Equality & diversity
The Council values the diversity found in the District and is committed to equality of opportunity both when providing services to the community and as an employer.
Equality and diversity when providing services
The District's communities and individual are diverse which means they have different needs and we take these into consideration when planning and providing our services. We are committed to ensuring that every individual is treated fairly and equally when dealing with the Council.
Equality and diversity as an employer
We aim to reflect the District's diversity in our workforce. We are committed to creating a working environment in which everyone can take full part, and integrate fairness and equity into every aspect of our employment practices.
We aim to develop, promote and deliver recruitment and learning opportunities without discriminating on the basis of a person's:
- gender re-assignment
- religion or belief
- sexual orientation
- marital status or civil partnership
- pregnancy or maternity
- background or heritage
All the decisions we make relating to employment practices are objective, free from bias and based solely upon work criteria and individual merit.
We are committed to interviewing all disabled applicants who meet the minimum selection criteria for a vacancy.
We believe that our organisation will be a better, more creative and innovative place to work as a result of managing people in a way that gets the best from different perspectives.
Equality scheme and Equalities Information
The Council is currently developing an Equality Scheme for the period to 2020 which will include its Equality Objectives.
The latest data we hold about equalities issues in the District is set out in our report Equality Information 2016.
Equality Impact Assessments
We carry out Equality Impact Assessments to make sure that, where possible, we promote equality and do not discriminate.