Task & Finish Groups

The Leicestershire Equalities Challenge Group runs a number of Task & Finish Groups that provide input to specific service change programmes or focus on developing key LECG work areas.

Highways Maintenance Review

A Task & Finish Group met in April 2017 to support Leicestershire County Council officers in the development of a robust Equalities Impact Assessment with regards to future changes in highway maintenance. Focus of the meeting was on the potential impact on older people and people with physical disabilities.

Task group members welcomed the proposed 'risk-based' approach to highway maintenance as being more person centred. This should include prioritising maintenance of pavements near services used by older and disabled people. Members pointed to the importance of the design of the public realm in supporting aims to enable people to live independently in the community. They also urged officers to support activities that lead to behavioural change, i.e. in relation to cars parking on pavements, cyclists using footpaths.

Whole Life Disability Strategy

A Task & Finish Group met in February 2017 to inform the development of this strategy and, in particular, the engagement with service users and practitioners as part of developing the draft Strategy.

Feedback included support for using a 'social model' of disability as the starting point and aiming for a multi-agency strategy. Members also urged LCC to ensure the strategy would include a focus on tackling barriers to employment.

Following the engagement with carers, people with disabilities, partner organisations, voluntary organisations and practitioners during March and April a draft strategy is now being developed, with the view of having a full public consultation between October and November 2017.

Community Life Choices Service

On 24 August 2016 we held a one-off meeting for interested LECG members to comment on the county council's proposals for the Community Life Choices service. You can download the report below.

Countywide Accessibility Policy Review

The Leicestershire Equalities Challenge Group is working with Leicestershire County Council to support the Council in a Countywide Accessibility Policy Review (CAPR) which will inform new policy for 2018 onwards. A range of Council supported public and community transport services are within the scope of this review. We have formed an Equalities Reference Group for this project to work with the Council to try and ensure that any future new accessibility policy is as fair as possible to people facing different challenges in life.

Consultants from ITP and members of LECG meeting to discuss the Countywide Accessibility Policy Review.