Equality and diversity

Our approach

We celebrate difference and work to ensure that no one is disadvantaged when accessing services, employment or public life in Essex. The Equality Act 2010 sets out our duty in this area.

We provide information about how we comply with our equality duties each year and we review our equality objectives at least once every 4 years.

Our current objectives are:

  • tackling the causes of disadvantage, ensuring that residents can access good jobs and excellent education regardless of their background
  • removing obstacles holding residents back, tackling inequalities between children and supporting older people to live independently with dignity
  • helping people travel across Essex, bringing communities together and connecting them to services, employment and learning opportunities
  • employing a diverse workforce, drawing on the different values and experiences that reflect the communities we serve

Our Annual Report and Organisation Plan measure our progress against our corporate priorities.

Our workforce

We monitor the make up of our workforce, and listen to feedback through surveys, panels and network groups.

You can find out more about our workforce in our Annual Workforce Equality and Diversity Report 2020-21 (PDF, 1.79mB) and our Gender Pay Gap Report 2022 (PDF, 417.14kB).

We have a range of support networks to support staff and promote change. These include:

  • Black and Minority Ethnic Network
  • Carers Forum
  • Christian Network
  • Disabled Employee Network
  • Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning Network
  • Parents Network
  • Woman's Network
  • Young Persons Network


Our services are assessed by the Local Government Association using the Equality Framework for Local Government.

Our last inspection was in June 2019 and we were reaccredited as 'excellent'.

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