Our commitment to equality and diversity

We are committed to promoting equality and celebrating diversity in our town, our services and our workplace.

Our policy promotes equality and respecting diversity on the grounds of:

  • age
  • disability
  • gender reassignment
  • marriage and civil partnership
  • pregnancy and maternity
  • religion or belief
  • race
  • sex
  • sexual orientation 

Under the Equality Act people looking after someone who is elderly or disabled are also protected against direct discrimination or harassment because of their caring responsibilities. We also recognise that people on very low incomes or who live in relative poverty may also experience inequality and reduced life chances.

Equality in our Corporate strategy

Our commitments to equality and diversity our set out in our corporate strategy. Many of the strategy’s outcomes will positively impact on those with ‘protected characteristics’. These articulate our ambitions to bring about change for these groups in the community and Cabinet, who own the strategy, will be accountable for the delivery of the outcomes.

Equality Impact Assessments

Equality Impact Assessments (EIA) underpin the Council’s decision making process. This is a tool the Council uses to help check and understand the impact that policies, services and projects might have on residents and staff. Our EIA’s are published on our EIA page.