Our equality information

Please note: these pages are currently under review 

Why are we publishing this information

The Equality Act 2010 establishes a general duty for all public bodies in the exercise of their functions to have due regard to the need to;

  1. Eliminate discrimination, harassment and victimisation and any other conduct that is prohibited by or under the Act
  2. Advance equality of opportunity between people who share a relevant protected characteristic and people who do not share it
  3. Foster good relations between people who share a relevant protected characteristic and those who do not share it.

For further information on these duties, please visit the EHRC website.

The same Act also establishes specific duties for the public bodies listed in schedule 1 to the Equality Act regulations to publish equality information that demonstrates compliance with the general duty.

The British Transport Police Authority (BTPA) was established by the Railways and Transport Safety Act 2003 and though we are currently not specifically mentioned in the schedule we understand how important it is for our service users and our employees to understand how BTPA makes business decisions and carries out its other functions.

For this reason we are mirroring the specific duty to publish equality information and explain how it is used by BTPA. This information will be updated regularly so please do visit our website regularly to see our new information. If there is a set of information that doesn’t currently appear that you think would be helpful in better explaining how we do business then please contact the BTPA Executive.

Who we are

The Authority is made up of between 11 and 17 members who come with a range of experience and our current membership includes rail passengers, rail staff representatives and those who provide rail services. Authority Members are supported by a small team of 10 Executive staff and owning the size of the BTPA workforce (less than 150 employees) we do not propose to publish detailed workforce information as this could lead to a breach of the Data Protection Act. However, wherever relevant we do included information related to our staff and member policies and how we believe these relate to our general equality duties.

Our equality information

We have organised our equality information, and any gaps we have identified, by linking it to the most relevant duties and functions we have as a police authority – we have previously assessed the relevance of these when preparing our Equality Schemes; we have taken advice on this from our staff and the BTP Independent Advisory group. If there are other activities that you would like us to publish information about please contact the BTPA Executive.

As you click through on the each of the links below you will see that we have included a short commentary assessing which of the protected characteristics we believe each of our duties and functions is relevant to. Please contact us if you think we have got this wrong and there is something we have forgotten to consider.

These pages are being gradually populated over January and February 2012. Sections that are currently being prepared are marked with an asterisk (*).

Our duties and functions
Our information
1. Set annual objectives
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2. Develop a three year strategy
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3. Set an annual budget and agree a medium term financial plan
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4. Hold the Chief Constable to account
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5. Professional standards and complaints
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6. Audit and inspection
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7. Recruitment and employment at BTPA
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You might also be interested in looking at the equality information published by the British Transport Police Force – visit their website here.