coat of arms of South Ribble Borough CouncilThe non-metropolitan district of South Ribble was formed in 1974 as a result of administrative changes wrought by the Local Government Act 1972. It is composed of the Leyland and Walton-le-Dale Districts as well as Preston Rural District and is part of the county of Lancashire. In 2006 Labour and Liberal Democrat councillors that were in power pushed for a move that would see South Ribble merge with Preston City Council and form a unitary authority separate from Lancashire County Council. Councillors from the opposition along with local residents contested the merger, so the councillors that initially fought for the bill were now forced to make a u-turn.

The Boundary Commission for England created a new constituency of Wyre and Preston North, and as a result some of South Ribble’s wards were lost. The constituency has moved further south and south-west, and comprises three districts: South Ribble, West Lancashire and Chorley.

Following the 2007 elections, South Ribble saw a Conservative landslide victory. The party now holds 44 out of the 55 seats on the borough council.

The population of the borough is 109,867, comprised mainly of the 98.0% who give their ethnicity as white. The largest ethnic minority group after the white majority is the Indian community, who make up 0.5% of South Ribble’s population. The vast majority of the borough is Christian, who make up 84.7% of the area’s population. The only other significant religious group is the Hindu community, who constitute 0.4% of the population. Muslims make up 0.3%, while 0.1% gave their religion as ‘other’. The statistics show that at the time (2001) there was 0.0% Jewish and 0.0% Sikh, while 8.7% followed no religion and 5.6% chose not to state their faith.

South Ribble Borough Council has made a commitment to equality and diversity, ensuring that delivering first class service to all its users, regardless of race, religion, gender, social background, sexual orientation, age or disability is at the top of their agendas. Under the Race Relations (Amendment) Act 2000, the Council pledges to eliminate unlawful racial discrimination, to promote equality of opportunity and to promote good relations between persons of different groups.

Lancashire County CouncilThe administrative, historic and geographic county of Lancashire comprises 12 districts and is situated in north-western England. Historically a part of Anglo-Saxon Northumbria, the region has gone through numerous changes in boundaries over the centuries. Until 1832 the parliamentary constituency comprised the whole county except Clitheroe, Lancaster, Liverpool, Newton, Preston and Wigan. In 1972 under the Local Government Act 1972 under administrative reforms it was recognised as a non-metropolitan county and lost Merseyside, Greater Manchester and its southern Lakeland fringe.

The County Council is based in Preston though Lancaster is widely recognised as the county town. The districts that make up the area under the control of the County Council are Burnley, Chorley, Fylde, Hyndburn, Lancaster, Pendle, Preston, the Ribble Valley, Rossendale, South Ribble, West Lancashire and Wyre. The council consists of 84 councillors, with the Labour party in control, who have 44 councillors, versus 31 Conservative councillors and 6 Liberal Democrats.

The breakdown of the ethnic groups in Lancashire is as follows. 94.7% of those polled for the 2001 Census describe themselves as of white ethnicity. 0.7% are of mixed race. 4.1% are Asian, 0.2% are black, 0.4% gave their ethnicity as Chinese or other. There are a number of wards in Lancashire with over an ethnic minority population of 50% or over. These include Preston, Blackburn, Accrington, Nelson and Burnley.

The Council has developed a strategic framework in order that differences between people are valued, everyone has an equal chance to live and work free from discrimination, and the county will be a beacon for a just and fair society. Their objectives include regulating and monitoring the workplace, improving access to information and services, meeting targets to a satisfying standard, and building trust and confidence throughout the county.

Cumbria County CouncilCumbria is an administrative county of 478,607 in extreme north-western England. Human occupation dates back many centuries to the Neolithic era and has seen Roman settlement and their many impressive constructions including forts, roads and Hadrian’s Wall. In more recent times it has undergone administrative changes which have meant the county has grown to include the addition of the historic counties Cumberland and Westmorland, and has included the addition of part of North Lancashire which includes the Lake District. The Sedburgh Rural district became a part of the county, having previously been a part of West Riding of Yorkshire. The county also includes the Eden and Kent river valleys and the Carlisle plain.

The county, despite being the third largest in area in England, is the second least densely populated in England. The population totals 498,800. A large proportion of the land is given over to the Lake District National Park, widely considered to be one of the most beautiful natural beauty sites in the entire country. The highest point in the England (Scafnell Pike, which stands at 978 metres) is in the county. In fact all the terrain that is more than 3,000 feet above sea level is in Cumbria.

