Council

Minimum 220 young people through volunteering in minimum four areas

Develop opportunities to enable people of working age, including those with

disabilities, to enter the workplace People with disabilities have enhanced independence 2006-2008 Kent County Council – Adult Services Business, Tunbridge Wells Borough Council, West Kent YMCA, Jobcentre Plus, KCC

250 clients into paid employment of up to eight hours per week for a minimum of 13 weeks. 50 clients into paid

employment of more than eight hours

(LAA Outcome 15, LPSA 2) Monitoring through

Jobcentre/KCC annually Provide opportunity for

increased voluntary and community engagement, especially amongst those at

Increased independence and fulfilment for older people,

2006 -2008 Tunbridge Wells Borough Council Volunteer Centre, Voluntary Action West Kent, businesses, Minimum 150 new volunteers through Volunteer Centre

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Action Outcome Timescale Lead

organisation

Partner organisations

Monitoring information and targets

risk of social exclusion people with disabilities, black and minority ethnic groups and those in disadvantaged communities voluntary and community organisations, churches Minimum 65 volunteers in disadvantaged neighbourhoods

Minimum one promotional event per annum (LAA 13) Monitoring through

volunteer centre annual reporting and TWCSP quarterly reporting on disadvantaged areas Continue to focus on

numeracy and literacy within primary education Increase the level of attainment in Local Education Authority (LEA) Schools in Tunbridge Wells Key Stage 1 (KS1) and KS2 2007 KCC Children, Families and Education Tunbridge Wells Cluster/Cranbrook and Paddock Wood Cluster

Cluster Plans (monitoring) % improvement

Develop the engagement of parents and carers in family learning or their children’s learning Increase the level of attainment in LEA Schools in Tunbridge Wells KS1 and 2/3/4 2008 KCC Children, Families and Education Tunbridge Wells Cluster/Cranbrook and Paddock Wood cluster Adult

Ed/WEA

Adult Education targets (in deprived wards)

Increase in Family Learning Sessions participation (Audit)

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Action Outcome Timescale Lead

organisation

Partner organisations

Monitoring information and targets

Provide a number of strategies targeted at improving attendance Increase the level of attainment and attendance in LEA Schools in Tunbridge Wells KS3 and KS4 2009 KCC Children, Families and Education Tunbridge Wells Cluster/Cranbrook and Paddock Wood cluster, West Kent Learning

Federation, Police, TW Consortium

Department for Education and Skills (DfES) targets for each school for 2008 to achieve median for each school

Monitored termly Provide appropriate provision

for excluded pupils

Development of Alternative Curriculum Programmes in partnership with employers, Further Education Colleges and the voluntary sector

Increase the level of attainment and attendance in LEA Schools Five days from September 2007 KCC Children, Families and Education Tunbridge Wells Cluster/Cranbrook and Paddock Wood Cluster. West Kent Learning

Federation, Police, Social Services, TW Consortium

All excluded pupils placed in full time provision within 15 days of exclusion (falling to six days from September 2007

Continue to develop provision and support for ‘Looked after Children’ Increase the level of attainment in LA Schools in Tunbridge Wells Key Stages 1 and 2 2008 KCC Children, Families and Education Tunbridge Wells Cluster/Cranbrook and Paddock Wood Cluster

KS2 38% achieve Level 4 Eng /Maths

Continue to develop provision and support for ‘Looked-after Children’ Increase the level of attainment in LA Schools in Tunbridge Wells 2008 KCC Children, Families and Education Tunbridge Wells Cluster/Cranbrook and Paddock Wood Cluster, West Kent Learning

KS3 31% achieve Level 5 Eng /Maths

KS4 42% achieve 5 A*-G GCSE

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Action Outcome Timescale Lead

organisation

Partner organisations

Monitoring information and targets

Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4

Federation, Police, Social Services

65% achieve one Level 1 qualification

Engage a wide range of multi-agency partners to support young people within their school environment Increase number of initiatives to support young people within their school environment 2008 KCC Children, Families and Education SS/Health/Police/ Tunbridge Wells Borough Council/vol orgs/Libraries/Adult Ed/Clusters

Attendance figures. fewer exclusions fewer referrals to SS + CAHMS

Develop a transitions booklet involving pre-school

practitioners and primary schools Improve liaison/transition between pre-school practitioners and primary schools 2008 KCC Children, Families and Education Clusters Numbers

Raise quality in

non-maintained nursery schools

Continue to work towards providing one qualified early years teacher to every ten non-maintained settings KCC Children, Families and Education Clusters Pre-school Learning Alliance

Number of settings engaged with qualified early years teacher

Develop, encourage and support family reading through

Increased use of libraries by 2007 KCC Libraries and Archives KCC Children’s Families and Number of sessions delivered

(50)

Action Outcome Timescale Lead

organisation

Partner organisations

Monitoring information and targets

regular storytimes, Baby

Bounce and Rhyme Times and Family Reading events in libraries across the borough

parents, carers and children

Education (CFE) Number of attendees

Deliver a Summer Reading Programme (The Reading Mission) through libraries to sustain childrens’ interest and reading levels throughout summer holidays Increase in children’s reading outside of school time. Increase in library book issues for young people

2007 KCC Libraries

and Archives

5% increase in numbers of children participating in The Reading Mission.

10% increase in book issues during school holidays

Develop and support an early love of reading by providing Bookstart packs

at newborn, 18 month and 4 years Increased number of children introduced to books at an early age Higher levels of literacy at school reception age 2007 KCC Libraries and Archives Health clinics, Primary Care Trust, nurseries, Kent County Council, Children, Families and Education (CFE) 6% increase in Bookstart packs delivered across the pre-school age group

Provide appropriate provision for young people out of school and wider curriculum for all pupils Increase in young people attending education provision 2010 KCC Children, Families and Education (CFE)

Clusters, West Kent Learning

Federation, West Kent College

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Action Outcome Timescale Lead

organisation

Partner organisations

Monitoring information and targets

Increase apprenticeship

activities in West Kent. Kent & Medway LSC funding priorities are in the following sectors:

Priority Sectors

• Construction

• Health & Social Care

• Advanced Manufacturing

• Transport and Distribution

Emerging Secondary Sectors

• Tourism & Hospitality

• Media & Creative Arts

• Business Services

Improved choice of

apprenticeship pathways that meet the needs of local businesses 2006 - 2009 West Kent College

West Kent College Kent & Medway Learning & Skills Council Appropriate work-based learning providers Increase in apprenticeship enrolments in sector priorities

Provide greater access to the range of opportunities for vocational education to meet the 14 -19 agenda Members of the West Kent Learning Federation would provide access to a greater selection of 2006-2009 West Kent College

West Kent College West Kent Learning Federation

CFE

Increase in enrolments on vocational programmes for 14 – 19 year olds

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