Equality and diversity

Equality and diversity includes nine protected characteristics:

  • Age
  • Faith, religion and belief
  • Disablility
  • Gender
  • Gender reassignment
  • Pregnancy and maternity
  • Marriage and civil partnership
  • Race
  • Sexual orientation

As a Council we are committed to:

  • Eliminate discrimination and tackle prejudice
  • Advance equality of opportunity
  • Foster good relations and promote understanding
  • Meet the needs of people within the protected characteristics
  • Encourage participation in public life/activities

The general equality duty is supported by specific duties which require us to publish data which is reviewed annually. We pledge to meet both our specific and general duties in this Act.

We are required to set equality objectives every four years as part of our Public Sector Equality Duty. We previously set Equality Objectives in 2016 and are now due to set our equality objectives for the next four years.

To help us set appropriate Equality Objectives for 2020 – 2024 which reflect the needs of our diverse communities we are gathering feedback on our draft objectives.

If you would like to provide feedback on our draft equality objectives visit our online consultation portal and provide your feedback by 1 March 2020.

You will be able to find our final Equality Objectives here from 30 March 2020.

 Equality objectives 2016 [PDF, 245KB]

 Our commitment to equality and diversity [PDF, 260KB]

 Equality and diversity policy [PDF, 733KB]

 Equality and diversity monitoring guidance and form [PDF, 81KB]

 Summary equality profile [PDF, 514KB]

 Workforce equality report 2018 [PDF, 358KB]