Diversity is about the individual, understanding that each of us is different and making sure we respect and celebrate those differences. Equality is about ensuring that different groups are not disadvantaged when accessing services, employment or participating in public life in Essex.
Diversity and equality issues impact everyone in Essex. We are committed to removing barriers that might restrict people and we are proactively working towards positive change. This document explains how we achieved this.
We have been judged to be ‘excellent’ by the Local Government Association which assesses local authorities across the country. Here is our latest report.
Whether at work as an employee or in using a service as a member of the public, the message of The Equality Act 2010 is that everyone has the right to be treated fairly at work or when using services.
The Equality Act highlights protection for people who are most likely to be disadvantaged or discriminated against by our society, making it illegal to discriminate on age, gender, religion, sexual orientation, disability and race grounds. These are known as protected characteristics.
We have produced a document to show how diverse Essex is: