Equality and Diversity
'By raising awareness of all strands of diversity, how to eliminate discrimination and promote equality of opportunity, we are preparing our young people to become good global citizens and to appreciate the diverse society in which they live.
Additionally, this important agenda will ensure we have a workforce which reflects the differences of our customers which in turn will help to shape a responsive and tailored service. We appreciate that talents reside in people of all backgrounds and a diverse workforce can harness this. This will help the local authorities to become an employer of choice and enhance partnership working.'
The Equality Act 2010 came into force on 1 October 2010. This piece of legislation brings together over 100 pieces of existing legislation on equality. It streamlines equality requirements and provides a firm platform for tackling dual discrimination in society and the workplace. The three aims of the legislation are to:
- Eliminate discrimination
- Promote equality of opportunity
- Foster good relationships
The Equality Act 2010 covers nine protected characteristics:
- Gender reassignment
- Pregnancy and maternity
- Religion or belief
- Sexual orientation
- Marriage and Civil Partnership