Equal Opportunities Policy






Caythorpe and Frieston Parish Council recognize that discrimination in any form is unacceptable and in most cases is also unlawful.  We have therefore adopted an Equal Opportunities Policy, to ensure that all job applicants; employees and parishioners are treated fairly and without favour or prejudice. 


We are committed to applying this policy throughout all areas of our work, including recruitment and selection, training, development, promotion and in service delivery. 


In all situations, people will be judged solely on merit or ability.  The following sets down the key points of the policy: 


  • Each and every employee and Councillor has a duty to observe and apply the policy at all times


  • The policy will be implemented in accordance with the requirements of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974, the Sex Discrimination Act 1975 and 1986, the Race Relations Act 1976 and the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 and any subsequent update of such policies


  • To ensure that we reach the widest cross section of the community, all vacancies will be advertised externally


  • We will ensure that no job applicant, employee or member of the public receives less favourable treatment on the grounds of race, colour, nationality, ethnic or national origin, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, disability, political opinion/affiliation, age or religion


  • Our job application form and client specifications will be as simple and straightforward as possible and we will not ask for unnecessary information


  • Job interview questions will be related to the requirements of the job and we will not seek irrelevant qualifications.  Applicants will be short-listed/selected solely on the basis of capability.  We will guarantee an interview to any disabled candidate who meets the essential criteria of the post


  • Each and every employee and Councillor has an obligation to make a positive contribution towards engendering an environment of equal opportunity throughout our remit as a Parish Council


  • A Grievance Procedure is available to any individual who believes that they have been discriminated against and we would urge those individuals to pursue their rights through this channel


Any breach of the policy will lead to disciplinary action, which may include dismissal.


                                                                                                                                                                                    May 2009