Cumbria, along with other sparse counties throughout England, has a low proportion of ethnic minority groups. According to the 2001 census, of the 487,607 residents, 99.3% describe themselves as having a white ethnic background. 0.3% are mixed race, 0.2% are Asian, 0.1% are black and 0.2% are Chinese. The population is an ageing one, with 24.8% of the population being over 60 years of age compared with the nationwide average of 21%. The under-4, under-14, under-19 and under-24 age categories meanwhile are underrepresented.

There are six districts in the county, Allerdale, Barrow-In-Furness, Carlisle, Copeland, Eden and South Lakeland. For administrative purposes the region is sometimes divided into three areas, East, West and South. East covers Carlisle and Eden, West covers Allerdale and South Lakelane, and South comprises Barrow-In-Furness. The county has 84 elected members, each representing one electoral division. There are 39 Labour members, 32 Conservative members, 11 Liberal Democrat members and 2 Independent members.

In January 2007 Cumbria County Council voted in favour of abolishing the two-tier system of county and district councils, with a view to adopting a new unitary Cumbria Council. The proposal was submitted to the Department for Communities and Local Government. It was rejected, so now radical proposals have been put forward to make local government more responsive and effective, having identified the weaknesses in the existing system.

A survey conducted in Spring 2007 by Cumbria County Council in conjunction with the Community Voice (a representative panel of residents in Cumbria), reveals Cumbrian attitudes towards diversity. 56% of Cumbrians feel racial prejudice in their county is about the same as five years ago. 23% feel it is more now, while 10% feel it is less now.

In accordance with the Race Relations (Amendment) Act 2000 the Council has outlined a variety of policies and procedures to ensure all of Cumbria’s residents receive fair treatment. Their vision is outlined here:

  • First: No one from Council will treat staff or members of the public unfairly.
  • Second: People do not suffer from racism, sexism, homophobia or unfair treatment on the grounds of disability, faith and age.
  • Third: Gays, lesbians and bi-sexuals don’t feel they have to keep quiet to stay safe.
  • Fourth: Every group has a part to play.
  • Fifth: Men and women should be able to work and have a life outside work.
  • Sixth: Disabled people are given the power to take a full part in life.
  • Seventh: People of all religions and those who believe in nothing, can talk about their beliefs in public.  
  • Eighth: No one is too young or old to do what they want in life.

The Council’s policies on race relations seem to have instilled faith in the residents of Cumbria, as the survey reveals 81% of residents are confident that someone from an ethnic minority would receive fair treatment from the local council. Only 4% would not be confident.

Wirral Metropolitan Borough CouncilWirral is a metropolitan borough in Merseyside, North West England, which occupies the northern part of the Wirral Peninsula, more commonly known as Wirral.

Wirral Metropolitan Borough has a population of about 311,235 (2004 estimate) in an area of 60 square miles (155 km²). It faces Liverpool over the River Mersey to the east, the Irish Sea to the north and the River Dee to the west. To the south it borders the borough of Ellesmere Port and Neston, in Cheshire.

Major towns and villages in the borough include Birkenhead, Wallasey, Bebington, Heswall and Hoylake.

Wirral has a population of 312,293, of which 98.3% considers itself to have a White ethnic background, 0.4% South Asian, 0.2% Afro-Caribbean, and 0.4% Chinese or other.  The borough, largest ethnic minority group is Chinese, and comprises 1,320 community members.  There are 251,834 Christians in the area, and 32,770 people of no religious affiliation.  The largest minority religious group is Muslim, contituting 890 of Wirral’s inhabitants.  There is a relatively even numerical spread between (454), Hindus (411) and Jews (316), and the borough is also home to 221 Sikhs.

No party currently has overall control of Wirral Council (seat breakdown: Liberal Democrat 20 / Conservative 21 / Labour 25).

The Wirral Multicultural Organisation encourages multicultural understanding and acts as a focus for all multicultural activities in Wirral. The organisation has its own purpose-built centre and has staff who help Wirral's ethnic minority communities to access services, employment and training, and meet their general needs.

There is also a Minority Ethnic Achievement Service (MEAS) in Wirral, whose staff work in Primary and Secondary schools throughout the borough. The aim of the Service is to remove language barriers, provide access to the curriculum, raise self-esteem and encourage social integration.

