Equality and fairness

Equality duty

It is our duty to make sure anyone can use our services, regardless of:

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

Our single equality scheme shows how we make sure our services are fair and equal. We are reviewing the scheme in 2020 as part of a broader 'collaborative communities framework'.

The framework will improve the way we engage with communities, talk about shared concerns and work better together. It will prioritise:

  • access to services
  • building cohesion and integration
  • improving resilience
  • developing our workforce

The single equality scheme helps us to:

  • work with communities to make sure they are involved in decision-making
  • oppose all forms of prejudice and discrimination
  • provide equal access to jobs at all levels of the council
  • make sure our employment policies and practices do not discriminate
  • promote diversity and tolerance
  • prevent harassment and victimisation of residents, service users and employees

Annual equality report

We report each year on progress against our equality duties. The latest report is below.