Equality and diversity

We recognise that all individuals have fundamental human rights and welcome the diversity of the community living, working and learning in the borough.

As a service provider and major employer, we're committed to promoting equality and tackling social exclusion by:

  • eliminating unlawful discrimination
  • promoting equality of opportunity
  • promoting good relations between all groups, irrespective of their disability, race, sex, religion or belief, sexual orientation, trans gender status, age or marital status

As a provider of services, we'll develop and provide relevant, appropriate and accessible services to meet the needs of the diverse community.

As an employer, we'll value the contribution of every employee and respect their individual differences. We'll try our best to eliminate unjustifiable discrimination and promote equality in employment, training and access to employee benefits, and services.

As a partner, we'll highlight the needs and requirements of individuals facing discrimination, take a strategic lead in challenging discriminatory practices and policies, and enter into agreements and partnerships that actively promote equality and social inclusion.

We'll also operate monitoring and evaluation systems to ensure that the impact of services and policies, and the needs and requirements of customers and employees, are identified and addressed appropriately.

Our policies

Our Equality and Diversity Policy sets out our commitment, together with the specific responsibilities of employees, managers and elected members in implementing the policy and in meeting our public sector equality duty.

Our Equality Scheme explains how we'll put our policy and public sector equality duty into practice.

The law

The Equality Act 2010 replaces previous anti-discrimination legislation. It removes inconsistencies, simplifies the law and makes it easier to follow. The Equality Act's Public Sector Equality Duty came into force on 5 April 2011. This duty:-

  • requires all public bodies to play their part in making society fairer by tackling discrimination and providing equality of opportunity for all;
  • requires public bodies to consider needs of all individuals when shaping policy, delivering services, and in employment;
  • supports good decision-making by encouraging understanding of how people are affected by policies and services;
  • supports making services efficient and effective;
  • covers a wide range of 'protected characteristics' - age, disability, gender re-assignment, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion/belief, sex and sexual orientation.