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, sex, gender reassignment, 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)

Public authorities have specific duties under the Equality Act to help them comply with the public sector equality duty, including a requirement to prepare and publish equality objectives at least every four years. 

The county council's Equality Objectives were refreshed in April 2020, aligned to the council's corporate strategy; 'Our Vision for Lancashire'.

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:

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:

Human rights legislation (Human Rights Act 1998)