Equality Reference Group


Our Equality Reference Group supports the County Council’s work on equality and diversity by providing advice, feedback, ideas and scrutiny. It symbolises the partnership of Devon County Council with the local community in its commitment to equality, and includes members from various local organisations pressing for change. Although acknowledged and supported by the Council, the Equality Reference Group members are independent of the County Council. Service Level Agreements are in place.


Membership (April 2017):

  1. Racial equality representative: Plymouth and Devon Racial Equality Council.
  2. LGB&T+ representative: Intercom Trust (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans people).
  3. Disability representative: Living Options Devon/Fusion Partnership (Disabled people and carers).
  4. Gender equality representative: Fawcett Devon.
  5. Older person’s representative: Age UK Devon.
  6. Young person’s representative: Young Devon.
  7. Religion and belief representative: Devon Faith and Belief Forum.


How to get involved:

The group meet at least six times a year. Officers or Members are welcome to come along to an Equality Surgery. The group can also give insight and advice to Scrutiny Committees.

County Council Officers and Members wishing to consult the ERG on proposed changes to policy, strategy, or service delivery should contact the Corporate Equality Officer. Please discuss proposals at the earliest opportunity – a conversation with Equality Reference Group can help inform an Equality Impact Assessment which should shape and influence your policy/strategy. Please do not use the sessions to ‘sign off’ assessments or to just to give an update. Please provide any pre-reading at least two weeks in advance.

Community organisations can request agenda items or raise questions by discussing this with one of the members (for example, if you are a disability organisation then contact the disability representative which is Living Options Devon). If you are not sure who to contact please email the Corporate Equality Officer. Please note, the group focus on strategic policy and planning matters and do not represent individual complainants. If you have a complaint please use the Council’s feedback process.

See what has been discussed through our Equality Reference Group Newsletters.

Meeting Schedule 2018:

6th February

  • Location: Annexe Basement room 14
  • Agenda: Employment and economic discussion.

6th March

  • Location: Roborough Room (Committee Suites)

24th April

  • Location: Taw Room, Larkbeare House

3rd July

  • Location: Sargent Room, Coaver building

6th September

  • Location: Teign Room, Larkbeare House

6th November

  • Location: Sargent Room, Coaver building

Please note that the rooms booked for April to November are only accessible via stairs. Attendees requiring non-stepped access must inform the equality officer as soon as possible so that an accessible venue can be booked.

Unless otherwise stated the format of meetings is as follows:

9.30am  Introduction.

10.00 to 11.10am First item.

11.15 to 12.30pm Second item.

12.30 to 1.30 Post-meeting discussion and AOB.

County Council Officers and Members should contact the Corporate Equality Officer to consult with the Equality Reference Group.