Total Decorating Solutions (TDS) Equal Opportunities policy provides that all eligible people must have equality of opportunity for employment and advancement based on their suitability for the work.

TDS recognise all government policies which combine to offer fair treatment to all.

There will be no unfair discrimination on the basis of age, disability, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, religion or belief, race, colour, nationality, ethnic or national origin, working pattern, employment status, gender identity (transgender), caring responsibility or trade union membership.

The TDS Group recognises the opportunity for personal choice and the need to respond positively to changing needs. Diversity is closely linked with a region’s economic and demographic trend. As a successful partner, we understand the need to deliver a positive implementation of Equal Rights and Equal Opportunity.

A senior member of the TDS team is responsible for any issues surrounding the implementation of these policies, where and when appropriate.

All staff are briefed on a regular basis on the meaning and intention of these policies. In the event of new staff being appointed, they will be subject to an induction process that includes Equal Opportunities and Equal Rights sessions.

At the outset of this contract, all staff will be given a specific brief as to their responsibilities of respect and compliance.

To better understand the demographic considerations in the region, we have already established a profile of the ethnic mix in Peterborough and the surrounding area. This will form the basis of developing any relevant tenant information and communication strategies.

From these statistics, we can establish the broad resources required to develop translated tenant communications. Where appropriate, possibly in the case of the Housing Liaison Officer, we can advertise the post with second language if appropriate.

We will maintain our policies of using positive images of diversity, in any communication with stakeholders.

Given the nature of TDS business, there may be few visible opportunities for implementing an advanced cultural diversity plan. But with careful application we can make a difference however small the beginnings.