Equality, diversity and community cohesion
As an employer, service provider and provider of public functions we have responsibilities under the Equality Act 2010 and Public Sector Equality Duty.
The Equality Act 2010 has defined nine protected characteristics: age, disability, gender, gender identity, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sexual orientation and marriage and civil partnership status
We have a duty to:
- Eliminate discrimination
- Advance equality of opportunity
- Foster good relations between people (community cohesion)
To fulfil these duties we have produced the following strategy:
- Equality, Cohesion and Integration Strategy 2014 - 2017 (PDF 2.62 MB)
In support of this strategy we have also developed additional equality and diversity objectives.
All our policies are informed by research and statistics which we gather and make available in our website.
Every year we report on how we comply with our equality duty:
- Equality information report 2018 (including gender pay gap report) (PDF 905 KB)
- Equality information report 2017 (PDF 80.4 KB)
Information on government policy, guidance, publications and consultations is available in the equality rights and citizenship section of the GOV.UK website.
The Equality and Human Rights Commission provides advice and guidance on rights, responsibilities and good practice based on: