Ofcom publishes Single Equality Scheme Annual Report

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Monday, 24 January 2011 10:32am

Ofcom, the UK communications regulator, has published its Single Equality Scheme Annual Report that details the progress of its equality commitments, including action on disability issues.

The Single Equality Scheme is Ofcom’s action plan towards achieving its seven goals for diversity and equality. Some goals are internal, such as aiming to increase the number of people from diverse groups working at Ofcom, including in executive and advisory capacities. Others relate to policy and project development, with Ofcom now conducting an Equality Impact Assessment to evaluate the impacts of such activities on producing equality for various groups.

Of particular note in the scheme is Ofcom’s continued commitment to access to television. Ofcom aims to improve monitoring of broadcasters’ compliance with its Code on Television Access Services and to encourage manufacturers of electronic program guides to make them accessible to people with a hearing or vision impairment.

The scheme also requires Ofcom to make its own content accessible. This includes improving the accessibility of the Ofcom website, providing publications in alternative formats and languages, and including representatives from diversity groups whenever Ofcom gives briefings or runs an internal or external event.

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