Equality and Diversity

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We recognise that promoting equality and diversity will improve public services for everyone. We want Cheshire East to be an area of equal opportunity, where everyone has a fair chance and people from all backgrounds take part in community life. Our aim is to make equality an integral part of the way the Council works by putting it at the centre of everything we do. We are committed to celebrating diversity and promoting equality – as an employer, in the services we provide, in partnerships, and in the decisions we make.

Our Equality and diversity strategy (PDF, 668KB) was approved by Cabinet on 7 February 2017.

Cheshire East Council equality objectives

We want our borough to promote universal engagement and community resilience by championing equality and diversity and leading by example. We want to engage with all members of our communities

In January 2017 we set out what we thought would be a suitable set of objectives to work towards and asked for your thoughts. We received responses from a wide range of staff and residents across the entire geography of Cheshire East.

As a result of the feedback we have

  • reaffirmed our commitment to actively engage with our communities
  • clarified our desire to reach all our residents with a commitment to extend equal opportunities to all our residents in rural communities
  • ensured that the objectives, and our performance, will be regularly reviewed and tracked by senior Members and Officers

Equalities and the law

You can find guidance on all aspects of the Equality Act and how it affects you  on the Equality and Human Rights Commission web site. This national organisation also sets out our legal responsibilities as a council.

The legislation highlights specific Protected characteristics that people can be discriminated against for having. They are:

  • age
  • disability
  • gender reassignment
  • marriage and civil partnership
  • pregnancy and maternity
  • race
  • religion or belief
  • sex
  • sexual orientation

These characteristics form the base level for our work. We know that people can have more than one of these characteristics and that there are other vulnerabilities that people can be discriminated against. We work against all forms of discrimination and believe our policy will create positive outcomes for all, not just those who have the listed characteristics.

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