Decision details

Equality and Diversity Policy Statement

Decision Maker: Chief Executive Officer

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: Yes


To approve equality and diversity statement


The Chief Executive Officer considered the report presented at the informal meeting of the Executive Members held on 22 June 2021. Having taken account of the draft Minutes from that meeting, he resolved, for the reasons set out below in this decision record, to recommend the revised draft Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Policy Statement for approval to Full Council on 21 July 2021.

Reasons for the decision:

Under his delegated decision making powers in the Officers’ Delegation Scheme in the Council’s Constitution, the Chief Executive Officer has power, in cases of emergency, to take any decision which could be taken by the Council, the Executive or a committee.

Following on from the expiry of the Local Authorities and Police and Crime Panels (Coronavirus) (Flexibility of Local Authority and Police and Crime Panel Meetings) (England and Wales) Regulations 2020 (“the 2020 Regulations”), which allowed for committee meetings to be held remotely, the County Council resolved at its meeting on 5 May 2021 that, for the present time, in light of the continuing Covid-19 pandemic circumstances, remote live-broadcast committee meetings should continue (as informal meetings of the Committee Members), with any formal decisions required being taken by the Chief Executive Officer under his emergency decision making powers and after consultation with other Officers and Members as appropriate and after taking into account any views of the relevant Committee Members. This approach will be reviewed by full Council at its July meeting.

The Chief Executive Officer has taken all relevant information into account in exercising his emergency delegated powers in this matter, including considering the views of the Executive Members.

The reasons for the decision in this matter are detailed in the attached report

Alternative options considered:


Publication date: 23/06/2021

Date of decision: 22/06/2021

Effective from: 01/07/2021

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