MEAS staff:

  •  assess pupils learning English as an Additional Language (EAL). (Foundation Stage – Y11). Pupils (Y1 and above) at the earlier stages of learning English are assessed using the scale for assessing early progress in English as an Additional Language as set out in ‘A Language in Common. Assessing English as an Additional Language’ QCA 2000.
  • provide advice and materials to staff.
  •  monitor pupils.
  • provide direct teaching support for prioritised pupils.
  • work closely with school staff in order to ensure that the needs of the pupils are addressed effectively. (e.g. to analyse the language demands of the curriculum and to advise on activities that will encourage speaking and listening).
  • work with parents and the wider community and write reports for the parents of pupils receiving direct support
  •  provide training centrally and school based e.g. on assessment, target setting and tracking the progress of pupils.
  • provide advice regarding linguistic and cultural matters, including dietary and religious information and on the handling of racist incidents. 
  •  provide information on interpreter and translation services and are able to provide advice on the use of interpreters.
  • support the admission of new arrivals including refugee, Gypsy Roma and Irish traveller pupils.

In future staff will give advice on embedding race equality through the curriculum and advise on materials that promote a greater understanding of ethnic diversity and racial equality.

St Helens Metropolitan Borough CouncilSt. Helens is a Metropolitan Borough in Merseyside, England. It is named after the main town, St Helens. Other settlements in the Metropolitan Borough include Newton-le-Willows, Earlestown, Haydock, Rainhill, Eccleston, Clock Face, Billinge and Rainford.

The Metropolitan Borough was formed on April 1, 1974 as a merger of the former County Borough of St Helens, along with the urban districts of Haydock, Newton-le-Willows and Rainford, and parts of Billinge-and-Winstanley and Ashton-in-Makerfield urban districts, along with part of Whiston Rural District, all from the administrative county of Lancashire.

The borough borders the borough of Knowsley, within Merseyside, in the south-west, the West Lancashire district of Lancashire in the north, the Greater Manchester borough of Wigan in the north-east, and to the south the unitary authorities of Warrington and Halton.

The population of St. Helens is 176,843, of which 98.8% considers itself to be of a White ethnic heritage, 0.4% South Asian, 0.1% Afro-Caribbean, and 0.2% Chinese or other.  The largest ethnic minority group is Indian, comprising 409 members of the community.  There are 153,636 Christians in St. Helens, and 11,107 people with no religious beliefs.  The largest minority religious group is Muslim, with 349 members of the local population subscribing to the Islamic faith.  The next largest religious groups, although still very small, are Hindus (294) and Buddhists (165).

No party currently has overall control of Sefton’s local council (seat breakdown: Liberal Democrat 20 / Labour 21 / Conservative 6 / Independent 1).

St. Helens Council says that it is committed to a pro-active engagement with the arts, encouraging artistic endeavor because it:

  •  Is a driver for job creation, regeneration and economic development 
  •  Enhances the quality of life for individuals and their communities
  • Contributes to the positive development of the physical environment.

It states: "[t]he Arts present a positive public profile of the borough for all partners in St Helens and bring a better educated and informed community, enhancing business and inward investment".

While such enthusiasm for community regeneration inevitably contributes towards an increased understanding of and enthusiasm for diversity in the borough, St.Helens Council also takes a specific and stringent stance on racial harassment:

"[We recognise] that disadvantage and discrimination exist in society, and people may experience more than one form of discrimination. The Council is committed to striving to eliminate these inequalities and aims to be fair, reasonable and just in its responsibilities".

To achieve the core value of equality the council has adopted three equality objectives: 

  • Eliminate unlawful discrimination
  • Promote equality of opportunit
  • Promote good relations between people within a diverse community.

Sefton CouncilSefton is a metropolitan borough in Merseyside, England. Its local authority is Sefton Metropolitan Borough Council.

Sefton was formed by the Local Government Act 1972 on April 1, 1974, by the amalgamation of the former county boroughs of Bootle and Southport, and, from the administrative county of Lancashire, the municipal borough of Crosby, the urban districts of Formby and Litherland, and part of the Rural District of West Lancashire. It was placed in the metropolitan county of Merseyside.

