Within Southend

Our Diverse Community

Statistical data and analysis about our community can be found in our Southend Insights section.

We deliver a wide range of services within a cosmopolitan town. We are proud to serve and engage the diverse communities that make up Southend.

  • We have slightly more women than men who live in the town (ONS 2013 mid-year estimates)
  • 18.7% of our community are aged over 65. Of those over the age of 65 - 56% are female (ONS 2013 mid-year estimates)
  • 59.8% of our community are aged between 18 and 64 (ONS 2013 mid-year estimates)
  • 18.5% of our community say their day to day activities are limited in some way (2011 Census)
  • 13% of our communities come from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (including White Irish and White Other) communities (2011 Census)

Around 80 languages are spoken in Southend (2011 census). After English the main languages spoken include

  • Polish
  • Chinese
  • Bengali
  • Shona
  • Czech

Transgender Awareness

There are a number of people of both sexes in the UK whose gender identity (their sense of being a man or a woman) does not match their appearance and/or anatomy. Around 1,500 people every year seek medical help about this.

Through the Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual & Transgender Staff Diversity Forum we want to help raise awareness of staff and its partners about challenges faced by local Transgender community.

Supporting our Gay Community

We are committed to working with our partners to do all that it can to tackle hate crime and discrimination, and ensure that homophobia, biphobia and transphobia are not tolerated.

For more information please visit the Day Against Homophobia website or email equalities@southend.gov.uk.

Diversity Monitoring

As part of our commitment to equality and diversity we include diversity monitoring questions on questionnaires, recruitment forms, and other paperwork. The different groups that we ask information about reflect the characteristics protected by the Equality Act 2010.

There are age, disability, gender reassignment, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex (gender) and sexual orientation. Asking about these areas helps us to make sure we are engaging with all sections of the community. We can't change things without your help.

For more information about diversity monitoring information, and why it is so important, please see this leaflet produced by Stonewall.

Equality Analysis

We use Equality Analysis to help us improve our Council services, by making sure that we do not discriminate against any sections of our community as far as possible, minimise any negative consequences and maximise opportunities for promoting cohesion between local communities.

Undertaking an Equality Analysis helps to challenge assumptions; that policies or services affect everyone in the same way. An analysis gives us the chance to identify any negative or adverse impacts and redesign our services to meet user needs, making sure that different groups are served equally. By understanding and meeting the needs of different people we can meet need better and offer more effective services.

The Equality Act 2010 identifies nine 'protected groups'. These are:

  • Race
  • Sex
  • Gender reassignment
  • Disability
  • Age
  • Sexual orientation
  • Religion or Belief
  • Pregnancy and maternity
  • Marriage and civil partnership

We also look at:

  • Carers
  • Community cohesion

We use an equality analysis in many ways including:

  • helping to meet our Corporate Priorities
  • making fair financial decisions in redesigning services
  • taking into account the needs, circumstances and experiences of those who are affected by our policies and practice
  • identifying actual and potential inequalities of outcomes
  • identifying whether we are excluding certain groups and individuals from any of our services and helping identify both direct and indirect discrimination
  • mainstreams equality in our policies and practices

We welcome feedback as an opportunity to change and improve. Please contact the Policy and Partnerships Team with feedback or for further information.

Page last updated: 08/06/2017