Diversity is about understanding that each of us is different and respecting and celebrating those differences. Equality is about making sure different groups are not disadvantaged when accessing services, employment or participating in public life in Essex.
The Equality Act 2010 highlights protection for people who are most likely to be disadvantaged or discriminated against by our society, making it illegal to discriminate on age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage & civil partnership, pregnancy & maternity, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation grounds. These are known as protected characteristics.
We're committed to removing barriers that might restrict people and proactively work towards positive change. The Local Government Association has judged us as 'excellent'.