The borough consists of a coastal strip of land on the Irish Sea, and extends from Bootle, part of the Liverpool Urban Area, in the south, to Southport in the north. In the south-east, it extends inland to Maghull. The district is bounded by Liverpool to the south, the Knowsley to the south-east, and West Lancashire to the east.  It is named after the village and parish of Sefton, near Maghull. A Sefton Rural District covering some of the villages in the district had existed from 1894 to 1932.

Sefton is twinned with Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and Gdańsk, Poland.

Sefton has a population of 282,958, of which 98.4% considers itself to be of a White ethnic background, 0.4% South Asian, 0.2% Afro-Caribbean, and 0.3% Chinese or other.  The borough’s largest ethnic minority community is Chinese, comprising 903 people.  238,773 of Sefton’s residents are Christian, and 22,933 have no religion.  The largest minority religious groups are Muslim, with 903 members, Jews (699), Hindus (483), and Buddhists (370). 

The Liberal Democrats have the greatest representation on Sefton’s Council, but no party has overall control (seat breakdown: Conservative 18 / Labour 22 / Liberal Democrat 26).

Sefton has a links with numerous services and organisations – both regional and national – which aim to meet the needs of ethnic minority and refugee community members.  These include:

  • The Refugee Council – an organisation working with asylum seekers and refugees
  • Refugee Action – an independent charity working with refugees in the UK
  • A Language in Common – assessing English as an additional language - from the QCA
  •  Achievement of Bangladeshi Heritage Pupils – an Ofsted survey which explores the educational experience of Bangladeshi pupils in English schools
  • Plus a number of DfES initiatives such as Aiming High and Community Cohesion.

Sefton Council’s Multicultural Education programme aims to support schools and families in raising the achievement of Minority Ethnic, Asylum Seeker and EAL pupils.  It works towards this by:

  • Providing EAL support to schools via loan of software/equipment 
  •  Providing financial support to schools to enable individual and small group teaching to take place
  • Using specialist EAL staff to support pupils in school
  • Publishing Guidance and Policies for schools
  • Providing access to on-line resource materials
  •  Providing curriculum input and guidance on EAL resources to schools
  •  Developing cultural awareness in schools
  • Encouraging home/school liaison to promote a better understanding of needs and opportunities.

Liverpool City Council

Liverpool is a major city and metropolitan borough in Merseyside, England, along the eastern side of the Mersey Estuary. Built across a ridge of hills rising up to a height of around 230 feet (70 metres) above sea-level at Everton Hill, the city's urban area runs directly into Bootle and Crosby in Sefton to the north, and Huyton and Prescot in Knowsley to the east. It faces Wallasey and Birkenhead across the River Mersey to the west.

Inhabitants of Liverpool are referred to as Liverpudlians and nicknamed ‘Scousers’, in reference to the local meal known as 'scouse', a form of stew. The word scouse has also become synonymous with the Liverpool accent and dialect.

In the late 19th Century, Liverpool reached the zenith of its power and was the "second Port of the Empire". It controlled one seventh of the entire world's shipping and handled more goods than any British city outside London. During the late 20th Century, towards the 1980s, the decline of the Port of Liverpool as a source of employment and the later contraction of the region’s manufacturing industry badly affected the city's economy.

However, the regeneration of the Liverpool’s Queen’s Square in the mid-Nineties appears to have sparked a more widespread rejuvenation throughout the city, including a revival of its local economy, which has since being growing at a stronger and faster rate than the national average. In 2007, the city will be celebrating its 800th anniversary, and in 2008, will hold the European Capital of Culture title.

The population of Liverpool is 439,473, of which 94.3% considers itself to be of a White ethnic background, 1.1% South Asian, 1.2% Afro-Caribbean, and 1.2% Chinese or other. Liverpool’s largest ethnic minority group is Chinese, consisting of 5,143 members. 349,279 Liverpudlians describe themselves as Christian, and 42,515 as having no religious affiliation. The largest minority religious group is Muslim, comprising 5,945 of the city’s residents.  There is also a diverse spread of other religious groups throughout Liverpool, including 2,698 Jews, 1,198 Buddhists, 1,147 Hindus, and 404 Sikhs, as well as 556 people who give their religion as ‘Other’.

Liverpool City Council is controlled by the Liberal Democrats (seat breakdown: Green 1 / Liberal 3 / Labour 35 / Liberal Democrat 51).

