The Commissioner reports annually on the diversity of new public appointees and reappointees
The Governance Code on Public Appointments gives the Commissioner the duty to publish statistical information on appointments and track progress on increasing diversity. He does this each year in his Annual Report.
Departments and the Welsh Government collect the data they receive from applicants from their completed Diversity Monitoring Forms and this forms the basis for the Commissioner’s reporting.
All applicants for public appointments are asked questions about themselves and their background as part of the application process. The Commissioner encourages all applicants to fill out Diversity Monitoring Forms so progress can be tracked to ensuring public appointments reflect the public they serve. Applicants are able to select ‘prefer not to say’ if they would not rather not answer any question. The answers are not used as part of the selection process.
Recording disability status – advice from the Cabinet Office for applicants to public appointments
We are aware that answering questions about disability is sometimes not simple, as a health condition or disability may not stop you from doing the things that you want. So you may not see yourself as a disabled person.
To help you fill out a Diversity Monitoring Form, please consider the following list of conditions. People with many health conditions (including but not limited to those listed below) often find that society puts up barriers, or has negative attitudes that prevent them from being able to fully participate in society.
We would suggest that you could answer “yes” to the first disability question in the diversity monitoring form if you have one, or more, of the following which have or are likely to last for 12 months or more:
This list is closely based on the Equality Act 2010 Guidance issued by the Office for Disability Issues which provides additional information on each aspect of the Equality Act 2010’s definition of disability.
If you are still unsure how to answer the question of whether you should say you are a disabled person on this form, thinking through the points below might help.
If you would be unable to undertake your usual activities, then please indicate you are a disabled person on the Diversity Monitoring Form.
So, someone who is in plaster and using crutches because they have broken an ankle is unlikely to be able to carry out some of their usual daily activities, but they would not be considered a disabled person under the Equality Act because they will only be affected for a short period of time whilst their bone heals.
If you have a short term injury, or a health condition that is not substantial/long term we suggest you answer this question by saying “no”.
As with all the information you provide in the first section of the diversity monitoring form when applying for public appointments, any information you provide will be treated as strictly confidential. It will be detached from your application and will not be used in the selection process. No information will be published or used in any way which allows any individual to be identified. Completing the form is voluntary and you are free to select the “Prefer not to say” option if you wish for any of the questions.