As a local authority, it's our duty to consider everybody when we carry out day to day work and provide services, to ensure that we:

  • eliminate discrimination, harassment, victimisation and any other conduct prohibited by the Act
  • increase equal opportunities for people of all protected characteristics. (Protected characteristics are: age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation)
  • foster good relationships between people who share a protected characteristic and people who do not share it

Our duties

As well as our general duty to ensure people are treated equally, the council has two specific tasks it has to carry out:

  1. Publish information
    We must publish information by 31 January each year to show compliance with the Equality Act, including information about our employees and service users who are affected by our policies and practices.
    Read our latest equality report.
     
  2. Set equality objectives
    We must prepare and publish equality objectives and then update them at least every four years. We must ensure the objectives are specific and that progress in achieving them can be measured.
    Read our equality objectives for 2017.

Our equality policy

When the council makes any decision, equality must always be considered, and our commitment to delivering fair and responsive services is set out in our Equality Policy.