Thousands of migrants and sailors passed through Liverpool during its industrial past, resulting in a religious diversity that is still apparent today. This is reflected in the city’s multifarious collection of religious buildings.  These include two Christian cathedrals (Liverpool Anglican Cathedral and Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral (Roman Catholic), a number of synagogues, and is notable for being the site of one of Britain’s earliest mosques, which was founded in 1887 by William Abdullah Quilliam, a lawyer who had converted to Islam.

Over 8,000 minority group students attend Liverpool schools, including 3,000 children who speak English as an additional language. As a result of this diversity, a  scheme known as the Ethnic Minority and Traveller Achievement Service (EMTAS) has been set up to work alongside schools, communities and other agencies to aid in the achievement of Minority Group Learners.  EMTAS provides support for:

  • Newcomer / Asylum Seeker / Refugee children. 
  •  Pupils learning English as an Additional Language (EAL.)  
  •  Traveller Children.  
  •  Black and Dual Heritage pupils.  
  •  Students studying community languages to GCSE.      

There is also a Black and Ethnic Minorities Arts Forum, which ‘[aims] to give the Black and ethnic minority (BME) communities a voice, facilitate and support the strengthening of the BME arts infrastructure and to advise and influence the programming for the Capital of Culture’.

Other frameworks which aim to ensure equal opportunities for all members of Liverpool’s community include a Race Equality Scheme, a Corporate Equality Plan, and a Minorities Housing Strategy.

Knowsley Metropolitan Borough CouncilKnowsley is a metropolitan borough in the metropolitan county of Merseyside, England. It is broken into six areas Kirkby, Prescot, Huyton, Whiston, Halewood, and Cronton. The majority of Knowsley, excluding Kirkby, are included in the Liverpool Urban Area. The main areas are Kirkby, Huyton, and Prescot. It is famed for Knowsley Hall and has its own radio station, The Rocket. It includes Knowsley Safari Park.

The district was formed on April 1, 1974 by the merger of Huyton-with-Roby Urban District, Kirkby Urban District and Prescot Urban District, along with most of Whiston Rural District and a small part of West Lancashire Rural District, all from the administrative county of Lancashire.

The "ow" in the name can be pronounced as in "how" or as in "hoe", but Knowsley Village and the surrounding area usually use the latter.

The district contained the Cronton and Sutton Manor collieries, which closed in 1984 and 1991 respectively.

Steven Gerrard, the captain of Liverpool FC, was given the Freedom of the Borough of Knowsley in December 2006. One privelage of being awarded the Freedom is that he is now permitted to drive his sheep down the main street of his home town

Knowsley has a population of 150,459, of which 98.4% considers itself to be White, 0.2% South Asian, 0.2% Afro-Caribbean, and 0.2% Chinese or other.  The largest ethnic minority group is Mixed White and Black Caribbean, constituting 407 members of the borough’s community.  128,834 of Knowsley’s residents describe themselves as Christian, and 8,791 have no religion.  The largest minority religious group is Muslim, with 257 constituents, followed by the Hindu community (173), and Buddhists (111). 

Knowsley has a Labour-controlled council (seat breakdown: Liberal Democrat 13 / Labour 50).  The borough is considered a major Labour stronghold.

Knowsley has a number of schemes and support groups in place to protect the rights of its ethnic minority residents.  These include a Race Equality Scheme, an Equality and Diversity Policy, and a Racial Harassment Support Group.

The council is particularly concerned with the issue of asylum.  On its website, the it makes a point of clarifying the rights of Knowsley’s refugees to all of its residents:

"Refugees are people who have demonstrated to the Immigration and Nationality Directorate that they have a well grounded fear of being persecuted in their home country if they are a member of a particular Social group or Political opinion or for reasons of:

  •  Race 
  •  Religion 
  •  Nationality".

It continues: "These conditions are laid down in the 1951 United Nations Convention relating to the status of refugees to which the United Kingdom is a signatory.

"If people cannot meet the conditions described in the above Convention, they may be allowed to stay in the UK on humanitarian grounds for a limited period.

"Refugees have the same rights and responsibilities as any other citizen, including those associated with:

  •  family reunion 
  •  travel 
  •  welfare benefits 
  •  work".

