value corporate health performance
From April, it will replace the Commission for Racial Equality race equality standard.
Commission chair Gurbux Singh said: 'This signals a pressing change in the way local government talks and responds to diverse communities. Becoming a best value indicator means the equality standard will be put at the heart of the work of all local authorities - wherever they are and whatever their size. It will help authorities to integrate diversity fully through their policies, ethos and services. I hope the changes this brings will be felt in communities across Britain.'
The new equality standard was formed in partnership with the Employers' Organisation, the CRE, the Equal Opportunities Commission and the Disability Rights Commission.
More than 250 councils have already bought copies of the standard. The Employers' Organisation is producing additional guidance to help councils implement it.