Draft Equality Objectives Survey 2020

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Closes 9 Feb 2020

Introduction

1. Firstly, we’d like to share with you the five equality objectives that we propose to focus on over the next four years. Please tell us whether you agree or disagree that each objective should be a priority for the council.
1. By 2024, we will improve the availability of accessible homes, adaptable homes & life-time homes, that provide suitable and sustainable accommodation for future generations
2. By 2024, we will improve opportunities and outcomes for children living in poverty.
3. By 2024, we will help people to get the support they need to prevent homelessness
4. By 2024, we will improve opportunities for our residents and communities to become more digitally inclusive, enabling them to easily access the services they need and participate fully in everyday life.
5. By 2024 we will enable people with a disability to have improved opportunities for a valued occupation including paid employment
2. If you disagreed with any of the five objectives listed in Q1, it would be really helpful to understand your reasons for this so we can consider them further. If you disagreed with an objective please list the objective number and your reason in the space below. (1 = housing 2 = children in poverty 3 = homelessness 4 = digital inclusivity and 5 = jobs for people with disabilities). If you agreed with all five please skip to the next question.
3. If you have an alternative equality objective that you'd like the council to consider, please use this space to provide details. Note: Please provide any evidence, data or research that supports your objective so we can consider it further and cross reference against any data we currently hold. Thank you.
4. We have begun to identify some draft actions per objective and would like your view on these. Note: If you disagreed with one or all of the objectives in Q1, you can skip as appropriate or select "don't support" if you prefer to do so. For Objective 1 "By 2024, we will improve the availability of accessible homes, adaptable homes & life-time homes, that provide suitable and sustainable accommodation for future generations" the suggested actions are...
The complete development of 250 new council homes so that residents who cannot afford to buy a home, have the option to rent one from the council
Two additional 'extra care' schemes will be nearing completion allowing in particular older people to remain independent but have access to in-home care support whenever they need it
The council will allocate £1.3 million each year (2020 - 2024) to provide disabled facility grants ensuring people can adapt their home with ramps, rails etc..so as to live independently with a disability
The council will invest around £2m each year (2020 - 20204) in its Fit for Purpose Housing Programme.to improve older persons accommodation and sheltered properties. e.g. improved access to communal areas through automated doors, colour coding to meet RNIB and dementia recommendations, improved lighting and fire safety, and easy access to drying areas/communal gardens etc.
5. For Objective 2 "By 2024, we will improve opportunities and outcomes for children living in poverty." the suggested actions are...
To deliver the School Holiday Enrichment Programme over the summer holidays for 2020 and 2021 supporting families in need and offering children food and activities to support their wellbeing
To ensure that any changes to school uniforms do not place an unreasonable burden on large families or children living in poverty and that grants and support are given to those in need to fund said uniforms
To continue to promote the option for families in need to access free school meals for their children and reassure/highlight the improvements made to protect and reduce student fears around stigma
To explore and investigate opportunities to support families who are in work poverty or in debt through conducting a fuel poverty take up exercise; reducing council tax for foster carers; reducing council tax for care leavers and providing financial hardship support through a Council Tax Scheme and Housing Support through a Discretionary Housing Payment Scheme.
6. For Objective 3 "By 2024, we help people to get the support they need to prevent homelessness " the suggested actions are...
To develop housing options for young people and people experiencing domestic abuse 
To engage with, learn more and improve the housing and support options for people with disabilities including learning disabilities and sensory loss
To work with all partners and agencies in the county so as to improve the effectiveness of support at a local level preventing homelessness and social isolation   
To develop a system of support to prevent the risk of eviction of people who hoard  
7. For Objective 4 "By 2024, we will improve opportunities for our residents and communities to become more digitally inclusive, enabling them to easily access the services they need and participate fully in everyday life" the suggested actions are...
To support communities to gain digital skills through access to various computer classes in and across a number of Powys libraries
To develop and invest in technology enabled care supporting people to self-monitor their own health, reduce hospital or GP visits, but still be able to access advice, information and support at the touch of a button
To work with the Welsh Government to enable and embed safe smart technology in all our schools giving pupils equitable access through improved network infrastructure and boosting their ability to learn through digital means and improve their skills set for life after school
To provide training to our staff in the use of Microsoft accessibility tools so they in turn can improve their own skill set, be more efficient in the workplace and thus deliver better services to residents
8. For Objective 5 "By 2024 we will enable people with a disability to have improved opportunities for a valued occupation including paid employment" the suggested actions are...
Where supported employment is in place, work to highlight and develop the individual’s strengths and skills so they move to independent employment
Create a work, leisure and learning partnership involving both disabled people and carers to listen to their needs and develop more employment opportunities.
9. Overall, how would you rate the proposed objectives and actions that have been put forward?
10. If you have any further comments you'd like to make about the equality objectives and work being proposed by the council to tackle discrimination and work to improve equality of access to some more vulnerable individuals/groups in our communities, please use this space to do so.
11. Please look at the list of stakeholders below and tick any that apply to you. Are you responding as...?