Wyre Borough CouncilWyre is a local government district with borough status in Lancashire, England. Its council is based in Poulton-le-Fylde.  The district is named after the River Wyre, which runs through the district. It was formed on April 1, 1974 by the Local Government Act 1972, and was a merger of the municipal borough of Fleetwood, along with Poulton-le-Fylde, Preesall and Thornton-Cleveleys urban districts and Garstang Rural District.

The population of Wyre is 105,618, of which 98.9% considers itself to have a White ethnic background, 0.4% South Asian, 0.1% Afro-Caribbean, and 0.2% Chinese or other.  Wyre’s largest ethnic minority group is Indian, comprising 261 residents.  87,724 of Wyre’s inhabitants describe themselves as Christian, and 9,923 are non-religious.  Minority religious groups in the district are small and quite evenly spread, Muslims being marginally the largest with 185 community members, followed by Buddhists (154), Hindus (143), and Jews (101).

Wyre District Council is controlled by the Conservatives (seat breakdown: Conservative 45 / Labour 9 / Liberal Democrat 1).

Wyre has a year-round programme of events and festivals, from tranquil summer church flower festivals to the popular and raucous annual Tractor Pulling held at Great Eccleston.

Although art is enjoyed locally, there is no municipal gallery in Wyre, and therefore the Arts and Events team have been creative in utilising venues to present displays, exhibits and installations such as beach huts, trams, shops, Marsh Mill windmill and the Mount Craft Centre.

Within its programme of events it organises regular workshops for those interested in arts and crafts, ranging from mask making, printmaking, rag rugs and pottery and, for the more creative, papermaking, woodcarving and stained glass.

Wyre has a detailed Equality Strategy, which states that

"[the Borough] has always recognised that it has a diverse community with diverse needs and a will to ensure that those needs are met. In addition, it has acknowledged the range of equality legislation … with which it has to comply and demonstrated this by approving an equal opportunity policy statement".

In addition, there is a Wyre Equality Strategy Action Plan, which has five main objectives:

1. To ensure that equality and diversity are seen as a priority in all policy development and planning
2. To take positive action to ensure that all sections of [the] community have equal access to information and to local services
3. To consult, involve and encourage the participation of all sections of the community
4. To work towards building a workforce that reflects the diversity of [the] community
5. To ensure that [Wyre’s] workforce has equality of treatment and outcome in [its] employment practices.

West Lancashire District CouncilWest Lancashire is a local government district in Lancashire, England. Its council is based in Ormskirk. The district was formed in 1974 under the Local Government Act 1972, as a merger of Ormskirk and Skelmersdale and Holland urban districts along with part of West Lancashire Rural District and part of Wigan Rural District.

Other towns in the district include Skelmersdale, Burscough, Halsall and Banks. 

West Lancashire is twinned with Cergy-Pontoise, France, and Erkrath, Germany.

It has a population of 108,378, of which 98.5% considers itself to have a White ethnic background, 0.4% South Asian, 0.1% Afro-Caribbean, and 0.2% Chinese or other.  The largest ethnic minority group is Indian, comprising 300 residents.  90,785 of West Lancashire’s inhabitants describe themselves as Christian, and 9,632 have no religious affiliation.  The largest minority religious groups are Hindu (220) and Muslim (197).

West Lancashire Council is controlled by the Conservatives (seat breakdown: Labour 21 / Conservative 33).

The Council is an enthusiastic advocate of the nationwide ‘Kick it Out’ campaign to ‘kick racism out’ of football.  It states: ‘The aim of Kick It Out is to increase community involvement, especially for those not traditionally involved with football and to build partnerships with other organisations in the community’.  In 2002, 92 professional clubs joined in the initiative, alongside 300 local community groups and schools.

The Introduction to West Lancashire Council’s Equal Opportunities Policy states the following:

West Lancashire District Council values the rich diversity and creative potential that men and women with differing backgrounds, skills and abilities bring to the workplace. The Council will encourage the reflection of the District’s population at all levels within its own workforce.  This policy contributes to the business aims of the Council by encouraging the employment of the best people available, and enabling them to reach their potential irrespective of ethnicity, culture, religion, gender, race, sexual orientation, age or disability.

Putting equal opportunities into action makes good business sense because it provides the opportunity to draw employees from the whole community, within the travel to work area and beyond.  Equal Opportunity will apply across every aspect of employment: recruitment; training and development; benefits; promotion; procedures and all other conditions of employment.

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