Equality and diversity
What is equality and diversity?
Equality is about making sure people are treated fairly and given fair chances. Equality is not about treating everyone in the same way, but it recognises that their needs are met in different ways.
Equality focuses on those areas covered by law, namely the key areas of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief and sexual orientation.
We aim to be recognised as a leader of diversity and equality in our work and as an example of good practice in employment and our Single Equality Scheme has been designed to ensure that the Council has an inclusive approach to all themes of equality and diversity. The key aims of our Single Equality Scheme is to implement a number of objectives which:
• Meet our legal obligations,
• Develop services that meet the diverse needs of our customers and potential customers,
• Commission services that meet our equality commitments, and,
• Develop a diverse and inclusive workforce at all levels of the Council .